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Planetary Textiles: Carpeting Rooms with Organic ‘Sea Floor’ Landscapes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] These designs convey all of the diverse wonder of coral reefs without having to walk along an actual sea floor (and presumably slice open a foot in the process.

Mercedes-Benz Encased in Resin Gives a New Meaning to ‘Fossil Fuels’

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] Millions of years from now, will aliens visiting an earth free of humans (or future humans, on the off chance we survive that long) find a puzzling ‘amber’ fossil of a 1979 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen?

Portable Walk-In Closets & 14 Other Ways to Make a Studio Feel Like a Mansion

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] A lot of the most impressive space-saving ideas really only work for wealthier urbanite apartment owners who can simply hire a contractor to design a bunch of customized built-ins.

Dynamic Apparel: Flexible Charity-Designed Shoes Can Grow Up to 5 Sizes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] In countries where walking barefoot is the norm, these durable shoes that grow with a child’s feet can improve health, confidence, even school attendance, according to The Shoe That Grows project from Because International.

Urine for a Surprise: IKEA Invites You to Pee on an Ad to Get a Discount

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] “Peeing on this ad may change your life,” reads the text at the top of a new IKEA advertisement in a women’s magazine.

Artists in Residence: 18 Stunning Studios Designed for Cultivating Creativity

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Shouldn’t the settings of temporary artist residencies be just as creative as the art produced there?

Mirrored Minimalism: Glass Retreat Reflects Surrounding Forest Landscape

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Cozy on the inside and virtually invisible on the outside, this Modernist home has a reflective facade allowing it to blend in with the natural environment.

Tread Setters: 15 Wheely Cool Spare Tire Covers

[ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Circular spare tire covers mounted on SUVs and Jeeps double as convenient creative canvases for drivers eager to take their particular passions on the road.

Parking Hack: Every Car Lot & Garage Should Have Vertical Guidelines

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] If you have ever opened a side door to see the lines of a parking space, or asked a passenger to get out and guide you in, you may be wondering where this simple solution has been for all your years of urban driving.

(W)Ego House: Tetris-Like Hotel Reveals Clashing Dreams of City Residents

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]   One person’s ego-centric vision of how cities should adapt to their own particular individual needs encroaches upon the dreams of another, as revealed by MVRDV’s Tetris-like open-walled ‘(W)Ego House.’ The design is part art installation, part futuristic vision, part warning against architecture that’s one-size-fits-all.

Fluid Dynamics: How a Wall of Lava Lamps Helps Encrypt 10% of the Internet

[ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] Computers have a real problem when it comes generating truly random numbers, which has led one web-critical cybersecurity firm to reference an array of lava lamps to create unique and unpredictable code.

Nomadic Futures: 12 Home Design Solutions for Changing Urban Lifestyles

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Work, school, rapidly changing cities and declining home ownership rates have us moving more often than ever, so the kinds of heavy antique furniture favored by older generations aren’t exactly practical in the modern world.

Japanese Waiter Exhibits 8,000 Chopstick Sleeves Left as Restaurant “Tips”

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] In a culture without tipping, one Japanese waiter began to realize that customers were expressing their gratitude in a subtle (and in some cases even unintentional way) by folding the sleeves in which their chopsticks came wrapped.

Psychedelic Waves: Step Into a Swirling Vortex Inside an Infinity Room

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Create a visible ripple effect as you move within this dazzling interactive infinity room by Japanese collective teamLab, producing your own unique wave patterns influenced by your gestures, movements and speed.

Bolder Brewers: 14 Coffee Makers That Are Way Cooler Than Your Keurig

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Sure, a Keurig can make you a cup of coffee pretty much instantly, but where’s the art?

Toynbee Too: Cryptic ‘House Of Hades’ Street Tiles

[ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Cryptic ‘House of Hades’ linoleum tiles inspired by mysterious and anonymous Toynbee Tiles are cropping up on The Big Apple’s paved streets.

Architecture in Motion: Gothic Cathedral Gets its Own Two-Minute Music Video

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] We tend to experience buildings as static or slow-moving objects relative to our own points of view, but this simple work of creative adaptation turns an ordinary perspective into a dynamic animation.

Next-Level Backyard Office: ‘Butterfly Studio’ is Like a Giant Lawn Ornament

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Inspired by the shape of a butterfly when it closes its wings, Valerie Schweitzer Architects’ ‘Butterfly Studio’ is a sculptural detached office full of cleverly placed windows that target views toward the yard rather than the main house for a sense of privacy and seclusion.

Stretch Goals: Smooth Shape-Shifting ‘Friction Table’ Deforms on Demand

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Compact and round for board games and intimate conversations, this flexible table gracefully stretches to become a long dining or boardroom surface without adding pieces or moving parts. Paper set in resin creates a kind of lattice structure that enables Friction to adapt to different needs, stable in either extreme form or anywhere in between.

Oops! Apple’s Fancy New Foster + Partners Store Isn’t Up to Chicago Winters

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] That MacBook Air-shaped roof on Apple’s new Foster + Partners-designed store may look cool, but it’s also apparently pretty dangerous in the face of Chicago’s brutal winters.