April 2, 2011
How to improve the shower faucet
All manner of color and style
Bombardier Beetle — Engine of natural destruction
A fantastic natural engine of destruction, this insect creates a zone of exclusion around itself via a highly sophisticated combination of boiling hot, caustic chemicals (hydroxyquinone and hydrogen peroxide) mixed just before use in conjunction with a highly accurate targeting and delivery mechanism.
See for yourself.
Biologist Thomas Eisner, who died last week at 81 — and who, along with his Cornell University colleague Jerrold Meinwold is considered the father of the field now known as chemical ecology — discovered and reported the details of precisely how the bombardier beetle does what it does.
Rock Candy Ring
Adjustable stretch band.
Zdenek Kalal's smart camera learns by watching you
Masters Chair — Philippe Starck
Stark's explanation for his inspiration, as told to Stephen Milioti of the New York Times: "'Quantum mathematicians teach us that we are merely the sum of our actions,' Mr. Starck said, noting that the chair’s 'historical lines overlie each other and intersect to finally yield an organic design closest to our body today.'"
Not since Richard Feynman strode the planet have I encountered so elegant a non-mathematical distillation of sum over histories.
The 33-inch-tall chair is made from polypropylene and comes in black or white.
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"Crystallization" — Iris van Herpen x United Nude
Wrote Magdalena Kapuscinska on Trendland, "These shoes had an impressive entrance in the 'Crystallization' fashion show, Iris van Herpen's S/S 2011 collection. They perfectly accompanied the concept of the show, inspired by the transformation of liquid into crystals.
"What we are talking about is an amazing limited-edition double version of high-heeled platform ankle booties, the result of a collaboration between innovative Dutch designer van Herpen and architectural footwear label United Nude, whose creative director is Rem D. Koolhaas.*
"Two distinct lines — the first featuring an elegant punk-glam look with thin draped chains, a second with complex weaves of laced leather — were created.
"A total of 100 pair in Black, Off-White and Tan were produced, each hand-crafted."
*Not to be confused with his uncle, the esteemed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.