Living Beautifully Compendium №4

Beautiful things are prepared with love.

Beautiful experiences lift the human spirit. They say, optimistically, life is worthwhile. If we can be more beautiful in our thoughts and in our actions, we can learn to live and work more beautifully. We’ve all had enough of ugly.

This is the fourth ‘Living Beautifully Compendium’. It shows people striving to deliver truth, meaning and authenticity through beautiful products, experiences and solutions.

This compendium explores beauty beyond the superficial; things beautifully made with the latest technology or uniquely handcrafted, buildings that are beautiful in their conception and construction, food grown and cooked which is restorative and sensual, beautiful experiences and culture that nourish one’s soul…all, Living Beautifully.

I’ve made this list through writing my book and with the help of beautiful.business friends. If you believe something to be beautiful please get in touch so we can share it with the world.

Beautifully Made

Califia Farms — pronounced “Cal-ih-FEE-ah” say, they bring you the most delicious, good-for-the-world foods by applying creativity and innovation to nature’s bounty, believing the world needs a healthier, plant based food system. Califia is on a mission to discover and share what plants can do to help achieve whole body health, as well as to encourage wider adoption of plant-based foods and beverages for the good of our planet.

Califia US + Califia UK + Twitter

Kiverdi technology — uses all natural microbes, they call them Nature’s Super Charged Carbon Recyclers, to transform CO2 and other gases into high-valued oils, nutrients and bio-based products. The materials produced can be used in a wide range of sustainably sourced products and industrial applications. By recycling carbon dioxide, Kiverdi are bridging the gap between sustainability and profitability, enabling a future of abundance. All businesses of the future will be restorative.

Website

Judith Schaechter — is a Philadelphia-based artist known for her work in the medium of stained glass. Her pieces often exhibit elements of parable. Her work gives voice to those who experience pain, grief, despair and hopelessness, resonating with viewers and leaving a profound and lasting impression. This is conversation with Judith if you want to go deeper.

Website + Instagram

Feral Child by Judith Schaechter

Where does creativity come from? How does it come? Where do you find it? How do you make it? So many questions. And this is an answer.

A moment of inspiration can come at any time. Jazz musician Bruce Harris takes us through the streets of New York to discuss space, material and texture. Listen to the human with the voice, the pencil and the trumpet.

Newlight — was founded in 2003 with a question: why can’t we use greenhouse gas emissions as a resource to make materials? Newlight has developed a carbon capture technology that pulls carbon out of greenhouse gas and uses that carbon to produce a bioplastic material called AirCarbon™: a naturally-occurring material that can match the performance of oil-based plastics and out-compete on price.

Website + Twitter

Florian Gadsby — Ceramicist. Beautiful things are prepared with love. The lens of beauty informs the crafting of better things for better reasons. Infused with optimism they say: life is & can be worthwhile.

Website + Instagram

Proxime — build augmented reality technology that helps surgeons get remote assistance and training from anywhere in the world. Founded by Nadine Haram.

Website + Twitter

The Future Library — project is a public artwork that aims to collect an original work by a popular writer every year from 2014 to 2114 and to share them with the world only then. One thousand trees were specially planted for the project in the Nordmarka forest. The 100 books will be printed in limited-edition anthologies using paper made from the trees. It has been described as “the world’s most secretive library.” Created by the Scottish artist Katie Paterson.

Website + Instagram

ResponsABility — ethical investing. In 1999, Klaus Tischhauser embarked on a 2-year cycling trip from Zurich to Cape Town encompassing 20 countries in Africa profoundly affected by what he experienced. He decided to set up an investment company that was focused on investing for inclusive growth, restorative to people and planet. ResponsABility have been doing just that since 2003

Website + Twitter

10 Breakthrough Technologies — Every year since 2001 The MIT Technology Review picks 10 of the best. What they are looking for is a technology, or perhaps even a collection of technologies, that will have a profound effect on our lives. My challenge is how can we do that beautifully? That is useful, valuable, and restorative.

