A 2000-Year-Old Brass Computer

In a 2000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera, scientists discovered the oldest known example of a computer—a complex, computational device that predicted astrological events along a calendar year. This ancient hybrid clock/calculator, known as the Antikythera mechanism, featured brass gears and dials built from mathematical ratios. While discovered 115 years ago, it wasn’t until 1959 that Princeton science historian Derek J. …

CH Omakase 2016: Editions de Re Belt

Getting hands-on with one of our favorite design collaborators

Rarely does one see a common, everyday item—like a belt buckle—transformed functionally by way of a change to its geometries. That was certainly some of the allure pertaining to the work of Editions de Re, a design collective founded by Jim Hinz and Todd Vladyka. Their minimalist metalwork maximizes the visual impact of each source material, making simple shapes shine brightly. In the case of …

Furniture and Lighting From NYC’s Apparatus Studio

Marble, brass and glass unite for a new collection of inspired design pieces

It seems as if every time NYC-based design studio Apparatus releases a new line, there’s something to covet—especially when they successfully modernize classic shapes and materials. At ICFF this year, the studio did not disappoint. Apparatus debuted two new lighting fixture lines—CIRCUIT and TASSEL—both of which employ brass to great effect, and they’ve released two variations of the PORTAL table in marble. As with all …