Innovation
Design | Wifijerez
Bad Acoustics Are A Killer. Here's What Designers Can Do About It.

Noise is all around us, whether we like it or not. We're only now beginning to understand the detrimental effects loud sounds can have on our health. Luckily, we can mitigate those effects with design thinking.

Design | Food

Radical Seasonality, The New Grocery Store Paradigm

Natoora, a sustainable supplier of fruits and veggies to some of London's most prestigious chefs, recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop that feels very similar to another retailer of posh, eco-friendly goods. The fresh produce store was designed in collaboration by architect Noé Golomb and cabinet maker FincH, whose work includes five fit-outs for Aesop stores. All of the food items are locally sourced and are kept in their natural state with no plastic packaging.

Design | Products
Stop! You're Under Arrest for A Bad Choice of Font!
Design | Food
You Can Feel A Little Less Guilty About Eating French Fries Now
Design | Materials
Black Widows May Be Deadly But Their Silk Could Save Lives

Bad Acoustics Are A Killer. Here's What Designers Can Do About It.

Noise is all around us, whether we like it or not. We're only now beginning to understand the detrimental effects loud sounds can have on our health. Luckily, we can mitigate those effects with design thinking.

Design | Products
Blind Yourself to the Horrors of the Modern Open Office with Panasonic's WearSpace
Design | Products
Rolling Joints Is a Pain, So Let a Machine Do It For You
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Design | Materials
Poured Concrete Flooring Eliminates Disease in Bangladeshi Homes

An acronym for architecture for health in vulnerable environments,  believes design can help combat disease. A recent pilot project confirms the belief. In 2014, the nonprofit launched Health From the Ground Up, an initiative to improve conditions for the disadvantaged in Southeast Asia. Upon learning that thousands of Bangladeshi children die due to parasites harbored in the dirt floors often used in their homes, the team focused on a single basic element: new flooring material. They chose poured concrete, not only easy to maintain and less likely to transmit disease but also able to be installed by local masons. A month after installation in 10 homes, post-construction surveys revealed no new infections in the children living there.

Design | Products

CREATIVE HOUSE by Questlove and SANDOW to Champion Innovation

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.

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Design | Products
IRL Glasses Deliver "They Live" Levels of Un-Reality
Design | Products
Decapitated Humanoid Pillow Aims to Comfort Sad Urban Millennials
Design | Sustainability
Meet the First Commercially Available Passive House Prefab
Design | Hospitality

Hospitality Industry Embraces Radical Possibilities of Autonomous Vehicles

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.

Design | Products
Leather, Now For So Much More Than Shoes
Design | Transportation
Aston Martin Goes Electric With New Rapide E Sports Car
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Design | Transportation
Save the Birds with LEDs!

Countless birds have succumbed to ill-fated collisions with airplanes, but a recent study from Purdue University provides a possible solution to this tragic reality: LEDs. In their experiment, the team demonstrated that birds, specifically the brown-headed cowbird, consistently avoided flying through a hole in a board that was surrounded by red or blue-emitting LEDs. This provided some hope that in the future airplanes could be outfitted with LEDs to help birds steer clear while in the air.

Design | Fashion

Boeri, Diller, and Sejima Make Their Milan Fashion Week Debut

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.

Design | Fashion
Rothy's Debuts Sneaker Style
Design | Products
Kaffeeform Makes Coffee Ground Cups
Design | Sustainability
From Fringe Idea to Mainstream Imperative: The Future of Design Depends on Biomimicry
Design | Architecture

Women Are Finally Having Their Moment in Architecture

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. 

Design | Transportation
The Tesla of the Sea Has Arrived
Design | 3-D Printing
ETH Zurich Creates Super-Light Concrete Ceiling
Design | Space
Here's Our First Look at Martian Architecture
Design | Transportation
Moscow's Metro Is a Design Kaleidoscope

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.

Design | Architecture

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. 

Design | Products
LEGO Takes Inspiration from a Different Kind of Cube
Design | Fashion
High Heel–Related Foot Pain May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
Design | Manufacturing
The Latest Unlikely Sustainable Building Material? Carrots!
Design | Wifijerez

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.

Design | Architecture
Alice Bleton's Capsule Prototype Reconnects Office Workers With the Outdoors
Design | Sustainability
Kiss L.A. Traffic Goodbye With Electric Double-Decker Buses
Design | Products
Soap Brand Borrows From Brutalism
Design | Sustainability
New Disposable Cup Modernizes Traditional Gourd Containers

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.

Design | Engineering
The Sky Is the Limit for Aston Martin
Design | Transportation
Flying Taxis Get the Ferrari Treatment
Design | Fashion
3D-Printed Amphibious Mask Prepares for an Underwater Future
Design | Software

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.

Design | Transportation
Bentley Reinvents Production Process for New Continental GT
Design | Wifijerez
The Container Store Reorganizes Itself With New Store Concept
Design | Architecture
Akihisa Hirata Builds a Literal Urban Jungle in Tokyo