The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Feb. 8 2016 12:05 PM

This Danish Kindergarten Was Inspired by a Child’s Drawing of a House

The new Frederiksvej Kindergarten in Copenhagen by Danish architecture firm COBE is a multibuilding complex whose silhouette was inspired by a child’s drawing of a house. But the dark neutral color palette of the exterior is a decidedly sophisticated, adult expression of that familiar archetype of kids drawings everywhere. This gives the building a subtly playful and borderline spooky design aesthetic that begs a second look.

Feb. 5 2016 12:06 PM

A Renowned Japanese Architect Reimagines the Lego

The triangle might be the defining shape of the ancient pyramids, but in the architectural free-for-all that is the 21st century, triangular building silhouettes are reshaping skylines with new skyscrapers in Paris,Jerusalem, and beyond. But children growing up in the shadows of these triangular structures still live in a Lego-dominated world of toy building bricks.

Feb. 4 2016 1:33 PM

Microscape Wants You to Own a Tiny, Plastic Square of Manhattan

Architectural scale models of cities, neighborhoods, and building projects have long been reserved for museum exhibits and high-end real estate developers to help people visualize pockets of the world as it exists or to imagine what might be. Architects often use 3-D models of existing neighborhoods to project what a new building might look like within the context of current surroundings.

Feb. 3 2016 12:49 PM

Uber’s New Branding Ditches the “U” for Country-Specific Designs


Uber launched a substantial rebranding on Tuesday that includes dropping the signature “U” from its app; shaving the typeface on its logo; and swapping its sober black, gray, and blue visual identity for a country-specific series of color palettes that the ride-sharing service says is a “celebration” of the 400 cities and 68 countries where it currently does business.


Feb. 2 2016 1:19 PM

These Sleek Designer Dog Houses Snap Together With Magnets

Designer pet furniture and architecture for cats and dogs are a niche market for animal lovers who don't like to compromise their design aesthetics. Korean companyBad Marlon has launched a collection of tiny houses for man's best friend that make the case for pet shelters with elevated design that is architecturally stunning enough to work indoors or out.

Feb. 1 2016 11:28 AM

Of Course the Dutch Created an Exquisite Bike Underpass

The Dutch never seem to miss an opportunity for creating practical urban infrastructure that isn’t afraid to be beautiful. And not just obvious projects, such as canal bridges and bike paths in the park, but overlooked and shadowy corners of the built landscape like the normally homely and often unsightly underpass.

Jan. 29 2016 12:06 PM

A Beautiful, Inventive Take on the Traditional Chocolate Bar

In the runup to Valentine’s Day, chocolatiers everywhere are bending over backward to outdo themselves with elaborate heart-shaped bonbons in the hope of turning the heads of romantic chocoholics. When it comes to the humble chocolate tablet, with its straightforward, no-nonsense, snap-off grid, chocolate-makers usually save the design for the packaging, which you can feast on with your eyes but has nothing to do with actual taste.

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.