Grain’s “Clover” Collection Reveals the Playfulness and Sustainability of Cork

Accountability to the planet lies at the heart of this new range, on view at NYC's Colony

Comprising a series of floral-shaped side and coffee tables made from renewable and carbon positive cork, Clover is an elegant and playful execution of sustainable furniture—but it’s also much more. Crafted by Chelsea and James Minola’s Washington-based design practice, Grain, and debuting in NYC at Jean Lin’s design co-op, Colony (on display until 30 September), the collection weaves together innovative materials and technological research while paying tribute …

Nova Scotian Design and Materials Inform The Muir, Autograph Collection Hotel

Discussing the tactile elements of our recent stay with Marriott International's VP of Design, Aliya Khan

Along the bustling waterfront of Halifax—the capital city of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia—the Muir, Autograph Collection welcomes guests into a nuanced hospitality experience. From its unique architecture and soothing design to the impeccable service and exciting food and beverage outlets, the hotel exceeds expectation. Nova Scotian practice MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects worked with Canadian designer Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, both in collaboration with Marriott International’s …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Prompting AI art, low-carbon crypto, Patagonia's environmental efforts and more

Making a Lithium-Ion Battery Alternative Out of Crab Exoskeletons Products powered by lithium-ion batteries (like electric vehicles) are in high-demand, but sourcing and mining the element requires unsustainable amounts of water and energy. On top of that, it’s a scarce resource and acquiring it can be dangerous. To find an alternative, engineers from the University of Maryland created a battery using crabs whose exoskeletons are …