Opposite House Hotel, Beijing

by Alex Pasternack In the wake of the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese capital doesn't hold too many surprises. But Opposite House—a glass-box boutique hotel in Sanlitun, a historically chaotic nightlife district—makes a welcome addition to the recent influx of upscale restaurants and luxury vehicles bombarding the neighborhood. Designed by the Japanese master of transparent buildings Kengo Kuma, a facade of pixelated emerald glass encases the …

Boscolo Exedra Milano Hotel

by Paolo Ferrarini of Future Concept Lab Despite Milan's de facto world design capital status, the city lacks design hotels. Boscolo Exedra, a new hotel opening very soon, will fill the gap. The former bank, after one year and €150 million in renovations, now hosts 154 rooms, nine thematic suites (including Cinema, Sport, Family, Romantic and Milano) and conference rooms with a stunning view looking …

Inflatable Surfboard Bag

Improving on basic surf bag design, Nicholas Martino dreamed up a way to make surfer's lives easier by adding inflatable chambers for more protection. Although it's still a prototype, we hope to see it pushed into production soon. The cover not only offers supreme defense from dings, but also makes for a convenient way to transport boards via a cushy handhold and it doubles as …