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FCC to auction two pieces of 1,900MHz spectrum for mobile broadband

The FCC may be most concerned with portioning out lower frequencies to bandwidth-hungry carriers, but it's devoting some attention to higher bands today. The agency has voted in favor of auctioning off two slices of 1,900MHz spectrum, the lower H block (1,915MHz to 1,920MHz) and upper H block …

3D Printed Hands to Hold Your Prints & Posters

Ever noticed how artists and designers hold up their work in front of them when having it photographed? Primarily as a way to show it displayed, but …

The Origin of Seating

The Origin task chair focuses on natural ergonomics, positive posture reinforcement & even weight distribution to keep the user’s body in check while …

Go Behind the Scenes to Watch How Heather Dewey-Hagborg Creates Portraits with Found DNA | Colossal

<p>Just a few weeks ago we covered the amazing 3D-printed portraits created by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, who uses genetic clues from found DNA to …

A Chair That Shields You From Snooping Coworkers

In the race toward a more progressive office floor plan, designers have created communal tables, desks you reserve in advance, and modular desks designed to spur collaboration around the clock. All try to be flexible alternatives to the traditional desk-and-conference-room model, but when it comes …

The Most Fabulous Flight Attendant Fashions In History

Is there anything more jet-set fabulous than a chicly turned-out flight attendant? In honor of Pedro Almodóvar's new ultra-gay romp <i>I'm So Excited</i>, which takes place on a Madrid to Mexico City flight and features some fabulous flight attendant fashion, we've rounded up our favorite moments of …

Narrow Escape: Thin House Measures Just 4 Horizontal Feet

What it lacks in width it makes up at least a little in height and depth – this narrow home extends 30 feet up and 30 feet back from the …

Architecture

The SolSource: A Rugged, Portable Solar Cooker with a Himalayan Testing Pedigree

It's strange that what we in developed nations think of as a recreational activites, like camping and/or grilling, mimic the real-world living …

The WOOD.b Bike by BSG | Colossal

<p>The WOOD.b is a new urban bicycle designed by Strasbourg-based BSG in partial collaboration with Thibaut Malet, whose wooden expertise you might …

Journalism

DIY fold-down table (j) saves space & doubles as a picture frame via www.lifehacker.com.au

Rammed-Earth Retreat: Modern Home Made of Local Soil

Slightly-squiggly lines divide the multi-hued organic building blocks of this crisp-edged mountain home, tying it into the surrounding landscape of …

Architecture

Citybook Modular Bookcase by MR.LESS & MRS.MORE

Antonella Di Luca, a young designer from Bologna, Italy who previously worked with at Iosa Ghini Design Studio decided to begin a new design practice …

Two Ultra-Minimal Lamps That Also Juice Up Your Phone

In the current universe of lamps, designers want to scale down, delete any frills, and step back. We’ve seen a good deal of stripped-down lamps lately, from glowing white boxes to 1960s-era lamps made of floating glow sticks.<p>The new Circa and Clamp light collections from San Francisco-based Pablo …

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Watch: The History Of The Bauhaus, In 2 Minutes

A new video short uses minimalist graphics and witty wordplay to describe what the Bauhaus was.<p>“How Bauhaus is your house?” The question is posed at the end of the animated short “Bauhaus: Design in a Nutshell.”<p>I’d venture that most of our apartments and bedroom interiors include next to nothing …

Ascent – A Smart Concept Light by Daniel Rybakken - The Fox Is Black

Ascent is a fantastic new table light designed by the award winning Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken. Created for Luceplan, the beauty of this …

Yves Behar's August Smart Lock: Keyless Entry for Anyone with a Smartphone

<i>My main question: Why is the inside of your apartment so dark?</i><p>Yesterday Yves Behar and tech entrepreneur Jason Johnson pulled the sheets off of their …

Freedom, GlaxoSmithKline World Headquarters, Philadelphia. Sculpture by Zenos Frudakis, 2001 (o)

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Design

Holy Tristan Lighted Glass and Concrete Tables

Designed by Michael Neubauer, these lighted tables are a fun addition to your family room. New Germany-based design label Docstone focuses primarily …

Furniture

The Most Hipsterest Lamp Ever

It’s been for ages that we don’t use any cassettes, there are so many things we can use instead of them – thanks, high technologies! But this …

Furniture

The Skinny on Stone

Piero Lissoni’s DRITTO collection of side, coffee and dining tables for Salvatori blur the line between the material limitations of minimalism. The …

A Stylish Folding Chair You Won’t Stash Out Of Sight

Knauf & Brown’s Profile turns the lowly folding chair into a design centerpiece.<p>The folding chair doesn’t get a lot of respect. Or so say designers Knauf & Brown. When they unveiled their own Profile chair, a preening sendup of the ubiquitous taupe-steel folding chair, the pair did so with a …

Pond Recycling

Ponding is a washbasin that allows you to recycle the basin water in a much easier manner. A strategically placed jug right below the basin is what …

Turn Your Foursquare Check-Ins Into A Beautiful Map

A new service called Etch will convert your Foursquare data into a beautiful poster. The inspiration: none other than data-viz guru Nicholas Felton.<p>On the one hand, it can be downright nauseating to consider how much of your data is out there, being collected by companies. On the other, your …

Kickstarting: An iPhone App To Turn Windows From Clear To Opaque

Tap an icon. Instant privacy. Magic? Nope. Just the future of DIY home upgrades.<p>Blinds are a clumsy technology. And generally, they can’t offer privacy to your windows without cutting out light. So when your blinds are down, you might as well not have a window at all.<p>A startup named Sonte has a …

IBM’s Clever Billboards Double As Benches, Shelter, And Ramps

Billboard ads are an architectural eyesore. And they’re fundamentally designed to get in your way–to leverage visual noise to distract you while going about your day and having your own thoughts. Worried about filing that report? A bus stop wants to sell you french fries. Dodging other drivers …

Just Add Water: Concrete Buildings Built With Air + H2O

An inflatable concrete building sounds a bit ludicrous – until you see the seemingly-magical construction of a Concrete Canvas shelter. Concrete …