Photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
This giant golden egg Solar Egg, created by the artist duo Bigert & Bergström for Riksbyggen, may look like a sculpture of some sort, but step inside, and you’ll realize it’s actually a solar-powered luxury sauna. It can be found now in Rättvik, Sweden and consists of a pine wood interior covered by highly reflective gold steel panels. The 4-meter wide interior can fit up to eight people comfortably, and is a normal sauna with a wood-heated heart-shaped stove to keep the room around toasty at around 170°F. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
At first glance, this mind-bending lamp appears to be some sort of Photoshop trick, but it’s real, and all just a clever illusion that looks to be straight from a science fiction movie. Created by New York-based artist Sean Augustine March, this desktop ‘lamp’ was created using a combination of dichroic and reflective glass, which in turn create a colorful light show from all angles. One caveat: it’ll set you back a hefty $3,000. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Charles Bombardier & Ashish Thulkar | Imaginactive via Yanko Design
The last thing you’d want is to be stuck in a security line when you’re running late for a flight, and designers Charles Bombardier and Ashish Thulkar have an interesting solution. Called the Aerochk, this airport escalator is also a security checkpoint. Simply place your passport before getting on and you’ll be run through an X-ray machine while riding, along with your carry-on luggage. It’s equipped with multiple sensors to scan your body weight, composition, and facial recognition to match you to your passport. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Elago W6 Stand basically turns your Apple Watch into an iPod Classic, in which the company released six generations as well as a spin-off (iPod Photo) that was later re-integrated into the main lineup. This stand’s real-life counterpart used a 1.8-inch hard drive for storage, but unfortunately, this accessory does not double as a music player. However, you can simply place your Apple Watch in the stand to charge it, and if kept near your bed, you’ll have access to all its key functions, like the alarm clock as well as messages. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee | MVRDV
MVRDV completed this so called “crystal house” in Amsterdam for Chanel back in 2016, complete with a transparent brick facade. Now, the store has reopened for luxury fashion house Hermès. For those who’d like to are in the city and would like to visit, it’s located on the shopping street PC Hooftstraat. Yes, lots of design work went into seamlessly blending the glazed bricks with the traditional brick façade of the apartments above, as required by the city. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The French senate may have ruled that Notre Dame Cathedral must be rebuilt to the ‘last known visual state’, but Shepherd Studio wants to add a fun twist to the restoration. Called ‘Divine Intervention,’ this proposal calls for a giant inflatable balloon to be added to the top of the cathedral, sort of like a protective layer rises up at night and comes down during the day or during inclement weather. Read more for another picture and information.
Designer Kenneth Cobonpue teamed with Lucasfilm LTD to create a Star Wars-inspired furniture line that just might be the geekiest yet. You’ll find everything from an Imperial TIE Fighter Wings Easy Armchair Imperial TIE Fighter Wings End Tables, a Darth Sidious Easy Arm Chair, a Chewie Rocking Stool, hanging / floor Jedi Lamps and a Darth Vader Covered Computer Easy Chair. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019 earlier this month, and ever since that time, people have been comparing its design to a cheese grater, and rightfully so. Aerospace enthusiast and maker Winston Moy wanted to see just how an Apple cheese grater would perform if they ever made one, so he fired up the CNC machine create his very own replica. Does it do a good job? Let’s just say that Apple should stick with electronics. Read more for the video and additional information.
New York City-based artist specializes in creating kinetic sculptures, and he’s best known for his ongoing mechanical mirror series. His older versions used hundreds of motors to rotate the pieces at different angles to change their appearance and a camera to observe the viewer capture them to be displayed. The latest ones utilize motion and laser sensors to “see” the person standing before the piece. “As you move, suddenly the piece moves. So then the piece is moving and that captures your eye, and you say ‘Oh my God, this is a kinetic piece. It’s moving. That’s very cool.’ And after maybe a few more seconds, you say ‘Hey, this piece is moving in tandem with me. It’s interactive. I’m actually creating what’s going on there,'” said Rozen. Read more for a video and additional information.
Industrial designer Hasan Kaymak likes the new 2019 Apple Mac Pro, but felt that the computer could use a few tweaks to make it the ultimate all-around machine, while not looking like a giant cheese grater, and thus this project was born. Instead of the dual-sided CNC machined detail, that was replaced with the slot and mesh you’re used to seeing. Other features include: 8 USB-C ports, two audio jacks for audio mastering, and push rod access. Read more for additional pictures and information.