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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is a special edition of sunday morning. we greet you from hearst castle, overlooking the pacific ocean at san simeon, california. over the years, this spectacular home has played host to statesmen, moguls and hollywood stars. this morning it's playing host to us, by design. for our annual design issue
we've come to the dream house of legendary newspaper publisher william randolph hearst. he's hardly the only american who have followed his dream as john blackstone will report in our cover story. >> reporter: where is your dream house? is it a light house on the coast of maine, a silo by a trout stream in utah, or made of steel and glass high above the pacific ocean in california's big sur. you can't get closer to edge of the continent than this? >> no, you really can't. >> reporter: we'll follow some dreamers to their dream houses later on sunday morning. >> osgood: hearst castle was designed for entertaining the brightest lights of high society in hollywood. folks in the public eye sometimes need a little redesigning themselves. that's where the man our tracy smith visited comes in. >> reporter: after more than 20 years fixing the hair of the rich and famous, the only thing hair guru frederic can't
seem to do now is stop. >> i can't help looking at everyone. it's simple. it jumps out of my eyes whether it's the color of the hair, the length, the layer wrong. >> reporter: i'm very self-conscious now because you said you look at everybody. the beautiful world of frederic fekkai later on sunday morning. >> osgood: after a leisurely stroll around the grounds you might fancy a rest on a simple and practical chair, perhaps one of the very same chairs richard roth went to see made. >> reporter: baked in steam and bent by hand, the world's best-selling chair has changed design a little since 1859 but then so have we. >> not necessarily fatter just bigger. >> bigger. >> reporter: later this sunday morning, a story about six pieces of wood, a handful of screws, and a design that's more than 150 years old.
absolutely timeless. i'll even save you a seat. >> osgood: hearst castle, as you can see, was designed on a gigantic scale. which is not to say that the smaller items inside all our homes aren't carefully designed as well, as we'll hear from martha teichner it's an open-and-shut case. >> the owner of a ge knows she can depend on it to produce on any occasion. >> reporter: it was considered big. in the 1930s. state of the art. not anymore. >> what's cool about cold? refrigerators, later this sunday morning. >> osgood: when you start talking about things open and shut, you find you self-opening a pandora's box. for example, how many cuff links does a man need? >> have you ever figured out how many pairs you have? >> if i knew, i wouldn't tell you because i wouldn't want my wife to know. >> osgood: rita braver will show us her husband's answer to that one. then richard schlesinger opens
the lid on a rarely explored realm. >> lively design is not just for the living. one casket maker considers these metal boxes underground furniture. so where would you like to spendy ternlt? >> this is an eco-pod. >> reporter: there are now more choices than ever. later on sunday morning, designing for the dearly departed. >> osgood: we'll have much more on this special edition of sunday morning. seth doane takes us on a guided tour of the taj mahal. bill whitaker gets a bird's eye view in the latest of aircraft design and bill geist visits a las vegas home that's a real show stopper. but first let's go to russ mitchell in new york for the sunday morning headlines. >> reporter: good morning. it is may 23, 2010. video has surfaced online of an american-born cleric calling on muslims to kill more u.s. citizens. he has been linked to the fort hood shootings and the attempted bombing of a plane above detroit.
he is said to be wanted dead or alive by the u.s. and is now in hiding in yemen. now in its second month there is no end in sight to the oil leak in the gulf of mexico. epa chief lisa jackson goes to the region today. she and other officials will decide if drastic measures such as setting fire to the oil on the water surface are worth trying in order to minimize damage to marshes along the coast. an air india jet crashed early yesterday with only eight survivors out of 166 people on board. earlier today investigators recovered the boeing 737's black box data recorder. they're hoping it will explain why the plane overshot a hill top runway and plunged over the cliff. the three mothers of the hikers jailed after straying across iran's border back home after a visit with their children. they reported that their children are well treated. the youngest climber to reach the peak of mount everest, the boy is one peek away from fulfilling his goal of climbing the tallest moun
mountains on all seven continents. here's today's forecast. expect showers in the east and upper midwest. it will be hot across the south. that warm air will remain in place for the next few days and will spread east as well. out west it will be cool and rainy. >> osgood: coming up, his dream home and their dream homes.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
>> osgood: it's called the enchanted hill. enchanted and breath taking. per muched high above the pacific coast line of san simeon, california. this was the estate of william randolph hearst, newspaper tycoon, movie mogul, and one of the 20th century's most influential men. first called san simeon his little hideaway. the hill top is filled with gardens, guest houses, and a magnificent neptune pool. its crowning glory is casa grande, a castle in the spanish style. it was all designed by the architect julia morgan the first female graduate of the prestigious school in paris. construction began in 1919 and continued non-stop for another 28 years. through it all, hearst's
guests enjoyed a hospitality as immense as his wealth and power. san simeon was the place to be for hollywood's elite but there are some grumblings about mr. hearst's strict policy of only one cocktail before dinner. dazzling though the real hearst castle may be, it's had to compete for nearly 70 years now with the alternate reality created by a legendary film director. orson welles' 1941 classic citizen kane was a thinly veiled and damning caricature of hearst and of his castle lifestyle. >> 49,000 acres of nothing but scenery and statues i'm lonesome. >> reporter: a largely inaccurate one says castle director hoyt fields. >> this was a very oe as far as i feel between charles foster kane and
william randolph hearst. >> osgood: it seems that the reality of life here at san simeon was truly more vivid than any tale spun from fiction. the enchantment of this hill top retreat is still very much those who come and visit this place. so high above the sea. and so close to the sky. guests at hearst castle ranged from calvin coolidge to carry grant. even winston churchill and playwright george bernard shaw spent time here. before dinner, company would gather here in the assembly room where william randolph hearst guests' carefully nursed that one allotted drink. not everyone can afford to build a dream house like this. still john blackstone tells us that doesn't keep the dreamers from dreaming. ♪ when...
