Innovation
Design | Manufacturing
Designers Take Back Time With The Help Of Manufacturers

The advent of the Internet has done more to revolutionize the way design is realized today than any other technological advancement. Certainly, the proliferation of personal computers enhanced the way designers work, but the Internet’s immeasurable value lies in its capacity to create new marketplaces, facilitate an exchange of ideas and images at breakneck speed, and induce far-flung but fruitful collaborations. That demand for excellence makes today a very challenging time to be a designer. There is, however, a growing trend in the industry that lessens a substantial load on designers. It’s been called “the rise of dealer designers” and while these individuals are not new to the industry, their ability to drastically relieve the pressure of client demands on designers is coming to the light.

Design | Sustainability

Meet the Water Bottle That Cleans Itself

Step aside, plastic bottles. With its bacteria-killing technology, LARQ is paving the way for the next generation of bottled water. The self-cleaning water bottle combines clean design with peace of mind.

Design | Fashion
Another Beloved Brand Goes Green
Design | Architecture
Tezuka Architects Designs Super-Cute, Bubbly Nursery School
Design | Sustainability
These Designers Are Shaping the Future of Water

Designers Take Back Time With The Help Of Manufacturers

The advent of the Internet has done more to revolutionize the way design is realized today than any other technological advancement. Certainly, the proliferation of personal computers enhanced the way designers work, but the Internet’s immeasurable value lies in its capacity to create new marketplaces, facilitate an exchange of ideas and images at breakneck speed, and induce far-flung but fruitful collaborations. That demand for excellence makes today a very challenging time to be a designer. There is, however, a growing trend in the industry that lessens a substantial load on designers. It’s been called “the rise of dealer designers” and while these individuals are not new to the industry, their ability to drastically relieve the pressure of client demands on designers is coming to the light.

Design | Interior Design
How Kari Pei Transposes Abstract Expression from Canvas to Carpet
Design | Urban Planning
In The Future, People Will Move Through Cities In Multi-Directional Elevators
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Design | Sustainability
Get Busy Living Sustainably Or Get Busy Dying Sustainably

It may be taboo to discuss death, but the fact of the matter is that we modern day humans continue to mess up the planet long after we've stopped driving our cars or picking up our trash. Coffin production wastes natural timber resources, embalming leaches toxic chemicals into our water, and cremation emits chemicals into the air. That's why New York-based designer Shaina Garfield invented Leaves, a sustainable coffin that decomposes the body naturally with the aid of a fungi-laced rope and a pine wood surface.

Design | Sustainability

Biodegradable Planters May Be Key to Reforestation

There's no question that reforestation is a critical component to combating climate change, but the manual labor and cost are frequently-cited deterrents to getting it done. Two Brazilian brothers may have found a solution to the problem. Their biodegradable planter protects seeds and saplings from ants and helps keep them adequately watered, enabling the baby plants to grow into the giants that people think of when they hear "rainforest".

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Design | Sustainability
Crustaceans a New Contender in the Fight to Find Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics
Design | Urban Planning
Toronto's Quayside Neighborhood Is Going To Be Incredibly Cool and Green
Design | Sustainability
Snøhetta Debuts New Chair Made of Recycled Fish Nets and Steel
Design | Materials

Office Warfare Is Over Thanks To This Temperature-Regulating Fabric

Almost no one can agree on what the perfect temperature is, and when you're in an office, it becomes very apparent. Good thing a team at the University of Maryland may have introduced the perfect solution. They developed a new fabric that both allows heat to leave the garment and locks it in, depending on the body's temperature. It could be the perfect solution for not only athletes and bickering coworkers, but also the elderly and babies who require constant comfort.

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Design | Fashion
Ica & Kostika Launch Nature-Inspired, 3D-Printed Killer Heels

The humble seahorse may not be an intuitive place to find inspiration, but that's exactly where 3D-printed shoe outfit Ica & Kostika looked for their latest collection. Cast in a silvery finish, the seahorse-inspired shoe is part of a larger collection called Exobiology. The shoes are meticulously designed and constructed to fit the natural shape of the wearer's foot. 

Design | Science

Inside the Mind of Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman is at the forefront science, design, and academic celebrity. A winner of the National Design Award and a pioneering force at MIT's Mediated Matter Lab, Oxman is known the world over for her unique creative vision on how the natural world and the built environments of the future will coalesce. Deep dive into her predictions for a new biophilic future in this 2018 interview with Oxman in Dwell magazine. 

