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Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.

This elegant glass is just for drinking Japan’s unofficial national beverage

It makes consuming Calpis, the yogurt-y Coca-Cola alternative, downright elegant.

To people in the U.S., the prospect of a milky Coca-Cola may sound odd. But since 1919, Calpis–a sweet and acidic fermented yogurt drink–has been a mainstay in Japan. Bottled as a concentrate, it took off in prewar Japan, as it required no refrigeration to stay fresh and it was fortified with calcium.

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Inside the secret laboratory where Marriott is cooking up the hotel of the future

The hotel giant, which faces stiff competition from Hilton and Airbnb, uses the lab to get insights into the smallest details–from the shape of wall sconces to the location of electrical outlets.

As anyone who’s pulled off the interstate late at night knows, hotels like Marriott, Residence Inn, Sheraton, and Aloft are frequently neighbors, lined up side by side on the outskirts of town. It’s less usual to see them side by side in a basement in Bethesda, Maryland, though. Yet two stories below Marriott International’s sprawling headquarters, they do just that.

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French politicians demand that Notre-Dame be restored as an exact replica

The French Senate is not giving architects license to change anything in the controversial Notre-Dame restoration project.

Not a single stone, nail, or plank of wood will change. That’s the French senate’s final word on the restoration of Notre-Dame, the Parisian cathedral heavily damaged in a fire on April 15. The senate has amended the law that ordered its restoration to avoid any potential experiments–of which there have been dozens over the past month, from famous architects and the public alike.

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Ian Spalter steps down as Instagram’s head of design

He will be replaced by Facebook head of design Luke Woods.

Instagram’s Ian Spalter has stepped away from his position as the company’s head of design. Spalter shaped the look and feel of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms and oversaw its design team at a time of tremendous growth. Luke Woods, head of design at Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012, will take over his role. Spalter is moving to Japan to lead Instagram’s new office there.

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Why the best way to file your taxes will probably never exist in America

Many governments around the world have eliminated the need for third-party tax assistance by making it easy to pay taxes. Not so in the United States.

$16,000. I’ll write it again. $16,000. That’s the number I want you thinking of every time you painfully file your taxes–as you curse confusing forms, or slice off a nice chunk of your return to the software that handles the task for you. $16,000 was the total contribution Richard Neal (D-Mass) took from Intuit and H&R Block over the last two election cycles, to say nothing of the many other politicians who received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from tax prep companies in 2018.

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What is biophilic design, and can it really make you happier and healthier?

The idea that people have an innate affinity for nature dates back to the 1980s, but designing spaces according to the principles of nature is reaching a peak now.

Recently, a quiet revolution has begun to change the way people think about their spaces, both at home and at work. It centers on the idea that the great indoors should mimic the great outdoors to improve people’s lives–an insight that is backed up with increasing amounts of research.

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The wallpaper of the future is here

Design Mario Romano carves building-size murals and patterns into Corian using robotics. The results are unlike any wall coverings out there.

Last year, the Venice, California-based designer Mario Romano invented a new kind of wallpaper. Except this “wallpaper” isn’t made out of paper at all. It has volume and texture you can touch, and it can be carved in a single, continuous design, because it’s made out of Corian, a solid surface material created by DuPont. Romano’s tagline for his product? “Nature doesn’t repeat itself. Nor should your walls.”

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