The UK James Dyson Award goes to the Automist, by RCA students Yusuf Muhammed and Paul Thomas. The concept is of a (retrofittable) kitchen sink faucet that disperses a thorough mist in the event of a fire, effectively dousing the flames. Check it out:
Muhammed and Thomas will divvy up 10,000 pounds in prize money. While we're a little sad that runner-up Min Kyu Choi's brilliant folding plug didn't win, with over 60,000 house fires happening a year in the UK alone, the Automist is a product that can surely make a difference.
NYC photographer Mr. Toledano's artful, and eerie, photo series of offices that have gone bankrupt looks like a Herman Miller showroom gone awry. It's kind of like, if Jean-Paul Sartre shot furniture catalogs. Click here for the series.via dumptrumpet
In Our Own Devices, Jill Lepore at the New Yorker reviews "The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America" by Maury Klein and "A Culture of Improvement: Technology and the Western Millennium" by Robert Friedel.
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In this age of DVDs and flatscreens, the reason people still go to the cinema at all is because some things are better bigger.Take Muji for instance--anyone who's been to the larger Muji stores around the world is bound to be disappointed by the tiny Muji outposts in, say, Seoul's...