Link About It: This Week’s Picks

More inclusive language, flying water taxis, London Design Festival highlights and more in our look around the web

Non-Binary Version of “They” Added to the Dictionary In a significant step toward inclusivity, and another reminder of how powerful words are, Merriam-Webster has added the non-binary “them” to their dictionary. While accepting that the singular “they” has actually been in use for centuries (since the late 1300s, in fact), by adding it as a non-binary pronoun Merriam-Webster reinforces a more recent and remarkably important …

Merci’s “Upcycling” Collection Spotlights Sustainable Luxury

Coinciding with Paris Design Week, the high-end concept store's shoppable installation

Merci, an eclectic concept store in the Marais, contributes to the lengthy itinerary of Paris Design Week (6-14 September) this year with an exhibition of their own. The shoppable display, titled Upcycling: A New Lease on Life, features dozens of products made by skilled craftsmen and talented designers—each employing sustainable materials or highlighting a reused object. The collection comes complete with call-outs to the source …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From prehistoric-era findings to the first-ever floating museum, our round-up of the web

Baumraum’s Prefab Tree Houses Start at $6,000 German design firm Baumraum custom-builds tree houses roughly the size of motorhomes. After taking into account the site—and health and future wellbeing of the surrounding trees and their roots—they prefabricate many of the houses. Of the 50 they’ve assembled around the world, prices (including construction and interior work) have ranged from approximately $20,000 to $167,000. That said, they’ve …