Wired

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While a major auto plant can stamp out thousands of cars a day, Bentley makes just a few dozen, with a heavy dose of TLC.

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fastcompany

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The hotel giant, which faces stiff competition from Hilton and Airbnb, uses the lab to get insights into the smallest details–from the shape of wall sconces to the location of electrical outlets.

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Google

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You might not be able to stomach soybeans for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the animals you eat do. Cultivation of the staple crop takes up an area five times the size of the UK, and 85% of that area is used for animal feed. Thanks to projected rapid growth in both world population and …

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Design Curial

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Lighting expert Jill Entwistle reports from the massive project that is Crossrail on the lighting challenges encountered on the 100km-long scheme

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Design Curial

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Retail has had three phases, according to Katelijn Quartier, who heads the Retail Design Laboratory at Hasselt University in Belgium. ‘In Retail 1.0, the manufacturer was in charge and no designer was needed. Retail 2.0 was a phase where the retailer was in charge but hired an architect or interior architect to design the store following the brand’s or retailer’s ideas,’ she wrote in Retail Design, Theoretical Perspectives (Routledge). We have entered ‘Retail 3.0, a time when the customer is more and more in charge… This asks for much more from a designer than to translate a retailer’s identity into a store design and goes beyond mere functionality and efficiency – even more so now that a commodification of products, brands and retail is occurring’.

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Design Boom

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in an attempt to update the construction of ‘simple’ wooden chairs, japanese designer ryuichi kozeki has created a prototype series with a distinct wedge-shaped part that connects the back and seat, creating a curve that perfectly supports the small of the back. presented at the greenhouse during this year’s stockholm furniture fair, the collection comes in a set that includes the chairs and a matching small table.
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Yesterday, Vladimir Putin presented his country with a belated Christmas present: the Avangard hypersonic missile. According to Russian media, it's capable of reaching Mach 20. And if its ability to conduct evasive maneuvers at high velocity is as good as the Russian president boasted back in March, it would render missile defense systems effectively useless.
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Design Boom

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eight years after its premiere, ‘the clock’ finally arrives at the TATE modern in london where it will be screened until 20 january 2019, including an overnight 24-hour screening on 1-2 december! the california-born, swiss-raised and london-based marclay, originally debuted the acclaimed installation at the white cube gallery in london in 2010. the looped supercut is a 24-hour montage of thousands of film and TV clips of clocks, edited together to show the actual time (to which it can be locally synchronized). playing to huge crowds across the world since it’s first release, it has become the most popular video art work ever and also won the coveted golden lion award at the 2011 venice art biennale.
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Dezeen

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Cellule has devised a system for creating personalised digital and 3D-printed models of hearts, which can be used to help doctors plan surgery for transplant patients.

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The Next Web

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If you’re a tech junkie, you’ve inevitably thought about what it would be like to run into your future self, even just a year from now. What apps would be on your phone? How would your user experience change? What’s the next big thing you won’t be able to imagine your life without?
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Gizmodo

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Tide just announced a new alternative to the classic bottle of laundry detergent. It basically looks and works just like a box of wine, which is sort of funny because of that whole meme about teens eating Tide Pods. But the new Tide Eco-Box is no joke. It’s actually a glimpse into a future where Amazon is dictating what our stuff looks like.

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Pack World

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Consider this fact: more than 500 billion single use disposable coffee cups are produced in one year, many of them plastic. Even paper cups currently produced largely aren’t recyclable, due to the plastic coatings that are used.
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Core 77

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A/D/O's Water Futures Design Challenge recently announced their 9 shortlisted finalists in all three categories: Future Systems & Infrastructure, Future Objects and Materials and Future Information and Communication. For the next phase in the competition, each finalist will be paired with a mentor that will help give suggestions and provide guidance throughout the research and development phases.
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Design Boom

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richard buckminster fuller (1895-1983) was one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century and his legacy is increasingly relevant in our age of diminishing resources and technological development. in the 1920s he was already envisioning housing, transportation, mapping, engineering, and construction systems that anticipated what we are living today. and although he’s mostly known for the iconic geodesic dome, it was his ability to think across disciplines like science, engineering, architecture, design and art what really led him to achieve important and lasting contributions.
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Mashable Magazine

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Ever wanted to grow your own microgreens at home? This device can get you started — no yard required.

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