A recent interior design collaboration by Marta Ayala Herrera and Cito Ballesta resulted in some of the more dynamic lighting I've seen so far this year. Working for the Casa Encendida creative space, the product designer/architect duo aimed to emphasize honesty and simplicity from the materials through their use.
Bina Baitel is an artist and designer with an odd take on material. Her work often ranges into the whimsical and fantastic, but this piece feels a bit sinister. The Lash Clock doesn't just remove normal markers for time telling from the clock's face, it adds slowly undulating hair.
Want to seem like you're into cars, without having to actually give a damn about cars?* Ally Financial debuted some conceptual "New Car Smell" scent options at this year's NAIAS that might be able to help you out. Their fine line of auto-themed scents first showed up
Artist Raphael Vangelis has given our familiar and increasingly rare digital waiting signals a hands-on portrait. His animated short "Analogue Loaders" takes on several ubiquitous symbols for loading and injects them into IRL environments using stop motion. Seen in a new locale some might take a moment to identify, and
These cool geometric vases aren't just a fancy set of homeware, they're a gesture of repurposing aimed at reducing waste. The slim vessels were designed by Libero Rutilo to bring fun futuristic design to the issue of overuse and waste of PET bottles around the world. After reflecting on the
W.E.B. Du Bois is famous for both his powerful academic research on race and class in America at the turn of the 20th century and for attending and teaching at some of the most prestigious and racially segregated universities of the day. Born in 1868, his degrees from Fisk and
Even if you don't live in a hip neighborhood, art might be in the air. The designers behind the Kaalink pollution filter want to keep airborne carbon out of the atmosphere and back in your sketchbook. Their project, called Air-Ink, is a result of several years of research at MIT's
Halfway between my obsession with over engineered mundane products and my hardened vulgar-marxist heart, is an overriding appreciation for satire. And somehow McDonald's has my number—probably yours too. Whether you enjoy their disgustingly sweet slurries or shy away from that corporate BS maaan, this new video (and yeah the product)
In case you weren't looking for adventurous and fast acting resources for soul crushing anxiety back in 2015, let me put you on some weird but promising Japanese game. Think of how babies chill out when they're swaddled up, or, for you fellow non-parents, remember that cat burrito meme? Otonamaki
Would you live in a city afloat in the ocean? Would you be extra interested if it had a new and innovative take on self-government? Though it sounds fanciful, it's a closer at hand take on SpaceX type visions for future development, and this month it got closer to being
Local Roots has finally made a mini farm that correctly combines the structural benefits of shipping containers with the difficulties of urban farming. Shipping containers are a beloved source of reengineering inspiration, but their reuse is often un-green and impractical. Similarly, there are so many fancifully farm-filled architecture concepts out
2017 is already off to a rumbling start, and so is design aimed at smoothing things out. To address the rising international refugee crisis, IKEA's nonprofit wing has rolled out production for their Better Shelter project. As life gets more unstable for the 65 million displaced refugees around the world,
As should be obvious, some of the following images are pretty unpleasant. So is the idea that a computer is generating them on purpose to horrify humans. Scroll with that in mind. The Nightmare Machine is a project out of MIT Media Lab, spearheaded (or spear-faced?) by researchers Pinar
Pourover coffee is about as simple as coffee can get, but thoughtful tweaks are always welcomed. The newly released Twin Carafe by John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Arndt at Studio Gorm takes the familiar funnel-plus-vessel set up and adds some nice material angles. The body is a borosilicate carafe
I'm a sucker for color based entertainment, and this game is even better than those anxiety producing chromatic puzzles from Clemens Habicht. While similarly nice to look at, the geometric tiles offer a functional and tonal take on dominoes. The game, creatively called the Grid Game, was designed by Mexico's
Logic-pushing designers Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet have brought us the swoopiest and most titillating smartphone concept I've seen in a few years. Intended to push the boundary of the interactive touch screen past the two dimensional, the Alo Smartphone incorporates holographic displays with voice control and a downright alien
Sculptural projects by Marc Fornes tread through several categories—architecture, biomimicry, fine art, engineering—and his pieces can fittingly be inspiring from multiple angles. The most recent of his site-specific installations expands on his exploration of "stripes" and topology, creating an enormous coral-like structure out of thousands of smaller flat plates.
