Gadget accessories maker Incase has been on a roll this year, from capsule collections with A.P.C. and Andy Warhol to its upcoming expansion into headphones later this year.
I've been loving Ludwig Zeller's science-fiction-as-product-design experiments lately, and his latest brainchild, called "Introspectre," is quite the capper.
It's 1811, you're sick: In walks the doctor, clutching a black bag. It's 1911, you're sick: In walks the doctor, clutching a black bag. It's 2011, you're sick: In walks the doctor, clutching a black bag.
Art schools are messy places. They're also places populated by starving students with limited resources. At the Royal College of Art in London, a bit of clever cross-disciplinary collaboration uses the school's scraps to create free art supplies for its students and a small business that could net the school a bit of income, resulting in one of the more elegant closed-loop manufacturing systems that we've seen.
Beginning this month, every room at the New York branch of the Ace Hotel will not only come equipped with Google's new Chromebook, but each device will also provide an interactive field map--what's being called a ?virtual concierge?--courtesy of longtime collaborators and travel guide gurus Superfuture. Hotel guests will be able to use the notebook computer, housed inside a sharply designed, custom-made felt slipcover, throughout their stay in the city.
E-books are already a fraught subject for many readers, writers, publishers and designers, but children's e-books are even more so. Is it rotting their minds? Is it as good as good ol' paper? Is it too interactive for their own good? Obviously there are no practical answers to such questions, but at least one children's e-book/app/thingie (what do we call these things, again?) is doing it very, very right. It's called "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.
Three-dimensional printing has gained steam in recent years, with designers and artists seizing the technology to fabricate everything from plastic trinkets and jewelry to coffeepots and cell phones. But wouldn't all those things be better rendered in chocolate? Of course they would, and the engineering brainiacs at Britain's Exeter University agree -- which is why they've developed the world's first 3-D chocolate printer.
The summer's hottest backyard barbecue accessory is a cold jug of local brew, a growler filled at the corner craft-beer store (what, your corner doesn't have a craft-beer store?). But as hip as it looks, it might not be the best way to cart your suds.
The lines between states and even countries are pretty arbitrary: The ties you have with people 50 miles away aren't going to be too-much affected by some imaginary line drawn up 200 years ago. What if you could remap the United States -- not by geography, but rather social ties?