Sorry, Laser Zeppelin, This German Light Show Is Way Cooler Than You

Whoa. It's happened. Laser-Zeppelin has met its match. The crazy creative folks at Urbanscreen have transformed the cavernous interior of the Gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany, into a wild light show that looks all kinds of trippy. So long, Stairway. » 4/18/14 7:40pm Yesterday 7:40pm

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Hey! Hey, you! Did you know that we're wrapping up a weeklong look at Utopias here at Giz? We've learned a lot about what happens when man attempts to make a little slice of heaven on earth: the results can be creepy, cult-y, and really, really (really!) funny. » 4/18/14 3:18pm Yesterday 3:18pm

These Cool Architectural Pics Were Blacked Out With a Permanent Marker

White on black is a no-no in many design circles, but there are definitely exceptions to the unofficial rule—like these cool prints from Marlon de Azambuja. The Madrid-based architect took an inky permanent marker to full-color photos, eliminating everything except for the thinnest structural silhouettes. » 4/17/14 7:30pm Thursday 7:30pm

Gay Jeans Reveal Rainbow Threads With Every Wash And Wear

You may think you know a pair of pants when you buy 'em, but denim's true character isn't revealed until your trou are well-loved, worn-in, and sudsed up a few times. Rather than just fade out like most pairs on the market—booooring—Betabrand's new Gay Jeans (yup) have a technicolor surprise hiding underneath the… » 4/16/14 7:48pm Wednesday 7:48pm

This Desk Keeps Your Cords In Order and Has a Built-In Whiteboard

Man it feels good to sit down at a desk where everything is in order—or so I've heard. Mine is always a disaster, what with the cords and cables and scattered reminder notes I've scrawled on bits of paper that will undoubtedly get lost in the shuffle. But this lovely specimen from Artifox looks like it would seriously… » 4/16/14 5:00pm Wednesday 5:00pm

These Modular Cabinets Are the Coolest Way To Display Precious Things

There's a case to be made—recently by designer Martino Gamper (and me)—that shelving is the most personal piece of furniture you own; a functional place to store your stuff that also puts it on display, like you're curating own little curio exhibition. The Room collection, by Kyuhyung Cho and Erik Olovsson, might be… » 4/14/14 5:42pm Monday 5:42pm

11 of the Coolest Products From the Busiest Week in Design

Every April around this time, Milan welcomes creative types from all across the globe for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile—pretty much the wildest week in the design world. Though the past few years have seen efforts to curb the rampant bacchanal of new production for new production's sake, there's still a hell of… » 4/14/14 9:00am Monday 9:00am

Linking the World's Highest Cities With The Longest Urban Cable Car

La Paz is situated at a whopping 3,650 meters above sea level in Bolivia. El Alto, the country's second biggest metropolis, is located 500 meters above that. Now a new cable car system linking the world's highest cities made its public debut, allowing tens of thousands of commuters to bypass congested roadways for a… » 4/13/14 11:00am Sunday 11:00am

This Waterproof Picnic Mat Won't Budge, Even on Windy Days

Picnic season is upon us: Time for outside snacking, beers on the grass, sun on the face, and wind in the hair. These good times are often—and unfortunately—punctuated by the scourge of ground-sitters the world over: the inevitable wet butt mark that comes from settling down on damp earth. If only there was something… » 4/08/14 5:00pm 4/08/14 5:00pm

10 Distinctive American Libraries That Give Books A Good Home

Hey, let's all take a quick minute right now to acknowledge those brilliant beacons of books—free books, for goodness sake!—that dot towns across the country. The Public Library, a new hardback by photographer Robert Dawson, offers a poignant look at the incredible architectural range of these community hubs. » 4/08/14 9:00am 4/08/14 9:00am

Strap On Oculus Rift Goggles And Control A Drone With Your Head

Oculus Rift enables you to escape into incredible virtual (or live-action) worlds, but strapping on the goggles is precisely that—an escape. Which is what makes this new open-source project by Diego Araos so crazy: using the goggles' head-motion tracking feature and live video feed, you can actually navigate an AR… » 4/07/14 1:40pm 4/07/14 1:40pm

These Scarves Are Woven Music, Made With Patterns From Organ Punchcards

Did you know that the same kind of punched cards control both the jaunty tunes of old timey organs and the warp and weft of a certain kind of textile loom? Glithero, aka British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, bridged the gap for a cool a medium mash-up—and managed to weave music. » 4/07/14 10:20am 4/07/14 10:20am

This Mystery Man Took Hundreds Of Photobooth Self-Portraits—But Why?

We don't know the identity of the mystery man in these photos, but, starting in the photobooth boom of the 1930s, he began snapping black-and-whites of himself. Thirty years later he had hundreds of nearly identical shots, and now the entire collection is being shown to the public for the very first time. This is some » 4/06/14 6:00pm 4/06/14 6:00pm