Despite being on the market for decades, carbon bicycles are still largely the domain of road riders. Open minded roadies often dabble with rougher riding styles, but the widening world of gravel grinders and ultralight touring hardly overlaps with traditional road bike design at all. Rob McKillip is one such
After years of lumpy and Tron-esque spacesuit concepts, we're finally getting closer to the slick beautiful designs proposed way back in the '60s. The recently released Boeing spacesuit is designed as a model for what NASA astronauts aboard the proposed Boeing Starliner spacecraft would wear on their 2018 trip to
There are a ton of tablet accoutrements out there, but those of us who miss the tactile feedback of older typewriter and computer keyboards don't have many to choose from. There are a few niche offerings for the steampunk 3.0 kids, but there aren't many that address those emotional,
Maurice Montero Sauvage is a quiet builder of complex art. His sculptures feature miniscule hand-worked wooden pieces that suddenly shift into organic movement with the turn of a crank. This piece, titled Gran Cheval, has popped up around the internet with little or no attribution, and few detail shots, which
Dark apartments and flourishing indoor greenery aren't mutually exclusive, but they aren't really friends. For winter times or studios with nowhere-facing windows, real plants can take more technology than a green thumb. Much like my recent gripe about SAD lights, I've been surprised at the lack of attractive small scale
Just in time for Nintendo's anxiously awaited (and slightly confusing) new Switch presentation, product designer Avichai Tadmor is here to serve us some refreshing OG Mario style. His product, the Ravanello, spins sharp and tangy radishes into cool power-up mushrooms with a few quick twists. The tool shaves the
At first look Heng is a simple lamp, with a funny cord in the middle. The light, designed by Zanwen Li, really is simple but also more fun than it appears. The bentwood shapes and LED band are everything you'd expect, but to turn the lamp on and off you
Compared with last year's CES and Detroit Auto Show, this year has seen a lot less odd concept vehicles and last mile design. One neat 2017 standout has been the mysterious but fun Ioniq scooter teased by Hyundai at CES. The company's line of Ioniq electric vehicles is plugging along
Artist Nadja Buttendorf snagged my attention with an invention that is simultaneously intriguing and skin crawling: soft fingernails. Anyone who's grown long nails can attest that they come with a host of structural and environmental issues. Typing, opening lids, and navigating anything with push buttons can be tricky or even
Do you love the chill of winter like… a lot? If so, Harbin, China might be the place for you. Every year, starting on frigid January 5th, the northern town hosts a month-long display of shockingly large sculptures and palatial buildings all made from ice. Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon The
The Germans know a thing or several about engineering and materials, but this Kickstarting knife has me squinting. It's called the Lignum//Skid and is made by a team of designers and metal smiths in Magdeburg, Germany. Its clear selling point is the unusual use of wood integrated almost completely throughout
Thanks to a savvy tech user, two modified Google Homes have been chatting intensely for several days, live on Twitch. Their names are Vladimir and Estragon, and their misadventures in humanesque connection have been weird, awkward and hilariously relatable at times. V: Do you like being female?E: It has
The Airselfie is a new take on a now familiar subject: the drone camera. Smaller and more self-oriented than ever, it aims to fit a controllable selfie drone in the same pocket as your smartphone and remove the *need for selfie sticks. After seeing how this thing flashed up on
It's a little hard to believe at first sight, but Korea's Hankook Mirae Technology company has released video of their human piloted mech walking. It's called the Method-2, and the 13 foot 1.3 ton machine looks like something CG plucked out of a movie. Though untrue, this isn't terribly wrong,
NASA Langley's newest round of design troubleshooting for life on Mars has come up with some intriguing design solutions. With the extreme cold, unbreathable atmosphere, and rainbow of radiation types, astronauts landing and living on the red planet will have to be well protected as soon as they arrive.
Say hello to Uber Freight. Last summer, good old Uber acquired the company Otto, which planned to bring self-driving trucks to the hauling market. The concept tested reasonably well, delivering mega loads of beer and Christmas trees to San Francisco. Now, since the buy up, it looks like Uber is
Ah, January. The season for yoga class Groupons and vague promises to improve. For many, cutting down on nicotine will be on the to-do-better roster this year, and if you've ever tried to quit smoking (or hoped someone you care about would) you know the intense sensations the process can
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