As a professional organizer, I get asked for storage suggestions all the time. And one of the most frequent requests is how to "store" the TV—how to hide a huge flat-screen TV so it doesn't dominate the room when not in use. One way to do this is to
The sky was the limit for Cargolifter AG, the German company that designed a gigantic heavy lift airship in the 1990s called the CL 160. The super-blimp was meant to carry 160 metric tons over a distance of up to 10,000 kilometers, all without the need for airports; in a
In our last post, we looked at Lella Vignelli's often-neglected work as a designer. Today's subject, Aino Aalto, has a strikingly similar biography. Like Vignelli, she was educated as an architect at a time when few women were part of the profession, graduating from the Helsinki University of Technology in
'Blue Island' is a bio-digital installation by Island Chen that recreates a bioluminescent algae habitat in a contained environment, to serve as an educational tool and alternative solution in a context where a burgeoning eco-tourism industry is emerging around a harmful natural phenomenon.
A proposal by London-based design and architectural studio VariantStudio to create a noise absorbing metro station. The station would be covered in porous ceramic panels that would absorb the train noise and the echo from the tunnels, therefore providing a more relaxed atmosphere in the station and creating a much
The Vignelli surname probably doesn't need much introduction. Synonymous with punchy corporate logos, enlightened product design and a bold diagrammatic redesign of New York City's subway map, the name has come to signify the modernist design credo championed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Behind their sophisticated graphics, furniture, exhibitions, interiors, household objects, jewelry and even clothing was an indelible commitment to quality and to collaboration as equal partners. But throughou
As an American living in Japan for a year, I expected the apartments to be smaller. What I didn't expect were the functional design differences in living styles. Three things in particular took some getting used to: 1) Having to constantly remember to turn the apartment's gas off when not
From standing desks to open plans, the modern workplace has become a leading site for design innovation, swapping the generic office structure of past decades for more flexible and friendly alternatives. At the forefront of future-facing office design is the MG2's recent release, the MIMIC Wall digital prototype. Conceptualized in
City dwellers among you: Depending on what type of building you live in, above and below you might be dozens of other apartments with the exact same footprint as yours. I'm not talking about your average ten-by-ten dorm room; I mean proper apartments with walls, doors, windows, kitchen sink and
Today, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, opens David Adjaye Selects, an exhibition of 14 West and Central African textiles drawn from the museum's permanent collection by the Ghanian-British architect. Adjaye's work curating the exhibition was also the inspiration for a new line of textiles he designed for Knoll, which
Attendees of last month's Sight Unseen OFFSITE exhibition during New York Design Week may have found themselves transported back to an easier time, one filled with colorful blocks for building and playing. Adult-size versions of the popular children's forms filled an interactive installation by Katie Stout, the New York–based designer-slash-artist
Casa Jasmina threw open its (presumably) internet-connected doors on Saturday to welcome the public for the first time into the two-year pilot project in Torino, Italy. A collaborative effort curated by Bruce Sterling and Massimo Banzi with support from Arduino—the Internet of Things home is one of the first of
We live, work and play in built constructs. From more stable environments like our home and office, to temporary spaces like restaurants, hotels and exhibitions, we go from one built environment to the next and are impacted by our surroundings in many ways. For this all-encompassing category we asked for
Karl Lagerfeld is a very particular man. I bet you think he lives in a house. Wrong. He lives in two houses that are side-by-side, separated by a distance of 2.5 meters. One house is for him to sleep and draw in. The other house is where he eats his
A small crowd gathered around ICFF booth #2319, donning free pairs of custom 3D glasses, to "ooh" and "aah" at the wallpaper on display: flowers popped, a birch forest appeared, and Viking ships sailed on a Scandinavian sea. On view for the first time at ICFF last weekend, DEEP is
Previously associated with your grandmother's living room or that one scene from Garden State, wallpaper has been making a decorating resurgence these past few years. Leading the charge have been Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope of Brooklyn's Calico Wallpaper, best known for their metallic, marbled designs that are painstakingly made
Bisazza may be known for their glass mosaics and ceramic tiles, but lately they've branched out into a new material: Cement. Their new Mahdavi Collection, created by Paris-based designer/architect India Mahdavi, gives a surprising new look to the humble material. Mahdavi's bold patterns are retro in more ways than one:
The Westminster Arcade in Providence is America's oldest existing shopping mall, with a structure dating back to 1828. As its fortunes began to wane in the late 1900s, the building was shuttered several times. But in 2008 a massive five-year renovation took place, and real estate developer Evan Granoff had
What does a 150 year-old Dutch brewing company know about contemporary Mexican nightlife? Contextually, probably very little. Yet, that's exactly where Heineken has pushed its team of designers, challenging them to rethink clubbing conventions and design Mexico City's newest lounge destination. Heineken gave us an inside look at Mexico's Pop-Up
You know how jail cells feature a combination toilet/sink? Years ago I joked that if Milan had a prison, their toilets would look like this: Silly joke aside, it turns out there was an unusual project in Italy to have prison inmates design microapartments. To be clear, the convicts
Stephen Lindsay and James Banos are the designers behind Toronto-based Urbanproduct, a/k/a UP. Since 2009 UP has been killing it in the furniture, product and interior design arenas, fielding clients both residential and commercial from their Bloordale studio—where they build everything in-house. While the firm's portfolio is multimaterial, covering everything
The branding and retail design studio Dalziel + Pow sparked some interest at London's Retail Design Expo last month with a remarkable interactive display created with conductive ink. Attendees were invited to touch any of the numerous illustrations covering the booth walls—doing so completed a circuit and triggered a variety
It's like a steampunk fantasyland!
This beautiful bar/café/library/conversation space/event space has inimitable style and function.
The ball pool is no longer a snot-covered cage match for young children whose parents are shopping for a new couch. As reimagined by Pearlfisher, it's now an adult's creative playground.
This being America, we're not content to only produce the run-of-the-mill stadium luxury suites that we looked at here. While more than one NFL CEO undoubtedly has a swank, over-the-top personal luxury suite in their arena, given the current anti-rich climate they probably keep them under wraps; but somehow photos...
Luxury suites in sports stadiums are not the sole domain of America. The Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, home base of the Jokerit hockey team, has a rather special one. Guests in Skybox 408 can order drinks from the bar or food off of the menu, and the maximum capacity...
America is crazy about at least two things: Sports, and segregating the rich and the poor. When you combine these two passions inside of a sports stadium, you get luxury boxes.Great American BallparkGreat American BallparkLuxury boxes, a/k/a skyboxes, executive suites or hospitality suites, are the earthbound,...
There are makers with video cameras like Matthias Wandel, who can show us things like his crazy motorized scaffold being built. Then there's makers with video cameras and stop-motion skills, like Frank Howarth, who introduce creative animation into building projects, giving wood and materials a life of its own. The...
Consider how broad industrial design is as a field: Maybe you designed the product that sits on a store shelf. Maybe you designed the box that the product sits in. Or heck, maybe you designed the actual shelves. If you've done any of these things for a major retail client,...
When you think of knockout sci-fi concept designers, you probably think of Syd Mead and/or Doug Chiang. Between Blade Runner, Tron, Terminator 2 and the later Star Wars films, both men have gotten their due. Their names also ring a little sweeter to us because both majored in Industrial Design,...
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