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Tom Dixon’s Creativity Secret? Perpetual Dissatisfaction

The prolific British designer talks about American nostalgia, why showrooms are dead, and why unhappiness is a key trait for designers.<p>Tom Dixon is one of the most prolific and exciting designers working today. Consider some of his recent work: The self-taught British designer has created scent …

Rafael Viñoly designs a bridge where drivers are supposed to slow down and enjoy the view

Where I live, bridges are designed to be boring. They often have high concrete balusters on the sides so that unless you are driving in a big SUV you …

JetBlue's new cabins will keep passengers plugged in

JetBlue is bringing more connectivity to the cabins of its Airbus A320 aircraft.<p>Power outlets and USB ports will be available at all seats, bringing …

Lay-n-Go Makeup Bag at Costco: A Messy Girl's Best Friend

Astronomical Brooklyn rent prices may be the main reason I moved out to the suburbs a few years ago, but as it turns out, there are actually a few perks to being a Jersey girl. For example: Being able to scope out beauty goodies at big-box stores for you guys (hey, someone's gotta do the tough …

How Tom Dixon Designed The World’s “Most Exclusive” Speakeasy

Himitsu channels ’70s opulence—with a twist.<p>With its moody lighting, gilded copper bar, suede chairs, leather banquette, and Baccarat Crystal stemware, Himitsu seems like it was plucked from the 1970s. In other ways, though, it is very much of the 21st century: to snag a reservation for the 60-seat …

KFC’s Redesigned Store Looks Like A Half-Finished Banksy

It’s like the fast-food joint visited Brooklyn but stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.<p>Allow me to get a compliment out of the way.<p>KFC is about to update 70% of the brand’s 4,500 retail stores by the end of 2017. And one part of its new store design is really great: KFC’s iconic red and white motif …

Zoom Wants Health Care to Be More Like Visiting An Apple Store

The Portland, Oregon-based company has a plan to redesign the “full stack” of medical services and health insurance.<p>There’s one reliable way to get on-demand health care in the United States: have (or wait for) something medically serious to happen to you, and then haul yourself up the triage desk …

How A 26-Year-Old Painter’s Work Inspired Valentino’s 2015 Winter Collection

In January, 26-year-old painter Esther Stewart sat alongside the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild runway at Paris Fashion week, watching as models strutted past sweaters and coats inspired by her signature color-block paintings. A pie in the sky dream for most textile designers, but simple serendipity …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

Articles about 7 ingenious concrete buildings on Dwell.com - Dwell

A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.<p>In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying...<p>Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in …

Lego Artist Nathan Sawaya Rebuilds DC Superheroes Brick By Brick

At San Diego ComicCon, renowned Lego artist Nathan Sawaya offers a sneak peak at his upcoming new exhibit of DC Entertainment superheroes and villains.<p>It’s been over a year and a million Lego bricks in the making.<p>In November, the 100 sculptures that comprise Nathan Sawaya’s next exhibition, <i>Art of</i> …

Craft And Storytelling Dominate The 14 Films In The 2015 Saatchi New Directors Showcase

Also different from previous years is how it diverges from the dark and rather violent tendency prevalent in earlier NDS reels. Instead, the 2015 …

Advertising

Virgin Atlantic’s Slick LAX Clubhouse Is So California

Virgin Atlantic’s famously swank airport lounges have been popping up in airports around the world, offering business class flyers an inviting reprieve from the usual cramped and frenzied air travel experience. For Virgin’s latest Clubhouse in Los Angeles International, the airline partnered with …

What Is Zero UI? (And Why Is It Crucial To The Future Of Design?)

