Film-edition books are always awful. As much as we love Vanessa Redgrave, we don't want to look at her gauzy face every time we reach for Mrs. Dalloway. Which makes Penguin's latest copy of The Little Red Riding Hood a sort of freak of nature. It's got a movie tie-in, to be sure (note the unfortunate "inspiration for the major motion picture" tag on the cover), but it's also completely awesome design -- something we'd happily display on our bookshelf.
3XN is a major player in Scandinavian architecture, so it's no surprise that they were approached to create a larger-than-life lighting installation for the Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen, which will be the region's biggest hotel when it opens on May 16th. The Bella Chandelier boasts 7,000 coolly glowing LED tubes linked in a minimalist pattern that took the best minds in design, science, and technology from 3XN's R&D arm GXN to create. Here's what it'll look like:
5.5 Designers, one of the wittiest and most whimsical design studios working in France today, unveiled an exuberant new lamp for the Italian company Skitsch recently. We'll let this charming little sketch tell you everything you need to know about it:
In short: It could be raining, sleeting, hailing, or snowing like it's January in Siberia right outside your window, and Skylight, as the fixture is called, will make your kitchen feel like the beach at St. Tropez.
While there is now widespread consensus that the global climate is changing, few people take into consideration the changes that have already occurred in our daily activities. This is particularly relevant for the design community. We continue to design buildings, products, and processes for today, without full recognition that we live in a different place than we used to.
Ah, Pangea. The symbol of our united prehistory, the pot to our primordial soup. You could read about it in some drab old geography book or, better yet, come 2014, hop on over to Russia and see it in real life -- right down to the sparkling geodesic domes.
Of all the various crises besetting the developing world, the water crisis may be the hardest for those of us living comfortable lives to comprehend. We are never far from a tap that provides free water or a store where we can buy bottled water. That's quite different from large parts of the rest of the world, where finding clean water is a daily life or death struggle.
As digital cameras have outgrown their bulky origins and continued to miniaturize, some photographers and cinematographers joke that soon the "camera" itself will disappear, leaving just a lens with a chip and a screen on the back of it.
Conspiracy theorists, start your engines! A computer hacker has discovered a crazy little facet of of the iPhone and iPad's programming: As soon as they're activated, they track every cellphone tower they've ever connected to. In other words, it essentially keeps a log of everywhere you've ever been, ever since you've had the phone.