It's July, so it's hot as crap outside. In most parts of the country, it's so balmy you're sitting inside in your underwear with the freezer open trying to stay cool. But for a different kind of reprieve, here are some of the best design posts we found this week.

This Stylish Watch Lets Blind People Feel Time

There are simple things we often take for granted, like the fact that we can flippantly glance at a clock to tell the time. But people who can't see don't have that autonomy, which is why designer Hyungsoo Kim of Eone Timepieces has created the Bradley, a watch that lets blind people feel the time.

This Impossibly Thin Table Stores Wherever You've Got an Inch of Space

How often do you really use that dining table in your apartment? Most meals are probably consumed in front of the TV, or at a restaurant. And sure, it's handy for the occasional dinner party or tax audit, but the rest of the time it's just wasting space. So reclaim a good 40 square of your pad with this incredibly…

The Tri-Folds Sofa Gives You Plenty of Places to Stash the Remote

Every sofa doubles as a black hole that sucks and traps the pocket contents of all who dare sit on it. But when the TV remote goes missing in a room accented with this lovely Tri-Folds sofa by Camille Paillard, the odds are pretty good that it's just hiding inside one of its folded pockets.

From Chucks to Dunks: 100 Years of Sneaker Design Visualized

Shoe companies have been mass-producing sneakers since the Converse All Star first appeared all the way back in 1917, and their designs have changed immensely since. But how did we get from no-frills kicks to Jeremy Scott's garish winged monstrosities? A print from PopChartLabs shows the evolution over almost a…

Samsung's New R&D Office Will Be a San Jose Beacon

Another day, another gleaming Silicon Valley headquarters. Today, it’s Samsung, which broke ground on this dazzling 650,00-square-foot office in San Jose this morning. How does it stack up, so to speak, with its nearby peers?

100 Years of Tour de France Bikes Map the Evolution of Cycling

There are few professional sports as closely bound to technology as cycling. A bike isn't just equipment, as skiis or a tennis racket might be—it's a partner in a symbiotic relationship between the machine and athlete. And it's remarkable to see how drastically certain parts of that machine have changed in the last…

A Celestial Lamp Lets You Sleep Under the Stars Without Going Camping

Just over a year ago we brought you Anna Farkas' 2500 Watt astronomical lampshade, which projects constellations on the ceiling whenever the light is turned on. At the time, it was just a one-off concept—but as we had hoped, the stars have aligned: Today, the lamps are finally available for sale under the new name

Lincoln's Pyramid: Failed Proposals For DC's Most Famous Monuments

Retronostalgia is the air. Last week, we looked six New Yorks that could have been. And this week, National Geographic takes a similar look at D.C., for which there are veritable heaps of unbuilt memorials. Ever wondered what the Lincoln Memorial would look like, had it been built by ancient Egyptians?

This Is Why We Light Up Buildings at Night

Think of the Chrysler Building. Now picture it at night. It's even more beautiful when its jeweled top is illuminated with glowing yellow lights. But before the 1930s, lighting wasn't exactly used artfully. In fact, the term "architecture of the night" was coined by architect Raymond Hood in this 1930 pamphlet published …

A Hotel Full of Secret Rooms Invites an Epic Game of Hide-and-Seek

The Suitcase House Hotel is the perfect place to hide out. It has an entire network of rooms hidden beneath the floorboards, like an architectural Swiss Army knife. Check out these amazing hiding places—or, as the hotel probably refers to them, the places where you brush your teeth and sleep.