Here's What Happens To Your Beer Can After You Recycle It

Hey! Friday night! Time to celebrate. With beer. Since we already know what happens to us once we've popped the top on a few too many cold ones—hello, hangover—let's take a look at what happens to that can after you've pounded it; chances are, it will be less than a few months until it's already back chilling out in… » 8/29/14 10:00pm Yesterday 10:00pm

Why Ikea's Mostly Computer Generated Catalog Will Soon Be the Norm

The rooms in Ikea's catalogs may look like wonderlands of inexpensive furniture, but they're mostly computer generated. Like, 75 percent computer generated. The Swedish juggernaut has experimented with CG product shots for almost a decade now, and it's getting incredibly good at it. But it's far from the only company… » 8/29/14 1:40pm Yesterday 1:40pm

This Hilarious, Brilliantly Edited Tribute To Film Noir Is a Classic

In 1982, irrepressibly goofy comedian Steve Martin starred in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, a film noir with a whole cast of cinematic heavy hitters. Humphrey Bogart! Cary Grant! Bette Davis! Veronica Lake! All these stars helped popularize the dark genre, but this black-and-white was a affectionately silly spoof, with a… » 8/28/14 8:00pm Thursday 8:00pm

This Slim Engagement Ring Case Slips Right Into Your Back Pocket

There are an infinite number of ways to do a marriage proposal. Regardless of what comes before, many of them climax in the big reveal of a fancy ring in a bulbous velvet box that, while traditionally classy, isn't exactly discrete. Packaging designer Andrew Zo streamlined that somewhat clunky exterior into Clifton,… » 8/28/14 4:40pm Thursday 4:40pm

Ivy-Covered Extension Cables Disguise Your Unsightly Tangled Power Cords

We live and die by the cord; the energy tethers are everywhere—powering our portable gadgets and stay-at-home decor—and they're pretty much always a tangled, unsightly mess. We need them, but they're ugly… Unless! Unless you could disguise the longuns in an artful sprawl of faux-ivy, like you lived in some kind of… » 8/28/14 1:51pm Thursday 1:51pm

This $10.8 Million Crowdfunded Cooler Better Be Awesome

In the relatively brief but inexplicably deep-pocketed history of internet-enabled crowdfunding, people have proven their insatiable thirst for investing in stuff that may—or may not—ever make it to reality. Some of these proposals are very cool; some are very stupid. And some get a whole hell of a lot of money. "The… » 8/27/14 9:00pm Wednesday 9:00pm

Watch This Cloud Of Rusty Balls Shape-Shift Into an Airborne Labyrinth

The last time we checked in with Plebian Design and Hypersonic, the creative teams had installed an interactive map chandelier in Washington DC that glowed in time with different data sets. For their latest trick, they turned the lobby of a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotech company into a similarly mind-bending, » 8/26/14 7:05pm Tuesday 7:05pm

The Overgrown, Disused Railway That Still Runs Around Paris

Paris has a lot of history embedded in its sprawling urban grid, which has seen thousands of years of structural change. But even though space is at a premium, there are still spots that have evaded development and slowly drifted into obscurity. When photographer Pierre Folk was new to the city, he happened upon… » 8/26/14 11:00am Tuesday 11:00am

9 Images of How Kids Played Before Modern Playgrounds Existed

"Playground." The word evokes visions of brightly colored jungle gyms and swing-sets, fenced-off or otherwise protected from dangers of the surrounding real world. But before these kinds of site-specific joy zones, kids kept busy: Playing. On the ground. " Reinventing the Square" is an exhibition that looks at the… » 8/22/14 9:00am 8/22/14 9:00am

The Journalistic Exploits of Mr. Poon… Er, Jane Doe... I Mean, Fletch

Dr. Rosenpenis. Dr. Rosenrosen. Dr. Rosen. John Cocktoston. Mr. Poon. Arnold Babar. Jane Doe. Ted Nugent. Fletch F. Fletch. They're all the same man: Irwin F. Fletcher. Goes by Fletch. He's actually 6'5", with an afro 6'9", and if you spend the night with him he will make you very happy. » 8/21/14 8:00pm 8/21/14 8:00pm

A Smart Transforming Hanger Will Double the Capacity of Your Closet

Closet organization is a certifiable pain in the ass—so much so that an entire industry has developed out of our collective desire to keep our respective clothes in order. Space constraints are almost always the biggest problem; this convertible Hanger' might help you keep your gear in check. » 8/21/14 2:58pm 8/21/14 2:58pm

6 Cool New Objects From One of Modern Design's Oldest Powerhouses

Alessi can't stop, won't stop producing homewares at a seriously rapid clip. The Italian brand has been around since 1921; over the years, its exclusive focus on metal goods has expanded to include glass, plastic, rattan, and even a kind of concrete, and every season the company works with big name and up-and-comers… » 8/19/14 9:00am 8/19/14 9:00am

Watch Charles and Ray Eames Debut Their Most Famous Chair On TV In 1956

Charles and Ray Eames were the archetypal design power couple, who each brought their own distinct kind of creative genius to the personal and professional partnership. When they visited NBC's daytime Home show in 1956 to debut their (now-iconic) eponymous lounge, Charles introduced themselves thusly: "Ray is a… » 8/18/14 4:45pm 8/18/14 4:45pm