Less than two weeks after a massive earthquake and tsunami ravaged eastern Japan earlier this year, the moon welled up in the sky, high above the crushed homes and flooded streets and embattled power plants, appearing 30% brighter and 14% bigger than usual. It was the largest full moon Japan had seen in 18 years and became an instant symbol of hope -- a literal bright spot -- in the aftermath of a disaster that claimed the lives of more than 15,000 people.
Where have the days of classy boozing gone? If you imagined adulthood to be a Nick-and-Nora routine with endlessly flowing martinis and witty banter, you've probably been sorely disappointed. Take some heart: A new exhibition at RISD, Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion, 1920?1980, lets you revisit the glamorous days, with more than 220 objects, including clothing, jewelry, textiles, decorative and fine art, and even an authentic 1940s Japanese tiki bar.
We all know vaguely that certain emotions and colors go together. But is there any science to it? For instance: Could you say with empirical conviction that red is the color of rage?
We personalize our virtual "homes" as much as our real ones -- decorating our computer desktops, carefully curating our smartphone home screens. Now Vipp, maker of sleeker-than-usual housewares, is taking this notion literally and releasing a digital version of its stylish pedal-bin trashcan to replace the boring one on your Windows or Mac computer desktop.
From afar, Mark Reigelman II's new art installation at the Heller Gallery in New York looks like a living room covered in AstroTurf. It's only when you zoom in that you realize you're looking at something much weirder (and seemingly more sinister): a set of 12 household objects, from chairs to a book to a bearskin rug, encrusted in shards of recycled glass -- more than 1,000 pounds of it.
The latest workplace trend: collaboration. Gone, at least for the fortunate, are the organizational silos and Dilbert-style cubicles. Now the emphasis is on casual, spontaneous exchanges -- the kinds of interactions that might usually happen at the water cooler or over a cubicle wall. With its latest collection of contract furniture, Allsteel wants to be among the first to cater to this new office paradigm, offering pieces expressly designed for idea sharing.
The designs were refined using critiques from over 200 people.
Virtual tours have got to be one of the lamest things ever invented: Sit at your computer, squinting at some never-quite-good-enough photos of a place you'll never go to while clicking impotently with your mouse to "move" around. But touch interfaces, tablet devices, and augmented reality have changed all that.
Can anyone suggest a good couch for under $1,500? Are French Bulldogs too much maintenance?
If you use Twitter at all, you've probably seen plenty of people lobbing questions to their followers-- when they could have easily just gone to Google and searched for the answer.