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You Can Cook A Whole Meal On This Wired Kitchen Table

SmartSlab incorporates all your cooking needs into a two-inch tabletop, and it could do the same for counters. Is this the kitchen of the future? Last June, Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram, the designers behind the Stockholm-based design...Show More Summary

Nendo Designed A Whole Department Store, And It's Bonkers

Nendo has designed dog houses, chocolates, and survival packs. Now, it's turning its attention to whole department stores. What do you get when you ask the insanely prolific Japanese design firm Nendo to redesign a department store?Show More Summary

Pending home sales rose for third straight month in April, reaching highest level in over a decade

Pending home sales rose for the third consecutive month in April and reached their highest level in over a decade. All major regions saw gains in contract activity last month except for the Midwest, which saw a meager decline.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Durable goods orders jumped 3.4 percent in April as jet sales surged

Orders for durable or long-lasting goods made in the U.S. jumped 3.4% in April because of a surge in bookings for commercial jets. But a key measure of business investment fell again.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Mortgage applications rise 2.3 percent in latest survey, mostly due to purchase loans

The Market Composite Index increased 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with the Purchase Index increasing 5 percent. The average interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.85 percent from 3.82 percent. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Initial unemployment claims dip 10,000 in latest report

In the week ending May 21, initial unemployment claims were 268,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 278,000. The 4-week moving average was 278,500, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 275,750. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

A Digital Game That Can Still Foster Open-Ended Play

Can screen-based experiences still spark imaginative, open play in kids? Israeli interactive designer Matan Stauber thinks so. "Video games are very specific, there's something you have to accomplish," says Tel Aviv-based interactive designer Matan Stauber. "There's a very narrow system and storyline—the entire experience is a closed experience." Read Full Story

Can Rebranding Help A City Shake Its Seedy Reputation?

"A bold, striking, visual slap in the face is a pretty good place to begin," says creative director Andy Reynolds. Dongguan is an industrial city located at the mouth of China's Pearl River Delta, about 50 miles north of Hong Kong, that's earned an unsavory reputation as a "sin city" for its high organized crime and prostitution rates. Show More Summary

Why Designing In A Vacuum Isn't Always A Bad Thing

Just ask Her interface designer Geoff McFetridge, who shuns research in the name of "inventing new images." In Geoff Mcfetridge's Los Angeles studio, there's a two-foot-tall stack of Strathmore sketchbooks that catalogue every idea from every professional project he's ever worked on. Show More Summary

This Startup Is Renaming Every Place On Earth

The company what3words assigned every 10-square-foot block of space in the world a new name. It makes more sense than you'd think. Like many startups, what3words, a London-based company offering a new approach to global addressing, was born out of a frustration. Show More Summary

How Two Industrial Design Titans Are Helping Brands Simplify Tech

Future Facility, a spin-off of the British firm Industrial Facility, wants to make networked products work for us, not the other way around. Kim Colin and Sam Hecht, founders of the London-based industrial design studio Industrial Facility, have helped a number of large companies work through thorny design problems. Show More Summary

Don't Be Surprised If Google's New Animated Short Wins An Oscar

The best way to watch Pearl is the way it wasn't intended to be seen: in VR. Ironically, that version won't be Academy-eligible. There are films that make you feel like a kid again. There are films that make you feel the invincible freedom of your teenage years. And there are films that capture the pangs of parenthood. Read Full Story

The Extreme Couture Of London's Underground Club Scene

Extraordinary self-expression rules London's late-night subcultures, where the fashion is literally out of this world. A bedouin bedecked in nothing but newsprint. An enantiomorph, shimmering in the dark like a human negative. An S&M demon with a vulva for a face. Show More Summary

A Shape-Shifting Desk That Hides Your Chair Until It's Needed

Ian Stell's roll-top desk has an unlikely inspiration: roller coasters. A couple of years ago, artist and designer Ian Stell was attending a show on the Memphis Group at New York City's Joe Sheftel gallery when two pieces he'd never seen before caught his eye. They were oddly-proportioned roll-top desks designed by the Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata. Read Full Story

This San Francisco Apartment Developer Is Paying Tenants $100 A Month Not To Drive

The partnership, with Uber, is an experiment in cutting down on the cars clogging our cities. When the sprawling Parkmerced apartment buildings in San Francisco were built in the 1940s—covering multiple blocks, and the size of an entire neighborhood—owning a car was seen as a good thing. Show More Summary

Tribe Mixes The Best Of Text And Video Chat

Tribe is a mobile-only messenger that you can control with a single finger like a video chat walkie talkie. Although it's the most dominant form of communication in the mobile age, text messaging isn't particularly convenient. We put...Show More Summary

FHFA House Price Index up 1.3 percent in 1Q 2016 and 5.7 percent year-on-year

U.S. house prices rose 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016 according to the HPI, and for March was up 0.7 percent from February. Between the first quarters of 2015 and 2016, the index rose 5.7 percent. READ MORE www.metrointel....

New home sales reached more than eight-year high in April

New U.S. single-family home sales recorded their biggest gain in 24 years in April, touching a more than eight-year high as purchases increased broadly, a sign of growing confidence in the economy’s prospects. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

A Universal Interface That You Control By Doodling

Want to turn on a light? Draw a circle. Right now, the Internet of Things is controlled by a thousand little apps that mostly live in your smartphone, each with its own UI. But what would a universal UI for the IoT look like? In theShow More Summary

Rihanna Designs Star Trek-Inspired Glasses For Dior, And They Are Awesome

With a foot planted firmly in the future, Rihanna proves that not all celebrity design collaborations are doomed to cheesiness. The legendary fashion house Dior has tapped Rihanna to design a range of futuristic sunglasses. Her inspiration? The techno-eyewear of Star Trek's La Forge. Read Full Story

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