• Posts Tagged ‘design’

    Life is getting more comfortable for global nomads who might want to personalize a generic hotel room or an anonymous workspace. Thanks to some of the new products from Pablo Designs on display at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, you can take your furniture with you on your travels. Here there...

    “Between ash dieback and the emerald ash borer, it is likely that almost all ash trees in Europe will be wiped out, just as the elm was largely eliminated by Dutch elm disease,” said Peter Thomas, a tree ecologist at Keele University, U.K., who did the analysis, published in the Journal of Ecology. “The two together...

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    Hospitals and other healthcare-focused buildings are typically conceived as cold, uniform, joyless places. Faced with numerous challenges, those designing such spaces often seem focused on purpose rather than feeling, on function rather than form. Yet today, as patient-centric design is prioritized, a new type of...

    Summer lovin’ accompanied by a bottle of chilled Chardonnay—what more can we hope for this summer? The Parqer Glass enables coastal picnicking without lugging along a table and chairs. Poke the stem right into the sand and enjoy the sea breeze. You might consider filling it with a glass of Europe’s latest bright...

    To understand where the Japanese situate themselves in the design world today, Japanese furniture and product designer Toshiyuki Kita is one to talk to. His publication Made with Heart and Soul illustrates over 40 years of Kita’s collaboration with traditional Japanese crafts and received the Gold award in public...

    Core77 honors over 200 designs in their 14 categories, from lo-fi design solutions to highly complex and collaborative efforts. The designs are judged by high-profile individuals like Italian designer Luca Nichetto; 54 members of the jury are split into groups of three or four. We’ve selected two notable project...

    Chocolate makers Mast Brothers, well known for the graphic wrappers that cover its flavored chocolates, had Brooklyn company Calico Wallpaper design the packaging for its Sea Salt Collection. Each bar of chocolate contains its own kind of salt. Taking the signature ingredient of each individual bar, Calico employed a...

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    Toyota’s first appearance at Milan Design Week had the company pulling up to 31 via Tortona with an exquisite car made of various shades of wood. Its Setsuna concept car, fully functional but not legally road friendly, had Japanese cedar for the exterior panels, selected for its flexibility and distinctive grain, and...

    People have used bamboo from the earliest civilization in Asia, where these giant grasses originated. We see them in traditional architecture in Southeast Asia: People in Indonesia use bamboo stilts to create their rice carriages, and many Filipinos in the north of the Philippines construct little houses out of bamboo...

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    Dine in Detroit area restaurants such as Blu Fin Sushi or Public House and you’ll find yourself “eating off the floor.” Former floor beams are reborn as table slats thanks to Workshop Detroit, one of several international design studios into the cycle of sustainability. Already known as an eco-friendly material,...

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