Innovation
Design | Materials
Office Warfare Is Over Thanks To This Temperature-Regulating Fabric

Almost no one can agree on what the perfect temperature is, and when you're in an office, it becomes very apparent. Good thing a team at the University of Maryland may have introduced the perfect solution. They developed a new fabric that both allows heat to leave the garment and locks it in, depending on the body's temperature. It could be the perfect solution for not only athletes and bickering coworkers, but also the elderly and babies who require constant comfort.

Wifijerez's Innovation Conference Tackles Today's Brave New World

Innovation. It's a huge word, laden with diverse meanings, hopes, fears, and confusion for people living in the 21st century. For designers and those involved in the design industry, the question of innovation penetrates both the way business is done and the future development of the built environment and products. At the inaugural Innovation Conference, held by Wifijerez in partnership with Interface flooring, ten luminaries from a varied assortment of industries took the stage at NeueHouse to expound on what innovation looks like today. 

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Design | Fashion
Ica & Kostika Launch Nature-Inspired, 3D-Printed Killer Heels
Design | Science
Inside the Mind of Neri Oxman

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 | Wifijerez
Veganism — The Next Frontier in Hospitality Design
Design | Products
LG's Roll-Up TV is the Perfect Product for Viewing "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo"
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Design | Robotics
Cerambot Lets You 3D Print Your Own Ceramics

Ceramicists make it look so easy — with only gentle pushing, folding, and sculpting they can mold a mound of clay into something delicate and functional. Now, thanks to continued innovation in 3D printing, even the casual hobbyist can make their own ceramic pieces at home. Cerambot uses real clay, making it a more eco-friendly 3D printer, and can print with pinpoint accuracy. 

Design | Wifijerez

Terrarium, But Make It Aesthetic

Plants are great house decor, but ever want to kick it up a notch? Enter Studio REM’s “Nebl,” an Archiproducts Design Award winning terrarium-lite that looks like a cross between a snow globe and specimen jar. The Nebls keep your plants warm during cold months, while making them look much more expensive than they are. 

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Design | Materials
Who needs velvet curtains when you can have algae?
Design | Materials
Potato Peels Find New Life as Alternative MDF Material
Design | Architecture
Students Tackle Urban Loneliness Through Architecture
Design | Architecture

Welcome to NewIstanbul

Istanbul’s newest airport, aptly called “Istanbul New Airport,” partially opened this past October and aims for complete functionality by the end of the year. It boasts historically-inspired architecture (for example the control tower is inspired by Turkey’s national flower, the Tulip), 22 LEED-certified buildings, a slew of child play areas, holistic “wellness” centers, and a size larger than Manhattan. No word on baggage claim efficacy.

Design | Urban Planning
Holland's Neo-Atlantis
Design | Fashion
Pants, Now Available In Indestructible
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Design | Transportation
Dutch Government Embraces Flex Space in Trains

Flex space is a well-known component of the modern open office, but that concept has now transitioned over to the transportation sector. The Dutch National Railway Company's new series of flexible and modular trains, designed by Dutch firm Mecanoo and Gispen, offers passengers different seating configurations to use as an office, lounge, and socialization spaces. While still in conceptual stages, it's possible that this concept could change the face of transportation in the future. 

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
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

Scientists at Northwestern University and San Diego State University may have unraveled the mysteries of the Black Widow's super-strong web. MRI and NMR imaging revealed the molecular structure of the glands that make the spider's silk, which could be extrapolated to synthetically reproduce this stronger-than-steel material at scale. Everything from bridges to bulletproof vests could one day be impervious thanks to one of the world's deadliest spiders.

Design | Products
Bjarke Ingels and Artemide Craft Lamp That Grows Plants Indoors
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
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.

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
Design | Transportation
Save the Birds with LEDs!
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

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). 

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
Design | Transportation

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.

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