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For Lennart Van Uffelen, There’s No Fun in Functionality

Its title says it all. “Functionality Kills the Fun” is a new line of furniture by Lennart Van Uffelen, inspired by his philosophy, “Functionality is …

Expressive Photos Reveal a Rare, Alternative View of Iran

An image of Iran that many people around the world are familiar with is the view of Iran as a troubled nation plagued by an oppressive government, ultra-conservative ideologies, brutal executions, public demonstrations, rumors of nuclear weaponry, and women who are forced to wear head coverings …

Pious

Smiley Face Screws Bring Joy to Your D.I.Y. Projects

It's easy to overlook a screw. This ubiquitous object hasn't majorly changed in our lifetime, and you wouldn't expect it to. Well, forget the standard Phillips and flat-heads, because Japanese designer Yuma Kano created the <i>Screw 🙂</i>, a take on the universal product that has its head imprinted with a …

Woodworking

The Best American Infographics 2013

The book suggestion of this week is about infographics. The title of the book is The Best American Infographics 2013 by Gareth Cook and David Byrne. …

Secretary Kerry warns climate change is a 'weapon of mass destruction'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change perhaps "the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction," reports Reuters. Warnings over climate change have become increasingly dire from the scientific community lately, and Kerry is reportedly expected to make a series of speeches …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

PyroPet Candles Melt into Creepy Metallic Skeletons | Colossal

<p>First mentioned in this space back in 2011 as the “Devil’s Candle,” this delightfully creepy candle that melts from a cute geometric cat into a …

Daan Roosegaarde Wants to 'Draw' in Beijing's Sky with a Giant Electromagnetic Vacuum That Literally Sucks Smog Out of the Air

In what is surely a sign that the world is getting smaller—or perhaps just an indication that urbanism is a hot topic these days—the last two months …

Pollution

Elegant Caviar Table Flame by Fabien Gerlier

From the old days, human are attracted to open flame, perhaps this idea that inspired Fabien Gerlier to come up with elegant <b>Caviar Table flame</b>. This …

Furniture

DDW13: We Visit Piet Hein Eek

Visiting Piet Hein Eek’s space was one of the most inspiring parts of my trip to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week. In his final exam, Piet wrote: “If …

Puddle-Shaped Mirrors Look Just Like Actual Water

This incredibly realistic, rippling installation, entitled <i>Mizukagami (Water Mirror)</i>, was created by Japanese art director and designer Rikako Nagashima in collaboration with designer Hideto Hyoudou. The true to life forms are actually made out of acrylic and were installed by the two artists …

Neat

People People's Ultraminimal 'Spiran' City Bike

Last we heard from People People, we took a look at their 'invisible' speaker; the Stockholm-based design studio has since come out with several …

What Happens If You Let Two Designers Write Their Own History Books? Spoiler: A Much More Fun (And Beautiful) World History

History books are not meant to be read for <i>fun</i>. They belong in stuffy classrooms with class pets and broken wooden desks that squeak too much. Until</i> …

Last Call for Entries: "The Future" Photography Contest

We're now two weeks into Nissan's photography contest <i>Capture Your #BestShot</i>, where we're asking you to show us your best photo that represents <b>The Future</b>. One lucky person is going to win two plane tickets to Zurich, Switzerland and accommodations to attend Art Basel AND a chance to win the overall …

Tokyo Motor Show

Halloween Couple in Homemade Green Army Men Costumes

Halloween is a time for people to get especially creative and this year, Redditor BritishRacingGreen and his girlfriend have gone all out, transforming themselves into life-size plastic green army men. The San Francisco-based duo roamed the city streets in their elaborate getup, stopping for …

Homemade

Benjamin Hubert on Carrying a Notebook, Taking Productive Breaks, and Why Design Is Not a Glamorous Profession

<i>This is the latest installment of our Core77 Questionnaire. Previously, we talked to Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility.</i><p><b>Name:</b> Benjamin …

The Weirdest Musical Instruments You’ll Ever See

François Chambard reinterprets Theremins with mid-century, Bauhaus-Pop, and Steampunk style.<p>Named after its Soviet creator Léon Theremin–whose other inventions include the legendary Cold War listening device known as The Thing–Theremins are perhaps the only musical instruments that do not require a …

Poorly-Designed London Skyscraper Magnifies Sun's Rays into a Destructive Beam

MIT famously sued Frank Gehry back in '07, as the undulating surfaces he'd designed for their Stata Center turned out to be perfect for harboring …

De Kas, Amsterdam

by Jennifer Miller<p>Imagine eating dinner inside a house made almost entirely of glass. The walls are eight meters high and one can see vibrant gardens, nesting storks and rows upon rows of tall climbing vines, strung with leaves and laden with tomatoes and melons. You also can see right into the …

European Travel

Stark Simple House Conceals Bright, Complex Interiors

What appears to be a stark, simple white home in an archetypal shape on the outskirts of Tokyo is actually one massive envelope containing a wide …

Architecture

From Philippe Starck, The Ultimate Couch For Working At Home

Say you work as a freelancer, or you’re taking a sick day and staying home. It’s raining outside, and your favorite coffee shop or workspace seems just too far away. The kitchen table is backache-inducing, the old couch too easy to sink into, and the bed, well, midday drowsiness trumps all.<p>The …

Frozen Mid-Cut: Log Sculpture Shows How Trees Get Sliced

Ever wonder how boards turn from trees into building materials? While not a secret, the process is also not entirely obvious – and rarely this clear …

5 Ways To Make Any Piece Of Tech Sexy

As companies move their sophisticated technologies from industry into the broader market, they need to take their design cues from consumer products.<p>Recently, I met with a senior manager of a business that builds very unsexy handheld analytical instruments. “My product is just an industrial …

Rain - bronze and glass by Nazar Bilyk (r)

Selling Virtual Versions of Design Classics: Is This Even Legal?

<i>Black market?</i><p>A European company called 3D Furniture sells design classics of yore: Work from the Eameses, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and …

An iPhone App That Nags You To Work On Time

The problem with calendars is that they can never anticipate traffic. But NeverLate wants to attune your schedule to the flow of urban life.<p>It’s happened to the best of us. We hop in the car, pull on the highway and–wait–where did all this traffic come from?? If only I’d checked Google Maps traffic …

Now Available: Biobased Xorel, Fabric Made from Sugarcane

Those of you working in the furniture and interior design industries have probably heard of Xorel. For those that haven't, it's a high-performance …

How to Avoid Auto-Aquatic Asphyxiation: The LifeHammer

Earlier we wrote about Gerber's GDC Hook Knife, a keychain-mounted device intended to cut you free from a seatbelt. We also mentioned that that's a …

Artificial Intelligence Is The New Uncanny Valley

As a society, we’re already used to the almost-human figures we’ve feared for so long. But what we’re not ready for? Artificial intelligence that begins where the aesthetic left off.<p>The uncanny valley is a paradoxically attractive mythos to technologists. Despite being a theory that dates back to …

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Try To Be Apple

Everybody wants to be Apple. But they can’t be, and, Brian Millar argues, that’s not such a bad thing.<p>In 2011, struggling department store chain J.C. Penney hired the guy who was behind the Apple stores. He applied the same principles that had made Apple’s geek chic boutiques some of the most …