> seldom is an americans' home actually a castle. the american dream house can take many shapes. ♪ my blue heaven > it can be a dramatic statement in glass and steel >> people can't get this house out of their mind from the moment they see it. >> reporter: or a dream house can be inspired by the simple structure of a corrugated metal grain silo. ♪ you see us smiling and say > even an old light house on the atlantic coast can have the makings of a dream house. >> this room is quite nice because it looks due south out the open ocean. >> reporter: wherever it is, for a dream house. and few places offer the spectacular settings of big sur on the california coast. you can't get closer to the edge. continent than this.
>> no, you really can't. >> reporter: john sawyer is a real estate agent who specializes in big sur's multimillion dollar properties. this dream, called terra mar can be yours for a mere $8.5 million. >> everything about this house is a kaleidoscope of of views. up the coast, down the coast. just redwoods in the back. >> reporter: it was designed by his favorite big sur architect. >> every house is totally different. but they all have the same you're living in a piece of art. >> reporter: you might call this dream house a piece of folk art which began life as a grain silo. its owner, earl stein admits he built the place to please just one person: himself. >> my concept was to design a place for me at this point if in my life. the ultimate man cave.
the men out there know, a lazy boy, a remote control and a essentials of life. >> reporter: he calls his house on the banks of the provo river in utah monte-silo. for this avid fisherman it's the perfect location for the house of his selfish dreams. >> it just has a great feeling to it. >> reporter: lloyd con built his house in california just to please himself. a house he's been working on for 40 years. >> i chose everything. the wood. the floor. the walls. you know, the way things are arranged. we designed it according to the way we wanted to live. >> reporter: he built his house largely with his own hands. and in books he's written to create a true home. >> there are some places that you walk into and the dream part of it for me is just the
feeling on the inside. the basic parts of this house were recycled lumber. >> reporter: most everything in his house including his front door is salvaged or recycled. >> i got six of those doors in a trash bin in like 1971. the ultimate low-cost simple exercise device, a piece of rope and a branch. >> reporter: he has a do it yourself workout room too. >> you can stretch backwards. >> reporter: his fitness at age 75 seems proof that a modestly equipped home can work just fine. >> building smaller doesn't have to be a lesser home. >> reporter: a message sarah, a the author of the not so big house books, says is particularly appealing in these tough economic times. >> it's so funny just how many people have realized they can't build that dream home that they thought they could or at least they have to pare down that vision somewhat. so they're learning that they can get a really really
wonderful house that actually sings more loudly than if they had all that square footage. going to build a dream house because we weren't starting from crash. >> reporter: this family's house is a case in point. they had outgrown their small ranch house but weren't quite ready to leave. >> we loved our neighborhood. >> reporter: with the help of our architect bud dietrich, the family reimagined their little ranch house. >> this was the old garage here. >> that's right. >> reporter: they opened up the living area, added a new master bedroom and plenty of light. the kitchen with windows looking out to the backyard garden is now the center of the house. >> we live in this room. this is basically our family room. my kids can sit in here while i'm cooking. as a family we generally eat in this room. >> reporter: many of these are not new or hers alone.
>> you're welcome to the brown house. >> reporter: in fact, this small house on a quiet street in evanston illinois was designed by frank lloyd wright to be affordable and beautiful. it cost $5,000 to build in 1905. >> it's about 1100 square feet. four small bedrooms, one bath upstairs. colors also in here. the main room is made to look bigger and it's divided into three areas. >> reporter: gordon gibson has been restoring wright's little master piece room by room for ten years. >> if mr. wright could be around he would be thrilled that somebody is taking as much good care of this house as you are. we would get more than $5,000 for it now. >> reporter: the same respect for an old architectural gem is seen at hendricks headlight at the tip of southport island on the coast of maine.
