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By Yatish Narsi | Creativity, commerce and the customer experience

The Culture War Being Fought Over Tomorrow’s Libraries

Tomorrows libraries will look nothing like today’s.<p>New York City’s most iconic library is set to receive a $317 million makeover. The Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and New York and D.C. firm Beyer Blinder Belle will overhaul the landmarked Stephen A. Schwarzman Building–the Beaux Arts masterpiece …

Libraries

foster + partners completes apple park visitor center

<b>designed as ‘architectural extension’ of the tech giant’s new cupertino campus, apple’s new visitor center has opened its doors to the public.</b> also …

Apple Park

This futuristic library is an architectural marvel, but its walls are lined with fake books

Tianjin Binhai Library just opened its doors in China, but many of its bookshelves are lined with fake books. The interior and exterior design is …

China

5 Retail Lessons For Creative Agencies

PSFK’s Future of Retail 2018 presents key lessons for creative agencies to help their clients offer greater convenience along the path to purchase

eCommerce

Retailers Experiment With a New Philosophy: Smaller Is Better

Brick-and-mortar retail chains, known for sprawling stores that stock a bit of everything, are trying to lift sagging sales using a different strategy: cozier spaces that sell very little of anything.<p>Showrooms — a retail model popular with bridal designers, car dealers and, recently, online apparel …

Volvo Promises Uber Fleet of Self-Driving Taxis by 2019

Volvo Cars said it has agreed to supply Uber Technologies Inc. with a fleet of 24,000 self-driving taxis beginning in 2019—one of the first and biggest commercial orders for such vehicles.<p>The deal between Volvo, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., and Uber was disclosed Monday as a …

Transportation

This Country's Designers are Defining the New "It" Look

For years, the place we have looked to for cutting-edge interior design was Scandinavia. But lately, I've seen a bit of a shift: from bright whites …

Interior Design

tetris table by people’s industrial design office offers a variety of different configurations

the project, which pays homage to the popular tile-matching puzzle video game, references the way the individual desks can come together to form one …

Furniture

A Tiny Apartment in Slovakia Makes Clever Use of Space

A lesson in efficiency, this flexible, 237-square-foot apartment in Slovakia uses custom-made storage and furniture to its full advantage.<p>Barely any wall space is wasted—hidden cabinets and appliances maintain the apartment's clean lines, and what seems to be a mirror in the bathroom conceals the …

Houses

Airbnb’s New AI Lets Designers Turn Sketches Into Actual Product Source Codes

Composite image by DesignTAXI. Airbnb logo via Wikimedia Commons, background video screenshot via Airbnb Design<br>It’s no secret that boosting your …

UX Design

snøhetta designs europe’s first underwater restaurant in norway

'under' will provide an under-water experience inspiring a sense of awe and delight, activating all the senses – both physical and intellectual.The …

Oceans

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts and Jony Ive tease new Chicago retail store ahead of tomorrow’s opening

Apple tomorrow will open its latest flagship retail location in Chicago. The Michigan Avenue store features a gorgeous design that resembles a MacBook Air from the top, and Apple this week offered the first preview of the store as well as commentary from retail head Angela Ahrendts and designer …

Angela Ahrendts

Exclusive: Ideo’s Plan To Stage An AI Revolution

The prominent design consultancy acquires Datascope, a Chicago-based data science company, to help merge machine learning and human-centered design.<p>Today, the design consultancy Ideo announced that it has acquired Datascope, a Chicago-based data science company. The acquisition is meant to help …

Design Thinking

Nendo designs five alternatives to the standard zipper

Tasked with reinventing the zipper, Nendo has come up with five different fastenings, each designed to suit a different function.<p>The Zippppper …

Furniture

World’s most sustainable office space opens in London

Designed by Foster + Partners, Bloomberg’s new London facility sets a benchmark for green architecture and design<p>When Bloomberg, the news and financial tech giant, decided to build a new European headquarters in London in 2010, it had a chance to not just build a home, but make a statement for …

Foster and Partners

Exclusive: Bjarke Ingels On Designing A Martian City

When humans get to Mars, they’ll need safe, comfortable buildings. The Danish architect is already designing them.<p>The deserts of the United Arab Emirates bear more than a little resemblance to the barren wastelands of Mars. Besides the red sand, there are no rivers or flowing water, little to no …

Bjarke Ingels

Google is really good at design

The nerds have finally figured it out.<p>There’s a past version of me who probably wouldn’t have believed that the devices Google announced at its fall …

Marissa Mayer

Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

How the secretive Silicon Valley lab is trying to resurrect the lost art of invention<p>I. The Question<p>A snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. The …

Innovation

casagrande laboratory’s micro-apartment measures one parking space

measuring a mere 2.5 x 5 meters with a foot-print of a single car parking space, tikku can be erected on-site overnight.The post casagrande …

Construction

Go Forth: A Massive LEGO Center Now Exists in Denmark

Designed by BIG and COWI, LEGO house expresses the building process as pure fun<p>Core77 isn't an architecture blog by nature, but certain structures do …

Lego

Nordstrom Launches A Store Without Merchandise

This new concept store doesn't have clothes on display, instead relying on a team of expert personal shoppers and same-day delivery

eCommerce

Can Poland’s Answer To Topshop Make It On Oxford Street?

Reserved has signed a £42m lease for the old BHS flagship store but securing a foothold in the UK clothing market may take more than money

Kate Moss

When a Sculptor, Engineer, and Pastry Chef Decide to Make Dessert

The otherworldly confectionaries of Ukrainian pastry chef Dinara Kasko already wowed us earlier this year, each geometric expression of flavor and …

Levi’s created a bot to help you find the perfect pair of jeans

Buying jeans can be tricky and Levi’s knows it.<p>When you’re in the market for a new pair, you must go down a rabbit hole of decisions. Do you want them to be tight or loose in the thighs? What about the butt? And what about the leg opening: Are you more of a wide-leg or skinny-jeans kind of person? …

This tiny modular home could be the future of housing

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>Home of the Future</i><i>, a four-part video series co-produced by Curbed and</i> The Verge<i>. Each month, we'll take you inside one innovative home and explore how the technology of today informs the way people will live in the future. To follow along, stay tuned for new video episodes on our</i> <i>Facebook</i> …

Toilets, Happiness, And Pancakes: What The World Asks Google For Help With

“We have become so dependent on off-loading, on relieving our brains from keeping certain basic, human information in storage, that we’ve forgotten how to do some fairly basic grown-up tasks.” That’s visualization editor Xaquín G.V. describing the results of his latest experiment, a collaboration …

Empty London Buildings Are Repurposed For Temporary Affordable Housing

The SHED project connects young professionals to affordable housing in an expensive city<p>With more people moving into metropolitan areas, rent is …

WhatsApp announces free Business app, will charge big enterprises

WhatsApp is gearing up to finally monetize its messaging app by charging large enterprise businesses for tools to better communicate with customers. WhatsApp will also offer a free app to small-to-medium sized businesses, though it hasn’t outlined the specific functionality of the app. The …

Ikea’s Space10 develops the Algae Dome, a prototype for food-producing architecture

Could algae be the “meat” of the future?<p>Space10, Ikea’s “future-living” lab in Copenhagen that brought us Growroom, the spherical urban garden, has developed a bioreactor called the Algae Dome in an effort to explore the potential that algae will have on the future of food and …