If it seems WeWork couldn't possibly do more with the modern office, think again. The $20 billion company realizes that for some of its tenants who represent established companies, such as Microsoft or Facebook, the built-in culture that WeWork offers isn't what's needed. For that reason they created HQ by WeWork, a pared-down arrangement with less staff and minimal WeWork branding.
Food Gets The Futurist Treatment
We may not have flying cars or jet packs (yet), but the future is undoubtedly here. That reality of unprecedented changed applies to what and how we eat, too. The future of food looks hopeful, with a predicted abundance of tasty faux-meat products, personalized diets tailored to your genome, and an increase in genetically engineered foods that will provide more nutrition in a smaller serving size.
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.
Ice cream may be easy to make, but predicting what flavors people will want to gobble up two years from now is a bit harder. Ben & Jerry’s tries to get the upper hand on this prescient quest through some serious multi-step, expert-heavy R&D. The journey starts with “Flavor Gurus”—individuals with the research skills and culinary knowledge to know where to start looking.
520 Computers, 470 Projectors, 50 Installations, 1 Amazing Museum
Art in the 21st century is bursting out of frames and into the real world. Tokyo’s Digital Art Museum immerses visitors into 107,000 square feet of psychedelic visualizations, many of which are interactive. A group of ultra-technologists called teamLab brought this unprecedented space to life.
Mattress Innovator Casper to Start Selling Sleep (Yes, That’s Right)
Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Casper may be best known for igniting the “mattress-in-a-box” craze, but the company, which recently hit $600 million in revenue, has launched a branded nap destination dubbed the Dreamery right next to its NYC flagship. For a small fee, visitors receive an immersive napping experience on a Casper mattress (don’t worry, the sheets are changed every 45 minutes). It may seem indulgent to some, but Casper believes it’s tapping an unfilled niche and plans to bring Dreamery outposts to airports and office spaces.
According to a report from the New York Times, many of the today’s top pastry chefs have backgrounds in architecture, either as students or practitioners. Their mission: to return dynamism and precision back to the world of desserts, which, thanks to Instagram, has become a maximalist’s fantasy of outrageous color, overabundant toppings, and chaotic form. It’s the age-old story of high and low art competing for cultural dominance; it just happens that this art is edible.
Need Blacker Than Black Paint? You Got It
Anish Kapoor may have Vantablack all to himself, but he hasn’t cornered the market on all super-black pigments. NASA and NanoLab, a Massachusetts-based nano materials company, together produced a new blacker-than-black paint last year, and this time it’s available to the general public. Singularity Black takes its name from an astronomical theory about the gravitational power at the center of black holes, and is primarily used by NASA to coat observation equipment, absorbing errant light that can otherwise interfere with the instruments’ delicate sensors.
Google Street View Helps an Agoraphobic Woman Travel the World
Jacqui Kenny, housebound due to a debilitating diagnosis of agoraphobia (a fear of crowded or remote places), is a master of the screen-grab. The former business-owner discovered the nearly limitless “travel” possibilities of Google Street View. Using the panoramic power of Google Street View, Kenny can travel to any number of countries across the globe. To date, she has taken over 27,000 screenshots, and assembled a portfolio of 200 neatly framed and edited photos of everyday life across our planet.
Back in the day, aired an excellent car makeover show called . Hosted by the rapper Xzibit, dying cars weren’t just tuned up – they were transformed into impractical expressions of automotive braggadocio. The cars would have been fine with rudimentary mechanical upgrades, fun colors, and chill lighting, but that was never enough for Xzibit and his team. Thankfully, Xzibit doesn’t have a say in Pantone’s first foray into partnering with the automotive industry, and what and have produced is exactly what this viewer would have liked to see in a car makeover show. Seven “nature inspired” colors will grace the interior side panels and flooring of Kia’s latest luxury sedan, the K900, and come with an option to be appropriately adjusted to match the time of day and reason for travel. The on-the-record statement, according to Pantone, is to promote the “psychological stability of both the driver and passengers”, but the real reason obviously is to continue the important work first begun by Xzibit and MTV.
L.A. Selfie Museum Amuses and Educates on the New Millennium’s Favorite Pastime
On April 1, the world’s first selfie museum opened its doors in the L.A. suburb of Glendale. Intended to be a half-way silly, half-way serious examination of the selfie, the museum traces the history of self-portraiture from the Big Bang up to 2018. Visitors are welcome to take photos with life-sized statues of food, sit on an “Iron Throne” of selfie sticks, and get duped by the museum’s bathroom mirror room – where a viewer would expect to see their reflection in the “mirror” they’re instead shocked to only see a photographic replica of the room’s interior within the mirror. These playful but meaningful exhibits seek to undermine the stigma of narcissism associated with selfie culture and instead promote a more nuanced, exploratory attitude towards humanity’s long obsession with making the ephemeral concept of “Self” tangible.
IKEA's Beloved Tote Gets a Street Style Boost From Virgil Abloh
IKEA's beloved FRAKTA tote bag is having a fashion moment. After cheekily responding to Balenciaga’s Arena tote with a “How to identify an original IKEA Frakta bag” ad, IKEA announced a collaboration with Virgil Abloh, a designer for the popular streetwear label Off-White. Abloh’s FRAKTA retains the bag's classic shape, but is made with cardboard instead of plastic and reads “SCULPTURE” along the sides. The collaboration will include furniture and design accents, as well.
The Mexican sculptor made a splash in New York last spring with his temporary brick-wall installation, an interactive public-art piece. But back home, he's been fostering art and community since 2014, when he founded , a nonprofit entity that occupies a building in Puerto Escondido and mounts exhibitions meant to provide enrichment for locals.
Levi’s Aims to Detoxify Jean Manufacturing
Levi’s is introducing a digitizing technique to its manufacturing process called Project FLX (Future-Led Execution) that will eliminate harmful chemicals and reduce the production time of its jeans. The first step in Project FLX is to photograph the denim. Then the data is interpreted via a computer, which will use lasers to etch a distressed pattern onto a pair of jeans. With the initiative, Levi’s aims for zero discharge of hazardous materials and to reduce the amount of chemicals by the year 2020.
Neon Glows Again at Trendy Restaurants
Once possessing seedy associations, neon is making appearances at Michelin-starred and fast-casual restaurants alike. While some restaurants choose to light up their name or advertise their wares, other applications include cutesy catchphrases, such as the Garret East’s “No Bad Days” sign, or iconic artworks, like those by Tracey Emin that are installed at Cut by Wolfgang Puck. The rediscovered fascination with neon also harkens a newfound trendiness for some neon landmarks like New York's Katz’s Delicatessen and Old Town Bar.