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Beautifully Built

Balkrishna Doshi — in this film architect Balkrishna Doshi an Indian architect, asks the biggest question - why? Talking about how his questions both inform and direct — his how. Balkrishna was a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Green Roofs — People who live, work, or play near green roofs enjoy more natural beauty and greater well-being — the result of biophilia, humanity’s innate affinity with the natural world. In the book Drawdown, in modelling green and cool roofs, if green roofs cover 30% of roof space by 2050 and cool roofs cover 60%, a total of 407 billion square feet would be in place globally. Combined reducing carbon emissions by 0.8 gigatons. Lifetime savings $3 trillion. Nice.

Green Roofs in Oklahoma

Biophilic Design — The Architecture of Life. Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature.

Website

New Tate St. Ives — the new extension was described as ‘breathtakingly beautiful’. It won a the RIBA prize and RIBA National Award 2018.

Review + Website

Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media — according to the master plan of the 200-hectare university campus, the site where the Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media (NTU-ADM) sits is a wooded valley which was to be left as a green lung. In order to keep to the original intention of the master plan, a habitat was carved from the constraints of the valley, with landscaping playing a critical role in moulding the building. NTU-ADM is the creation of a “non-building”, allowing the original greenery of the site to creep and colonise.

Website

V&A Dundee — Dundee has been the butt of many jokes over the years. A city that struggled to recover from its original economic purpose as a docks. This building is designed to be the impetus of the cultural and economic regeneration of a city. Described as a thrilling, twisting spaceship, it was designed by Kengo Kuma and is Scotland’s first design museum.

Website + Twitter

Ken Yeang — Ecodesign is the seamless and benign biointegration of everything that we make and do as human beings with the natural environment. 1971 Ken Yeang became one of the first architects to undertake a PhD on the subject of ecological design. He is one of the world’s leading architects in ecological and passive low energy design. He is best known as the inventor of the Bioclimatic skyscraper and for his novel ideas on designing the high-rise building type as vertical urban design.

Waste Ski Slopes — If you need to build a waste incinerator to burn rubbish to heat buildings why can’t there be a benefit beyond carbon targets? How much would it cost to make the building into a mountain, where there are none and let people ski down it? Why can’t utilities be fun, useful, multi-functional?

Copenhagen’s longest ski slope, with an 85m outside climbing wall, a bar and a restaurant at the top, just happens to be the world’s cleanest waste incinerator the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant. Designed by the Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

Website + Twitter

The Bothy Project — A network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland. The Bothy Project offers opportunities to stay, work and study in simple shelters designed to optimise exposure to their unique settings.

Website + Twitter

Beautiful Experiences

Barber Shop Chronicles — Newsroom, political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling. Following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Barber Shop Chronicles returned to the National Theatre from November 2017.

National Theatre

Green Man Festival— cosmic rock and communal wonderment. Festival is not something given to the people it’s something they give to themselves. There is much that could be said to capture the endlessly nourishing spirit of Green Man. A total immersion into another world of being and seeing, taste, sound, texture, community. Joyful.

Green Man festival

Rural Japan — Countryside Stay in Japan provides opportunities for foreign visitors to experience the country’s traditional lifestyles, many of which still exist in rural areas away from Japan’s large cities. Travelers can stay in agricultural, mountain and fishing villages, live and work with the people that will show them the world through a different lens. That is what experience is all about enlarging our world.

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Slowdown with Poetry — The poet laureate Tracy K. Smith wants to breathe poetry into your ear for five minutes every weekday. “The Slowdown,” is described as a way to give listeners a break from the noise of their everyday lives. It will start Nov. 26, and will feature poems by American writers.

iTunes + American Public Media

Fields of Light — British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Some of his works can be monumental stretching over acres of desert. Experienced at night they are immersive and magical.

