Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is Now Available Online

The Smithsonian recently launched Searchable Museum, a digitized version of the institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, featuring in-depth and reimagined exhibits including the permanent exhibition Slavery and Freedom, multimedia components, videos, audio podcasts and 3D models based on more than 40,000 artifacts. In addition to making this history more accessible, the online platform spotlights new experiences not at the museum in …

Museum of Sex: Splendor in the Grass

From a pheromone cloud chamber to kaleidoscopic self-gazing, a campground-themed interactive installation by Studio Droog to stimulate all five senses

For the past year, the NYC’s Museum of Sex hosted “Funland,” an erotic fairground imagined by design duo Bompas & Parr which featured, among other things, a penis derby racing game and bouncy boob castle (now part of the museum’s permanent collection). This year, Amsterdam-based studio (and major force in design) Droog changes the scenery with an intimate, playful campground. Within, visitors are invited to …

Milan Design Week 2015: Marina Mellado’s Luz

An architectural, color-changing lamp made by a young Spanish designer who was mentored by Max Lamb

by Jill Singer One of the more intriguing installations we found during this year’s spectacular Milan Design Week came courtesy of Lexus, who created a three-part experience inviting visitors to take a journey through the senses. Though the first part was focused on the more commercial aspects of the brand—a concept Lexus sedan sat parked within a cocoon of convex mirrors—the other two zones took …