Category Archives: design

Crappy Feng Shui

I've noticed a troubling design trend of late. In a distressing and it seems growing number of bathrooms, there are mirrors on the wall or door directly opposite the toilet. I get it, bathrooms are small, mirrors make small spaces look and feel larger, but who really thinks this placement is a good idea? As…
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Assembling the price of a happy city

How long does it take to go from one of Boston's newest hip neighborhoods, the Innovation District, to one of Somerville's even newer, actually not quite finished, ones, Assembly Row by public transit? During evening rush hour on a weekday, this trip of about 4.5 road miles took me almost an hour as I traversed the…
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Never Any Repeats

I'm no fan of display advertising, either in web banners or "out of home" and I certainly try not to participate in it. Logos and brands are already everywhere, why should you and I become unpaid ad space when manufacturers splash their logos on our stuff? Well, now there's another solution to this problem: Logo Removal Service,…
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Second Little Pig: Vindicated

Since the googles said it was faster to walk from the Innovation District to South Station than to take the Silver line, that's what I did. It was hot and humid but I'm glad I did because otherwise I would not have passed by BSAspace and dropped in for some AC. And had I not done that,…
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Adapter die

I met with the estimable @yobyot the other day and among the various complaints and commiserations we shared was a moment of venting about Apple switching up all our connectors for no particularly clear reason except perhaps selling lots of new cables, converters, dongles and adapters, all containing tightly patented Apple technology. Behold my latest shiny…
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Duck on the water, fire in the sky

This week in giant ducks, we have Energy Duck, a project proposed for Copenhagen's harbor by a team of London artists. Energy Duck isn't just a glass and steel foil to my house fave, Florentijn Hofman's giant rubber duck, it's a collector and accumulator of solar energy. You just can't make this stuff up. When stored…
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This weekend in wooden maps

While hanging out on the LES with the young lions of fintech, I stayed at the newly soft opened Ludlow Hotel and was enchanted by this coffee table in the shape of Manhattan with the street grid incised in it. It sort of reminds me of Max Becher's Chocolate Broadway. It's made of wood and it's…
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Welding wood

Last year I wrote a couple of posts about my various infatuations with various wood products, many in conjunction with various electronics products made of metal. The estimable yobyot commented, "Seriously, though, isn’t the juxtaposition of cedar on aluminum a little too jarring?" I should probably also note that Greg commented, "Oh dear! You HAVE…
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You may know it as Kallax, but it'll always be Expedit to me

Somehow I missed this one when the news broke. IKEA decided to make some changes to the iconic, omnipresent (and often immovable) Expedit line of shelving. Specifically, they narrowed the outer walls (perhaps to save wood), softened the corners a bit, and renamed the whole thing Kallax. Rabid fans the world over lost their cool as…
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Proof of concept: catnip-filled toxoplasma gondii cat toy

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Toxoplasma gondii tachy, via Wikipedia[/caption] There is no shortage of cat toys that are in questionable taste, but the one I was looking for - a soft, catnip-filled replica of the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis - was nowhere to be found. If you haven't heard, this parasite, toxoplasma gondii, invades the brains…
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Without bookshelves, how will we judge people?

Finger firmly fixed on the pulse of SciFi fandom, io9 asks, "Are bookshelves becoming obsolete?" Seems to me the question is more, "are paper books on their way out?" and I can dispense with that questions quickly with a simple, "yes." I am convinced that ebooks have won. There will always be holdouts and it…
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Two Rolled Steel Slabs, Two Ways

I saw a lot of art on a recent trip to New York, but I think the works that made the biggest impression on me (not literally, thank goodness) were four steel slabs by Richard Serra, two at MoMA made in 1974-75 and two at Gagosian from 2013. Inside Out (2013) at Gagosian At Gagosian's…
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