This week we've got gilded coffins, adorable talking shells, ruminations on the history of computer iconography, sustainable furniture finds, and more. Take a look.
Kathryn Roach: Gold Leaf Ecopod
Made by a father-and-son team in Brighton, England, these coffins are both modern and chic. If I have to go, please send me to my maker wrapped in gold and feathers...Liberace would be so proud!
Ever wonder what all those symbols on all your gadgets are—and then wonder further where they came from? Wired's Gadget Lab dug up the origin stories of icons like the power symbol, command key, USB trident, and others in this fun roundup of geekery.
Jaime: Environment Furniture
I am liking several couches and chairs made by Environment Furniture in Los Angeles. They're made with reclaimed and sustainably sourced wood, manufactured locally in an earth-friendly way, and upholstered in used Levis and vintage army tents dyed with organic inks. The one downer: they're rather spendy. This 'Pacifica Wing Chair' runs a cool $1,395.
Michele: Marcel the Shell
I must have watched this adorable, hilarious stop-motion short by Jenny Slate (of Saturday Night Live) and Dean Fleischer-Camp a dozen times this week. Marcel is a talky, nebbishy hermit-crab shell who in this video explains eloquently all the trials and tribulations of being very tiny. His biggest regret? Not having a dog. Which turns out okay, because as he explains: Lint is a shell's best friend.
via It's Nice That
Amanda: NASA's Rocket Booster Falls from Space
If you've ever wondered what it would look like to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere after falling through the cosmos, look no further than this beautiful and astounding video. It's seven minutes long, and the good stuff starts at the two-minute mark, so be patient—it is so totally worth it.