Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!

+Now, this is cool architecture design, although only in concept stages still. It's an umbrella that is supposed to protect and regenerate the polar ice caps, helping to keep them cool!

+Design*Sponge blog has a great series for women trying to start up or maintain small businesses called Biz Ladies. The discussions range from finances to branding, and even social media.

+Whether you celebrate Easter or not, these metallic gold leaf eggs are super stylish and make for a fun weekend project with the kids. 

+We love finding cool design all over the place... Check out this office design in Berlin. It's an old factory loft from the 1898, but you would never know looking at the modern interiors. Oh, but the architecture tells all.

+For all of you lovely ESL Blog subscribers, you might be disappointed with the disolving of Google Reader. May we suggest using Feedly, which is a great alternative and will even transport all your feeds for you.