3D-Printing Wood that Purposefully Morphs

Wood’s tendency to warp has long been a hindrance to designers, but researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are trying to change that. Using wood-waste micro-particles (called “wood flour”) and cellulose nanocrystals and xyloglucan (natural binders extracted from plants), the researchers developed an environmentally friendly water-based ink that harnesses wood’s ability to morph. When the ink is used in a 3D printer, the researchers …

Serving Friends Utensils

Brooklyn-based designer Selena Liu merges humor and child-like joy with functional objects, and her Serving Friends utensils are no exception. Coming in three playful styles—flowers, hands and wavy—these wooden spoons bring whimsy to the dining table.

AC1 Loudspeaker system

As new technology shrinks in scale by the day, isn’t it refreshing to know that OMA’s AC1 Loudspeaker system is taking a different approach, and paying tribute not only to the quality acoustics of the original loudspeaker, but also the inherent beauty of the towering object itself? This monumental speaker is hand-built from solid Pennsylvania hardwood and engineered for sound quality that cannot be matched, …