Marc Newson on Modernizing
the Fountain Pen
Last June, Montblanc announced the M, the product of a new partnership with Marc Newson, arguably one of the most influential designers alive today. With this partnership, the first of its kind for the luxury brand, fountain pens take a long-awaited step into the future.
Apple Reportedly Approves Electric Car Project for 2019
Apple reportedly has been studying the feasibility of the initiative, dubbed “Project Titan,” for the past year. The WSJ report says Apple does not plan to release a self-driving car, at least not at first. An autonomous vehicle may be part of the company’s long-term plans.
Design Meets Production:
Why Two Minds Are Always Better Than One
The design and production worlds seem to come from opposite ends of the spectrum. While designers tend to be creative and highly visual, converters are concerned with structural integrity. Yet, despite their different approaches, they need one another in order to come up with the total package.
The Perception of Colour
Just how much consideration do you give to the colour of your clothes? Flitting through the clothes store rails, you're probably processing two or three garments a second, until one inexplicably stands out and makes it to the changing room. Colour will probably play an important but not decisive role. But is there a subconscious process going into your decision?
Japanese-Inspired Shoes That Wrap Around Your Feet
Store bought shoes rarely fit perfectly, and bespoke options are too expensive for many. Italian shoe maker Vibram, more commonly known for its military footwear, has come up with a solution to this problem with its Furoshiki Shoes. Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods. Furoshiki shoes, created by Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto, have no laces and instead wrap around the foot–hence the name–fastening with velcro.
Solarpunk Wants to Save the World
Scientists and policymakers are getting depressed, and our collective consciousness is turning to tales of apocalypse, not narratives of recovery. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the period during which human activity has become the dominant influence on the Earth's climate and the environment, and the result is horrifying. Solarpunk is the first creative movement consciously and positively responding to the Anthropocene. When no place on Earth is free from humanity's hedonism, Solarpunk proposes that humans can learn to live in harmony with the planet once again.
Big Ideas, Small Scale
If you’ve got a hankering for nugget ice–you know, the tiny, chewable frozen pellets that restaurant chains like Sonic use to chill sodas–then GE has an appliance for you. Aside from feeding one of the stranger compulsions in American dining, the Opal is different from other GE appliances in other ways: It wasn’t the brainchild of GE industrial designers and engineers, nor will it hit Home Depot shelves when it first appears. Instead, the Opal is the product of crowd-sourcing through GE’s new online community, FirstBuild, and it’ll be sold only through crowdfunding site Indiegogo.