>> this is is the sun room on the water side. fabulous view. this originally led out to the bell tower. >> reporter: the designer is helping ben and lieu... lou ann, the owners of the old light house turn it into a home that shines. they've added a cottage of granite and brick while respecting the history here that goes back to the 1820s. >> we've located the stone cottage as far away as we could manage it so that the light house could be kept stark and respectful to it. >> reporter: from sea to shining sea. be it ever so grand.... >> it's just a stunning, stunning place. >> reporter: or ever so humble >> it's really all a man needs. >> reporter: home is where dreams live. ♪ my blue heaven $ldñi(;jn
stop it. hello? you spotted a million dollar accounting error that no one else noticed. that was pretty sweet. ha ha. but you did have eight layers of sweet crunchy back up. what can i say? you're the man. or -- you know, the little dude. ha. that's me. [ female announcer ] stay on your game by stopping mid-morning hunger with kellogg's® frosted mini-wheats® cereal. an excellent source of fiber from 100% whole grain that helps you stay full, so you can stay focused. uh, he's a little focused right now. can i take a message? >> osgood: hearst's casa grande had a very grand kitchen with the most modern appliances of the day. there are four refrigerators, one just for the guests. mr. hearst was known to slip
in here himself to make up his own late night snack. the refrigerator does help to make modern domestic life possible. martha teichner has the cold facts. >> reporter: you'll remember the refrigerator. if you saw the last indiana jones movie. >> the script call for harrison ford to get into the refrigerator. he knew an atomic blast was going to happen. >> reporter: he just fits. tucson, arizona, refrigerator restorer rich allen sold the movie company, two of them. >> one refrigerator is flying through the air and then when it lands, they cut back to the other refrigerator we had sold him. he's opening the door crawling out of it. >> reporter: what better moment for a brief appreciation of refrigerator design. >> this is a very rare refrigerator called a v-handle. looks like a cadillac. the amazing part of this is it opens both ways.
they only made a few of these in the early '50s. >> reporter: it looked like a cadillac because a lot of refrigerator were made by car companies. this one by gm. so this is the era of car fins. >> exactly. >> reporter: seeing them all huddled together, forlorn and round shouldered, you might not appreciate that when rich allen's workman finish fixing them up after installing up-to- date inards, these babies will sell to $5,000-$10,000 each. >> because of the moist, cold refrigeration, we never have to cover dishes. >> reporter: so you're buying an era. but in the 1950s, people actually had something to dance about. nifty features like a heated butter compartment. what an advance over the monitor top introduced by ge in 1927.
>> it actually ran on sulfur dioxide which was a gas that they used. of course it killed people. >> reporter: how reassuring. the monitor top was actually named for the civil war ironclad the u.s.s. monitor because of the shape of its gun turret. >> here you have actually a leather handle. >> reporter: today with a little imagination and a little more cash, your refrigerator can be a thing of wonder. >> why don't you just rub your hand not on that but near that control. >> reporter: the light came on. paul klein is general manager of brand and advertising for ge appliances. >> you could chill a bottle of wine in 15 minutes or a six pack of sodas in 30 minutes. or the express fall function which allows you to take a frozen meat, fish, chicken, any item and then it safely thaws it during the day. >> in this particular case we've used this as a drink tour. >> reporter: karen williams
heads saint charles kitchens in new york city. >> when closed completely concealed can be designed in any way you like and just looked like beautiful cabinetry. >> reporter: then there's the refrigerator that shouts, "you are a serious cook, a pro even." >> we've got the glass door on the fridge. all stainless steel interior. >> reporter: the vice president of design engineering for sub zero. >> underneath the hood, you also have water filtration. >> reporter: but the most important innovations, you can't even see. the use of coolants less harmful to the environment, dramatic increases in nrpg efficiency. >> an average refrigerator is down to the equivalent of maybe a 60-watt light bulb. >> reporter: really? >> yes. >> reporter: and here's what's next. >> here this shows how much energy your refrigerator uses. >> reporter: if you're not already, you will be paying more for electricity at p.g.'s times. smart refrigerators are being designed to minimize the
costs. >> the refrigerator listens for a signal from the meter that says that the rates may go up. the refij rateor will delay its defrost. >> reporter: in 1929, 840,000 electric refrigerators were sold in the united states compared to 8.4 million in 2009. oh, the difference 80 years have made in what's basically just a box that's cold inside. >> osgood: next, pull up a chair. ♪ [ bride ] the wedding was just days away. suddenly, i noticed my smile wasn't white enough. now what? [ female announcer ] introducing crest 3d white professional effects whitestrips. it's professional-level whitening for a whiter smile. start seeing results in 3 days.
