design

Michel Gondry Tells Us What It's Like To Build Movie Dreams Without CGI

Books have been adapted for the big screen since the dawn of cinema, but the transition can be tricky — especially when the original is a uniquely dreamlike counter-cultural touchstone. Mood Indigo is Michel Gondry’s latest feature film; he recently spoke with us about bringing the fantastic voyage of young love and deep loss to life with physical sets and a refreshing lack of CGI.


Posters Of Famous Patents Put Other People's Great Ideas On Your Wall

The design process is a many splendored thing full of trial and error, prototypes and practice runs. When your genius is ready to make its debut, filing a patent is a bureaucratic way to project your concept from idea-stealers — but it turns out the diagrammatical drawings are artworks in themselves.


A Twisted Mobius Chair Provides An Infinite Place To Sit

Do you remember the first time you were introduced to a mobius strip and its never-ending looped surface? It was probably during grade school science, and it probably made you rethink everything you knew about the world, the same way this Mobius Chair by Takeshi Miyakawa will make you rethink everything you know about sitting.


The Penis Propaganda That Warned WWII-Era Soldiers Of Venereal Disease

During World War II, a foe far more insidious than the aggressive Axis powers was felling our boys fighting overseas. Venereal disease had always been a huge problem for US troops, but in 1942 the government got serious about schooling soldiers to be more conscientious with their erections. Protect Yourself is a new book that collects this peen propaganda in one place.


Shop Window Displays That Should Be In A Museum

This compilation of window display designs from around the world is really impressive. Forget that they are hooked baits designed to drag you into a vortex of fierce consumerism. Just enjoy the creativity, the beauty and the playfulness they exude.


The Birdwatchers On This Clock Are Trying To Spot A Rare Cuckoo

The designers at Studio Kuadra have deconstructed the iconic cuckoo clock for this amusing new timepiece that introduces a pair of bird watchers, obsessively hoping to catch a glimpse of the cuckoo in a nearby tree at the top of the hour.


I Wish I Could Spend Summer In The Mediterranean Driving This Beauty

Italian designer Pietro Russomanno‘s Raceline is the 8m long daughter of a classic Riva boat — one of my favourite vehicle designs — and a classic sports car. If I had to spend a summer in the Mediterranean riviera, this is the vehicle I’d like to have to move from coast town to coast town to eat seafood and drink Martinis.


Making Hot Air Bread Balloons With An Industrial-Strength Blower

Here is the most fun way to make bread: prepare a massive pile of dough, brightly coloured with natural dyes; cut off a small section and flatten it out; place that pizza-like sheet on top of an industrial-strength blower and watch it inflate into a toasty, instantly edible balloon.


The Earth Is At The Centre Of This Watch's Tiny Solar System

If deep down you just know that science was too quick to adopt the notion that the universe doesn’t revolve around the earth, with this Ptolemaic watch on your wrist you’ll be reassured we’re not just some random spec in the galaxy whenever you glance down to check the time.


Nike's Free 5.0 Are So Flexible They Can Fit In Extra Tiny Shoeboxes

The Nike Free 5.0 is billed as the most flexible shoe in the world. To show off the minimalist runners, Nike had a special new box designed, which uses one-third the material of other boxes.