The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Oct. 2 2015 11:45 AM

Zaha Hadid’s New Moscow Office Building Is a Dizzying Piece of Architectural Eye Candy

Ever wonder what the office building of the future might look like? One answer might be architect Zaha Hadid’s newly completed Dominion Office Building in an industrial and residential district in southeast Moscow that is an emerging creative and IT hub.

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Oct. 1 2015 12:24 PM

The Cultural Differences Between East and West, as Told in Pictograms

Chinese designer Yang Liu moved to Berlin at the age of 13 and experienced the usual shock adapting to life in a new culture. She later channeled her expatriate insights into a series of pictograms in her first book, East Meets West, released in German in 2007.

This month, East Meets West is being published in English (like Liu’s second book, Man Meets Woman, a pictogram-based shorthand answer to Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venuspublished last year).

Sept. 30 2015 10:50 AM

Bulgaria Opens Its First Children’s Museum, Designed by an American

Children’s museums are an American invention—the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first of its kind when it was founded in 1899. But these hands-on, interactive spaces dedicated to helping children learn about the world can now be found in countries around the globe.

Opening today in Sofia, Bulgaria is the 35,000-square-foot Muzeiko (“little museum in Bulgarian”). Designed by American architect Lee H. Skolnick—whose NYC-based firm has designed children’s museums including the Miami Children’s Museum and The Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, New York—it is funded primarily by the U.S.-based nonprofit America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Sept. 29 2015 9:12 AM

A Portable Wood-Burning Stove for the Tiny House Generation

British company Anevay’s portable wood-burning Frontier Stove was first conceived and built for humanitarian aid use in disaster zones around the world. But the stoveappealed to camping enthusiasts, and the company began retailing the compact, durable, lightweight stove suitable for heating and cooking.

Sept. 28 2015 1:38 PM

Would Going to Work Be More Bearable If Your Cubicle Looked Like a Treehouse?

Perhaps because more children dream of treehouses than actually possess them, the world is full of treehouse-inspired structures for grown-ups—like a pop-up co-working treehouse in a London park, theworld’s coolest treehouse hotel in Sweden, and a host of luxurious treehouse home offices around the world.

Sept. 25 2015 1:33 PM

Tokyo Wants to Help You Prepare for Disaster With a Manga Comic and Cartoon Rhino

Vulnerable to earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, and other natural and man-made disasters, Tokyo is ranked the world’s second-riskiest city, according to the Lloyd’s City Risk Index. This month, citizens of Tokyo have been receiving a yellow-and-black disaster-preparedness manual issued by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Sept. 24 2015 10:52 AM

The Dreamy “Luna” Lamp Brings the Moon Indoors

Realizing that the moon doesn’t follow us around is a crucial turning point in a child’s cognitive development, as Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget famously explained. But the moon remains a companion and a touchstone in every human life, inspiring classic books, iconic film moments, and all manner ofmoon-inspired décor, from moon-faced clocks to dinner plates to floor mats and, of course, lighting.

Sept. 23 2015 12:58 PM

Is Samsung’s Redesigned TV Hideous or a Work of Art?

The TV set was once a hulking piece of furniture that had pride of place in living rooms around the world. But ever since the flat screen became standard, tech designers have focused on making them ever slimmer. And interior designers have found clever ways to hide them behind vanishing TV mirrors and sliding panels.

But this week at the London Design Festival, Samsung unveiled a design-conscious TV that is built to stake its claim in a room like any other piece of furniture or object.


Sept. 22 2015 1:34 PM

Berlin’s New Stylish Student Housing Doesn’t Look Anything Like Standard Dingy Dorms

Trends like the rise of the designer youth hostel attest that people of all ages now expect accommodations with more thoughtful design, a premise that is fueling a revolution in private student housing in cities like London, where a new breed of design-conscious, amenities-packed housing complexes are reinventing the standard dingy dorm.

In August, New York City–based developer Macro Sea, along with CIEE, the oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization in the U.S., launched the G27 Global Institute in Berlin.

Sept. 21 2015 10:26 AM

Here’s How London Hopes to Solve Its Housing Crisis

The increasing density of cities and the ensuing crisis in affordable housing around the world is fertile ground for innovation. Last June, think tank New London Architecture and the mayor of London launched an international call for fresh ideas on how to help solve the city’s ongoing housing crisis. They received more than 200 proposals from architects, developers, and private citizens in 16 countries. Tuesday the think tank released a list of 100 ideas that include a range of proposals focused on creative ways to increase density within London and surrounding suburbs. In October, a jury will select 10 winning submissions for further consideration.