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.
IRL Glasses Deliver "They Live" Levels of Un-Reality
In John Carpenter's iconic film They Live, protagonist John Nada dons a pair of innocuous sunglasses and discovers a horrifying reality: the world has been taken over by aliens who keep their identities and intentions secret by subliminally controlling the human population through mass media. Now, that same idea has been taken to its opposite extreme by engineer Scott Blew and artist Ivan Cash in the form of IRL Glasses. These seemingly ordinary sunglasses use Steelcase's Casper screen-blocking film to completely black out all screens. If the glasses from They Live revealed a nightmare to the wearer, IRL Glasses may deliver a dream.
From Fringe Idea to Mainstream Imperative: The Future of Design Depends on Biomimicry
Over the Earth's 3.8 billion-year history, plants and animals have come up with ingenious design solutions to keep them alive and thriving. Today, the idea of looking to nature to improve the functionality and sustainability of humanity’s creations is gaining steam in the architecture, design, and engineering industries. It's called biomimicry and it's here to stay.
Fashion and architecture don't often intermingle, which is strange considering that both fields make functional art for distinctly human use. So when Prada featured three handbags by female architects Cini Boeri, Elizabeth Diller, and Kazuyo Sejima at this year's Milan Fashion Week, the evidence that these two industries had more to offer each other only mounted. Each of the bags expertly riffed on Prada's iconic nylon bag, offering new possibilities for an accessory that set the precedent for a new idea in women's fashion: functionality can be luxurious, too.
Rothy's Debuts Sneaker Style
Rothy's, a footwear brand that makes shoes exclusively out of recycled plastic water bottles, has at last rolled a sneaker style. The shoes resemble classic Vans, but come with an added benefit of being sustainably sourced and completely recyclable. The asking price is $125, which runs a little less than Adidas's Parley shoes ($140).
The Tesla of the Sea Has Arrived
First trains, then cars, and now yachts are getting the eco-friendly electric treatment. The Hinckley Company's Dasher is the world’s first fully-electric luxury yacht, earning the nickname "Tesla of the sea.” The stylish boat produces zero emissions, runs with whisper-quiet propulsion, and can be fully charged at the dock in half the time of its land-locked counterparts.
Moscow's Metro has been around since the 1930's, a time before the hegemony of any one style in public spaces came to be the accepted norm. Because of this, each station in the Russian capital treats urbanites to a vast array of architectural and artistic motifs that today would be extraordinary to imagine a government endorsing. Architectural historian Nikolai Vassiliev has been documenting the stations in hopes of preserving them.
Biotech Startup Grows Bricks from Bacteria
Another day, another architectural materials innovation, it seems. We know that fungi and vegetables have the potential to forever sever our ties with concrete, but it turns out bacteria may be a part of that picture, as well. bioMason, a biotech startup from North Carolina, has found a way to create bricks from nothing more than tiny microorganisms and natural aggregates in water.
Direct-to-Consumer Online Paint is Finally Here
Shopping for glasses and mattresses has moved from brick-and-mortar to online marketplaces, and now, finally, paint is following suit. Launched by entrepreneur Nicole Gibbons, Clare is a sample-first, buy-later paint company with a carefully curated collection of 55 colors and one finish. An online quiz and algorithm help indecisive buyers discern exactly which color they need.
People around the world, particularly in Africa, Asia, and South America, have used gourds as beverage containers for centuries. Jun Aizaki of Crème Design took that knowledge and used it to develop a gourd-based disposable cup that is completely organic. Aizaki hopes to find large commercial backers that can help transform the incredibly time-intensive process of growing a gourd into something that can happen fast enough to meet today's consumption demands.
Carbon May Be Humanity’s Best Bet Against Climate Change
One of the most ambitious fights against global warming today is being fought on the carbon capture and sequestration front. Instead of viewing carbon as a problem, entrepreneurs across many sectors are viewing carbon as an economic and environmental opportunity.
Salesforce Gets “Meta” With Data Analysis About Color Use In Data Analyses
Turns out that data analysis never stops with what’s on the page (or screen). A recent analysis by Salesforce examined the way people responded to different colors of data, as well as the speed and accuracy of decisions made based on that information. The results surprised the Salesforce team.
DARPA, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, unveiled a reconfigurable wheel track for defense vehicles, which improves their durability in combat zones with varied terrain. The wheel track enables the vehicle to shift between round wheels, ideal for traversing hard surfaces, and a triangular track, which is better suited for rugged ground. The transition between the two modes takes roughly two seconds without a break in speed, an impressive feat considering the vehicles could be traveling up to 70 mph.
Wutopia Lab Treats Two Shenzhen Homes to Gender-Inflected Makeover
Spotlighting a global lineup of firms, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture alternates between Hong Kong and neighboring Shenzhen, China. The latter hosted the most recent biennale, but, unlike previous ones sited in typical exhibition venues, this edition staged high-concept interventions in migrant villages outside the city center. It was there that Wutopia Lab transformed side-by-side residences into His House and Her House, a gender-inflected meditation on the modern cosmopolis.
From Waste to Walls
Finding a way to curtail plastic waste is one of humanity's greatest challenges. One solution that’s been growing in popularity around the globe are Ecobricks: plastic bottles filled with compressed, non-biodegradable plastic trash. These bricks can be tied, glued, or mortared together to create walls for structures, playgrounds, stools, tables, and many other practical objects.