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Passage for Par — is a dance performance created specially for and presented on Par Beach Cornwall, conceived and directed by choreographer Rosemary Lee for the Cornish International Art Programme GroundWork.

Rachel Spence wrote, “Here, as the tide turned under a bruleé-rich sunset, Lee’s performers — 30 women dressed in dark navy, their arms interlinked — moved across the reptilian pelt with tiny, impeccable gestures that married minimalism to folk dancing. For two hours, the audience, who ranged from art students to picnicking families, remained mesmerised by the collective display of inner and outer unity”.

Website + Instagram

Vevey Arts festival — Sixty-one bodies of work by photographers and artists from 19 countries were displayed throughout the town. Each illustrates or explores the theme of something being out of the ordinary. A railway platform, a phone booth, a church, a dilapidated hardware shop, even the waters of Lake Geneva serve to showcase the pictures.

Website

The Thousand Year Journey — Jed decided to quit his job and ride his bike from Oregan to Patagonia. His words and his actions are a reminder to us all, to get up off our collectives arses, to ‘Go-Do’ and create, make, live a life made of wonderful experiences. To go way, way beyond your boundaries. Trust in, and love the world — it loves you back, be curious, ‘seize the day’, and be rewarded with the riches of experience. These are the most valuable of all. I know this to be true.

Instagram + Twitter

Lewis & Clark National Trail — Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States. A trip that took two years. There are 3,700 miles of trails and 30 routes. The Upper Missouri River Breaks is said to be the best.

Website + Twitter

Beautifully Restorative

Grow Bristol — smart urban farming for a better city. Apparently the radishes are bangin’.

Website + Twitter

Mindfulness-based stress reduction — is a program that incorporates mindfulness to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues that were initially difficult to treat in a hospital setting. Many, too many people suffer from stress. I know that the real journey of healing starts from within.

Wikipedia

Repopulating the Mammoth Steppe — The science of study continues to demonstrates the natural world thrives in diversity. Sergey and Nikita Zimov have proven that climate change can be reversed though taking nature back to its early days of development and relationship with animals. Their work in the Kolyma basin known as the mammoth steppe, at one time the largest community of flora and fauna existing in any major habitat on earth shows how this can be done.

Wikipedia

Wise Elder Academy — Founded by Chip Conley, The Wise Elder Academy is based in Baja California Sur, México. We need wise elders, we need wisdom. Its never to late, to move forwards.

Website

ReStore — Meet Linda Lee Mellish who owns and runs ReStore, an architectural salvage shop in Philadelphia. They have saved 2000 tonnes from landfill, 604 families in safe housing, 5 homes under construction and 15,000 volunteer hours clocked.

Website

Girlvana — began with the idea that every teen girl deserves a safe space to find her inner voice. Yoga and meditation programmes with mentoring and love. Girlvana.

Website + Instagram

The Topeka Center For Peace And Justice — The school-to-prison pipeline is being dramatically reduced due to Topeka’s programs. Richard Ross a friend and artist has devoted the last ten years of his life documenting the Juvenile Justice System in the United States. His work shows the level to which business interests, (as all jails are privately run), impacts on society. This film shows compassion, love and being able to see the world through a different lens can change lives for the better. That is restorative.

Website

100 Days without Fear — from the time she was a little girl, Michelle Poler was afraid of the world. She avoided everything, because — well you never know. So when moving to New York Michelle decided to do something about it. And 100 days without Fear was born. Don’t round it, go through it. Take on the ugly and make it beautiful.

Website + Instagram

Beautiful Food

Interno Cartagena — is a restaurant inside the San Diego prison in Cartagena, Colombia. It is attended by women deprived of their liberty, created and directed by Johana Bahamón who since 2012 has been working with her team of the Fundación Accion Interna to improve the quality of life of the prison and post-prison population. Interno is a model of social reinsertion and undoubtedly an example of reconciliation and resocialisation, demonstrating how mistakes can become opportunities.

