We’ve made it to 2017 and what a journey it was. These first few days of January are hard, so if you’ve struggled to get out of your Christmas food coma or found it difficult to comprehend why pyjamas aren’t acceptable work attire, let us give you a dose of Best of the Web to perk you up.
This week there’s a round-up of this year’s newest museums, some amazing ice slides in China and a selection of writers on which artworks cheer them up. So put down the stilton and party hats, and get reading!
Latvian film maker Laila Pakalniņa’s film Rumba (Waterfall) for Nowness is a collection of observational footage taken at Venta Waterfall had me longing for the summer months in the freezing weather this week. (Lucy)
As part of the The Guardian’s uplifting culture series, this article asks six writers and creators across music, philosophy, fiction and art, to choose the works they can rely on to replenish their zest for life. Featured is Alain de Botton, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ali Smith among others. (Beccy)
Tinder pokes fun at VR (above) to promote real-life experiences. (Jenny)
Metro maps simplified (Julian)
After the kerfuffle surrounding architect Patrik Schumacher’s remarks at WAF last year, the Architect’s Journal has received an astonishing leaked email that reveals the fallout within the office after the event. An interesting glimpse into the power plays going on behind the scenes at the world’s most prominent architecture office. (Owen)
John Malkovich has a Squarespace (below). This is seriously slick. (Alex)
Restaurant/sports bar Buffalo Wild Wings is painted a very particular colour. This ad, narrated by John Goodman, explains why the paint colour Pantone 116C was chosen over 1,866 others for a reason: it allows you to adjust between eating your food, watching the game on TV and drinking your beer without fatiguing your eyes. (Owen)
The Spaces provides a handy round-up of the new museums opening this year around the world. (Beccy)
Breaking coin news: "The pound won’t be round for much longer” – excellent copywriting, that. (Jenny)
This selection of images from the 33rd Harbin ice and snow sculpture festival is amazing, particularly those icy slides! (Lucy)
Who to follow – Ones to Watch special
This week we released our list of creatives and studios who you should keep an eye on this year. To help you along with that process, here’s all their Instagram accounts. Enjoy!
Monica Kim Garza
- Food for thought on the day the Global Climate Strike begins
- “I always thought Photoshop was a glorified MS paint”: James Lacey on his journey into design
- “If I am flagging on a shoot, she directs me”: Matthew Stone on working with FKA Twigs
- French illustrator Nicolas Ridou makes “the atmosphere the story” in his hypnotic works
- A routine, good music and Charlie Bones: Sean Bate on his graphic design inspirations
- In The Boys, Rick Schatzberg photographs his group in their 66th year of friendship
- “All you see is lazy photography everywhere”: Martin Parr discusses his career, Brexit and obsession
- The work of Xiangyu Liu is weird and fantastically unpredictable (some NSFW)
- Caterina Bianchini Studio designs a dog-themed identity for a conveyer belt cheese restaurant
- Ikea invites people to “try on” Virgil Abloh furniture collection at LFW
- Hans Findling on his experimental and multidisciplinary approach to design
- Introducing the It’s Nice That Graduates of 2019!