Credit Patricia Urquiola with rescuing wicker from musty, outdated porches and transforming it into chic furniture worthy of dressing up the most stylish homes. And she's inspired a younger generation of designers (even if they don't realize it), including a young designer named Rami Tareef.
There are skinny houses. And then there is Jakub Szcz?sny's Keret House, which could make Calista Flockhart look like a fatty. At its most generous, the proposed place, in Warsaw, Poland, will clock in at 4 feet wide. At its narrowest, it'll be just 28 inches wide -- thinner than the average doorway. And we complain about our sardine can in New York...
Since June, two robots have been methodically filling the inside of the historic Arsenale Novissimo in Venice with little black spheres to create a sculpture that looks like a pixelated wave of death. Which is plenty haunting in its own right. But here's the really creepy part: It shape-shifts.
Earlier this year, Matali Crasset finished her first architectural commission -- Dar Hi, a luxury ecolodge in Tunisia that one could mistake for an apartment complex on Luke Skywalker's planet of Tatooine. The French designer's latest architectural endeavor is decidedly humbler: four rustic cabins set down in the forest of Lorraine, France.
Nearly 14 million people in America don't have access to large grocery stores that stock fresh fruit and vegetables. More than 80% of them live in urban areas. And while it'd be nice for produce shops to spring up in these so-called food deserts, fact is, companies don't see poor neighborhoods as a worthwhile investment.
Peat includes a home-mailing program that sends kids seasonal seeds.
Reading printed text is so fluid and transparent for most people that it's hard to imagine it feeling any other way. Maybe that's why it took a dyslexic designer to create a typeface that optimizes the reading experience for people who suffer from that condition. Christian Boer's "Dyslexie" doesn't exactly make the letterforms look conventionally beautiful, but since when is that a prerequisite for well-designed? If it works, it works.
For some bizarre reason, I really want to learn how to do letterpress printing. This is an old-school process that requires lots of dirty, heavy, expensive equipment, but creates gorgeously tactile typography and graphics -- you're literally "pressing" the inked letters onto the paper, after all.
A world without voicemail would be a wonderful world indeed. But that's not going to happen -- and even if it did, we'd lose small pleasures like "Animation Hotline," in which Dustin Grella takes one voicemail each day and turns it into an animated chalk drawing just for kicks. Sound kooky? You're not alone: Here's an animation based on a message expressing skepticism that the entire enterprise isn't a hoax:
In American politics today, right and left are often just labels -- Democrats and Republicans alike believe that their stance should be whatever does most damage to the other side. Forget having any political principles. For example, the principles behind "Obamacare" began in conservative think tanks like the Heritage foundation and were loved by the Republican party. Until those principles became Obama's, and then they became a socialist world plot.