What does UI design look like after screens go away? Fjord’s Andy Goodman explains.<p>For better or worse, a large amount of design work these days is visual. That makes sense, since the most essential products we interact with have screens. But as the internet of things surrounds us with devices that …

Product Design

Articles about architect lost his sight and kept working thanks breakthrough technologies blind on Dwell.com - Dwell

As one of the few blind practicing architects in the world, Chris Downey occupies a unique place in design.<p>Most deserts are dry and dusty expanses of blue skies, bleached soil, and rulerflat horizons.<p>Mesmerizing, hypnotic, and captivating.<p>An Amsterdam architect looks to Japanese culture when …

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it’s sunny and close when it rains.<p>When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London’s Hyde Park on a …

Hyde Park

An IBM engineer quit to become an Instagram star — these 29 photos prove it was a good idea

But his biggest passion was always photography, and after he saw his Instagram followers grow past 100,000, he quit his IBM job.<p>Now Roos is one of the most popular Instagram photographers, with more than 433,000 followers. Some of the world's biggest brands, including Samsung and Sony, reach out to …

15 All-Natural Products Beauty Pros Always Have in Their Bags

When it comes to carrying on-the-go beauty essentials, it’s one thing to travel light. Traveling light AND all-natural? That may seem like a big ask for busy girls (because if you’re anything like us, you can barely tick off those boxes with your granola bar). So we made it easy: we tapped the …

The Humble Candlestick Reinvented 25 Different Ways

Apart from being an effective mood setter, candles are pretty superfluous in the modern era. As objects to behold, though, candlesticks present an opportunity for designers to flex their creative muscle.<p>For an exhibition presented during NYCxDesign last month, the American Design Club and lighting …

Architizer

How Jonathan Olivares Is Bringing Architectural Manufacturing To The Furniture Industry

The L.A. designer takes cues from architecture to create infinitely customizable furniture.<p>“Innovation is a dangerous term,” says the Los Angeles–based designer Jonathan Olivares. “It’s often mistaken for what’s new. Charles Eames said, ‘Innovate as a last resort.’ I hope what we’re doing here …

The Decline of the American Actor

Why the under-40 generation of leading men in the U.S. is struggling—and what to do about it<p>Is it time for American actors to take a hard look in the mirror? Earlier this year Michael Douglas mused darkly to a magazine interviewer, “I think we have a little crisis going on amongst our young actors …

Why Are There So Many Calder Sculptures In Architects’ Renderings?

An architectural rendering needs to communicate what the final building will look like, but without the landscape, people and art that add character to it, the CG assets can end up looking dead. <i>Hyperallergic</i> noticed that in the last year alone, designers turn–with shocking frequency–to the work of …

Art

The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

10 Unexpected, Energizing Snacks To Keep You Going After 3 p.m.

It’s 3 p.m. -- and if you’re like many of us, you’re struggling to stay awake at your desk.<p>Say hello to the dreaded “afternoon slump.” Though experts don’t fully understand its causes, it’s likely associated with natural drops in both blood sugar and body temperature.<p>What we do know is -- unless …

Mighty Mango Acai Bowl

Mighty Mango Acai Bowl<p>Prep time<p>20 mins<p>Total time<p>20 mins<p>Author: Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon<p>Recipe type: Breakfast<p>Serves: 1-2<p>Ingredients<p>1 unsweetened …

Breakfast

Renovated House Has the World's Largest Pivoting Windows

This Antwerp home has a pair of glass doors recognized as “the world's largest pivoting window.” The two-story twin glazings, designed by Belgian studio Sculp IT, are impressive pieces of architectural design–in size, weight, and sleekness. Together, they clock in at nearly four tons and are 20 …

The Skyscraper-Topping Airport Manhattan Might Have Had

This would have made rent a lot cheaper on the west side<p>New York City is hard to leave. I don't mean emotionally, I mean physically; getting to and …

New York City

Escape From Distractions In The Analog Office Of The Future

What if your office were a retreat from your life, instead of another hassle in it?<p>Buzzing. Beeping. Text messages. Facetimes. Facebook likes. We’re so inundated with technology meant to improve our lives that it’s actually distracting from what we care about most.<p>For <i>Fast Company</i>‘s special package …

The Workplace