Website + Instagram

Scott Hocker — Many years of eating, cooking, and writing about food have left Scott Hocker with many stories to tell. In this occasional column, he re-creates a dish tied to a distant, or sometimes recent, food memory.

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The Rangoon Sisters — Amy and Emily Chung, are two NHS doctors from east London. Their sold-out supper clubs, under the name the Rangoon Sisters, have quietly helped spread the word about Burmese cooking. Tickets vanish quickly for the sisters’ joyful evenings of mohinga, lahpet thoke and khauk swe. “The supper-club crowd is a true mix of people with Burmese heritage, people who’ve been to Burma and are craving a food fix, plus others who are just curious,” says Emily.

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Central — Lima, Peru. In its three years as The Best Restaurant in Latin America, Central has been, well, central to Lima’s transformation into one of the globe’s must-visit dining destinations, while chef Virgilio Martínez has led a new generation of Peruvian cooks.

Website

Terry’s Café — After his father Terry died, Austin Yardley renovated the family cafe, Terry’s, that has served taxi drivers, tourists and businessmen alike on Great Suffolk Street in London SE1 since 1982. In the corner sits the stately tea urn. DO order order the standard breakfast — eggs, bacon, Cumberland sausage, beans — with a side of mushrooms. The place is always packed.

Website + Instagram

Koks — Faroe Islands. You can find Koks restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Kirkjubøur. Its 17 course Nordic tasting menu legendary. This small restaurant was at the forefront of the Nordic food revolution.

Website + Instagram

Kentos Bakery — Even as a child Viviana Sirigu knew that the ageing terracotta pot tucked under her mother’s bed held something special — a batch of yeast, nurtured and used by her family to make bread for centuries. “It was treated like a member of the family, and the bread it creates remains edible for weeks. In some ways it’s a connection to my mother and family members who have passed.” The yeast, called su frammentu (mother yeast), has been cared for and fed with spring water daily for 300 years.

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Jeong Kwan — is a Zen Buddhist nun and chef of Korean cuisine. It is the spiritual nature of the food, how its grown, connecting to ones relationship with nature, that interests her. Then its then preparation - Kwan talks about time, to give the time to create the time for making with love. Temple Food Philosophy.

Netflix — Chefs Table

Beautiful Conversations

Bob Brown — wilderness warrior, elder. Bob has inspired generations of Australians to feel a deep reverence for the environment — and campaign to protect it. Bob talks with Nathan Scolaro, about his latest efforts to save the Tarkine, a wilderness region in north west Tasmania, and how embracing music, the arts and self-care is central to empowered activism. Down to earth common sense.

Podcast + Foundation

Tacita Dean — “The act of looking itself is about faith and belief in what you see”, says Tacita Dean.Tacita talks about curiosity, the process of making, and the difference between digital and analogue. It’s a small moment but it is in fact a massive insight.

Paul Hawken — Environmentalist Paul Hawken and filmmaker Damon Gameau in conversation about Paul’s renowned book, Project Drawdown. “Global warming is a gift” says Paul. Paul also talks about language, the language we use to frame an important conversations. That is really worth a listen.

Podcast + Drawdown

Being Human — by Richard Atherton is for people who want go deep on what it means to be a human making a difference.

iTunes + Soundcloud

Radio Diaries — a multi award-winning US podcast that gives recording equipment to people and helps them tell their “extraordinary stories of ordinary life”. Radio Diaries has been going since 1996 and covers people of all ages, from teenagers to OAPs, but the older people’s stories (often in the sound portraits section) can be the most interesting: 94-year-old Selma Koch, who runs a bra-fitting shop; Bernard Greenhouse, the 92-year-old cello player; and many more.

