This New Ikea Desk Goes From Sit To Stand With The Push Of A Button

Sitting is comfy, but hours (and hours and hours) on your rear-end isn't great for your bod (even though it probably won't kill you). Standing is good, but tiresome after a while. Hybrid desks can be pricey but Ikea is betting on Bekant, a workspace that raises and lowers on two telescopic legs with a button push. » 10/22/14 8:45pm 49 minutes ago

So This Is What Inspires Someone to Build a Life-Size LEGO T-Rex

For most of us, LEGO sets are little more than a child's toy. But for Nathan Sawaya, they're an interlocking plastic canvas, an artistic medium of immeasurable potential and capable of transforming into any shape imaginable. Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO showcases some of Sawaya's most ambitious projects—this… » 10/22/14 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

How London's Amazing New Subway Trains Were Designed

"I remember going on the Tube trains when I was very young, and thinking 'this is amazing'. The smell, the noise — the wooden floors, the wooden escalators of the time — incredible to think that we had those," says Paul Priestman, director and co-founder of London design agency Priestmangoode. » 10/22/14 7:48am Today 7:48am

Sending the Great Oscar de la Renta to That September Issue In the Sky

"Fashion icon" doesn't really begin to cover the influence of Oscar de la Renta, who died yesterday at 82. But you can get a sense of his outsized importance to the industry—and culture at large—from one film which managed to explain both the clothes we wear and the people who convince us to wear them. » 10/21/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

This Creepy Halloween Ad From Ikea Is Just Perfect, Danny

Ikea, in general, is a frightening place, a bizarre isolated world unto itself filled with sad, desperate people. Sometimes I feel like I'll never make it out of that maze alive. That's what makes this ad from Ikea Singapore, promoting its late-night shopping hours, one of the best Halloween ads I've ever seen. » 10/21/14 4:30pm Yesterday 4:30pm

Designing a SkyMall Catalog for the Near Future

The future will be—get ready for it—normal. That's the striking and entirely non-boring vision presented in TBD Catalog, which you might describe as a fictional SkyMall catalog from 2024. There are no dramatic utopian or dystopian predictions in this slim, blue volume, but it does contain a bizarre and fascinating… » 10/21/14 2:30pm Yesterday 2:30pm

The Iconic, Legendary Designs of Black Sparrow Press Books

A great book is a treasure because of the story told by the words between the covers, but some can impart that same kind of thrill before you even flip to the title page. Black Sparrow Press, the small and remarkable 1960s publishing house that gave us Bukowski, did both beautifully with distinctive colors, graphics,… » 10/17/14 1:30pm Friday 1:30pm

A Bicycle Pulley System Is A Surprisingly Practical Storage Solution

Ever since I moved into my apartment, I've been trying to convince my roommates that what we need is a pulley system to pull our bikes up onto the balcony. And ever since we moved in, my roommates have been telling me that it's a terrible idea that will unquestionably end with someone being mutilated by a falling… » 10/17/14 1:00am Friday 1:00am

The Artist Making Beautiful Snow Art With Simple Math and Footprints

You've probably seen Simon Beck's masterpieces floating around the internet. Up close it looks like an army's marched through the snow. But when you step back — way back — the texture turns into an extravagant design. Some look like snowflakes, some like elaborate fractals. They're all made with just a compass, Beck's… » 10/14/14 5:45pm 10/14/14 5:45pm

Watch a Man Direct Marble Quarry Excavators With Subtle Hand Gestures

At the Monte Bettolgi quarry in the northern Italian alps, industrial excavators crack massive blocks of marble out of the mountain. The sheer scale of the operation is impressive; even more so considering that one shirtless man orchestrates their movement with super simple hand gestures (minus a few fingertips). » 10/14/14 5:15pm 10/14/14 5:15pm

You'll Never Lose a Music Festival Schedule Temporary Tattoo

An opportunity to hear many of your favorite bands isn't the only reason to attend a music festival. There are other recreational activities to enjoy, but they don't always leave you in a state where you can remember who's performing next at which stage, where you left your schedule, or even your first name. So a … » 10/14/14 4:24pm 10/14/14 4:24pm