Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions

Odor-proof underwear, 40 years of Virgin Records and a DIY digital microscope in this week's look at the web

With humble beginnings slinging imported krautrock records from a beanbag-laden hole in the wall in central London, the now-global media empire Virgin Records celebrates four decades in the business with a retrospective of their contribution to both music and visual culture. Though space-traveling billionaire Sir Richard Branson sold the label over 20 years ago, the outfit carried his adventurous, risk-taking spirit. Over the years Virgin’s …

Pillow by Snarkitecture

Hand-cast from gypsum cement, the design firm's latest concept fools the eyes and cradles your phone

Founded by architect Alex Mustonen and contemporary artist Daniel Arsham, design firm Snarkitecture has a history of making work from the unexpected. Their latest product, a resting dock for your iPhone aptly dubbed Pillow, continues along this tradition. Individually hand-cast in Brooklyn from gypsum cement, Pillow appears as a soft, gentle place for your phone to lie, yet it provides the security of a solid …