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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

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

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

Brilliant! This Zipper Warns You When Your Fly Is Down

Smart garment? Or GENIUS garment? Shut it all down, Google. We know you've been working hard with Levi's to develop a touch-sensitive denim jacket of the future. But you really should have started with the pants. Read Full Story

Artist Corrects Inaccuracies At The George W. Bush Library With Augmented Reality

Not so fast, W. A presidential library is meant to be a celebration of the commander in chief's tenure. A capstone to a president's years in office, the libraries receive much fanfare surrounding the structure's design, but the contents of the public exhibitions aren't typically scrutinized the same way. Until now. Read Full Story

The Star Horticulturist Behind Silicon Valley's Living Wall Trend

David Brenner of Habitat Horticulture is greening up Bay Area companies—from Tesla to Ideo to Autodesk—one living wall at a time. As with many virtuosos, David Brenner, founder of the San Francisco–based living wall experts Habitat Horticulture, makes his creative process seem intuitive and effortless. Show More Summary

L.A. Recalculated

[Image: From L.A. Recalculated by Smout Allen and BLDGBLOG]. London-based architects Smout Allen and I have a project in the new issue of MAS Context, work originally commissioned for the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial and closely related to our project, L.A.T.B.D., at the University of Southern California Libraries. Called L.A. Show More Summary

Early Richard Dawkins Books Get An Algorithmically Generated Redesign

It's Penguin's latest evolution of the elaborate book marketing campaign. In his 1986 book, The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins described a suite of computer programs he created using an Apple Machintosh Plus to simulate the power of Darwinian evolution. Show More Summary

Look Closer! This Spider Bot Is Actually A Person Walking

The 15 points of light are actually the joints of a walking stick figure. At first, this kinetic sculpture looks like 15 biomechanical insect legs twitching in mid-air, each one tipped by a small LED light. But watch long enough, and those lights synchronize. Show More Summary

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