Wooden gadget accessories appeal to a certain kind of dweebus—I am that dweebus. And Oregon's Grove has been among the best for years. Now they're making iPad cases. Are they worth it?
As China designs a roadmap to bring 100 million rural citizens into cities over the next five years, it and other booming east Asian countries will confront a problem that's been around since the 1980s: The massive housing shortage and the illegal dwellings that result. Two architects think they've found a temporary…
For members of the taxonomic order Carnivora, giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eat surprisingly little meat. They're nearly entirely herbivorous, subsisting almost exclusively on bamboo. What's strange about the panda is that it isn't really very well designed for a plant-based diet. At least not at first glance.
In Vietnam, it's common to use bamboo baskets to catch fish and eels. Less common? To find the same type of bamboo structures supporting an entire building. This open-air beauty is the Kontum Indochine Cafe, in central Vietnam, and it looks like it's supported by 15 giant bamboo fishing baskets.
I know you're all wondering how many sheets of rice paper is a lot. And I'm going to tell you. 8,000. When I think of a lot of rice paper I am thinking of 8,000 sheets of rice paper.
Most people don't really care if their stapler matches their pencil sharpener, or if their tape dispenser matches their USB hub. But that's because they haven't seen Yu Jian's gorgeous bamboo desk set that incorporates various office-related accessories into hollowed-out bamboo trunks.
This stubby little stylus might look more like a crayon than something you'd usually use with your tablet, but it could be just the thing if you only occasionally need to ditch your digits for something more precise.
Like a giant version of one of those wooden puzzles you have to figure out how to disassemble, J.P. Meulendijks' bamboo Lock table is cleverly held together in a manner that will have your dinner guests scratching their heads.
You see that phone booth-sized tiki hut made of bamboo, stone and glass? That's a specially made building that houses the only ATM in a village. On top of that, it's completely solar powered, naturally designed for its island and holds a whole lotta cash.
Designer Makoto Koizumi might not be an aeronautical engineer, but the organic flowing curves of their bamboo Minotake cutlery set look makes it look like they started life as a revolutionary new propeller design.
You probably think that Urban Outfitters is for lomography-obsessed, ironic-canvas-bag-toting, paper-thin-dress-wearing hipsters like the ones above. And you're more or less right! But that doesn't mean they don't carry some kickass gadgetry.
Well done! You bought a Blackbox case, crafted from bamboo, for your Apple device and now you're eco-friendly and green, and sustainable and so on and so forth. But now your Apple whatever is also wonderfully bulky.
Bamboo bamboo bamboo. I get it. It's written on this damn bottle four times. I know, it's gonna save the world. I'm not against bamboo, but I'd rather focus on a far more important component of this water bottle: air.
Ignoring for a second just how heavy and cumbersome this bamboo MacBook case would be (not to mention you can't squeeze a power cable or your sandwich in there), these SILVA Limited cases are simply stunning.
Sunlight. A tropical breeze blowing across your hands as you take down notes. The Green School is a far cry from the windowless, prison-like schools that I attended growing up. I bet this school churns out creative, telepathic geniuses.
We gadget freaks obsess over gear, big and small: cameras, phones, notebooks, desktops, home theater speakers, HDTVs, and much more. But how often do we pay attention to the technology surrounding our gear, the packing material that keeps it safe?
The $69 Apple Magic Trackpad is nothing new. The Wacom Bamboo Touch has offered the same multi-touch functionality for almost a year. Its true relevance is in what it heralds: The end of Mac OS X as we know it.