Casper may think they have the modern sleep market cornered, but an old-school contender is about to disturb the waters. The inventor of the original waterbed has something new up his sleeve that's designed to please both die-hard fans and new converts. The new waterbed, called Afloat, promises more precise body conturing than a regular mattress, no microscopic bugs, and the ability to control the temperature of the water.
Hustle Porn is Unrealistic and Sexist
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has a message for Silicon Valley and people who want to get there: stop working yourself to death. What Ohanian calls "hustle porn" is a pervasive idea that to succeed in tech a person needs to give up everything that isn't work related— including families, hobbies, and regular eating and exercise schedules— and embrace suffering as evidence of hard work. This ethos is harder on women to adhere to, and overall it's terrible for anyone's health.
Bad Acoustics Are A Killer. Here's What Designers Can Do About It.
Noise is all around us, whether we like it or not. We're only now beginning to understand the detrimental effects loud sounds can have on our health. Luckily, we can mitigate those effects with design thinking.
What do these three things have in common: cocaine, caffeine, and cannabis? For starters, they all start with "c" and they're all considered drugs by the United States government. They also share a relationship with the Coca-Cola company, who infused their beverages with trace amounts of cocaine until 1929 and continues to caffeinate many of their products today. The soda company purportedly is in talks with Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis to create a CBD-infused soft drink.
HQ by WeWork Ditches Kombucha, Keeps Short Term Leases
If it seems WeWork couldn't possibly do more with the modern office, think again. The $20 billion company realizes that for some of its tenants who represent established companies, such as Microsoft or Facebook, the built-in culture that WeWork offers isn't what's needed. For that reason they created HQ by WeWork, a pared-down arrangement with less staff and minimal WeWork branding.
It's Time for Humanity to Remember Its "Alternative" Roots
Wheat, maize, rice, and soybeans dominate modern-day agriculture, providing two-thirds of the world’s food supply while simultaneously contributing nearly a third of global greenhouse gases and eroding biodiversity across the planet. But a group called Crops for the Future hopes to reverse these trends by posing equally delicious and nutritious alternatives—7,000 of them, in fact. As climate change ramps up, rediscovering the benefits of these "alternative crops" could mean life or death for the future of humanity.
Pyro Spectaculars is a family-run business well-versed in the intricate art of expertly choreographed explosions. The company handles everything from the creation of the firecrackers to post-show cleanup. In this way, they have complete control to create a near-cinematic experience.
The Surprisingly Scientific Way Ben & Jerry’s Brings New Flavors to Your Freezer
Ice cream may be easy to make, but predicting what flavors people will want to gobble up two years from now is a bit harder. Ben & Jerry’s tries to get the upper hand on this prescient quest through some serious multi-step, expert-heavy R&D. The journey starts with “Flavor Gurus”—individuals with the research skills and culinary knowledge to know where to start looking.
Can VR Save the Movie Theater?
With streaming services becoming larger players in the studio system, and phones that allow movie watching without the need for a computer or television, the movie theater has struggled to stay relevant. A Los Angeles startup called Dreamscape Immersive is offering one solution: a “VR Multiplex” in Century City that will offer untethered VR headsets and an open space allowing customers to interact with both virtual and real objects.
According to a report from the New York Times, many of the today’s top pastry chefs have backgrounds in architecture, either as students or practitioners. Their mission: to return dynamism and precision back to the world of desserts, which, thanks to Instagram, has become a maximalist’s fantasy of outrageous color, overabundant toppings, and chaotic form. It’s the age-old story of high and low art competing for cultural dominance; it just happens that this art is edible.
Need Blacker Than Black Paint? You Got It
Anish Kapoor may have Vantablack all to himself, but he hasn’t cornered the market on all super-black pigments. NASA and NanoLab, a Massachusetts-based nano materials company, together produced a new blacker-than-black paint last year, and this time it’s available to the general public. Singularity Black takes its name from an astronomical theory about the gravitational power at the center of black holes, and is primarily used by NASA to coat observation equipment, absorbing errant light that can otherwise interfere with the instruments’ delicate sensors.
Google Street View Helps an Agoraphobic Woman Travel the World
Jacqui Kenny, housebound due to a debilitating diagnosis of agoraphobia (a fear of crowded or remote places), is a master of the screen-grab. The former business-owner discovered the nearly limitless “travel” possibilities of Google Street View. Using the panoramic power of Google Street View, Kenny can travel to any number of countries across the globe. To date, she has taken over 27,000 screenshots, and assembled a portfolio of 200 neatly framed and edited photos of everyday life across our planet.
Back in the day, MTV aired an excellent car makeover show called Pimp My Ride. Hosted by the rapper Xzibit, dying cars weren’t just tuned up – they were transformed into impractical expressions of automotive braggadocio. The cars would have been fine with rudimentary mechanical upgrades, fun colors, and chill lighting, but that was never enough for Xzibit and his team. Thankfully, Xzibit doesn’t have a say in Pantone’s first foray into partnering with the automotive industry, and what Pantone and Kia have produced is exactly what this viewer would have liked to see in a car makeover show. Seven “nature inspired” colors will grace the interior side panels and flooring of Kia’s latest luxury sedan, the K900, and come with an option to be appropriately adjusted to match the time of day and reason for travel. The on-the-record statement, according to Pantone, is to promote the “psychological stability of both the driver and passengers”, but the real reason obviously is to continue the important work first begun by Xzibit and MTV.
L.A. Selfie Museum Amuses and Educates on the New Millennium’s Favorite Pastime
On April 1, the world’s first selfie museum opened its doors in the L.A. suburb of Glendale. Intended to be a half-way silly, half-way serious examination of the selfie, the museum traces the history of self-portraiture from the Big Bang up to 2018. Visitors are welcome to take photos with life-sized statues of food, sit on an “Iron Throne” of selfie sticks, and get duped by the museum’s bathroom mirror room – where a viewer would expect to see their reflection in the “mirror” they’re instead shocked to only see a photographic replica of the room’s interior within the mirror. These playful but meaningful exhibits seek to undermine the stigma of narcissism associated with selfie culture and instead promote a more nuanced, exploratory attitude towards humanity’s long obsession with making the ephemeral concept of “Self” tangible.
IKEA's Beloved Tote Gets a Street Style Boost From Virgil Abloh
IKEA's beloved FRAKTA tote bag is having a fashion moment. After cheekily responding to Balenciaga’s Arena tote with a “How to identify an original IKEA Frakta bag” ad, IKEA announced a collaboration with Virgil Abloh, a designer for the popular streetwear label Off-White. Abloh’s FRAKTA retains the bag's classic shape, but is made with cardboard instead of plastic and reads “SCULPTURE” along the sides. The collaboration will include furniture and design accents, as well.