The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Jan. 28 2016 1:00 PM

Ai Weiwei’s New Exhibit of Ethereal Creatures Ditches the Art Gallery for the Department Store

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has a new show in Paris. Not at the Louvre, where he participated in a group exhibition that closed earlier this month, or at a gallery like the Jeu de Paume in the Tuileries Gardens, which hosted a solo exhibition of his work in 2012. This time the dissident artist has created a series of original works for a show during the annual white sale at Le Bon Marché, a ritzy Left Bank department store.

Jan. 27 2016 12:16 PM

A British Designer Helped Kids Manufacture Their Brilliant Inventions

British artist and designer Dominic Wilcox is the eccentric architect behind such inventions as a stained glass driverless concept car and a cereal-serving head crane that he demonstrated on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Jan. 26 2016 12:14 PM

Type Love Letters or Ransom Notes With This Addictive Instagram Font Generator

Type to Design from Amsterdam-headquartered digital creative agencySuperHeroes is an addictive app that allows you to create notes written in Instagram font-derived typography. It’s perfect for modern-day ransom notes, secret admirer missives, DIY Valentine’s Day cards, or a slightly more thoughtful riff on the breakup text.

Jan. 25 2016 1:10 PM

A Proposed New Jersey Church Looks Nothing Like a Traditional House of Worship

New York City–based Urban Office Architecture has created a proposal for the Church of the Holy Spirit in Englewood, New Jersey, that looks more like a hip office building than a house of worship.

Jan. 22 2016 12:26 PM

Amazing “Sunset” Candles Change Colors and Scents as They Burn

The genius of award-winning Japanese designer studio Nendo is in its talent for surprising reinventions of ordinary things, injecting a touch of magic and whimsy into everyday objects like rubber bands and doors while maintaining a streamlined aesthetic.

Jan. 21 2016 2:40 PM

This Cityscape Coffee Table Looks Like a Scene From Inception 

The coffee table is a functional object that anchors a living room, but it can also be a blank canvas for risk-taking designers and a safe space for otherwise conservative furniture-buyers to show a little personality and attitude. High-concept furniture design is a bit like haute couture—too out there and expensive for the masses, it nonetheless offers food for thought.

Jan. 20 2016 11:13 AM

A New Dutch EU Building Shows That Government Offices Don’t Have to Be Boring and Stuffy

The specter of a temporary government building might conjure grim, no-nonsense architecture and design. But European politicians and officials in Amsterdam—the temporary headquarters of the Dutch EU presidency for the first half of 2016—have been graced with a whimsical, theatrical 3-D-printed façade on the entrance of the Europe Building.

Jan. 19 2016 11:33 AM

Can You Find Your Stop on This Map of 214 Cities’ Subway Lines?

Geraldo Cid of the New York City–based collective Art Code Data has designed a mind-boggling mashup of interconnected transit lines from 214 cities on five continents—a tangle of 791 metro lines and 11,924 stations displayed on a single page.

Jan. 15 2016 2:28 PM

This Dazzling Indoor Rainbow Is Made From 60 Miles of Embroidery Thread  

A spellbinding winter blues-busting indoor rainbow has appeared on the first floor of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington. And while to the naked eye it might look like a grace note after a rainstorm or a multicolored beam of sunlight, this dazzling manmade sleight of hand is actually composed of 60 miles of embroidery thread strung up by hand according to a carefully plotted matrix to create the trompe l’oeil effect.*

Jan. 14 2016 9:13 AM

Toronto Turns Its Lifeguard Stations Into Magical Winter Beach Sculptures

Toronto is known for its harsh, unpredictable winters. But Winter Stations, a public art and designcompetition now in its second year, has invited designers around the world to create immersive temporary installations that transform its lifeguard posts into temporary installations engaging enough to lure people outside onto the city’s wintry beaches.