MB&F + L’Epée 1839’s “The Fifth Element” Weather Station

An entirely mechanical UFO featuring a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer

No one in the world of horlogerie understands the dual-force effect of science fiction with purpose quite like MB&F. On a broader level, every release from the imaginative design house emphasizes the power of artistic and technical exploration, and consumers have appreciated the eccentric yet useful benefits of this. The brand’s name—short for Maximilian Büsser and Friends—calls to attention the fact that their pieces are …

Cool Hunting Video: Thornwillow Press

From papermaking to printing and publishing, this upstate NY-based company does it all while keeping modern technology at arm's length

When upstate in Newburgh, NY recently, we visited Thornwillow Press headquarters. Founder Luke Ives Pontifell (who started the company in 1985 as a labor of love) guided us through his diverse collection of printing processes and presses, as well as his eclectic anthology of original published works. Offering a high honor to the written word, Thornwillow Press preserves antiquated printmaking and book-binding techniques and shares …

Cool Hunting Video: NYU Fluid Dynamics Lab

A visit to the NYU Applied Math Lab, where they unlock the secrets of aerodyamics—one flying jellyfish robot at a time

The concept of flight has always held humankind’s imagination captive—yet making that concept a reality continues to baffle even the most ingenious innovators. We recently got a few insights and a lesson in aerodynamics from NYU Professor of Mathematics at the Applied Mathematics Laboratory, Leif Ristroph. He explains that mathematicians and physicists studying flight and aerodynamics view water and air both as fluids and showed …