by embedding iconic items such as a birdcage and fish tank into the tabletop, the focus automatically shifts from the obligatory ‘to-do-list’ to a pleasant pondering of nature.
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this curved museum pays homage to the nature and traditional building techniques of denmark.
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an expansive use of wood presents itself in the form of a sculptural pergola, a patagonia deck, and various furnishings.
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designboom spoke to plechac and wielgus about their numerous presentations and their thematic links, the significance of this particular prague-based fair to their own practice, and how they managed to create seven distincly unique installations for some of the world's biggest brand names.
For anyone who knows the serenity of woodworking, this video hailing from northern Japan of mastercraftsman Yasuo Ozakazaki at work in his shop, could be the most relaxing thing you're likely to see today.
Kokeshi dolls are a traditional of Japanese handcraft—a simple limbless doll made from two pieces of wood, and apparently the inspiration behind the design of 'Mii' characters for the Nintendo Wii. (The figures have also risen to prominence in the global design world in recent weeks with the news that the Boureullec brothers have reinterpreted the doll's design as part of an initiative to get local craftspeople back on their feet, following the devastation caused by the Fukushima disaster.)(more...)
Three designers weigh in on HealthCare.gov 2.0's user experience.
Launched last year to near universal jeering, the first iteration of HealthCare.gov was the very definition of a design crime. Democrats and Republicans alike pounced upon the site's disastrous launch, which made it difficult for users to even sign up. And once they did, visitors were confounded by a design death trap full of cryptic messages, confusing navigation options, and inexplicable errors, all built on top of a backend that seemed like it was going to keel over at any second.
the book acts as a memorial for all the victims of the crisis, and seeks to serve as a critical counterweight to the statements of politicians, bankers and economists on how soon things will be back to normal.
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kengo kuma has designed a pavilion titled 'bosque habitable' (habitable forest) for the abierto mexicano de diseño 2014.
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the piece provides a poetic and visually-engaging commentary on the state of architecture, where it has been and where it must go.
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We all know what Oprah's Book Club has done for authors. Can Martha Stewart do the same for MakerBot?
Apparently that's the hope. Today MakerBot and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced that they've launched an exclusive partnership, whereby not only will there be co-branded PLA filaments available for sale—forget yellow, blue and green, shortly you'll be printing in "Lemon Drop," "Robin's Egg" and "Jadeite"—but Martha's team of designers will also be producing downloadable designs for consumer purchase.
It's easy for the hardened ID'er to snicker, but this actually signifies a potentially massive shift, or at least the start of one, for 3D printing to go seriously mainstream. If Martha Stewart's gigantic audience can be wooed into paying 99 cents to download a design they can print as many times as they want, it's entirely possible MakerBot will start seeing some sales spikes.(more...)
Just break a battery capsule off and plug it into your smartphone for up to six extra hours of talk time.
Having trouble keeping your smartphone charged throughout the day? Designer Tsung Chih-Hsien has created a Red Dot Design Award-winning concept for a tiny cardboard capsule that could juice up your phone. It's called the Mini Power. You just choose how much battery time you need—two, four, or six hours—plug it in, then recycle it later.
Billionaire Barry Diller and designer Diane von Furstenberg want to turn a sinking pier into a 2.7-acre park and performance space.
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg—the billionaire couple and major funders of the High Line—are planning to bankroll another futuristic park forged from aging city infrastructure: a park built on a pier stretching out over the Hudson River.
Clamp-on table legs are a great idea. Here are two new models that don't look like carpentry equipment.
Any woodworker can attest to the strength of a bar clamp to quickly affix a job to a table. But while we trust these clamps while wielding a power saw, we don't trust them while holding a knife and fork at the dinner table. Why isn't more of our furniture clamped?
Many, many designers have experienced creative breakthrough by taking something apart and putting it back together. Over this past weekend, thinkers, makers, hackers, know-it-alls and novices around the world threw down on The Deconstruction. The premise is simple, but the outcome is not: make... something. Strictly open-ended, The Deconstruction is somehow both a creation competition and a collaboration-focused conference while having no set theme or topic. This vague but fun event kicked off on Friday, as teams livestreamed and documented their projects through the weekend.
Projects can be physical, digital, mechanical, social, multimedia... Regardless of the mode, the only criteria is to "create something that did not exist 48 hours before" and to highlight interesting problem-solving. Fun interviews and updates will be happening at their HQ "inside the internet", and prizes will be given for teams' summary videos, problem-solving, and outstanding student contributions.(more...)
Don't know the difference between filet mignon and New York strip? This clever animation breaks it down.
If you call yourself a carnivore but don't know the difference between a New York strip and a filet mignon, this handy video by foodie site Eater breaks down types of steak cuts nice and simply, helping you impress all your butcher friends.
the elevated park and performance space will serve as a place of discovery, replete with lush lawns and undulating pathways that offer views of the manhattan skyline.
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the ford 'shelby GT350 mustang' builds on carroll shelby's vision of transforming an every-day car into a road racer by taking the improved sixth-generation model and making it even more powerful.
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You'll never look at sneakers the same way again.
They look like dartboards, roller skate wheels, or maybe hubcaps from a future in which everything glows and blinks. In reality, these colorful discs are just Nike sneakers being spun on a pottery wheel, which are then photographed through long exposures to create a hyperreal, concentric blur.
The science of sound waves makes for an amazing music video.
What does music look like? Cymatics, the first single by Nigel Stanford off the album Solar Echoes, offers clues. By amassing a collection of science experiments, it depicts sound waves blasting through water, fire, and sand, and even sparks in the air (via a speaker hose, a Rubens' tube, a Chladni plate, and a Tesla coil, respectively). It's a dazzling array of audio that's, quite literally, music that you can see.