design

This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters The Neighbourhood Air

Let’s take rooftop farming to a whole new level — a microscopic level. Unveiled at Expo Milan this week, the Urban Algae Canopy is a living, breathing alternative to our inert roofs and facades. Could algae be the next hip trend in urban agriculture?


This Tiny House Can Fit In A Parking Space And Only Costs $40,000

The world is running out of space. Truth be told, the world is running out of a lot of things, but some very simple tweaks to our lifestyle could make the space issue less of an problem. That’s why students at the Savannah College of Art and Design built the SCADpad. It’s tiny. It’s cheap. And it’s actually kind of cool-looking.


Are LG's New Headquarters Really A 'Public Shame'?

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman is on a roll lately in his quest to hold architects accountable for their design shortcomings. His latest target? The firm HOK, which he says has turned tech manufacturer LG’s new headquarters into an “eyesore”.


This Intricate Creature Skitters Across Your Desk On 3D-Printed Legs

As a genre, “desk toys” are usually pretty corny, from Newton’s Cradle sculptures to creepy meditation balls. But these tiny creatures — which are miniatures of the giant self-propelled sculptures designed by Dutch artist Theo Jansen — are anything but.


A Brief Chat With The Mad Scientist Who Made Viagra Ice Cream

Charlie Francis is no stranger to unusual ice cream concoctions — he’s the same guy who brought us a $225 scoop of luminescent jellyfish ice-cream just last year. Before you start licking his latest creation though, better get yourself a prescription. Because each scoop is infused with a healthy, 25mg dose of Viagra.


This Glass Toaster Costs $1000 -- But It Can Cook Steak

It’s fair to say, not all toasters are created equal. But the Bugatti Noun is a god amongst toasters, a futurist but elegant combination of glass and chrome that would stand out in any kitchen. And it does more than just toast.


Dyson's Massive Floating Garbage Vacuum Could Clean Up Our Rivers

James Dyson has an idea for a new form of sucking machine — one so large it requires an entire barge to house it. The idea here is to let a giant water-going vessel free and allow it to “mine” rivers of all the floating junk that’s been tossed away into waterway everywhere since man first invented plastic bottles and tin cans.


Watch The Amazing Process Of Manufacturing An Iconic Eames Shell Chair

When the Eames debuted their now-legendary shell chair in 1950, it became the first mass-produced plastic chair in the world. This wasn’t just an aesthetic icon — it was also a wonder of manufacturing and engineering. Now, Herman Miller is giving us a glimpse of how it’s made.


These Modular Cabinets Are The Coolest Way To Display Precious Things

There’s a case to be made — recently by designer Martino Gamper (and me) — that shelving is the most personal piece of furniture you own; a functional place to store your stuff that also puts it on display, like you’re curating own little curio exhibition. The Room collection, by Kyuhyung Cho and Erik Olovsson, might be the most fun modular system I’ve ever seen. Swoon.


11 Of The Coolest Products From The Busiest Week In Design

Every April around this time, Milan welcomes creative types from all across the globe for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile — pretty much the wildest week in the design world. Although the past few years have seen efforts to curb the rampant bacchanal of new production for new production’s sake, there’s still a hell of a lot to take in.