The unlikely duo discuss the beautiful simplicity of a vase made by bees and an earthquake-proof school desk. They also dare to determine what era we are currently occupying. Antonelli clears that one up without breaking a sweat, saying, "We are post-post-postmodern, present, pre-future, but a little bit of future today, with the history that comes with us." Yikes. She then assuages Colbert's terrified expression with this sage advice: "Be yourself. Be in the moment. You're going to be modern."
We haven't loved Ms. Antonelli so much since we discovered her Twitter handle was @curiousoctopus.
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