Podcast

Appearances — hosted by Academy Award-winner and contributing editor Steve McQueen. In each weekly instalment, McQueen and a notable guest consider how their appearance has shaped their lives and their perception of themselves. It is powerful stuff.

iTunes

The Design Jones — is a podcast featuring the very best of the UK creative industry. One to one interviews with designers, developers and people within the UK creative scene. These podcasts will focus on anything and everything that will allow you to know the people behind the work.

iTunes

Good Is The New Cool —Radio Wolfgang is a radio show hosted by Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones. This episode is with Jason Mayden, Nike shoe designer, and entrepreneur who speaks about how he came to create Super Heroic, a business aimed at encouraging both parents and children alike, the importance of play. Create beauty, do good.

Podcast + Superheroic

Beautiful Reads

Elementum Journal—Elementum’s vision is to produce a publication about getting back to what really matters through nurturing our connection to the natural world. Constantly inspired and fascinated by the living world around us, we believe that in better understanding it we will better understand our place within it, our responsibilities and the possibilities open to us.

Website + Instagram

Delayed Gratification Magazine — The speed of the modern news agenda can leave you feeling constantly on the back foot. DGM go the other way and wait for three months to pass before returning to the news, picking out what really mattered and returning to events with the benefit of hindsight you get the final analysis.

Website

Path a short story about reciprocity by Louisa Thomsen-Brits — In Path, a beautifully written parable from the unique and soulful voice of Louisa Thomsen Brits, a solitary figure walks through uncertainty and isolation to reach an understanding that they are not alone, but part of the world around them.

The Do Book Co.

Image by Jim Marsden.

Sweet Bitter Blues — by Amanda Petrusich. “I couldn’t quite figure out why Japanese listeners had come to appreciate and savor the blues in the way that they seemed to — lavishly, devotedly.”

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Kobayashi Kazuhiro owner of JBS — which stands for ‘Jazz, Blues and Soul

Ancient dreams of intelligent machines: 3,000 years of robots — Stephen Cave and Kanta Dihal revisit the extraordinary history of cultural responses to automata.

Post in Nature

The Awesome Book of Love — Yael Staav’s poignant and emotional interpretation of Dallas Clayton’s celebrated storybook, An Awesome Book of Love, shows us that love is truly humanity’s greatest gift. Read the book.

Boat Magazine — is a nomadic travel + culture publication that focuses on a different, inspiring city for each issue. For every issue, the staff uproots their office and travels directly to the city they’re covering. They physically move to the city for a few weeks, set up a studio there, and work directly with locals to provide the best and most in-depth content about that particular city. From Reykjavik to Havana, Tel Aviv to Bangkok, readers are given passes to cities in ways most tourists could only dream of.

Website + Instagram

Design as an Attitude by Alice Rawsthorn — this book explores how designers are exploring the subject’s elemental role as an agent of political and social change.

Frieze article + Instagram + book

The Hidden Memories of Plants by Sarah Laskow — Inside a quiet revolution in the study of the world’s other great kingdom.

Read via Atlas Obscura

Beautiful Sounds

For this edition I asked Paul Bay a good friend, and music lover to put together his version of what he believes to be beautiful sounds.

Dawn Chorus —While ringtones, Alexa other tech sonics increasingly shape our behaviours, nature’s sounds often get filtered out of our daily soundscapes. And yet, many around the world continue to be uplifted by the sounds of our feathered friends. Director, producer and musician, Nigel Paterson produced a hypnotic documentary for the BBC called Dawn Chorus: The Sounds of Spring in 2015. He recorded birdsong from the early hours of the morning at three separate locations on three separate days. It was quite simply one of the most wonderful programmes I have ever seen (heard?).

