Back when I wanted to be an astronaut (just kidding NASA take me now I'll do anything), my mom gave me a space pen that somebody had given her and it was SO cool. Besides being able to write upside down, I loved the design of the sleek little guy and the connection I felt with my gravity-defying heroes. The history of their design is quite the little story, recently featured by Cool Material. … read more
I don’t know about you, but that pile of sawdust and shavings that end up on the floor when I’m in the shop isn’t much of a source of inspiration. But for this craftsman, the shavings are the art, and he creates some very impressive works with what we’d normally call waste materials. … read more
The world loves American hamburgers. Because, of course they do. They're the world's most perfect food. (Sorry, bananas). But few really know where and how they began... … read more
Might I interest you in taking a free-roaming tour through a Frank Llyod Wright home that was never built? That's impossible you say? Nonsense. With all of our advances in digital mapping and 3D printing, imagining something is now almost as good as actually building it. … read more
Pi is a mathematical constant that ... wait ... are you telling you don't know what π is? Oh, ok, good. I was worried for a second.
Pi is awesome! It's a number that never ends, whose digits never show a pattern. The digits of π are random, but they're related to all kinds of distinctively non-random stuff, like the circumference of a perfect circle. And more! Like this:
Pi equals four times the sum 1 – 1/3 + 1/5 – 1/7 + 1/9 – 1/11 + ... The appearance of this formula alone is cause for celebration. It connects all odd numbers to pi, thereby also linking number theory to circles and geometry.
- Why Pi Matters, The New Yorker
We spent a… read more
Say hi to π. It's world’s most well known, most controversial number, and it has been baffling and delighting mathematicians for literally thousands of years. As you probably learned in junior high, pi (or π) is the mathematical constant used to show the relationship between the radius of a circle and the circle’s circumference, usually abbreviated to 3.14159. But, pi is both an irrational number (meaning it cannot be represented exactly as a fraction) and a transcendental number (meaning it is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients). The fraction 22/7 is used most often for representing pi as it is accurate to… read more
The Aeron, named after the Celtic god of war combined with aeronautics and aeration, is perhaps the most ubiquitous office chair ever produced. Initially created as a breakthrough in ergonomic design by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumph for Herman Mailer, the Aeron was so successful that its image was quickly co-opted by the dotcom bubble and associated with 90's web startup corporate excess. Even before its initial unveiling in 1994, the Aeron chair had already been acquired the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection. Why? … read more
Sometimes we forget that our bedroom is one of the key areas of our living space - if not the most important. If you're still sporting an 1998 edition IKEA duvet and mismatched pillows that were hand-me-downs from your previous roommates, then it's time to upgrade. … read more
The journey of an apprentice is a long and hard road, with many hours of thankless work under a master that at some point will hopefully be surpassed in skill and knowledge. Here's an interview with a Western student learning Japanese bladesmithing from an Eastern expert. … read more
As far as holidays go, Easter isn't the most stylish. I mean, with all the pastels and baby birds and neon plastic grass, it's definitely not a season for the design-minded.
Unless, of course, you break things down into their most simple parts. Take the Easter egg; its ovoid shape is the definition of nature's penchant towards efficiency, and the dyeing with natural, real world colors gives the whole thing an amazing sense of organic texture.
If you're going to tote something around with you every day, you might as well make it look great and reflect who you are. … read more
We've written before about the tiny house movement, especially people who have opted to live in the minimalist spaces that have mobility, but this is whole new take on the lifestyle. Bruce Campbell (not this guy) of Oregon, has lived in a renovated Boeing 727 for over 15 years and is now looking build another in Japan... … read more
There are two routes home cocktail enthusiasts tend to take when choosing a muddler: the mini-baseball style that sits on the check-out counter and the local liquor store (which suck), and then there's the handmade, lathe-turned muddler made from some exotic South American hardwood that can cost you as much as $60 or $80.
Or, you can get the performance of the second for the price of the first. … read more
Music is a strange thing, instruments by themselves are just well-made sculptures, but in the hands of a creative, they come to life. Here's an instrument that comes to life like you've never seen. … read more