The Olive Reading List: April 3, 2014

Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been reading, watching, and discussing in the Olive studio this week:

A Little Minimal + A Little Scandinavian = Home in Minnesota

A lovely, inspiring home is the best foundation for creativity. This week, a home by a local designer is featured on Design*Sponge and makes me want to scour the city’s vintage shops ASAP for new furniture!
— Jessie Reagen

$50M art stolen 44 years ago found in innocent man’s home

Beauty is for sure in the eye of the beholder when it comes to art. What make a $50 piece of art different from a $50 million painting? Lots of it comes down to the origin and artist behind the work. Without knowing its value you could have passed up a fortune at your local yard sale last Saturday.
— Jonathan Sollie (@solliedesign)


Ever wonder what your name would sound like translated into an atmospheric electronica song? Ever wonder what it would look like translated into a minimalist painting? Now satisfy booth curiosities at once with Patatap, a web page that translates your keyboard input into moody melodies and strange shapes.
— Peter Robelia (@PeterRobelia)

The Uncomfortable Project

Turning everyday objects into works of art by making them “uncomfortable.” Some of them are weird, some are funny, and some are downright anxiety-inducing. If nothing else, these objects will make you more appreciative of your current silverware.
— Erik Norsted (@enorsted)

Beautiful Glass Coffeemaker Demands A Place On Your Counter

While convenience has taken over life as we know it, I love the idea of a coffeemaker “demanding” space in your kitchen. Fitting such a charming ritual into the day is a goal of mine that this little contraption might just jump-start.
— Dani Noyes (@DaniNoyes)

Pass the Pillow: ‘Google Naps’ Is Google Maps for Places to Nap

Looking to take a quick nap during your lunch break today? You’re in luck because Google Naps is a parody project to help you find the best place in town to get some shut-eye. This may be a “tongue-in-cheek” project, but if communities participate it could lead to a fun, comprehensive list of all the best nap spots around the country.
— Katie Yohn (@KatieLyohn)

This Super-Sized Cargo Plane Carries NASA’s Biggest Loads

There is no way this thing should be able to fly.
— Tom Keekley (@tkeekley)

Google Ventures: Your Design Team Needs A War Room. Here’s How To Set One Up

Want to foster creativity? Skip the foosball table and opt for a war room instead. Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp shows you how. Plus: a peek inside Google Ventures’ own war room
— Tieran Haskin (@TieranH)

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