Israel isn't known for churning out great flocks of designers like, say, the Netherlands or Switzerland, where design is something approaching a national religion. But that's starting to change, as an excellent exhibit at Milan Design Week makes crystal clear. Thinking Hands is a stockpile of more than 40 design objects that shine the flood lights on some of the most promising talent in Israel today.
Meet Margie. She's 36, married, and works as a career counselor at a professional school. With two boys, ages 7 and 10, Margie's mornings are hectic. After a quick breakfast, she loads the boys and her gym bag in the car. From the car, Margie does a quick check of the family calendar to make sure the boys have everything they need for the day. While her younger son runs back inside for his cleats, Margie orders pastries to pick up as a treat for her morning staff meeting and maps the route between the boys? school and the pastry shop.
Should the apartment gods conspire against you, forcing you into a hovel the size of a closet, you'd better pray to the cosmos that ARQUITECTURA-G comes dashing to the rescue, T-squares planted firmly in hand.
The suite of chairs, a table, a lamp, and a cabinet you see here is stylish office furniture for the design-minded corporate lawyer who has something to hide, which is to say, oh, every corporate lawyer. Kidding! (But not really.)
Designed by Slovenia's Nika Zupanc, the so-called Selfdiscipline series features built-in storage that can disappear in an instant beneath the edifice of a tres-hip, steampunk aesthetic (brass organ grinder levers and all).
Derrick Rose is already one of the fastest players in the NBA. But when he met with designers from Adidas two years ago to discuss creating a new shoe, Rose, the white-hot point guard for the Chicago Bulls, had one request: Make me faster. Since then, Adidas has already given Rose the lightest jerseys ever constructed; on Thursday, the company unveiled the adiZero Crazy Light, which Adidas touts as the lightest shoe in basketball.
Take it from me: working remotely is awesome. But sometimes it would be nice to have some face time with my National Magazine Award-winning colleagues without having to fire up iChat in my dumpy looking apartment.
When Apple unveiled its Smart Cover for iPad 2, the reaction was deservedly rapturous. But what big Steve doesn't seem to notice (or care about) is that people still really, really want to use keyboards with his "magical, revolutionary" device. Apple's own offerings on that front are pretty ho-hum, so Logitech and ZAGG have stepped up with a steely, stylish all-in-one case that contains its own keyboard and iPad stand. It also looks like it could stop a bullet if you needed it to.
Our economy is slowly getting back on its feet, but the real estate market remains weak. But how weak is it, exactly, where you live? If you're selling a home, how likely is it you'll have to cut your offer price? And will you have to do it more than once?
Those are difficult questions, which were basically impossible to answer until today, when the launch of a remarkable interactive map created by Trulia, a real-estate listings website, makes them much easier to answer.