Lucky Number Seven

Welcome to this week’s newsletter. Real quickly I’d like to thank everyone who sent a note. Now let’s get right to it.

A new population of blue whales has been discovered hiding in the Indian Ocean

Aussie photographer Jem Cresswell speaks to the intimacy and humility of documenting humpback whales for his beautiful new book

This Australian home was a dream collaboration between its two architects

A revitalized retro motel in Byron Bay looks super fun now

Wes Anderson's whimsical style inspired The Budapest Cafe in Melbourne

Inside the late Pierre Cardin's world famous vacation home Le Palais Bulles

Inside a minimalist villa bringing Californian modernism to the Côte d’Argent

Here’s a huge glass cabin in Iran with a very contemporary interior

This bachelor’s lair is hidden away in a forest outside Moscow

This man cave penthouse is 33 floors above the streets of Vietnam

A cute pair of houses in Indonesia includes integrated vegetation

An artist celebrates natural beauty with cyanotypes

The first blue pigment found in 200 years is now available commercially

A 3,000-year-old painter’s palette with traces of the original colors still in it has been discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed more than 50 sarcophagi just south of Cairo

Archaeologists in Mexico City have uncovered 119 more skulls in a 500-year-old Aztec tower of human skulls, now bringing the total to 603

The man behind fake Aztec crystal skulls

This mirrored cabin sits on the slopes of an extinct Mexican volcano

This vacation home rests in a secluded area of Aculco, Mexico

Pink teeter-totters at the U.S.-Mexico border win Beazley Design of the Year

Swiss architect realizes concept to celebrate the unbuilt work of Mies van der Rohe (seen above)

The renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library has been completed

A new documentary exposes how the FBI tried to destroy MLK

The CIA has always understood the power of graphic design

Three types of kindness inspired by Martin Luther King

How to create more clarity in your life

It’s not just you: everyone’s mental health is suffering

Will the 2020s really become the next roaring twenties?

Calculations show it'll be impossible to control a super-intelligent AI

Google employees try baking recipes created by artificial intelligence

AI asked to design an armchair in the style of a doughnut

Made-to-order furniture brand aims for fully circular commerce

Ikea just bought an 11,000-acre forest in Georgia

Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Oak Trees and why his mysterious art continues to inspire

A prime suspect in the spectacular Green Vault jewel heist has eluded German police yet again

Why art gets stolen time and again

Will somebody please tell me how Netflix’s new series about an art heist at the Louvre is?

Hard to believe these strange-looking television-detection vans once roamed British streets

That concludes this week’s newsletter. Thank you for letting me continue to slide into your inbox. If you have any comments or complaints I can be reached at capa@bloodandchampagne.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Thomas