Living Beautifully Compendium No.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.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.


Beautifully Made

  • Califia Farms.
  • Kiverdi technology.
  • Judith Schaechter.
  • Newlight.
  • Florian Gadsby — Ceramicist.
  • Proxime.
  • The Future Library.
  • ResponsABility — ethical investing.
  • 10 Breakthrough Technologies.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

Beautifully Built

  • Balkrishna Doshi—Indian architect.
  • Green Roofs.
  • Biophilic Design.
  • New Tate St. Ives.
  • Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media.
  • V&A Dundee.
  • Ken Yeang — Ecodesign.
  • Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant. Designed by the Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).
  • The Bothy Project — A network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

Beautiful Experiences

  • Barber Shop ChroniclesNational Theatre.
  • Green Man Festival.
  • Rural Japan — Countryside Stay in Japan provides opportunities for foreign visitors to experience the country’s traditional lifestyles.
  • Slowdown with Poetry — poet laureate Tracy K. Smith podcast.
  • Fields of Light — British artist Bruce Munro.
  • 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.
  • Vevey Arts Festival —Switzerland.
  • The Thousand Year Journey — Jed decided to quit his job and ride his bike from Oregan to Patagonia.
  • Lewis & Clark National Trail.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

Beautifully Restorative

  • Grow Bristol — smart urban farming for a better city.
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction.
  • Repopulating the Mammoth Steppe.
  • Wise Elder Academy.
  • ReStore.
  • Girlvana.
  • The Topeka Center For Peace And Justice.
  • 100 Days without Fear—Michele Polar.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

Beautiful Food

  • Interno Cartagena — is a restaurant inside the San Diego prison in Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Scott Hocker — many years of eating, cooking, and writing about food have left Scott Hocker with many stories to tell.
  • 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.
  • Central— Lima, Peru. Known as the best restaurant in Latin America.
  • Terry’s Café —Great Suffolk Street in London SE1.
  • Koks — Faroe Islands.
  • Kentos Bakery —Sicily.
  • Jeong Kwan — is a Zen Buddhist nun and chef of Korean cuisine.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

Beautiful Conversations

  • Bob Brown — wilderness warrior, elder.
  • Tacita Dean— artist.
  • Paul Hawken — Environmentalist.
  • Being Human — by Richard Atherton.
  • Radio Diaries — a multi award-winning US podcast that gives recording equipment to people and helps them tell their “extraordinary stories of ordinary life”.
  • Appearances — hosted by Academy Award-winner and contributing editor Steve McQueen.
  • The Design Jones — is a podcast featuring the very best of the UK creative industry.
  • Good Is The New CoolRadio Wolfgang. Speaks to Jason Mayden Nike designer and shoe designer.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

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.
  • Delayed Gratification Magazine—the news with reflection.
  • Path a short story about reciprocity by Louisa Thomsen-Brits
  • 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.
  • Ancient dreams of intelligent machines: 3,000 years of robots — Stephen Cave and Kanta Dihal revisit the extraordinary history of cultural responses to automata.
  • 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.
  • Boat Magazine — is a nomadic travel + culture publication that focuses on a different, inspiring city for each issue.
  • 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.
  • The Hidden Memories of Plants by Sarah Laskow — Inside a quiet revolution in the study of the world’s other great kingdom.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

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.

  • The Dawn Chorus—BBC documentary
  • On the Corner Records — record label.
  • 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.
  • Total Refreshment Centre— Tucked down a side road in North London.
  • Wailing Souls – Firehouse Rock
  • Salah Ragab — Egyptian drummer and band leader
  • Vinicius de Moraes / Toquihno / Maria Bethania — En La Fusa — Brazilian Bossa Nova legends.
  • King Tubby—was the master in finding beauty in the space between notes.
  • Maisha —is one of the many groups in the young London Jazz scene whose members also perform in other groups.
  • Aretha Franklin—in memory.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

Beautiful Film

  • LOVE & MERCY — presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys.
  • Tashi and the Monk — On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place.
  • Denali — There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Beauty of Mathematics— Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty .
  • Artificial Intelligence in Sci Fi Film and Literature
  • Cold War by Pawel Pawelikowski—sweepingly intimate love story about a star-crossed couple falling together and apart, through the iron curtain of postwar Europe.
  • 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.

The entire compendium is available on Medium.

Journey further

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