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dining hall in a monastery. dinner wasn't usually a fancy affair. food grown here on the ranch, ketchup and mustard right out of the bottle. for william randolph hearst, it was all by design. sometimes elaborate, sometimes simple. as richard roth tells us, good design stands the test of time. >> reporter: baked in steam for five hours, a rod of solid beach wood stays flexible for about three minutes. which is just enough time for two men to bend and twist the wood into the signature shape of the most successful chair ever manufactured. you've seen it. you've probably sat on it. perhaps in one of its countless variations or knock- offs. more than 60 million have been sold since 1859 when german cabinet maker michael tonet put his bent wood business
throw chair on the market, the model 14. >> this is the genius behind the design. >> i think it is. >> reporter: his great, great grandson philip now helps run the family firm in frankenberg, germany, where forests along the ada river valley still produce the beach wood that is still worked here by hand. >> it's an icon. it's a classic. it stands for the company. it became the first mass- produced affordable chair. it was designed to save material and to produce a product or to make a product at low cost. >> reporter: the cost of labor changed that and a chair built to be sold for about the price of a bottle of wine back then now sells for the better part of a week's salary. unchanged is is the economy of its parts. just six pieces of wood and a handful of screws. 36 of michael thonet's chair packed flat fit into a one-meter
shipping cube. right from the beginning they went everywhere. like the forrest gump of furniture, these chairs turned up for the signing of the armistice ending world war i. brahms made music with a model 14 by the piano. lion tamers put it to another use. while lenin liked its socialist simplicity, the material girl liked its value as a prop. madonna wasn't the first. the original design made it lightweight and easy to carry. 150 years ago just as it is today. it may be this design has seated more people than any other chair in history. and it's still got legs. and they're still attached the old-fashioned way. though some details of the original design have evolved. for instance, the size of the seat. so part of this is a response
to changing body shape. >> yes, it is. >> reporter: people have gone bigger in the century. >> reporter: not necessarily fatter, just bigger. >> bigger. >> reporter: but if renn other saw art in his garden chairs, in frankenberg today, what they see is simply industrial design so good it's lasted. >> it's timeless. >> reporter: because? >> the reduction of pieces. no decoration. simply a chair. and the roundness it has, the curves, are not meant as decoration. they come from the process. that's design. long-lasting design. >> osgood: coming up, the sound of music. and later, a monument to love. gecko: uh, you wanted to see me sir?
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>> osgood: they're playing our song. the bell towers here at the hearst castle represent music on a grand scale. by way of contrast the instrument that mo rocca has taken up is a little bit smaller. >> reporter: the harmon ka. one of american music's longest-running hits. >> play harmon ka. >> reporter: from the early cow boy movies through the birth of the blues when legends like sonny boy williamson able little walter jacobs rechristeneded it the blues harp. to high-profile gigs with bob dylan, bruce springsteen, and stevie wonder.
and yet, the harmon ka has always been, well, low profile. seen as a play thing that just anyone can pick up and blow. a harmon ka is not just a souped-up kazoo. >> correct. the real musical instrument. people just don't know. >> reporter: in a reopened factory in rockford forward illinois, brad harrison is devoting his life to making the harmon ka a major player. so this is the assembly line. >> yeah. >> reporter: harrison and his six-man band hand craft each b- rad as in brad harmon ka, the only model made in america. his harmon ka shares the basic mechanics with its competitors air passing back and forth over reads inside makes it sing. you can play the harmon ka blowing out and blow drawing in. >> that's the only musical
instrument you can do that. >> reporter: it seems very eco- friendly. you're not wasting any breath. >> a good point. >> reporter: but the b-radical looks and plays radically different. >> it is is very functional. >> reporter: the rounded body is more comfortable to hold, he says. and reinforced to keep from being crushed when the music moves you. you have to be bionic to crush that thing. most importantly replaceable reads mean you don't have to throw away this harmonka after a good read goes back. the design is kept top secret. >> well, they're all made in this room here which we don't ever go inside. >> reporter: you don't want us in there. >> not at all. >> reporter: i see a lot of mysterious looking liquids. high tech and hard work are paying off. there's a 20-week wait for the $180 b-rad. >> has a nice tone. >> reporter: not that that is discouraging to die-hards like local retiree mr. french who
wondered into the shop looking for a birthday present. you've been playing the harmonka for how long? >> probably since i was 10 or 12 years old. >> reporter: you are now? >> 95. so i thought it would be nice if i could get one before my 96th birthday. >> reporter: but it's not just for amateurs. 15-year-old harmonka phenom wailed on a b-rad during a recent gig at a blues club. >> this is like a rocket ship. cool. >> reporter: the design, does it affect how you play? >> very much. it should make you better. a better instrument that's more responsive. you can unlock new techniques that you literally cannot do on a regular harmonka. >> reporter: the challenge, harrison says, is convincing
people that the harmonka isn't just for the musically challenged. >> if it gets into the pop culture, we win. that's what it's all about. that means we increase the popularity of the instrument. that's my lifelong goal. >> osgood: next up, up and away. i need to get back on the bike. ♪ [ female announcer ] share your goal at walgreens.com and we'll celebrate you in times square. and to help you take the first step, we've lowered prices on more than 100 helpful everyday products, like select walgreens allergy relief... because you can't see your goal with watery eyes. walgreens. there's a way to stay well.
