The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

April 5 2016 11:05 AM

Is the Raindrop Cake the Next Cult Dessert?

The Raindrop Cake is New York City–based chef Darren Wong’s take on the mizu shingen mochi, an intriguing Japanese cult dessert made from mineral water and gelatin or agar and served with roasted soybean flour and sugar cane syrup. “It’s a light, delicate and refreshing raindrop made for your mouth,” Wong writes on a website created for the dessert, which is newly available at NYC’s Smorgasburg.

April 4 2016 11:57 AM

These Over-60s Show Style Has No Expiration Date

We live longer than ever, yet we still expect the old to fade quietly into the inevitable twilight, leaving the dressing up, and the living, to the young. But thanks to notable exceptions such as the ubiquitous 94-year-old style icon Iris Apfel and a growing trend to feature older women such as Joan Didion, Helen Mirren, Jessica Lange, and Charlotte Rampling as the faces of major beauty and fashion brand campaigns, the notion that personal style has an expiration date is losing its edge.

April 1 2016 9:07 AM

A California Company Wants You to Judge Wine by Its Label

Everyone knows you can’t judge a book by its cover or a wine by its label, but we do so anyway. Barrel + Ink is a San Francisco company that unites independent winemakers and designers to create wines with bold, eye-catching packaging that treats the wine label as a blank canvas and the wine bottle as an objet d’art.

March 31 2016 2:33 PM

“Bold as Brass” Architect Zaha Hadid’s Most Groundbreaking Works

World-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid died early Thursday morning in Miami of a heart attack while hospitalized for bronchitis.

March 30 2016 11:24 AM

This Magical Plant Lamp Thrives Even in Windowless Rooms

It’s always a thrill to discover nature thriving in improbable places, like the surprise of cave-dwelling plants or the unexpectedly lush vertical gardens that French botanist Patrick Blanc has installed in a few lucky underground parking structures around the world.

March 29 2016 12:33 PM

This Insane Proposal Would Excavate Central Park to Build a Horizontal Skyscraper

In January, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat highlighted the news that there were 100 supertall (984 feet and up) skyscrapers in the world following the completion of 432 Park Ave. in New York City. The first 50 were built over a span of eight decades from 1930 to 2010, the next 50 in only five years.

March 28 2016 2:03 PM

A Biodegradable Urn Promises to Turn Your Ashes Into a Tree

None of us knows where we go after we die. But as overcrowded cities run out of real estate for cemeteries, interest in leaving a smaller footprint even in death grows. Designers have been experimenting with innovative solutions to help the citizens of Earth grapple with the still taboo-ridden subject of how to dispose of the remains of the dead. Those who opt for cremation might leave it to their loved ones to scatter their ashes in a meaningful place or launch them into outer space, or they may choose to haunt the living with urns awkwardly placed on shelves. But thanks to an innovative, poetic, and slightly bonkers product from Estudi Moliné, with a little help from our loved ones, we can choose to be reborn as trees.

March 25 2016 3:35 PM

Even Paris’ Easter Candy Is Stylish and Tantalizing

Every Easter, the master chocolatiers of France compete to design the year’s mostartistic and original chocolate eggs, American-style bunnies, church bells (the French version of the Easter Bunny), hens, and other gourmet tokens of the springtime holiday. Here’s a short roundup of some of this year’s most sophisticated Parisian chocolate designs for Easter 2016.

March 25 2016 8:16 AM

This Arkansas Home Changes Color Like a Mood Ring

Thanks to the rise of LED technology and the ubiquity of the color-changing light bulb, it’s no longer surprising to find color-changing lighting in homes. And while we sometimes add colorful lighting to our public buildings and monuments, the concept of mood lighting for residential façades usually involves strings of Christmas lights and the occasional Halloween jack-o'-lantern on a front porch. But Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Mood Ring House—which looks like a regular house during the day—transforms into a wild year-round light installation that changes colors like a mood ring after dark.

March 23 2016 1:29 PM

This Minimalist Prefab House Looks Like It’s Levitating

While mirrored houseshotels, and other structures have been around for years and lately appear to be popping up everywhere, Portuguese prefab home design company MIMA has used the concept of mirror cladding to add a clever optical illusion to MIMA Light, the company’s smallest, most streamlined building. Thanks to its mirrored base, the modular structure seems to float.