With a background in architecture, photographer Chris Payne gives us a unique look at the beauty and order inside America's textile industry. The series, titled Textiles, is a celebration of craftsmanship and small-scale manufacturing which is persevering despite all of the global competition around today.
His interest in how things are designed and constructed led…Continue
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The bike ride to work just got more exciting. It comes in the form of the Leaos Electric Bike, a light-weight cycle originally modeled after the famous Vespa scooter. This futuristic-looking bike is designed and handmade in Italy and is produced out of carbon fiber. Leaos looks sleek and modern while still being packed with features.
This bike comes complete with Nuvinci automatic shifting,…Continue
Added by Sara Barnes on March 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
When the owners of a top-floor apartment in Olso, Norway purchased the loft above it, they wanted to unify the two floors. Known as Idunsgate, it was revamped by the London-based architecture firm Haptic, who spent part of their time updating areas like the bedroom and bathroom. They also added a stunning, brand new feature to the 19th-century building. A suspended staircase…
Added by Sara Barnes on March 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
At first glance, you might not think twice about a pot with two handles or a chair with a curved seat. But if you actually imagine using any of these products, you may find yourself laughing at the impracticality of it all. Created by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani, The Uncomfortable is an ongoing series of useless and "deliberately inconvenient" everyday…
Added by katie hosmer on March 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
It’s easy to overlook a screw. This ubiquitous object hasn’t majorly changed in our lifetime, and you wouldn’t expect it to. Well, forget the standard Phillips and flat-heads, because Japanese designer Yuma Kano created the Screw :), a take on the universal product that has its head imprinted with a smiley face. Kano produced these tiny bolts in collaboration with the Komuro…
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To find a good job these days, handing over a paper resume just isn't enough. It's important to make yourself—and your resume—as memorable as possible. Taking this into account, a young woman named Leah decided to go all out and she developed this impressive presentation.
She designed a LEGO model of herself and sent out a number of internship applications to a variety of advertising…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on March 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
The sleek and modern Tower House is a vacation home that’s designed as a stairway to the treetops. It was built by Thomas Gluck, a principal of the architecture firm GLUCK+, on his family’s land in upstate New York. The cantilevered structure prominently features a bright yellow, glass-enclosed staircase that leads to four storeys. Each of the first three levels has a minimalist suite that’s…
Dining customs vary from country to country, and what’s acceptable behavior in one place is seen as rude in another. Luckily for us, the website Restaurant Choice released an educational infographic that explains a few do’s and dont’s of meals around the world. You probably have a handle on what’s appropriate at home, but things quickly change when you…Continue
Is it just me or is anyone else feeling a little bit queasy just looking at this? Luckey Climbers are three dimensional sculptures, designed for children, that encourage physical activity (and help give kids courage - I added that last part). Made of bent plywood or plastic platforms that are suspended by steel pipes and cables, these structures act like modern day jungle…Continue
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Sally Ride, physicist and astronaut
You’ve probably heard of women scientists like Marie Curie and Sally Ride, but do you know what they’re famous for? Maybe not. Designer Hydrogene came up with this fantastic series that honors six pioneering women in science. Each minimalist-style poster uses limited color and includes an image that symbolizes the scientists’…
Added by Sara Barnes on March 26, 2014 at 11:16am — No Comments
The desert is often associated with being a barren and desolate place. Chinese designers Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, and Guo Shen want to breathe life among the sand dunes with their series of intelligent skyscrapers entitled Sand Babel. They utilize the characteristics inherent in the landscape to imagine these futuristic towers, which are meant as research facilities and…
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Using nuggets of wisdom from famous figures like Rumi, Oscar Wilde, and Albert Einstein, Toronto-based web and graphic designer Ryan McArthur turns inspirational quotes into beautiful, minimalist designs that illustrate the quotation's meaning. The striking, mostly monochromatic designs are elegant in their simplicity, but still manage to effectively convey deep…Continue
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Believe it or not, this airy New York City apartment is only 420 square feet large. And better yet, it can accommodate a 12-person dinner party and sleep two overnight guests without a problem. The minimalist space is cleverly designed as a foldable studio that is easily shifted and rearranged. Its current owner Graham Hill purchased and renovated the apartment in 2009, but recently listed it…
Welsh architectural practice Hyde + Hyde Architects transformed an unused quarry into a residential area where they built a unique home for a photographer on the edge of Brecon National Park in Pontypridd, Wales. To avoid touching the walls of the quarry, Hyde + Hyde came up with the innovative solution of elevating the building off the ground, creating a distinctive house…
If you’re intrigued by how things are made, then Oliver Gal Artist Co.’s recreated vintage blueprints are a treat. The collective of artists scoured patents of old products and designed them into stylish and educational prints meant to hang on your wall. Some of the inventions include things as simple as a beer bottle, while others are more complicated, like the Harley…Continue
Added by Sara Barnes on March 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Bucketlight is a multifunctional design that makes the most of unused overhead spaces in any room. Created by Dutch designer Roderick Vos, the inventive concept is both a hanging plant as well as overhead illumination. The creative lighting keeps floor and desk spaces free of clutter while also creating a comfortable environment filled with natural greenery.
Each piece consists of…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on March 23, 2014 at 9:46am — No Comments
Customized skate decks are nothing new, but you’ve probably never seen them look like this before. Brooklyn-based design studio Magnetic Kitchen used their talents and laser cutter to permanently transfer artwork onto premium maple wood boards. The process creates a unique embossed effect by burning off a small layer of its surface. Their beautiful designs range from…Continue
Added by Sara Barnes on March 22, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
This past Tuesday, Google announced its newest endeavor that will change the way we interact with technology. The company launched Android Wear, a user interface that’s designed for a wrist watch. Although these types of devices are nothing new, none of them significantly alter the way we communicate, and as of now are just smaller phones strapped around our wrists.
The winning entry to build China’s Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 is a stunning reinterpretation of a public space. Designed in collaboration between Tsinghua University and New York-based Studio Link-Arc, the duo rejected the notion of a typical pavilion, and instead came up with a structure that resembles billowing fields of wheat. It’s a thoughtful and creative twist on the Expo’s…
Added by Sara Barnes on March 21, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
To recognize and celebrate 75 years of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the United States Mint recently released these three custom coin designs that include a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin, and a half dollar clad (non-precious metal) coin.
The products are the first curved coins produced by the US Mint and the rounded design distinguishes the pieces from other, more everyday…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on March 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments