Hintlab’s Customizable LEGO Jewelry

With LEGO blocks as the centerpiece, Paris-based hintlab’s 3D-printed precious metal rings can be customized according to the wearer’s whims. Each ring comes with multiple LEGO pieces in a range of colors—solid and translucent—for swapping out. Naturally, they can also be stacked one atop the other. There are various styles of metal frames, but the heart is all the same: a little piece of nostalgia. …

Discovering the Future of Customization at Vans’ Global Headquarters

Surprises reveal themselves as we explore design and production at the new California hub

In 1964, Paul Van Doren moved from Boston to Costa Mesa and brought his family along. In ’66, Van Doren would co-found Vans in the area. From Anaheim factories to the brand new 182K-square-foot global headquarters, the brand’s history is embedded in the very soil. But the new space is something more. It’s the product of a half-century’s worth of collaboration. Employees had a say …

Link About It: Earth Day 2017 Edition

Some fascinating, recent news about our beautiful planet

1. 3D-Printed Coral Could Save Our Endangered Reefs Jacques Cousteau’s grandson Fabien Cousteau believes that synthetic, 3D-printed coral might be the thing to save our endangered reefs. According to CNET, “In nature, coral reefs are made up of calcium carbonate skeletons where tiny organisms called polyps take root” and these polyps grow their own reefs too—but only at one centimeter per year. That isn’t fast …