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no, it's a plane. like none you've ever seen. >> designed to do something very specific. that's be a very fun airplane to fly. >> reporter: it's the icon a-5. >> the aircraft is a ground-up first-ever consumer product. >> reporter: businessman and former fighter pilot kirk hawkins started icon aviation five years ago to get his idea for a sleek, sexy, sporty plane off the ground. today the test model is is flying high over the mojave desert. production isn't scheduled until late next year but already there's a waiting list of nearly 500 eager customers. >> a lot of people look at it and spontaneously they're go that's so bad-ass, right. >> reporter: sounds like fun is is the operative word. >> i would argue that great cars, the ones that just don't move you from a to b, you get
in them and you say that's fun. that's the goal here. >> reporter: the a-5 doesn't just look different. it's a different kind of plane. a light sport aircraft, a new category created by a faa in 2004 along with a new sport pilot's license that's good for daylight flying in uncongested areas. >> it's just an exciting time to be in aviation. >> reporter: the general aviation manufacturers association says the new category has unleashed the industry. setting loose a creative response similar to the auto industry in the 1920s and '30s with sport planes that range from the traditional to even a flying car. >> it is just fantastic to see the number of ideas out there and the different types of designs that are proliferated. >> reporter: but none as versatile as the a-5. >> the wings actually fold up on the plane. you can actually put it on a
trailer and take it on vacation with you. you can land on and play in the water. >> yes, fly it to a lake and land it on the lake. it is fun in the air, on the ground and on the water. >> reporter: you guys, it seems, made design central to the whole development of this place. >> it really is. how do we create a product that every time you interact with it, you fall in love with it. >> reporter: the way hawkins did that was to tap designer and stanford classmate to help start up icon and help fashion the plane. >> how cool is it? how am i going to feel when i'm driving it or flying it? >> a lot of the emphasis in the design process is about making things look sleek and fast. >> reporter: with influences from cars. the pared-down cockpit looks more like a car dashboard. from jet skis, from boats.... >> there's a shark up there. >> because a shark is aggressive. it's fast. it's in the water. if you want to create excitement, there needs to be a little attitude there. >> reporter: for a mere?
>> $139,000. not everyone can afford it. but the price point is such that we're talking about, you know, high-end automobiles. the a-5 is like having a great sports car. >> humans have been dreaming of flying since they were scratching on cave walls. flying is the ultimate metaphor for human freedom. >> osgood: next, on the cuff.,,,
empire. it's a spanish gothic residence. windows provide light. bookcases a sense of enclosure. open and closed. enclosure is what hearst and every other fashionable man has always valued in a dress shirt from the collar right down to the sleeves. rita braver shows you what we mean. >> reporter: there is something so elegant about a man in cufflin k-s. over the years, they've been worn by movie stars, presidents, princes, prime ministers, and a certain washington lawyer. >> robert barnett, also known as mr. rita braver. >> reporter: that's right. all these belong to my husband. have you ever figured out how many pairs you have? >> if i knew, i wouldn't tell you because i wouldn't want my wife to know. >> reporter: well, guess what.
there are hundreds. and i started the whole thing. >> in christmas 1967. i said, well, i've got some of my dad's. i've got these. so i'll start collecting. >> reporter: his favorites are two-sided art deco from the 1920s and '30s especially the enamel ones. >> every one of them has a little story. these are a pair that now secretary of state, then first lady hillary clinton got me when she was in china. a client once had a big problem. i was able to solve it. so he gave me a pair of fire extinguishers for putting out the fire. >> reporter: some were even gifts from presidents. both clinton and george w. bush. but bob's prize pair came from our daughter. >> when she was about, what? seven or eight, she made me a pair. >> reporter: but some people prefer luxury links. these designed by alexander
calleder was auctioned for $33,000 at sotheby's. these once owned by casey spengal fetched $72,000. these faberge cuff links went for a record $200,000. but never fear. there's something for everyone at the missing link in manhattan. owner michael rodriguez said cuff links were around in europe and england in the 1700s. >> but i think cuff links as an ornamental object really didn't become popular until the 1850s. >> reporter: and so the cuff link craze began. even coming to america. for manufacturers offered a snap-on style. >> a lot easier than the chain link. >> reporter: by world war ii, novelty links were in vogue. >> people just needed to lift their spirits. have fun with dress. >> reporter: and it wasn't
just men. >> these were women's cuff links in the '50s. i guess it was a cheaper way of.... >> reporter: having a mink. >> exactly. >> reporter: today the market for the best vintage links is bombing. >> certain designs you just don't find anymore. i wind up going through my own collection. >> reporter: i think i may know what's driving the shortage. i would say that anybody who had this many cuff links could stop collecting. >> and i would say that anyone who would say that to me would be a mean and shrewish person. i wouldn't imagine i would ever hear that. >> reporter: (laughing). >> osgood: the story of hearst castle is a love story. this is actress marion davies' room. william randolph hearst quarters were across the hall. love affairs can indeed lead to great architecture. seth doane has an historic
case in point. >> reporter: it's a marble monument to the power of love. a treasure that must be seen to be believed. >> it's a magical place each time you go. >> reporter: the taj mahal. it's considered one of the wonders of the world. >> it's got this illusion for miles around. you can suddenly see a little white minaret and then suddenly as you enter the main gate it's there in all its glory. it's complete. >> reporter: this mausoleum of white marble sits against a back drop of clear sky basquing in the sun. the imagine... the taj mahal took 20,000 laborers roughly 22 years to complete. the project began in 161 when the emperor lost his favorite wife as she gave birth to their 14th child.
