The Anti-Social App

Coffee as Viagra, car crushing, Tokyo in high-def and more in our weekly look at the web

Smartphone technology has allowed people to connect and share their lives in unprecedented levels. While this is often considered a positive feature of modern life, sometimes you just want to keep a low profile. The recently launched Hell is Other People app is crafty way to avoid people you know. Using social network check-ins, the app creates safe zones a reasonable distance away from hot …

Tokyo in High Definition

Coffee as Viagra, car crushing, Tokyo in high-def and more in our weekly look at the web

Photographer Jeffrey Martin is known for extremely high-definition panoramic shots of famous places and cities. His most recent 180-gigapixel shot of Tokyo does not disappoint. Zoom in from up to 25 kilometers away to reveal stunningly clear details, from the leaves on a tree to the expressions of unsuspecting office workers. Martin used seven cameras to capture tens of thousands of images, all the while …

Rare + Fibrous

Colorful side tables built from an Amazonian root

Using Kufa, an aerial root fiber native to the Amazon rain forest, John-Michael Ekeblad builds furniture by hand using a variety of techniques unique to the region. Ekeblad works with local Amazonian craftsman in Georgetown, Guyana to harvest the nomadic plant, then collaborates with them throughout the design process. His latest project, Rare + Fibrous—which is operated by strategic design consultancy, Daytime NYC—presents a series …