The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

July 11 2016 11:56 AM

New Zealand Turned a Former Highway Offramp Into a Shocking Pink Bike Path

While a project is underway to make a bike path that would stretch along the East Coast of the U.S., in Auckland, New Zealand, some clever designers have covered a former highway offramp with a shocking pink nonslip resin to create a bike path that has just been shortlisted for this year’s World Architecture Awards.

July 8 2016 8:53 AM

These Immense Concrete Sculptures Near Yellowstone Look Like They’ve Always Been There

With fair weather comes public art projects, and this summer we’ve seen a freestanding waterfall appear in the gardens of Versailles; Seven Magic Mountains rise in the Las Vegas desert; and now, “Structures of Landscape,” an otherworldly series of concrete sculptures by Madrid- and Boston-based Ensamble Studiothat were cast from the surrounding landscape at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, Montana, a dreamy new indoor/outdoor venue celebrating art, music, and architecture.

July 7 2016 8:49 AM

A New Clock at Amsterdam’s Airport Features a Man Painting the Minutes by Hand

Dutch designer Maarten Baas has installed the latest edition of his Real Time series: a 10-foot-high performance art clock in the newly renovated Lounge 2 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, which asked him “to cooperate in replacing the Dutch icons of tulips, clogs and windmills with one of his internationally acclaimed works” for the millions of people who pass through the transit hub every year.

July 6 2016 10:21 AM

Is This Proposed High-Tech Thrill Ride New York’s Version of the Eiffel Tower?

Answering the state of New York’s call for proposals to transform New York City’s Penn Station, Brooklyn-based designer and developer AE Superlab has proposed the Halo, a “kinetic monument for public use and enjoyment” that would hover over the unloved transit hub.

July 5 2016 8:56 AM

A New Pictographic Book Examines the Way We Live Now Versus Back Then

Graphic designer Yang Liu has used pictograms as shorthand to help people learn Chinese, to illustrate the cultural differences that arise when East Meets West, and to clarify the conflicting world views that come to light when Man Meets Woman. Her new book, Today Meets Yesterday, out July 23 from Taschen, uses her signature simple, pictogram-based graphics to muse about the big and small changes in the way we live now versus how we did back then.

July 1 2016 8:51 AM

This Year’s Best Small-Scale Architectural Projects Include a Floating Sauna and a Dentist Office

To prove once again that fantastic small-scale architecture doesn’t stop at tiny houses, the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its 13thannual Small Project Awards on Thursday.

June 30 2016 8:47 AM

A French Street Artist Turns Discarded Mattresses Into Giant Food Sculptures

Parisian artist Lor-K has spent the past six years turning wayward street trash into ephemeral urban sculptures. For her latest project, “Eat Me,” she transformed a series of discarded mattresses into tantalizing larger-than-life caricatures of pizza, cake, sushi, waffles, and other treats.

June 29 2016 8:56 AM

The Watergate Hotel Gets a Glitzy Midcentury-Inspired Makeover

This month, Washington’s Watergate Hotel, which opened in the mid-1960s, reopened for the first time since closing in 2007 with a gleaming $125 million makeover that the new owners hope will restore some of its original glamour and generate new heat 44 years after the scandal that gave us a suffix for the Nipple-, Monica-, and Panama-gates to come.

June 28 2016 9:04 AM

Why Did This Artist Build Giant, Technicolor “Magic Mountains” in the Desert?

About 10 miles south of Las Vegas, near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, seven technicolor limestone totem poles rise in the arid, sun-faded desert landscape like a shockingly pigmented mirage. The fluorescent acid trip of an art installation is Seven Magic Mountains, the work of Swiss-born, New York–based artist Ugo Rondinone.

June 27 2016 12:35 PM

The Director of Helvetica Is Making a Documentary About the Man Who Likely Designed Your Coffeemaker

There has never been a full-length feature documentary about the life and work of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. The now 84-year-old German designer has spent more than half a century creating more than 500 products for Braun and Vitsoe that have been used by millions of people around the world—who might never have given a second thought to wondering who designed their coffeemaker, alarm clock, electric toothbrush or stereo.