In a world that cherishes gadgets that keep getting smaller and lighter, the Fluance Fi70 is a big hulking WTF. The $500 Bluetooth speaker is as big as your parent’s oldest television set and weighs in at a hulking 81 pounds. It’s so ridiculous, so surprisingly handsome, and so cheap that I almost want to buy it.…
It’s not just paper. From the first notes issued by the Continental Congress to the latest star-spangled bills released by the Federal Reserve, the history of money in America is laced with rebellion, propaganda, and—of course—lots and lots of wealth. It’s awkwardly beautiful.
The world mostly knows IKEA for its flatpack furniture and mediocre meatballs. In the past year, however, the company’s doubled down on a new category: gadgets. And you know what? They’re kind of awesome.
The Devialet Phantom’s been around a while, but the Apple Store recently started selling the basic-but-still-very-expensive version of the speaker. Fans will be tempted, but you never want to buy something just because it’s in the Apple Store, so we gave it a try. Everything about the speaker seems impressive. It’s…
The bright ball that hovers over Times Square on New Year’s Eve is a little bit reborn this year. Sure, it’s iconic and colorful and mesmerizing as it always is. This year, however, the ball captivates the world with 288 more newly designed Waterford crystals. And, boy, are they pretty.
Like some 90s hacker wannabe, I love staring at dark screens. It’s easier on the eyes and generally feels more bad ass. Now, thanks to a long overdue Mac app update, I can read Twitter in dark mode. Now, I want everything in dark mode.
You might’ve seen Zaha Hadid’s name in the news recently. After Japan’s Sports Council announced a design to her replace her widely loathed and alien-like Olympic stadium in Tokyo. But the real update comes in the form of a new skyscraper in Melbourne. It looks a little bit like… an earplug?
Everybody loves to make fun of IKEA building furniture out of glorified cardboard. But IKEA’s future in building furniture out of hardwood is more solid than you’d think.
The controversial end of Interstellar features Matthew McConaughey movie through a four-dimensional tesseract, transcending space and time. Somehow, this three-dimensional anamorphic cube reminds me of that scifi fantasy. Except it’s totally real.
You know those curious brass boxes in the hallways of old New York skyscrapers? Believe it or not they represent the public-facing element of a communications network that kept office buildings humming before email. And damn are they beautiful.
There’s nothing like a bit of minimalism to bring order to interior decoration. If you’re looking for a little low key wall candy, look no further than illustrator Sekonik. His simple line drawings of cities, gadgets, and other geek treats are just splendid.
One of the perennial challenges of urban living is the lack of space. Biking in cities is great, for instance—but only if you have a spot to store your bike. Some furniture designers in Chile are offering a creative (and attractive) solution.
It already feels like we’re sitting on top of each other in airplanes. But what if we actually were sitting on top of each other? That’s exactly what a newly awarded Airbus patent suggests.
I’ll come right out and say it: OS X El Capitan isn’t that exciting. However, Apple’s newest operating system wasn’t meant to be a revelation but rather an under-the-hood upgrade full of little improvements. I will admit that a handful of the design tweaks are downright delightful.
A bad year just got worse for Quirky. The crowdsourced design company just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Quirky will also sell assets related to Wink, its home automation hub, to a company called Flextronics. This is a bummer.
The world demands an emoji for every occasion, but soon, lovers of eyeballs and speech bubbles will finally get their day. It appears that Apple is about to release a mysterious new emoji. That’s it above. Weird, huh?
You know it when you see it: The smooth, soaring typeface with two uncrossed A’s. NASA’s so-called “worm” logo is a beloved symbol of space exploration even decades after it was retired. Now, thanks to two designers in New York City, you can relive the glory days of design and America’s space agency on your coffee…