Lego's Amazing New HQ Is Finally Underway (And You Can Build Your Own)

Lego maniacs have another pilgrimage destination to add to their list: The brand's new "experience center" broke ground in Billund, Denmark yesterday. As you'd expect, the building itself looks like it's constructed from a pile of Legos. And thanks to a new Lego Architecture kit, you can start building your own… » 8/20/14 4:50pm Yesterday 4:50pm

A Brilliant Device That Completely Reinvents Crutches

Modern crutches are still less than a century old, and dozens of designers have taken a stab at improving them. But while most attempts are variations on a familiar theme, one entry to James Dyson Foundation's annual Dyson Award proposes a solution that improves on even the best recent alternatives. » 8/20/14 12:35pm Yesterday 12:35pm

Why We Still Have Bezels (But May Not For Long)

Yesterday, the first Sharp smartphone to come to these great United States brought with it one of the skinniest bezels we've ever seen on a smartphone. The Aquos Crystal is visually impressive, and a major step into the frameless future that seems to be emerging. There's just one problem, though. Bezels matter. And we… » 8/20/14 10:40am Yesterday 10:40am

​7 Crazy Bikes That Almost Changed Cycling Forever

The history of cycling includes many innovations that failed to achieve popular or commercial success. The reasons for failure are many and various. But sometimes, even the wackiest-looking designs incorporated interesting ideas. Here's a selection of those concepts—most of which have at least one redeeming feature. » 8/20/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

The World's Most Expensive Hallway Is Under New York City

The exorbitant costs of the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub have been well-reported: the station cost $4 BILLION DOLLARS. New Yorkers can already experience one element of the pricey hub, a walkway under West Street. And if calculations are correct, this 600-foot corridor is the most expensive hallway on the… » 8/19/14 1:06pm Tuesday 1:06pm

Inside the Wild UI Design of Guardians of the Galaxy

The world of Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with characters of uncertain biological origin defying the laws of Earthly physics. Which is why you'd be forgiven if you didn't notice the incredible UI design in the film, which shows off some of the most bonkers movie graphics in recent memory. » 8/19/14 10:52am Tuesday 10:52am

6 Cool New Objects From One of Modern Design's Oldest Powerhouses

Alessi can't stop, won't stop producing homewares at a seriously rapid clip. The Italian brand has been around since 1921; over the years, its exclusive focus on metal goods has expanded to include glass, plastic, rattan, and even a kind of concrete, and every season the company works with big name and up-and-comers… » 8/19/14 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

Atari arcade games inspired the original Apple mouse

It's hard to say if the Macintosh would've been so successful if it hadn't had such a revolutionary interface—namely, the mouse. While Apple didn't invent the mouse, it did commission the now legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco to make it viable. And he looked to Steve Jobs' former employer for inspiration. » 8/18/14 5:41pm Monday 5:41pm

Watch Charles and Ray Eames Debut Their Most Famous Chair On TV In 1956

Charles and Ray Eames were the archetypal design power couple, who each brought their own distinct kind of creative genius to the personal and professional partnership. When they visited NBC's daytime Home show in 1956 to debut their (now-iconic) eponymous lounge, Charles introduced themselves thusly: "Ray is a… » 8/18/14 4:45pm Monday 4:45pm

This Elegant Trash Bin Swings Open Without Screws, Gears, or Wires

The Swing Bin is composed of exactly two pieces: a cylinder and an oval, precisely cut so that lid swings open and shut ever so gently. A prototype of the elegant Swing Bin first light up design circles four years ago, and now designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi has finally decided to make Swing Bin a reality. » 8/14/14 5:34pm 8/14/14 5:34pm

This Pencil Lamp's Power Cord Leaves Doodles Around Your Home

Here's a clever way to rid your home of unsightly cables: just hide them in plain sight. Designers Michael & George created the HB Lamps featuring a glowing eraser that can illuminate a room, and a black power cable protruding from the pencil tip that looks like doodles left by the pencil instead of an ugly power… » 8/14/14 3:08pm 8/14/14 3:08pm

The Bizarre Story of How the Original Poster For Jaws Went Missing

The first pages of Peter Benchley's 1974 novel, "Jaws," as well as the opening minutes of Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster, begin with the attack of a young, late-night skinny dipper named Chrissie Watkins, who's dragged to her watery doom by a great white shark, feeding in the waters off the seaside vacation town… » 8/14/14 1:53pm 8/14/14 1:53pm

The Simple Reason We Like Buying Food In Clear Packaging

Back in the olden days, most food packaging was thick and opaque—all the better to keep out elements like light and moisture which could potentially spoil our Funyuns. Now Americans are gravitating towards packaging that lets us actually see the food we're buying. And it makes sense why this trend is gaining momentum… » 8/14/14 12:44pm 8/14/14 12:44pm

There's a Skate Park In an Old Tunnel Under London, And You Can Visit

Amongst the abandoned diggers, unexploded bombs, and Medieval bodies, a labyrinth of Tube tracks—both fully functional and obsolete—wind beneath the streets of London. Last week the city got a whole new subterranean social scene at the House of Vans, a series of five disused tunnels outfitted with bars, a diner,… » 8/13/14 8:25pm 8/13/14 8:25pm