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From Lobster & Live Music to the Cattle Car: The Evolution of Air Travel

[ By SA Rogers in Culture & History & Travel. ]

From the wicker chairs of the 1920s, the evolution of airplane seats has rapidly diverged in two different directions — toward luxurious full-sized beds on first class international flights and the increasingly tiny torture devices in economy. Clearly, what’s happening in the air parallels growing class schisms on the ground, but what makes air travel unique (and often, uniquely rage-inducing) is the juxtaposition of these elements within the same confined space, all set against a backdrop of general travel stress and anxiety.

An American Airlines economy flight in the 1960s

Coolest White: A Painting to Reduce the Urban Heat Islands

Cortesia de UNStudio and Monopol Colors Cortesia de UNStudio and Monopol Colors

The increasing use of air conditioning is causing many cities to hit record energy consumption levels during brutally hot summer months. In populous countries like India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, large urban centers function like ovens: buildings absorb heat that is re-released back into the environment, further increasing the local temperature. More heat outside means more air conditioning inside, which not only raises energy consumption, but also increases the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

With this vicious cycle in mind, a paint was created to protect buildings and urban structures from excessive solar radiation, diminishing the effect of the urban heat island. The innovation came from the partnership of UNStudio, a Dutch architectural firm, and Monopol Color, a Swiss paint specialist. The dark-colored materials that are used to construct the buildings in our cities are one of the main causes of heat accumulation in urban areas. While darker materials absorb up to 95% of the sun’s rays and release them straight back into the atmosphere, this value can be reduced to 25% with a normal white surface. Now, with ‘The Coolest White’, it is possible to reduce absorption and emission to 12%.

Character Type: 3D Typographic Skate Obstacles in Rotterdam

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

Get a little too artsy with skate obstacles and you might end up with objects that just aren’t all that fun or functional for their intended purpose. But when Rotterdam design studio Opperclaes collaborated with furniture maker Jeroen van Sluis to bring its signature typographic art into three dimensions, the result spelled success for skaters hitting the city’s streets for Rotterdam Street Culture Weekend and the PowWow Rotterdam street art event.

The Best Adjustable Bed Designs of 2019

In the last decade, adjustable bed frames have skyrocketed in popularity. With recent advancements in technology and medicine, they are gaining strong footing in a market full of consumers looking to remedy various health issues at an affordable price.

Best Adjustable Bed Designs of 2019

 Benefits of buying adjustable bed frames

The advantage of this bed design is the ability to adjust the frame by raising or lowering the base from the head and foot regions. By optimizing the settings, you can choose the position that’s most comfortable for you, while making use of the design’s more luxurious features.

Not to mention, adjustable beds are a particularly useful investment for the elderly, injured, sick, and those suffering from sleep apnea or chronic back pain. They are quite comfortable and supportive for heavier folks as well, which comes as a plus point for plus sizes.

A lot of consumers also like adjustable beds because of their sophisticated aesthetic, giving any bedroom an added touch of elegance.

So take a look at SleePare’s top 5 adjustable bed designs of 2019 to find which one is perfect for you:

1.   Lucid L300 Adjustable Frame

Lucid L300

Noise-Cancelling Doghouse: Quiet Design Soothes Storm-Scared Canines

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

Between fireworks and thunder, it can be hard to watch your best friend cower and howl when noises beyond your control dominate the soundscape. This noise-cancelling kennel aims to provide shelter from auditory storms, an more robust alternative to hiding in the closet.

Developed by Ford Europe, the structure employs a combination of sound insulation and, critically, the technology used for noise-cancellation in the company’s automobiles.

Adapted to frequencies that most impact canine companions, microphones pick up the sounds of explosions and other loud bursts, then counteracts them with mitigating frequencies.

Stackable School Desks: Multifunctional Designs for Rural Mexican Schools

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

Stacking chairs have long been a space-saving staple of offices, homes and schools, but getting a complex shape like a desk to stack up is a challenge — one these designers decided to take on for a very specific and practical application.

Studio Nos redesigned the traditional children’s school desk to make it affordable, durable, lightweight and able to be put away when not in use. The result of their efforts is a brightly colorful and interconnected chair-and-desk system with a number of nifty features.

The conical chairs stack for storage while a backrest allows students to hang their bags and backpacks. A slot underneath, meanwhile, provides a place to store books and other school supplies.

4 Mega Bridges that were Never Built

EuroRoute Bridge, between Britain and France. Image Courtesy of 911Metallurgist EuroRoute Bridge, between Britain and France. Image Courtesy of 911Metallurgist

2019 has already witnessed a series of bridge-related milestones marked, from the world’s longest bridge nearing completion in Kuwait to the world’s largest 3D-printed concrete bridge being completed in Shanghai. As we remain fixated on the future-driven, record-breaking accomplishments of realized bridge design, "911 Metallurgist” has chosen to look back in history on some of the visionary ideas for bridges which never saw the light of day.

Environmental Design

Environmental Design: Architecture, Politics, and Science in Postwar America
Avigail Sachs
University of Virginia Press, July 2018

Hardcover | 7 x 8 inches | 240 pages | | English | ISBN: 978-0813941271 | $39.50

Publisher Description:
Much of twentieth-century design was animated by the creative tension of its essential duality: is design an art or a science? In the postwar era, American architects sought to calibrate architectural practice to evolving scientific knowledge about humans and environments, thus elevating the discipline’s stature and enmeshing their work in a progressive restructuring of society. This political and scientific effort was called "environmental design," a term expanded in the 1960s to include ecological and liberal ideas. In her expansive new study, Avigail Sachs examines the theoretical scaffolding and practical legacy of this professional effort.

Signs Friction: 10 Unfortunately Named Businesses

[ By Steve in Design & Graphics & Branding. ]

Brand power can go a long way in business but as these 10 unfortunately-named shops and stores so sorrowfully illustrate, it can also go the wrong way.

Jay Osgerby: "Design is the Answer to a Very Difficult Question"

Oxford-born designer, Jay Osgerby has achieved virtually everything there is to achieve in the world of design. Together with his partner Edward Barber, Osgerby runs the internationally renowned Barber & Osgerby design studio. From diverse designs for well-known manufacturers such as Vitra and B&B Italia to the official torch for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and a two-pound coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, Osgerby and his partner have been almost restless in their creation of numerous icons. “I find it quite difficult to not think about work. I’m always thinking about what’s next. I’m terrible at stopping and just thinking.”