Freehand, Los Angeles

This Roman and Williams-designed hotel/hostel is the perfect place for a little California dreaming

As a combination hotel/hostel concept, the Freehand Los Angeles is democratic by design: anyone with $49 in their pocket can stay at the Sydell Group‘s freshly opened DTLA digs. But, in the capable hands of Roman and Williams, democracy is also in the details. Whether you stay in a shared “super-eight” room with custom cedar bunk beds or the private 745-square-foot Burroughs Suite with a …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Interactive porn, an emotional first aid kit, animals who love tech and more in our look around the web

1. Animals That Love Touchscreens “Orangutans at the Miami Zoo are already using tablets to give their keepers dinner suggestions,” explains a new report by Atlas Obscura. We’ve long observed or heard about cats’ reactions to iPad games or penguins playing with tablets. But touchscreen use has grown beyond this and found value within scientific studies, rehabilitation efforts and plain old fun. Species ranging from …