the taj mahal was meant as a maasly up for her and a monument to their love. this woman is with the taj mahal conservation collaborative. >> it's as much a celebration of his... the love of his wife as it is maybe the pinnacle of mogul architecture. it was a statement of empire. >> reporter: shah jahan ruled the kingdom for 30 years beginning in 1628. at its peak this islamic imperial power controlled much of the indian sub continent. with the city of agra as its capital. that's where the taj mahal stands. about 140 miles from new dehli. that's a three-hour journey by train and then for the last half mile.... >> you're going to do this, might as well really do it in style. >> reporter: the real reason vehicles are not allowed is to cut down on pollution.
roughly 2.5 million indian visitors travel to see the taj mahal every year. and another half million come from around the world. what do you think? >> i think it's amazing. i've seen it in textbooks. i mean, it's crazy. >> it's a master piece. it's gorgeous. >> it's sort of like an out of earth feeling, you know. >> reporter: some visitors are more familiar than others. from princesses to queens to american royalty. what they find is a 20-story structure which is just as impressive up close. its white marble skin is embedded with gem stones which are all but irreplaceable. >> the luminescence of the stone is gradually going awail. >> reporter: as it's replaced. >> as it's replaced because if you have 1.5 inch and you replace it with 1 and one fourth of the changes. >> reporter: the taj mahal has
worn different coats. a mud pack for cleansing and even a sort of war armor. scaffolding erected to try to hide its dome from aerial attack. absolutely everything is symmetrical right down to the casket. the only thing that's asmet cal the shah's casket which lies to the side of his beloved wife. their tombs comprised the entire contents of this huge building. that's right. not even a gift shop. still the real draw is outside. the ta j's minarets, common in islamic architecture, angle slightly outward so they will appear to rise straight up from ground level. remarkable optical sleight of hand. though this is an illusion that appears to be most popular among the tourists. the monument is placed on the banks of a river which offers its own vista.
we're on the river which runs just behind the taj mahal. agra fort is just up the river a bit. that's where the shah spent the last eight years of his life in prison, forced to watch his master piece from a jail cell. after his own son overthrew him. he was separated but never far from his final resting place, grandest legacy, and the love of his life. isn't it odd in some ways that this statement of life is a mausoleum? >> yes. but then, you know, everything is finite including love. >> reporter: though 400 years later, it still inspires. next, a designer who is really turning heads.
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>> it's a special edition of sunday morning. here again from hearst castle in san simeon, california, is charles osgood. >> osgood: it took william randolph hearst three tries before perfecting the design for his neptune pool, one of the world's most famous swimming pools. you can almost imagine starlets preparing for a dip at dusk but wary of letting the water ruin their hair. now hair styling is a design form best left to the masters. as tracy smith demonstrates. >> reporter: if beauty was a religion-- and for some people it is-- then this man might be considered the patron saint. >> this is it. frederic fekkai has built a
multimillion dollar empire based on a talent for knowing what beauty is and what people will pay to get it. >> it's about helping my customer to understand that they have a natural beauty. all i want to do is enhance it. >> reporter: you truly believe that everybody is beautiful. >> totally. >> reporter: since he opened his first salon in 1989, frederic fekkai has become the stylist of choice for many celebrities from meryl streep for whom he created a dramatically different look to other a-listers who continue to line up at his chair. >> to know whether it's a (naming the stars).
>> reporter: and when sandra bullock walked the red carpet at the oscars, her hair had help from team fekkai. his talent and charm has made him rich. is this play for you? i feel like you could do this all day. >> oh, yes. >> reporter: but for frederic fekkai physical beauty is not so much a business as a consuming passion. when you walk down the street you really do look at people's hair? >> i can't avoid it. i can't help it. >> it's simple. it jumps at my eyes its the color, the length, the layer wrong. >> reporter: you know of course i'm very self-conscious now because you said you look at everybody. but life hasn't always been so beautiful. born in the south of france, frederic fekkai showed an early interest in art and was accepted at a prestigious art academy to study sculpture. his father was not amused. >> my dad refused to let me go there.
he said to me, artists makes money when they die. >> reporter: artists make money only when they die. >> that's right. >> reporter: instead fekkai went to law school and paid the bills by working part time in the fashion industry. first as a model. then as an assistant stylist on photo shoots. it quickly became clear that he had found his calling. you just knew? >> i just knew. >> reporter: when you told your dad? >> an-i didn't talk for three years. >> reporter: you didn't talk for three years. >> he hated the idea that i would quit law school to do hair. even today he doesn't understand. >> reporter: even today? >> no. >> reporter: with all the success you've had. >> yes. >> reporter: so against his father's wishes, frederic fekkai became the sculpture he always wanted to be but his medium was hair. at one time fekkai invited comparison with warren beatty's portrayal of a hair- cutting casanova in the movie shampoo.
