Viewing one of David Hanaeur's carpets you might get a feeling of déjà vu. If the designs seem eerily familiar, it's because they are a connection of bird's eye views from Google Maps. The collection is appropriately dubbed "Worldwide Carpets."
Love it or don't, the original iPhone was the device that launched a thousand touchscreen hopefuls. Now, over four years later, Cupertino's champion is still inspiring designers to rethink the way we interact with devices, as the iPhone helped the masses get all touchy feely with their phone displays, and the very idea of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 has the world waiting on pins and needles for Apple's unveiling. Below you'll find a gallery of 10 of designs from iPhones old and new — some that fine tune Apple's offering, while others take it in a new direction altogether.
The folks over at Mexican architecture group BNKR Arquitectura call this thing an "earthscraper," and the reason why should be obvious: it's a monstrous, beautiful, 65-story inverted skyscraper that hides a mini city underground.
Yaohua Wang Architecture's single-family "Beijing House II" can only be described as alien. Its organic-like structure and the fact that it looks like some kind of Matrix machine of war from another galaxy smashed into the side of a building makes it all the more stimulating.
Using an old CD as a coaster is so yesterday. We know you're out there — those of you putting your coffee mugs on old AOL install disks and snickering to yourself. While you do win points for helping the environment, we've spotted a few other uses for old CDs that blew us away. CDs are going the way of the casette tape, but we've all still got them, and old discs are as common as locusts during a seven-year plague. Don't fret: there are countless ways for you to up-cycle your CDs, from looking on Google for a place to recycle them, to turning them into fun and unique art projects. Here we'll show you seven of the latter, most of which are DIY projects with instructions for how you can replicate the result.
Bright neon blue lines? Check. Intricate geometric shapes? You bet'cha. Digital entities wearing silly hats and chasing one another on cycles of light? Well, maybe not, but I am clicking through these images and murmuring vrooom as I imagine dueling light cycles and flying discs. Does that count?
The most brutal thing about flying is having transfers at airports. Trying to get a quick power nap in airport seats is tough to do, especially with all the noise around you. Enter the Sleepbox — a personal, rentable, portable box with a bed and outlets to juice up your gadgets.
French designer Vivien Muller isn't afraid to twist familiar technology into new, wild shapes. Take his OctoCube, for instance, pictured above. One could easily mistake it for a component designed for a Borg vessel, but it's actually just the coolest radiator you're ever likely to see. Down below are seven more designs from Muller that are nothing short of beautiful, the first of which — his excellent Electree — you may actually be able to buy very soon. Muller tells us it will be the first time one of his designs has been offered up for sale (barring another one that was custom built, as you'll see in the gallery).
From the architects at 10 Design in Hong Kong comes a radical vision for how a building could be made to stand up to Mother Nature's twisty home-wreckers: by lowering itself into the ground and out of the way. It doesn't hurt that it's got a sci-fi sleekness about it, either.
Bendy concept phones are a dime a dozen — not that we mind that, really. But designer Heyon You's proto-phone, the Samsung Galaxy Skin, pays attention to how its flexible form would inform the phone's interface, and the end result is a twisty handset you could actually imagine using.