Test Drive: Rivian R1/T

More than a truck, this vehicle could be a game-changer in mobility for the US

JetPack Aviation’s Recreational Speeder Flying Motorcycle Will Go On Sale by 2023

Expected to be available commercially in 2023, two versions of JetPack Aviation’s Speeder are available for pre-order now: the recreational model for personal use and the military model, which is being positioned as a tool “to save lives.” This futuristic vehicle (which is lighter than some motorcycles and takes up the space of a small car) employs vertical take-off and landing technology, allowing it to …

“In The Summer We Started Drinking During The Hot Of The Day And By Night Time We Were Monsters” Puzzle

$34

Kinstler, an independent puzzle company, highlights emerging contemporary artists via jigsaws. Their 100% recycled, 1,000-piece “In The Summer We Started Drinking During The Hot Of The Day And By Night Time We Were Monsters” puzzle features a complex, iconographic artwork from Andrea Joyce Heimer that sees a group of people drinking and transforming throughout different levels of a home. The darkly funny puzzle comes with …

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Artist Dasha Plesen’s Mold + Bacteria Compositions Capture The Beauty of Decay

Artist Dasha Plesen (aka Daria Fedorova) is a Moscow-based artist with a love of microbiological mapping. Her work—comprised of petri dishes that house a number of molds, spores and bacteria in addition to household objects—captures a multitude of textures, colors and compositions. These striking microcosms play with the organic and inorganic, exposing a profusion of infinitesimal worlds, the decomposition process and the beauty that lies …

Designer Alexia Audrain’s Oto Chair Inflates to Comfort People with Autism

Conceived us as an article of warm, welcoming design rather than a medical device (thanks to feedback on a prototype model, that was presented at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, from people with autism as well as from psychometricians studying sensory processing disorders), graduate designer Alexia Audrain’s Oto chair inflates to “hug” a person sitting within it. This cocooning effect can help people with autism …

Yves Behar Designs Unagi’s Thrilling “Model Eleven” Electric Scooter

High-end electric scooter producer Unagi’s second release—humorously entitled the Model Eleven (which follows their launch product, the Model One)—debuted on Indiegogo with a thrilling new look from renowned industrial designer Yves Behar. This light (at 32 pounds), smart (with Google turn-by-turn navigation) and portable vehicle includes a suite of tech-forward upgrades, from a motion-detector alarm system to a camera-based advanced driver assistance, full front and rear suspension, and swappable …

Design Agency Invasione Creativa Turns Awe-Inspiring Paintings Into 3D Worlds

Transforming renowned, recognizable painted works by Michelangelo, Munch, Caravaggio and da Vinci into three-dimensional panoramas and landscapes, Italian design agency Invasione Creativa grants art lovers the opportunity to explore images they’ve long admired in a new way. The agency employed numerous 3D-mapping techniques to lend dimension to the source material—and each reveal is surprising. See more imaginative imagery, and watch an inspiring video, at designboom. …

Oakhurst, California’s Chateau du Sureau Welcomes Yosemite-Bound Travelers

A fairytale-like, Five Diamond Relais & Châteaux escape near the south gateway of the beloved national park

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NYC Basketball Shirt

$30

Acclaimed Bushwick pizza shop Roberta’s offers a wide range of fun, creative merchandise, including their NYC Basketball shirt. This top riffs off of the New York Knicks; swapping the team’s name for Roberta’s and replacing the basketball with a pizza. The shirt perfectly blends two New York staples together, playfully celebrating the spirit of the city.

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Hendrick’s Gin-Inspired Pickled Cucumbers

$15

Though the idea began as an April Fool’s joke, Katz’s Delicatessen’s undeniably delicious, limited edition Hendrick’s Gin-Inspired Pickled Cucumbers are now available to order online. Jake Dell, owner of the iconic NYC deli, worked with Hendrick’s Master Distiller, Ms. Lesley Gracie, gathering virtually and shipping iterations across the Atlantic until they arrived at a final recipe for the delectable half-sours. The final result pairs well with …

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Molten Ring

$120

Each one of KEANE’s striking glass pieces has been hand-blown, so no two are identical. Helmed by artist and designer Colin Lynch (who was classically trained in glassblowing in Venice before earning a degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design), the Brooklyn-based brand combines traditional techniques with contemporary style. The aptly named Molten Ring looks liquified and gooey, and comes in various …

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Panoramas Wool Blanket By Roland Schär

$216

Swiss artist Roland Schär captures the essence of landscapes—spontaneous lines, playful textures and vibrant colors sweep through his compelling work. ZigZagZurich’s Panoramas blanket celebrates the artist’s vision, turning his unbound abstract scenery into a 100% New Zealand wool blanket. Woven in Europe and measuring 55 by 79 inches, the Nordic-style jacquard blanket is guaranteed to keep even the coldest toes warm.

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Christine and the Queens: Freedom (George Michael Cover)

Christine and the Queens (aka singer-songwriter and producer Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier) released the two-track EP Joseph recently, which comprises covers of Michel Fugain’s 1972 song “Fais comme l’oiseau” and George Michael’s 1990 hit “Freedom.” The latter (an iconic ode to the  liberation that comes from self-exploration) has been reimagined into a downtempo tune, abandoning the original’s jangly and funky bass line, but remaining mostly faithful …

Paris Texas: girls like drugs

Los Angeles duo Paris Texas are back with their genre-defying blend of rock, metal and rap on their latest track “girls like drugs.” Between heavily distorted guitar bursts, the pair (composed of Louie Pastel and Felix), effortlessly rap edgy, rhythmic verses and bars. The single is accompanied with a music video directed by Zhamak Fullad and Raheem Hercule that sees the childhood friends being just …

Interview: BFI London Film Festival’s “Expanded” Curator, Ulrich Schrauth

Insight on curating the second-annual program dedicated to XR storytelling at the prestigious event

Stockholm Creative Edition: Glass, Wood + Metal

Functional and futuristic uses of classic materials at the inaugural event celebrating Swedish design

Listen Up

From a languid love song to an exhilarating electro-pop collaboration and more new music this week

Hyd: Skin 2 Skin

“Skin 2 Skin” is a song “for the ponies of the world,” says Hayden Dunham in a statement about her electric new single, released under the moniker Hyd. The song, the interdisciplinary artist continues, “asserts that you get to be in your body on your own terms.” Produced and co-written by Caroline Polachek, the track’s breathy ASMR, electro-pop melodies and evocative lyrical imagery amount to …

Cruza: Groove Therapy

Orlando-based three-piece Cruza (Adam Kain, Charity Joy Brown and AJ Roth) combines R&B, psych and rock on the chopped and screwed “Groove Therapy.” The tune features soulful, slightly raspy vocals by Kain that work perfectly with the languid, woozy beat.

PixelBlocks

PixelBlocks are a lot like what might happen when Lego meets Lite Brite. Translucent pieces can be combined in different ways to create anything from a sculpture to a relief mosaic.

Audiopad

Audiopad is a MIT Media Lab project by James Patten and Ben Recht. They used a relatively common Media Lab interface that combines video projection, physical icons, and motion tracking to create a super cool music mixer. Creating music using Audiopad also results in a great visual performance.

Modo

During the Summer of 2000 I had a major technolust for the much anticipated Modo pager. Of course, I got one of the $100 (with no additional cost for service) egg shaped devices the day it came out. It still is the best example I have seen so far of consistent experience. From the hipster ads, to the curvy Industrial Design, to the twirling User …