design
This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters the Neighbourhood Air

Let's take rooftop farming to a whole new level—a microscopic level. Unveiled at Expo Milan this week, the Urban Algae Canopy is a living, breathing alternative to our inert roofs and façades. Could algae be the next hip trend in urban agriculture? Read More >>

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This Intricate Creature Skitters Across Your Desk on 3D-Printed Legs

As a genre, "desk toys" are usually pretty corny, from Newton's Cradle sculptures to creepy meditation balls. But these tiny creatures—which are miniatures of the giant self-propelled sculptures designed by Dutch artist Theo Jansen—are anything but. Read More >>

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A Brief Chat With the Mad Scientist Who Made Viagra Ice Cream

Charlie Francis is no stranger to unusual ice cream concoctions—he's the same guy who brought us a £140 scoop of luminescent jellyfish ice-cream just last year. Before you start licking his latest creation, though, better get yourself a prescription. Because each scoop is infused with a healthy, 25mg dose of Viagra. Read More >>

architecture
Are LG's New Headquarters Really a "Public Shame"?

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman is on a roll lately in his quest to hold architects accountable for their design shortcomings. His latest target? The firm HOK, which he says has turned tech manufacturer LG's new headquarters into an "eyesore." Read More >>

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Google's Project Ara Lego-For-Phones System is Launching in January of 2015

Google has gone into more detail about its bonkers Project Ara modular mobile system, using a specific developers conference for the hardware format to update us on its plans for letting us clonk together our dream phones out of various components. Read More >>

design
These Modular Cabinets are the Coolest Way to Display Precious Things

There's a case to be made—recently by designer Martino Gamper (and me)—that shelving is the most personal piece of furniture you own; a functional place to store your stuff that also puts it on display. The Room collection, by Kyuhyung Cho and Erik Olovsson, might be the most fun modular system I've ever seen. Read More >>

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An Army of 3D-Printed Bears Went Into This Adorable Animation

Well, shucks: this Bears on Stairs stop-motion clip is just adorable, and it's as impressive as it is cute. London-based creative agency DBLG 3D-printed a different figurine for each and every frame of the clip, resulting in surprisingly realistic movement for an angular white mammal. Read More >>

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Watch the Amazing Process of Manufacturing an Iconic Eames Shell Chair

When the Eames debuted their now-legendary shell chair in 1950, it became the first mass-produced plastic chair in the world. This wasn't just an aesthetic icon—it was also a wonder of manufacturing and engineering. Now, Herman Miller is giving us a glimpse of how it's made. Read More >>

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A Simple Silicone Sleeve Turns Your iPhone Into a Game Boy

The touchscreen generation might not know any better, but those of us who grew up with Game Boys know that physical control pads and buttons will always trump on-screen alternatives. Entire this slide-on silicone sleeve, called the G-PAD, that turns your smartphone into an even better handheld gaming machine. Read More >>

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Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: The Intersection of Gadgets and Dreams

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades later. That's what it's like to visit Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Read More >>

military
A Pyramid in the Middle of Nowhere Built to Track the End of the World

A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar, just an abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight: it could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it's just the US military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees. Read More >>

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This Side Table Gobbles Up Your Clutter Like a Hungry Animal

We all have a surface somewhere in our home which is covered in clutter: phones, wallets, coins, keys, pens, cables, tickets and all other kinds of crap. But this neat console table gobbles it all up to keep it out of sight. Read More >>

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11 of the Coolest Products From the Busiest Week in Design

Every April around this time, Milan welcomes creative types from all across the globe for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile -- pretty much the wildest week in the design world. Though the past few years have seen efforts to curb the rampant bacchanal of new production for new production's sake, there's still a hell of a lot to take in. Read More >>

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Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Finally Exist Outside of Hot Wheels

The concept of glow-in-the-dark roads is an incredibly simple piece of safety infrastructure that feels like it should have been implemented years ago. Finally, it has been—on the roads of the Netherlands Read More >>

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Tea Cup Slingshot Drains and Stores Your Used Bags

The Tea Cup SlingsHOT is a new innovation in beverage consumption, combining a mechanism for draining a tea bag with a bespoke onboard used bag storage facility, allowing users to wander away from the kitchen and get back to their busy lives with the tea bag still in the cup. Read More >>

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A Vortex Tap Adds Much Needed Excitement to Hand Washing

Since most taps are nothing more than a metal tube, you rarely get a glimpse of the magic inside when cold and hot water come together to create warm water. So Philippe Starck designed the Axor Starck V, a clear tap that creates a vortex as the streams of water mix and bubble up and out. Read More >>

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