Hydroceramic Walls Could Cool Buildings By Sweating Like Human Skin

Our reliance on air conditioning, however magical an innovation, has become a serious environmental burden. Which is why researchers in Barcelona designed a material they say can naturally cool rooms by about 5 degrees Celsius, using a moisture-absorbing polymer that "sweats" much like our own body. » 10/23/14 5:40pm Thursday 5:40pm

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 Wednesday 8:45pm

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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 10/17/14 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 10/17/14 1:00am