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Apple (APPL) CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at New York’s remodeled 5th Ave. store on Friday, which is situated underground beneath its iconic glass cube. This store has been closed since 2017 while Apple expanded and reworked its layout. Cook visited with Apple senior vice president of people and retail Deirdre O’Brien who helped opened the doors of the store promptly at 8 a.m., inviting fans who waited in line to tour the subterranean retail location and, for the just launched iPhone 11 series. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Custom Expanding Tables
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Johnson Furniture may not be the first to create expanding tables, but they most certainly refined the idea. George was inspired by the work of Robert Jupe, who made the first expanding circular dining tables some time during the 1830’s. He’s created a table where the expansion leaves are stored within the body of the table, and rise up automatically as it rotates. Read more for a video of one of them in-action.

3D-Printed Homes Austin
Construction technology company ICON is currently 3D-printing homes for the homeless in Austin, Texas using its Vulcan II 3D printer. This machine is used to print the frames of these homes and then humans install the windows, doors as well as roofing. Each one takes around 48 hours to fabriate at a cost of just $10,000 USD. They’re also exploring low-cost homes in Latin America for families that live on less than $200 a month. Read more for a video and additional information.

2020 Living Vehicle Trailer Home
Let’s face it, most adventure / expedition vehicles just aren’t practical for long-term living when things hit the fan, but the 2020 Living Vehicle trailer aims to change that. Featuring plenty of off-grid living technologies, including a solar-powered electrical system, a solid aluminum chassis, and off-road tires, paired with rugged wheels. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and information.

Anthenea Floating Hotel
Anthénea may look like a crashed UFO from above, it in reality, it’s just a unique solar-powered, floating hotel suite that you can actually buy. At $535K, it’s basically half-boat, half-pod, and spans 538-square-foot of living space. It was designed by French naval architect Jean-Michel Duacancelle and touted as “the world’s first eco-luxe floating hotel suite”. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Amazon Sphere Office
Sure, the Googleplex in Mountain View, California has been featured in its very own movie (The Internship), but Amazon may take the crown for one of the world’s coolest office spaces. Officially called “The Spheres,” this $4-billion project basically consists of three large glass domes that sit amid Amazon’s business center, designed to serve as a space for employees to work and collaborate with their colleagues in a rainforest-like atmosphere. Read more for a video tour and additional information.

DIY Furniture Packaging Separate Steps
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Let’s face it, IKEA, a Swedish-founded company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories, may be the most popular for DIY home accessories, but the pieces are not the easiest to build. For example, you may need dozens of different types of screws, but since they’re all packaged together, it’s easy to lose a few along the way. One Reddit user found a company that separated all of the parts into individual steps. Read more for another picture and additional information.

Baobab Tiny House
Ever hear of the tiny-house movement? If not, it’s essentially an architectural and social movement that promotes minimalist living in small homes. Technically speaking, a residential structure under 400-square-feet is normally considered a tiny home, and the Baobab is one of the latest additions to this movement. Measuring 38-feet long, it can be towed just about anywhere, while still offering all the amenities you’d expect from a modern home. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Netflix Handheld Game
Photo credit: Julien Rivoire
Art director Julien Rivoire is completely self-taught and likes to spend his free time creating 3D models. Recently, he decided to take retro technology, such as the Tiger Electronics handheld games from the 80s / 90s, and add some modern day flair to them, or Netflix to be more specific. If this should ever catch on, we’d imagine Stranger Things, Black Mirror, and Orange is the New Black, all getting their own handheld games. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Aston Martin Lair
If money is no object and you’ve always wanted your own supervillain lair, Aston Martin wants to make your dream a reality. They’ve formed a new Automotive Galleries and Lairs department that can turn ideas, like an underground concrete wall garage with glass supercar showcase, into a real-life supervillain lair. Or, you could opt for something more traditional, such as an art gallery / garage with a water covered skylight. Read more for additional pictures and information.