Bjarke Ingles Group and Italian lighting brand Artemide have teamed up again 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 either red, blue, or white light to either encourage growth or blossoming in the plants. The lamps come in a white crystal, transparent silver, and transparent bronze finish.
Blind Yourself to the Horrors of the Modern Open Office with Panasonic's WearSpace
To say that open offices may not have been the productivity godsend they were touted to be is a bit of an understatement. It seems everyone—from the common office worker to journalists to big-name designers—has conceded that these workplaces cater more to distraction than to productivity. Luckily, those challenges may soon be erased by Panasonic's WearSpace, a futuristic headgear that resembles horse blinders and promises a 60% reduction in the wearer's peripheral vision.
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.
It’s full steam—er, electricity—ahead for autonomous vehicles. The hospitality industry expressed its excitement over this swiftly emerging tech at the 12th annual Radical Innovation Awards, selecting Steve Lee’s Autonomous Travel Suite as the grand prize winner. The Aprilli Design Studios's project won the jury and audience over with its sleek design, game-changing door-to-door service, and easy integration with future tech.
Leather, Now For So Much More Than Shoes
Leather has been the quintessential material of good taste and class for centuries, but its throne as status symbol is increasingly being usurped by high-tech consumer goods. In a bid to create the ultimate semiotic expression of the aspirational lifestyle, HP rolled out the Spectre Folio, a leather-bound convertible laptop. It remains to be seen how many people who don't resemble Patrick Bateman will actually purchase this $1,300 computer.
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).
Since antiquity, architecture has remained in the realm of "men's professions." A handful of female architects made dents, but their accomplishments went virtually unrecognized by professional institutions and the public at large. But women architects are finally getting their due credit and professional barriers are incrementally lifting, enabling several women to make lasting contributions to some of the world's most design-forward cityscapes.
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.
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.
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.
Alice Bleton's Capsule Prototype Reconnects Office Workers With the Outdoors
Talk about hanging out. But not if you’re prone to vertigo. , a prototype that debuted during in Eindhoven, is ’s response to “office workers needing a private spot away from the office where they can re-engage with the outdoors,” she notes.
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.
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.
Bentley Reinvents Production Process for New Continental GT
Jeepers, creepers... where did you get those LED headlights? In the case of the , director of design Stefan Sielaff channeled cut-crystal glasses into the third generation of the grand tourer. But more significant is its aluminum exterior, which is nearly 200 pounds lighter than its previous incarnation. That’s because the panels are superformed, a technique involving heating the metal to nearly 1,000 degrees. “We literally had to invent a new production process to accomplish this,” Sielaff explains. “The lesson is that it’s not only the creative act of designing something new but also fighting to bring it into production.”
Wutopia Lab Treats Two Shenzhen Homes to Gender-Inflected Makeover
Spotlighting a global lineup of firms, the 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 transformed side-by-side residences into His House and Her House, a gender-inflected meditation on the modern cosmopolis.