The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

May 26 2016 8:46 AM

Is This the World’s Most Stylish Car Wash?

The point of a car wash is to make your car look shiny and clean, but there’s no reason that the space itself can’t be stylish too. Madrid-based architect Lina Tororevamped the interior of Burbucar, an established car wash on Costa Rica Street in Madrid that looks like a set for a Pedro Almodóvar movie.

May 25 2016 8:55 AM

Sip Champagne Under This Fairy-Tale Upside-Down Meadow in a London Bar

To celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, London’s horticultural event of the year, the hip, design-conscious food, art, and music venue Sketch has invited four floral designers to festoon the interiors of its 1779 building with an enchanting installation it’s calling the Mayfair Flower Show (after the name of its neighborhood).

May 24 2016 9:04 AM

Rotterdam Builds a Giant Staircase to Celebrate the City’s Rebuilding After World War II

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, whose previous work includes a stunning glass brick storefront on a historic street in Amsterdam, has built the Stairs to Kriterion, a vertiginous, monumental temporary stairway to heaven in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

May 23 2016 8:52 AM

Paper Cutout Models Put a Playful Spin on Brutalist Architecture in Paris

Poland-based studio Zupagrafika has a thing for modernist and Brutalistarchitecture. And to share that passion, it has created playful illustrated paper cutout models of Brutalist buildings in London; modernist buildings in Warsaw; and a new series, Paris Brut, featuring Brutalist architecture from the 1950s–70s located in the city center and outlying banlieues.

May 20 2016 8:48 AM

Can a Dinner Plate Inspired by a Sponge Actually Help Reduce Calories?

Ad agency BBDO Bangkok created a prototype for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation to create a new kind of dinner plate designed to help extract excess calories from greasy Thai dishes. Inspired by the surface of a sponge, the AbsorbPlate is perforated with 500 holes that its creators claim can collect and hold micropuddles of oil, siphoning up to 7 ml (about 0.24 ounces) of grease from a serving of food, shaving a potential 30 calories from every meal.

May 19 2016 8:42 AM

This Portland Tiny House Can Rotate 359 Degrees to Follow the Sun

The 359 from Portland-based PATH Architecture is a 144-square-foot tiny house that can be manually rotated to chase the light, regulate heat, or change the view.

PATH owner and principal Benjamin J. Kaiser wrote in an email that he first had the idea five years ago. He built a rotating bezel mechanism that would allow the house to be spun around. But it languished, “waiting for the right owner to come along,” he said. “Last year I mentioned the idea to friends of mine who have a triple lot in downtown Portland. They said that they’d love to have 359 land on their property.”


May 18 2016 8:43 AM

A Designer Wants to Build a Companion to the Montreal Biosphere From the 1967 World’s Fair

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 in Montreal, the World’s Fair that included an R. Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome at the U.S. Pavilion located in theParc Jean-Drapeau on Saint Helen’s Island. Donated by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, the structure is still standing. A 1976 fire left the site dormant for many years, but it was reborn as a museum dedicated to the environment and is currently called the Biosphere.

May 17 2016 8:43 AM

Google Is Decorating Its Nondescript Data Centers With Colorful Murals

The cloud where our personal data lives is more than a nebulous metaphor. Our paperless photos and documents are warehoused on servers in nondescript industrial buildings. Google has decided to shine a spotlight on these overlooked structures with its Data Center Mural Project, which commissions artists to paint the humble façades of cloud storage facilities scattered around the world.

May 16 2016 9:19 AM

France Decks Out Its National Railway Cars to Look Like the Palace of Versailles

The SNCF, France’s national rail network, is a fine piece of infrastructure. But unlike the taxis of Mumbai or the long-haul trucks of Spain, French SNCF trains generally have an unremarkable décor that is more about efficiency than inspired design. But in 2012, the SNCF in collaboration with 3M launched Art in Transit, an ongoing project designed by Paris ad agency Adkeys that has redecorated banal train car interiors with recreations of Impressionist art and stained glass from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, a train station turned art museum.* The latest installment features a second edition of Versailles-themed décor inside five cars on the RER C train line that runs between Paris and Versailles.

May 13 2016 8:58 AM

Mesmerizing Maps of the World’s Tangled Highway Interchanges

Chicago-based web developer and artist Nicholas Rougeux has created a series of 60 mesmerizing color maps of the world’s spaghetti junctions that transform nightmarish highway interchanges into fluid rainbow-hued abstractions.