A Bitingly Satirical Map of the World According to ISIS
Last year, the precocious now-17-year-old Slovakian student artist Martin Vargicdesigned a wildly popular and irreverent Map of the Internet in the style of a historical atlas, following it up with a map of world stereotypes that featured common Western attitudes about other regions of the world. On Tuesday, he is releasing his first book, the enormously entertaining Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping the Modern World, published by Harper Design, that includes those greatest hits alongside intricate world maps of natural disasters, paranormal activity in the U.S., extinct animals, separatist Europe, and gaming, plus 50 mini-maps that break down the world by metrics like National Security Agency surveillance rates and average penis length, and four pull-out poster maps devoted to global music, literature, sports, and corporations.
These Trippy Dutch Underpasses Prove That Infrastructure Doesn’t Have to Be Dull
This week millions of Americans will hit the road, suffering traffic jams, tollbooths, pot holes, and dreary stretches of highway tunnels to visit loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. But commuters in the historic Dutch city of Zutphen will be treated to dazzling light installations in the guise of two new underpasses that are functional pieces of infrastructure art.
These Cartoonishly Chunky Wool Blankets Are Made Using Bare Hands as Knitting Needles
We live in a world where designers and scientists use high-tech 3-D knitting machines to experiment with weaving cutting-edge materials into wearable technology. But nothing beats the cozy allure of a chunky hand-knit blanket. Especially a cartoonishly oversized cloud of stitches that is made using bare hands in place of knitting needles.
Here’s What Thanksgiving Dinner Would Look Like If Plated by Picasso, Pollock, and Other Famous Artists
What would a Thanksgiving meal look like if Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jean‑Michel Basquiat, or Damien Hirst was plating dinner?
This New Dutch Transport Hub Still Looks Futuristic, Despite Being Planned 20 Years Ago
The Dutch city of Arnhem took nearly 20 years and $40 million to build a futuristic new Transfer Terminal that opens Thursday at Arnhem Central Station.
Is This the Best Public Restroom in America?
The Best Tall Building in 2015 Is Covered in Trees
On Friday the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, or CTBUH, named a Milanese skyscraper as the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at its 14th-annual awards in Chicago. The Bosco Verticale (“Vertical Forest”), designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, is a pair of 361- and 249-foot residential towers festooned with more than 900 live trees and more than 2,000 plants that are described by the architects as “a model for a sustainable residential building” and an example of “metropolitan reforestation.”
Here’s How Artists in the Late 1800s Imagined Life in the Year 2000
At the turn of the previous century, a group of French artists were asked to imagine the year 2000 by illustrating what kinds of scientific and everyday design inventions progress might bring the world 100 years into the future.
France’s New Defense Building, Inspired by the Pentagon, Is … a Hexagon
On Thursday, French President Francois Hollande inaugurated the country’s new Ministry of Defense, a $4.5 billion project that has long been billed as France’s answer to the Pentagon.
A New Online Visual Hub Offers a Peek Into the World’s Best Office Designs
Are you reading this from your shabby-looking office? Do you sometimes fantasize about how much better your work life would be if your office was a well-designed space?
Until now you could search Google Images for photos of inspiring commercial office spaces or browse Pinterest or design blogs for a voyeuristic glimpse of how the other half works. But Kontor (a Scandinavian word for office) is a new online network that is hoping to be a go-to destination dedicated to workplace design that is more than a safe-for-work portal for corporate-design porn.