Listen on the BBC

On the Corner Records — One of my favourite record labels right now. The quality of the releases coming from Pete Buckenham’s label is breath-taking. From the delights of Penya’s ‘Super Liminal’ to the sumptuous ‘The Search’ by Collocutor (led by the brilliant Tamar Osborn), the label fuses jazz with the sounds of Africa east and west. Earlier this year, dj Khalab released the phenomenal ‘Black Noise 2084’, a mix of jazz, field recordings and a lot of bass. Gathering musicians such as Moses Boyd, Shabaka Hutchins and the aforementioned Tamar Osborn, the album is sensational. This label has the added bonus of the gorgeous artwork of Victoria Topping, which gives the label a beautiful visual identity that now acts like a quality control stamp — much like the Blue Note Records and Factory Records artwork did in the past. Here is a track from the dj Khalab album for you, called ‘Zaire’.

Soundcloud

Anne Briggs — There are a number of voices that could be the definition of beauty, none more so than the voice of British folk singer Anne Briggs. She was highly influential in the English folk scene in the 1960s, breathing life into traditional sea shanties and other folk songs, and inspiring many a musician. Her interpretation of the traditional song ‘Blackwater Side’ (her arrangement was borrowed by Bert Jansch, and then Led Zeppelin on ‘Black Mountain Side’) is a perfect showcase for the beauty that is the voice of Anne Briggs.

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Total Refreshment Centre — Tucked down a side road in North London was a venue that did much to help cultivate the dance music and jazz scenes of London, with live gigs, rehearsal spaces, artist studios and a record label. It gave young artists a new place to play (always a challenge) and young gig goers a place that they could afford (and not just the young folk either). True, the place was the opposite of swanky. But to judge this venue based on how it looks was a serious error. The place sounded incredible. The musicians would be encouraged to reach new heights by an energised audience, while the audience bonded with the music in wonderful ways. To hear a crowd go wild for a tuba solo (by the brilliant Theon Cross — seen here on stage at TRC alongside Nubya Garcia), was something to behold.

I saw so many great gigs at this venue. Here is a clip of one of those gigs — Shabaka Hutchings’s Sons of Kemet (with Theon Cross). Long live TRC.

Wailing Souls - Firehouse Rock — One of the first songs that came to mind when thinking about the Sound of Beauty, was this piece from the Jamaican vocal group, The Wailing Souls. Founded in the 1960s, the group made some great albums before and after this 1980 album. However, the title track of the album Firehouse Rock has special significance to me personally. Before my son said hello to the world, he would move and dance around in his mother’s womb to this song. Maybe it was the bassline. Whatever it was, my 18 year old son still feels connected to this tune, as do I.

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Salah Ragab — Egyptian drummer and band leader, Salah Ragab founded the first jazz big band in 1968, The Cairo Jazz Band in 1968. The music is Jazz, and yet the sound is unmistakably Egyptian. The album was highly sought by record collectors. However, with a reissue of the album, many more people can now enjoy the delights of this wonderful piece of music. Here is one track called Egypt Strut. A Jazz tune undoubtedly, but with a sound that can only have been created in Egypt.

Vinicius de Moraes / Toquihno / Maria Bethania — En La Fusa — Brazilian Bossa Nova legends Vinicius de Moraes , Toquinho and Maria Bethânia individually created incredible music. Together, they performed on stage on numerous occasions, and recorded this wonderful album live at La Fusa in 1971. Whilst the whole album is a thing of beauty, the song E De Manha, sung by Bethânia and written by her brother Caetano Veloso, is simply breathtaking.

Youtube

King Tubby — There is beauty in the space between. Osborn Ruddock, aka King Tubby, was the master in finding beauty in the space between notes. A true innovator of sound, he was a pioneer in dub music back in early 1970s, adding in delays, reverb and more ‘space’ in a reggae tune. For some, the dub version (found on the B-Side of a 7 inch single) would be the tune for them, not the vocal track on the A-Side. If the B-Side has the name King Tubby on it, you know you are in for a sonic adventure. A genius in the studio, he transformed reggae. Whilst he sadly passed away in 1989, his sonic influence can be found in dance, electronic, grime and other music genres today.

