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Why Is My Smart Home So Fucking Dumb?

A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were about to watch a surprisingly bad scifi movie in my crowded apartment. One of them asked if we could dim the lights, and started to head to the switch. "No, no, I've got it," I said, reaching into my pocket. "He's reaching for his phone!" said the friend. This was the… » 2/12/15 11:05am 2/12/15 11:05am

This tiny apartment hides so many tricks to make it feel so much bigger

There are tiny apartments. And then there are ridiculously tiny apartments. And then there is this apartment. The only thing smaller than this 86 square foot apartment in Paris is a prison cell. Maybe. And yet this apartment hides so many tricks that it can transform itself to feel a lot bigger. » 11/04/14 10:01pm 11/04/14 10:01pm

Ikea Knows All About Your City's Weird Sex Habits and Toilet Time

In a way, what you do in the privacy of your own home is literally Ikea's business. So it's no surprise that the Swedish company spends a ton of time and money studying how people live. What is surprising, though, is what its latest study found out. Including the fact that you're not the only one who reads their phone… » 6/04/14 2:00pm 6/04/14 2:00pm

Foldable Kitchens, Offices and Bedrooms Optimize Tiny Living Spaces

In case you're one of those poor souls residing in a room the size of someone's walk-in closet, here's a sweet innovation from the Land of Lack-of-Space, Japan. The Kenchikukagu, designed by Toshihiko Suzuki for Atelier OPA, is a series of “rooms” that can be folded and wheeled away for easy storage. The line… » 10/02/08 3:15am 10/02/08 3:15am