My colleague and I are from Denmark. We, along with much of the world, admire the United States? relentless pursuit of the Next Big Thing, its inherent optimism, and its go-getter attitude. Other parts of the world should learn to embrace change the way America does, be inspired by its perpetual freshness of spirit, and, most important, replicate just a fraction of the country's innovation capability. Only in America could brand innovators like Google, Nike, and Starbucks emerge.
Pierre Andre Senizergues is the owner of Sole Technology, a skateboard footwear and apparel company that produces brands such as Etnies. He's also a former world champion boarder. And now the 48-year-old entrepreneur has commissioned Francois Perrin, of the L.A.-based architecture firm Air Architecture, to build him a California home that doubles as a skate park. Did we mention that he's really, really into skateboarding?
We've been meaning to post this ever since seeing reports of Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi's room-sized silk vortex, Knotted Thread, in the annual "Nearest Faraway" exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The exhibition, which opened on February 26 and was briefly disrupted by the tsunami on March 11, highlights artists "searching after the basis and nature of life" using simple methods and materials.
If you've ever experienced Google Reader, the web-based aggregator of RSS feeds, then you've experienced ugly. It's a basic utility lacking any design appeal, cluttered with text and blue hyperlinks. But for Akshay Kothari, the cofounder of Pulse, Google Reader served as an inspiration.
Shmuel Linski recalls a childhood fascination with concrete (and its transformation from liquid to solid), but the Israeli designer didn't start experimenting with the material until a couple of years ago, when he built a concrete canoe. Since then, he's become fixated on the concept of using the raw texture of concrete in domestic products, instead of the typical plastic and wood.
As any cancer survivor will tell you, a positive diagnosis is not a death sentence. So why do so many hospitals already feel like a morgue? This was the question that Lucy and Tobie Snowdowne, the duo behind British studio Two Create, wrestled with when they were hired to imagine a new cancer ward in Birmingham, England. After conducting interviews with patients themselves, the Snowdownes diagnosed one potential cure for the common clinic: They made it look like a boutique hotel.
Trulia has produced another wonderful interactive chart, this time showing various types of crime, and what time of day they occur in 25 of America's largest cities.
Scientists employ all sorts of techniques to introduce us to extinct animals in the context of a museum, but for the most part, those techniques are largely visual. We usually don't get to learn how they smelled, for example, or how their skin felt, ignoring a whole range of senses during what should be a transformative experience.
If you've ever wondered what a tattoo parlor run by designers would look like, look no further than Tattly, the new temporary tattoo web service launched yesterday by Tina Roth Eisenberg, proprietor of the Swiss Miss blog and the TeuxDeux to-do list. We can honestly say that there's nothing else quite like it on the web.