Youtube

Maisha —is one of the many groups in the young London Jazz scene whose members also perform in other groups. Their debut album is to be released later this year, but with the likes of Jake Long (drums), Nubya Garcia (Saxophone/Flute), Shirley Tetteh (Guitar), Amané Suganami (Piano/Wurlitzer), Twm Dylan (Double Bass), Tim Doyle (Percussion) and Yahael Camara-Onono (Percussion) in the group, it is sure to be special. To get you in the mood, here is the one track — called Osiris — released in advance.

Aretha Franklin — Whilst The Queen of Soul recently passed away, the world continues to be blessed by the beautiful sounds that she shared with the world. So I leave you with with the uplifting funky track “Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky)”, produced by Quincy Jones. Time to dance.

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About Paul Bay — organisational culture development, helping his clients unnderstand; what does it mean to a beautiful brand? Combined with wonderful and bad ass ways that enable his clients to connect with their tribe, customers and people who will grow to love then. Paul also helps out in Pure Vinyl Records in Brixton every Saturday. You can find the shop online on Instagram (@purevinyllondon) and Facebook (@purevinyllondon) or come and visit the shop in Brixton London to say hello. All of the music shared above is regularly available in store — though he can’t promise birdsong…

Beautiful Film

LOVE & MERCY — presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. There is no light without dark, no up without down, no joy without pain.

Tashi and the Monk — On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Committed to raising children with love and compassion, former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok attempts to heal his own childhood abandonment by adopting 85 unwanted children and growing them as a family at Jhamtse Ghatsal, a remote children’s community in the foothills of the Himalayas. Winner Outstanding Short Documentary Emmy 2016 and 25+ Film Festival Awards. Directed by Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke.

Website

Denali — There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times. Not a dry eye in the house.

The Clock by Christian Marclay — 3 years in the making, 24-hours long, the installation is a montage of thousands of film and television images of clocks, edited together so they show the actual time. Zadie Smith stated that The Clock “is neither bad nor good, but sublime, maybe the greatest film you have ever seen”. Its currently being shown at The Tate Modern until January 2019

Tick Tock

Dark Side of the Lens’ is a poem about seeing, perseverance, creativity and making. Justifiably a winner of many awards. Inspired.

Donhou Bicycles Experiments in Speed — Inspired by those great men of the salt flats, those men that in the 60s pushed the Land Speed Record from the 300s up towards the 600mph mark in jet-propelled cars built in their sheds. Donhou Bicycles decided to do what they do: build a bicycle, but this time, in the spirit of those pioneers of speed, build it to see how fast they could go… Just start, don’t care what anyone else thinks, focus, commit.

Beauty of Mathematics — “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” — Bertrand Russell By Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux

Artificial Intelligence in Sci Fi Film and Literature — Science Fiction film and literary fictions have been a forum for the drama of ideas that circulate around AI and its future, not least important ethical questions. In this short film Artificial Intelligence experts, Science Fiction (SF) authors, technology experts, and scholars of literature discuss these fascinating ideas and ask: what can we learn about ourselves in relation to AI by exploring these narratives?

Cold War by Pawel Pawelikowski’s — Paweł Pawlikowski won the best director award at Cannes in May for this sweepingly intimate love story about a star-crossed couple falling together and apart, through the iron curtain of postwar Europe. It is inspired by (and dedicated to) his parents, whom Pawlikowski has described as “the most interesting dramatic characters I’ve ever come across … both strong, wonderful people, but as a couple a never-ending disaster”.

The Art of Listening — is a feature documentary film directed by Michael Coleman and Emmanuel Moran about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice. This journey is narrated by intimate conversations with artists, engineers and producers about the philosophy of their work and the intent behind each musical note they create.

Beautiful.Business

As an artist, designer and Businessman helping companies craft innovative businesses, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that beautiful businesses are the future. They are proven to be attractive to employees, buyers and investors. They are profitable. And they are loved. Through workshops, talks and consultations, my life’s mission is to help businesses discover their own unique beauty.

What would your business look like were it more beautiful?


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