NASA Ships its Space-Ready Bathroom to the ISS This Week

Finding the perfect toilet for space has stumped researchers and designers at NASA for some time—so much so that they opened a crowd-sourced design competition looking for a better option. Now, NASA announces, they’re going to send a new bathroom option to the International Space Station. The $23 million set-up proves 40% lighter and 60% smaller (by volume) and helps NASA reach its goal of …

Streicher Goods’ Diverse Collection of Ceramic Objects

Vibrant vessels born from a willingness to experiment

Rather than replicate a predetermined shape, Streicher Goods founder Ethan Streicher aims to experiment endlessly. His resulting ceramic objects share a sense of cohesion but, as intended, differ vastly. Working mostly within three categories—jugs, vases and lamps— Streicher maintains a signature style but leaves room for growth and embraces the challenges of one-off commissions. And sometimes he’ll assign himself a challenge that, when fulfilled, transforms …

Insight Into Polestar’s 2020 Design Contest

CEO Thomas Ingenlath and design director Max Missoni on the brief, the brand and the brilliant winning concepts

Back in June, the debut Polestar Design Contest—a competition open to professional and student designers all over the world—launched. The brief was broad, and up for interpretation, with the theme being “pure.” From the Swedish automotive brand, it reads: “Design a new Polestar that is the purest of designs, one from 20 years from now, which showcases what Polestar’s slightly-more-distant future will look like (but …