The Analogue Pocket is a Game Boy from an alternate universe that plays games and creates music

It looks like a Game Boy. It plays Game Boy titles, along with Game Boy Color, GBA, Sega’s Game Gear, SNK’s Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari’s Lynx, giving you an absolute buffet of nostalgia. It also has its own DAW or Digital Audio Workstation called Nanoloop that lets you create your own electro 8-bit soundtracks. It’s called the Analogue Pocket and it is everything a retro gamer dreams about.

With a shape, size, and form that gamers have fallen love with for decades, the Analogue Pocket could be called a Game Boy clone, but that would take away from exactly how much better the Pocket is. Built on Analogue’s FPGA hardware, the Pocket can run practically every 90’s handheld console game on its own, without an emulator. When you’re tired of playing the thousands of games you previously owned (but couldn’t play because of obsolete hardware), Pocket has a digital audio workstation built in called Nanoloop. It’s a synthesizer and a sequencer that’s designed for music creation and live performance, letting you create those wonderfully glitchy 8-bit electronic tracks to take you back to the old days. It also has a 3.5″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1600×1440, mappable buttons, a MicroSD card slot, USB-C charging, an HDMI output, 2 USB inputs for wired controllers, Bluetooth for wireless controllers, and the best feature yet… the ability to save progress in your games. Hallelujah, it’s the glorious 1990s again, but slightly better! The Analogue Pocket will launch in 2020.

Designer: Analogue

Atelier Zébulon Perron designs "sensual" bar and restaurant at Montreal's Four Seasons hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

Montreal interior design studio Atelier Zébulon Perron has created drinking and eating spaces at the city’s Four Seasons hotel with curving banquettes, terrazzo floors and varying greyscale palettes.

The restaurant, lounge and bar at the Four Season Hotel Montreal feature a juxtaposition of dark and pale grey tones, united together with plush and stark surfaces, glass and curving details.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

Called Marcus, the project was designed by Atelier Zebulon Perron, a local studio helmed by Canadian architect Zebulon Perron, for the new hotel in the city’s Golden Square Mile area near McGill University.

“The lounge, bar, restaurant and terrace represent four distinct worlds that overlap and complement each other,” said Atelier Zébulon Perron. “The result is a space deeply rooted in intimate interactions, singular moments, and glamour.”

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

“The design alternates between hot and cold currents in a universe of sensual organic shapes,” the studio continued.

The Four Seasons Montreal occupies a building on Rue de la Montagne, with public spaces on the third floor for hotel guests and locals to eat, drink and relax. Adjacent is luxury department store Holt Renfrew Ogilvy.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

Spanning 18 storeys, the tower was built by local studios Sid Lee Architecture with Lemay and features a tinted curtain-wall and gold-plated metal gridwork facade. Inside, the hotel’s communal spaces are designed together as a shared, free-flowing area informed by nature.

Among these is the bar area, which is tucked away in a far corner, and coloured a dark green and charcoal palette with plush carpeting. Trees appear to climb up over the curved ceiling from custom wallpaper that references the foliage in Montreal’s mountain park Mount Royal.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

Brown leather chairs surrounding a low bar, which meanders through to a lounge that is designed in a paler grey palette. The pattern across the Verde Saint-Denis marble at the bar “evokes a deep, turbulent ocean”, the studio said.

A sitting area near the entrance has an acoustic wall with turquoise gradient also designed to evoke the sea, created by Studio Cope in Brooklyn. Below are white oak slats, and a pale upholstered bench with dark grey chairs atop light wood herringbone floors.

At the entry, a king crab created by legendary Parisian taxidermist Deyrolle is displayed in a case with two-way mirrors to create the illusion of infinity. This piece sets the tone of the decor with references to nature, lightness, and surprise.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

The hotel’s lounge area features dark grey alongside white. A meandering banquette with bunched, charcoal velour fabric is integrated into the off-white terrazzo floor, as it curves through the room around columns.

The booth is also incorporated with low tables and planters, as well as lighting created in a collaboration with Montreal studio Lambert & Fils.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

A crystal panelled wall in front of floor-to-ceiling window sin the lounge adds more light and shimmer.

The hotel’s restaurant is designed as a more traditional brasserie, with wood chairs, chestnut leather banquettes and rattan chairs with sage upholstery lending an intimate feel.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

Marble floor and mirrored walls in the restaurant are a reference to the nearby spaces, in addition to the use of mirrors, crystal, brass and leather.

Rounding out the spaces are male and female bathrooms, which feature contrasting designs of black marble and pale pink terrazzo, in a repetition of materials and mirrors to convey infinite depth.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal by Atelier Zebulon Perron

The Four Seasons Montreal opened earlier this year joining hundreds of hotels run by the luxury hotelier, which was founded in 1960. Other Four Seasons hotels include Yabu Pushelberg’s Four Seasons Downtown New York and Four Seasons in Dubai designed by Adam Tihany.

Established in 2008, Atelier Zébulon Perron is based near Montreal’s Outremont neighbourhood, in a former factory building that has become home to several other design studios and agencies, including ACDF Architecture and light studio Lambert et Fils.

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How to Pitch: El Restaurante

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Digital models and augmented reality used to build twisting pavilion in Tallinn

Steampunk at the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennial

SoomeenHahm Design, Igor Pantic and Fologram have built a twisting pavilion for the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennial using augmented reality and old-fashioned woodworking.

