These Notepads Come With Intricate Paper Sculptures Hidden Inside

Triad
Triad

If you like stationery that’s practical, you have plenty of options to choose from. But if you'd prefer something that's more beautiful than pragmatic, there’s the Omoshiroi Block. According to My Modern Met, each of the notepads from the Japanese company Triad contains a hidden paper sculpture. Tearing off sheets of the note paper reveals the secret design, one layer at a time.

The paper is laser-cut and assembled into a block that, at first glance, looks like a regular memo pad. Only when enough sheets have been peeled back does its detailed inner structure start to appear. Some of the notepad sculptures depict famous Japanese buildings, like the Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto and the Paris-inspired Tokyo Tower, while others are elegantly rendered miniatures of everyday objects like musical instruments.

Even the sheets themselves are tiny works of art. Some feature cutouts of leaves and flowers, while others reveal tiny silhouettes of people when they're folded. Once you use up all the sheets, you'll have a beautiful work of paper sculpture to adorn your desk.

You may have to wait a while to get your hands on one, though. Initially, the Omoshiroi Block was exclusively available at Triad's two stores in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan. The product has since sold out completely. There's hope that it will one day be available to international paper fanatics, though. For updates on when the Omoshiroi Block will be back in stock and ready to ship overseas, follow Triad on Instagram.

[h/t My Modern Met]

National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Aretha Franklin With Week-Long Exhibition

Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA
Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA

With the passing of Aretha Franklin on August 16, 2018, the world has lost one of its most distinctive voices—and personalities. As celebrities and fans share their memories of the Queen of Soul and what her music meant to them, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will pay tribute to the legendary songstress's life with a week-long exhibition of her portrait.

Throughout her career, Franklin earned some of the music industry's highest accolades, including 18 Grammy Awards. In 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nearly 30 years later, in 2015, the National Portrait Gallery fêted Franklin with the Portrait of a Nation Prize, which recognizes "the accomplishments of notable contemporary Americans whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery collection." (Madeline Albright, Spike Lee, and Rita Moreno are among some of its recent recipients.)

Milton Glaser's lithograph of Aretha Franklin, which is displayed at The National Portrait Gallery
© Milton Glaser

Franklin's portrait was the creation of noted graphic designer Milton Glaser, who employed "his characteristic kaleidoscope palette and innovative geometric forms to convey the creative energy of Franklin's performances," according to the Gallery. The colorful lithographic was created in 1968, the very same year that the National Portrait Gallery opened.

Glaser's image will be installed in the "In Memoriam" section of the museum, which is located on the first floor, on Friday, August 17 and will remain on display to the public through August 22, 2018. The Gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and admission is free.

This Wall Chart Shows Almost 130 Species of Shark—All Drawn to Scale

Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

Shark Week may be over, but who says you can’t celebrate sharp-toothed predators year-round? Pop Chart Lab has released a new wall print featuring nearly 130 species of selachimorpha, a taxonomic superorder of fish that includes all sharks.

The shark chart
Pop Chart Lab

Called “The Spectacular Survey of Sharks,” the chart lists each shark by its family classification, order, and superorder. An evolutionary timeline is also included in the top corner to provide some context for how many millions of years old some of these creatures are. The sharks are drawn to scale, from the large but friendly whale shark down to the little ninja lanternsharka species that lives in the deep ocean, glows in the dark, and wasn’t discovered until 2015.

You’ll find the popular great white, of course, as well as rare and elusive species like the megamouth, which has been spotted fewer than 100 times. This is just a sampling, though. According to World Atlas, there are more than 440 known species of shark—plus some that probably haven't been discovered yet.

The wall chart, priced at $29 for an 18” x 24” print, can be pre-ordered on Pop Chart Lab’s website. Shipping begins on August 27.

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