Design | Materials
Mycelium Wows Again In New Nir Meiri Lamps
Design | Interior Design
Veganism — The Next Frontier in Hospitality Design
Design | Products
LG's Roll-Up TV is the Perfect Product for Viewing "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo"
Design | Robotics

Cerambot Lets You 3D Print Your Own Ceramics

Ceramicists make it look so easy — with only gentle pushing, folding, and sculpting they can mold a mound of clay into something delicate and functional. Now, thanks to continued innovation in 3D printing, even the casual hobbyist can make their own ceramic pieces at home. Cerambot uses real clay, making it a more eco-friendly 3D printer, and can print with pinpoint accuracy. 

Design | Interior Design
Terrarium, But Make It Aesthetic
Design | Materials
Who needs velvet curtains when you can have algae?
Design | Materials
Potato Peels Find New Life as Alternative MDF Material
Design | Architecture
Students Tackle Urban Loneliness Through Architecture

Architecture and urban planning have been proven to be incredibly useful tools in combatting the negative effects of climate change on the city level. Could design thinking be the answer to mitigating the epidemic of loneliness in our urban centers, as well? PhD researcher Tanzil Shafique set out to discover if it was possible with his M.Arch students at the Melbourne School of Design and the answer is a resounding yes (view student work here). 

Design | Architecture

Welcome to NewIstanbul

Istanbul’s newest airport, aptly called “Istanbul New Airport,” partially opened this past October and aims for complete functionality by the end of the year. It boasts historically-inspired architecture (for example the control tower is inspired by Turkey’s national flower, the Tulip), 22 LEED-certified buildings, a slew of child play areas, holistic “wellness” centers, and a size larger than Manhattan. No word on baggage claim efficacy.

Design | Urban Planning
Holland's Neo-Atlantis
Design | Fashion
Pants, Now Available In Indestructible
Design | Transportation
Dutch Government Embraces Flex Space in Trains

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.

Design | Food
Radical Seasonality, The New Grocery Store Paradigm
Design | Products
Stop! You're Under Arrest for A Bad Choice of Font!
Design | Food
You Can Feel A Little Less Guilty About Eating French Fries Now
Design | Materials
Black Widows May Be Deadly But Their Silk Could Save Lives

Scientists at Northwestern University and San Diego State University may have unraveled the mysteries of the Black Widow's super-strong web. MRI and NMR imaging revealed the molecular structure of the glands that make the spider's silk, which could be extrapolated to synthetically reproduce this stronger-than-steel material at scale. Everything from bridges to bulletproof vests could one day be impervious thanks to one of the world's deadliest spiders.

Design | Products

Bjarke Ingels and Artemide Craft Lamp That Grows Plants Indoors

Bjarke Ingels Group and Italian lighting brand Artemide have teamed up to produce a lamp that can provide indoor plants with the kind of light they need to survive. The Gople lamps use Artemide's patented RWB lighting system to diffuse red, blue, or white light to encourage the plants to photosynthesize or bloom. The lamps come in a white crystal, transparent silver, and transparent bronze finish.

Design | Products
Blind Yourself to the Horrors of the Modern Open Office with Panasonic's WearSpace
Design | Products
Rolling Joints Is a Pain, So Let a Machine Do It For You
Design | Materials
Poured Concrete Flooring Eliminates Disease in Bangladeshi Homes
Design | Products

CREATIVE HOUSE by Questlove and SANDOW to Champion Innovation

Innovation is the name of the game at SANDOW, as evidenced by the brand’s latest collaboration with Grammy Award–winning musician and New York Times bestselling author Questlove (not to mention Interior Design's Innovation channel, too). The venture, called CREATIVE HOUSE, aims to unite a diverse mix of artists, designers, inventors, and innovators to inspire, connect, and ideate all kinds of new brands and products. Further details will be announced in January 2019, but Questlove provided a snapshot of the project at this year’s Adobe MAX Creativity Conference.

Design | Products
IRL Glasses Deliver "They Live" Levels of Un-Reality
Design | Products
Decapitated Humanoid Pillow Aims to Comfort Sad Urban Millennials
Design | Sustainability
Meet the First Commercially Available Passive House Prefab