but today, he's happily married with two children, a teen-aged son from a previous marriage and a 13 month old daughter. and in a manner befitting his high-flying style, fekkai commutes from new york city to his country home upstate in a helicopter he owns and flies himself. but you can't build an empire just cutting hair. when he saw his well-heeled clients buying cheap shampoo, fekkai came up with his own line of very high end hair care products. >> we wanted them to use at the time a shampoo at $4.99. there's a big disconnect. >> reporter: what was yours priced at. >> we started at $17 or $18. then nobody saves on pampering. you know, on yourself. you want the spend more if
it's right. the first thing i will do now is angle this. this is too heavy. >> reporter: and if you have the money and he has the time, you can still get an appointment with fekkai himself. of course, mine was for demonstration only. >> what do you charge these days? >> $750. >> reporter: $750. >> $750. through the hair. >> reporter: crazy? perhaps. but somehow when you put yourself in frederic fekkai's hands it all seems to make sense. how much would it cost to have you do this every day? >> i told you will it's priceless.
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>> osgood: this is one of the guest cottages at san simeon. with four full-sized bedrooms, small it's not. small is the home our lucy craft has been to visit. ♪ little box on the hillside ♪ ♪ little boxes made of ticky tacky little boxes on the hillside ♪ ♪ little boxes all the same > shoe horned into suburbia a cube of krystal. across town, a cantilevered wonder alafrank lloyd wright. welcome to the wonderful world of japan he's microhouses, whacky small dwellings where eccentrics can feel right at home. tokyo is notorious as one of the most crowded places on earth. but here residents have figured out a way to carve out their own little pieces of heaven on tiny slivers of land.
houses as compact as 400 square feet have gained traction over the last 15 years among younger individualistic japanese. it's single file on this aisle yet the box is deceptively large enough for luxury like an indoor garden. microhouses demand multiuse decore. here the homeowner says greenerry doubles as camouflage. those potted plants make it so no one can see you while you're in the bathroom. it can be a tight fit sometimes. microhouse owners call it cozy. architects call it fun. a microhouse completely redefines the meaning of home says this architect. >> it's probably utilitarianism taken to the extreme. >> reporter: the author says microhouses literally offer refuge to non-conformists. >> typical housing in japan, in tokyo, is boxy, concrete,
unattractive, bland. here's a chance to get creative, to allow people to experience something new. >> reporter: like a dream house of concrete. even the dining table is concrete. a legless slab that floats above the floor to save on space. strategically placed windows and plenty of natural light are the secret sauce for turning crawl spaces into comfort zones. this owner says there's no room for closets in a small house like this so we decided to minimize our stuff. microhouses are, above all, about life reduced to its elegant essentials. >> osgood: mr. hearst's castle cost millions and millions of dollars. it toox years and years and hundreds and hundreds of people worked on it. of course as bill geist reminds us, every man's home is his castle. >> reporter: imagine if the
palace of versailles was built in las vegas rather than the french countryside. and louis xiv had his own glue gun. larry hart has brought that unique design sensibility to his family home, laert hand mansion, not far from the las vegas strip. >> welcome to hartland. >> reporter: a humble home. a bunk low built for three: himself, his mother tony, and his brother gary. >> understatement has always been our motto. >> reporter: it's gargantuan. >> there's almost 31,000 square feet. 25,000 feet of actual living space. eight bedrooms 13 bas. >> reporter: it didn't occur to you to make it smaller. >> no. >> reporter: more like a.... >> that would involve some logic. i ask you, look around. >> reporter: and it certainly is glitzy thanks to larry and his trusty glue gun. how many glue guns do you have? >> probably 30. i just love to glue stuff to other stuff. >> reporter: somewhere librace is smiling.
>> there's 9,000 little mirror squares. >> reporter: are you kind of obsessive when you get on one of these things? >> no. >> reporter: larry's design philosophy? well if there's nothing that can't be improved with more glue, more rhinestones. >> in this room alone just in the fringe on the bedding there's over 300,000 pearls. >> reporter: is this kind of versailles meets las vegas here. >> exactly. versailles-a-go-go. >> reporter: what if louis xiv had to do versailles on a tight budget. >> now we're coming into the elvis roochlt it could be called the 70% off at macy's sale because this is all done with sheets. i found them on closeout. >> reporter: larry uses a cake decorator for fancy plaster work. >> this is all done with the cake decorator. the leaf work and the ribbons and.... >> reporter: i never heard of anybody doing this before. did people think you were nuts? >> i'm sure of that.
>> reporter: there's never a bull moment here at hartland. you might stumble upon a wedding. tony is an ordained minister. her son gary filled in as best man at this ceremony. >> forsaking all others in the past, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live. >> i do. >> reporter: the harts themselves are as eccentric and flamboyant as the house they live in. if you're lucky, you might get a matinee featuring larry and his mom. larry is, after all, a grammy- winning singer and composer. ♪ get you closer to god my mom inspired me to write this country gospel song called "big hair gets you closer to god." >> reporter: she inspired you? how so. >> when larry was on hee-haw we lived there for seven years. it's okay, larry.
