How Therm-A-Rest Sleeping Pads Are Made

In the early 1970s, two Boeing engineers used a sandwich press to put a slice of foam between two pieces of airtight fabric and invented the self-inflating sleeping pad for campers. Therm-A-Rest still uses that basic principle today, just the sandwich machine has given way to an entire factory in Seattle. This is that… » 5/11/15 3:47pm 5/11/15 3:47pm

Video: The process of making a couch is surprisingly fun to watch

Danny Cooke's short How Comfort Is Born shows the entire process of making an Arlo & Jacob couch. You see wood being framed, springs being made, framed wood being shaved, made springs being put together and then finally the cushions and fabric carefully being handled so each couch is perfect. » 4/01/15 10:44am 4/01/15 10:44am

Decay and Demolition Inside a Dying Cement Factory

The first cement factory in Hungary has reached its sorry end. The monstrous industrial complex of Lábatlan was established by Balázs Konkoly-Thege on the right bank of river Danube in 1868, and in the very beginning, Roman cement was made here in a wood-fueled 16 chamber furnace. Today, the factory is a lovely… » 1/16/15 9:00am 1/16/15 9:00am

Video: Inside the factory that makes Sriracha

Sriracha, the hot sauce God would ask for if he ate on Earth, is still made from the same recipe when it first started decades ago. Only the chilis are hotter now. And the sauce is more popular. And the production is much, much larger. Hypebeast took a tour of the giant factory that makes Sriracha in the video below. » 1/07/15 1:26am 1/07/15 1:26am

Video: Here's what happens when a fireworks factory explodes 

That is one hell of a boom. Which makes sense since it's an explosion of a factory of things that go boom. The explosion occurred in Colombia and injured two people. The initial blast knocked the cameraman over and the ensuing fireworks kept shooting out for a solid minute after that. It's pretty nuts. » 1/05/15 11:58pm 1/05/15 11:58pm

How to take an exclusive tour of the Lego factory in 2015

I have wanted to hop a plane to Billund and take this tour for years, but to date I have yet to make the pilgrimage to Lego Mecca. In 2015, I'm going beg my parents to watch my then 6 month old child and 2 dogs because Lego has published tour dates and details for 2015 and I'm definitely going this time. » 10/01/14 4:37pm 10/01/14 4:37pm

Go Inside the Factory That Makes the World's Solar Panels

While you're watching the final game of the World Cup today, keep a keen eye on the advertisements along the sidelines. You're likely to see the name Yingli Solar: a massive Chinese solar power manufacturer that few soccer fans are likely to know. Climate Desk recently visited Yingli's sprawling plant, and got a… » 7/13/14 4:00pm 7/13/14 4:00pm

Moscow Is Turning a Historic Soviet Factory Into Its Very Own High Line

In its heyday, Hammer & Sickle Factory was the lynchpin of industry in Russia—a plant that churned out the country's steel for an entire century. Now, Moscow is turning the sprawling factory into luxury housing, boutiques, and a High Line-style park. Basically, the Meatpacking District. » 4/29/14 3:22pm 4/29/14 3:22pm