>> i'm horrified. >> reporter: the harts were on the road for years singing gospel numbers at outdoor revival meetings. it was on their tour bus that larry, who got his first glue gun when he was eight, found his true calling. >> i started gluing stuff to shoes and then costumes and be- dazzling. it went downhill from there. >> reporter: tony thinks that sometimes larry does overdo it a tad. take, for instance, the bed spread he made for her. >> in order to get in the bed i can't take the bed spread off so i have to roll it back. it's heavy. so i kind of quit sleeping here. >> reporter: how much does it weigh? >> 34 pounds. >> reporter: larry, do you ever stop yourself and just say, larry, you've gone too far. stop. no more pearls, no more rhinestones. >> oh, no. more is more. >> reporter: more is more. the motto of the las vegas school of design. >> thank you.
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>> osgood: a love that clearly went two ways. when hearst invited hollywood moguls to his castle, the screening of marion's lateest film was often on the program. his way of promoting her movie career. and when hearst's fortunes saged during the depression, it was marion who presented him with a check for a million dollars drawn from her own savings. their mutual love was perhaps the biggest reason why hearst tried so hard to kill orson welles' movie citizen kane. >> get out. >> he was not worried that much about how he was portrayed but he took great exception to the way marion had been portrayed. >> that is correct. in fact in her biography is an apology from orson welles in regard to how she was portrayed. >> reporter: in the end, the love between william randolph hearst and marion davies
survived wells' film and although all of them are now long gone, the castle hearst built to love endures. from points west we head now to bob schieffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on face the nation. >> schieffer: we'll ask white house press secretary robert gibbs about criticism that the administration is not doing enough to contain the oil spill. >> osgood: ahead now on sunday morning, rest easy. soak our yards in color. get our hands a little busier. our dollars a little stronger. and our thinking a little greener. let's grab all the bags and all the plants and all the latest tools out there. so we can turn all these savings into more colorful shades of doing. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot.
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lean cuisine. >> osgood: this garden sarcophagus is not the final resting place of william randolph hearst. he was entered at the family mausoleum near san francisco. but the designers, death is pretty much the last frontier, as richard schlesinger tells us. >> reporter: outside dallas, they're welding, sandings, buffing and baking boxes designed to hold their contents for any... for an eternity. caskets. it's a tried and true design, a basic rectangular box with a
few creature comforts inside which may explain why there have been almost no changes to the classic design over the years. almost no changes. but today if your loved one is is racing fan and crosses the finish line, there's a casket for that. especially designed and i will kays can dress up a casket commemorating sports or service, military or civilian. gail runs the casket factory. >> i'm really proud of this one. my son is a firefighter. >> reporter: and if the dearly departed enjoyed life a little too much, there are plus size caskets. i hate to ask this. is this for one person. >> yes, it is. the demand great for oversized caskets. >> reporter: the metal casket is almost exclusively an american design. and these days most caskets in this country are metal.
>> the casket comes from the french word for jewel box. >> reporter: christopher layton is an historian at the national museum of funeral history in houston. they have replicas of papal caskets and a replica of lincoln's casket complete with a replica of lincoln himself. americans have always like things a little bigger, a little fancier. >> if you look at this one, for instance, i mean the detail is beautiful. the satin interior is beautiful. this is designed to never be seen again. >> pretty much. >> reporter: what's the logic in that? >> again, you know, we mark things that happen in our lives, you know, we have birth rituals and coming of age rituals and marriage rituals. i often liken the casket to a wedding dress. you know, a lot of people spend a lot of money on a wedding dress that they'll wear once. >> reporter: and caskets are a marriage of sorts in some
cultures between folk art and the funeral. what are these doing in a funeral museum? >> these are coffins. >> reporter: these master pieces might be more at home in an art gallery than a funeral mule seem. they are the products of a woodworker in ghana who designs them to commemorate the lives and loves of the local people. >> this was picked out by the children of a woman who supported her family by growing vegetables. so there's even a little replica of her working, tending her vegetable garden. >> reporter: yes, they're practical too. in she goes. the challenge can be to meet the design limitations of a grave. what do you do with the wing? >> they're hinged so when it comes time to bury.... >> reporter: somebody put a lot of thought in this. >> they did. these fold up so it would fit right into the ground. >> reporter: brilliant.
but lately in this country, simpler kass kates are getting more popular. ruth fos and sue cross of morning dove studio in sub urban boston want people to be buried in a way that leaves more impact on the family and less impact on the environment. >> this is an eco-pod. it's made out of recycled paper with a silk and mull berry paper overlay. >> reporter: they sell caskets that are not designed for ally ternlt. they're bio-degradeable, made of wicker, cardboard or pine which clients can personalized with a bit of paint. >> after i painted this casket i realized it was too beautiful to be buried. >> reporter: sue cross put hrkac ket on display in her living room. >> there is always a great anchor and reminder of the fact that life is fragile and fleeting. and that it reminds me to live each day as if it were my last.
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