Fologram provides architects with applications that use Microsoft HoloLens, while SoomeenHahm Design is a London-based design studio founded by Soomeen Hahm and Igor Pantic is a teaching fellow at the Bartlett.

Steampunk at the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennial

The design team combined traditional methods such as steam-bent hardwood and hand tools with the latest technology to create the timber and steel structure, which is called Steampunk.

Their aim was to find a method that combined technology in a way that still kept the designers close to the craft of building, rather than using robots to build the pavilion.

Steampunk at the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennial

“Computer aided manufacturing and robotics have given architects unprecedented control over the materialisation of their designs,” said the design team.

“But the nuance and subtlety commonly found in traditional craft practices is absent from the artefacts of robotic production.”

Steampunk at the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennial

Instead of line drawings as construction guides, Steampunk was made using digital models that were projected in augmented reality. These were used as guides for the build team who set to work using traditional tools.

This experimental approach meant they were free to adapt the structure on the spot in response to their materials.

Steampunk at the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennial

Rather than pre-cut pieces of wood, Steampunk is built from metre-square boards that were bent using steam. Steam-bending is a traditional technique, and was once used for making instruments, furniture and weaponry.

The process requires the boards to be bagged up and steamed to be made pliable, then bent into shape – in this instance, using the digital model as a guide.

Steampunk at the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennial

Fologram made “holographic applications” that allowed the team of volunteers to follow the digital model when bending all the pieces of wood in to place.

One of these digital tools overlaid the desired shapes over a metal bar-bender. An interactive display let the builders adjust the angles of the steel brackets that held the wooden curves in place.

Steampunk at the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennial

Architects are exploring ways in which AR can be used to build different structures and installations.

Gilles Retsin used plywood modules placed by people wearing AR headsets to make an intricate geometric structure for the Royal Academy in London.

Photography is by Peter Bennetts.

Project credits:

Design: Gwyllim Jahn, Cameron Newnham, Soomeen Hahm Design, Igor Pantic
Engineering: Format Engineering
Project Team: Sean Guy, Xavier Madden, Nick van den Berg, Hanjun Kim, Aishe Kokoshi, Triin Juhanson, Karim Rouabah, Szymon Padlewski, Thorlak Solberg, Christopher Ferris, Jack Mansfield-Hung, James Morton, Muhammad Ejle, Taivo Lints, Hugo Loydell, Mathilde Grodem, Trine Jarsto, Bodil Eiterstraum, Gerda Levin, Simon Greil, Linn Johansson, Filip Nyborg, Anne Frydenlund, Arissara Reed, Haya Termanini, Mikkel Sorenson, Katrin-Maria Terras, Liis Aleksejeva, Annika Ülejõe, Kertu Jõeste, AnnaLiisa Saavaste, Helena Ojabstein, Lukas Winter, Philippe Hannequart, Tristan Krevald, Finbar Charleson, Ben Norris and Tom Morgan

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How Did Charlotte Perriand's Work Change the Course of Modern Design?

For the first time since the Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in 2014, the entire Frank Gehry-designed building is currently dedicated to the work of a single designer: the visionary Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999). Over four years in the making and comprised of more than 180 pieces of design, the show demonstrates how Perriand forged a modern way of living that combined design, architecture, and the visual arts.

“She was an exceptional personality, a woman committed to leading a veritable evolution, or perhaps more aptly, a revolution,” the exhibition statement reads. “Her keen observation and vision of the world and its cultural and artistic expressions place her at the heart of a new order that introduced new relationships between the arts themselves…as well as between the world’s most diverse cultures…Her work resonated with changes in the social and political order, the evolution of the role of women and changes in attitudes towards urban living.”

The show includes seven completely reconstructed spaces, finished according to Perriand’s exacting specifications. These include Perriand’s own Saint-Sulpice apartment from 1927, La Maison du Jeune Homme, shown at the Universal Exposition in Brussels in 1935, the Refuge Tonneau, a mountain shelter she designed in 1938 with Pierre Jeanneret, and reproductions of two exhibitions she held during her time in Japan, where she worked as the official advisor on industrial design to the Japanese government.

As Wallpaper* reported, Cassina, with whom Perriand started working in 1964, provided pieces from their archive and replicated certain works in the finishes and colors that would have been used at the time. Visitors are invited to sit on and use the furniture in the recreated spaces, providing a unique immersion in Perriand’s world.

In addition to Perriand’s own work, the show includes 180 artworks by 17 artists, including Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Alexander Calder. Perriand often juxtaposed her designs with specific artworks, and the curators went to great lengths to source the exact pieces. “The art alone could have warranted its own show, but here you get to see it in a real context,” noted chief curator Olivier Michelon.

Find out more about how Perriand redefined “the art of dwelling” and “the art of living” in our primer and if you can, make sure to catch this blockbuster exhibition before it closes on February 24, 2020.

A Big Design Improvement for the Space-Saving Expandable Table

I own the expandable Goliath Table, which you may have seen in one of our videos:

It is an amazing table that expands from just 17 inches to about ten feet in length. I have found it indispensible for everything from dinner parties to larger craft projects to outfeed for an industrial serger, and in a pinch I’ve even used it as an assembly table for woodworking projects. I always considered its flexibility, utility and space-saving properties unmatched.

It isn’t really designed to be an assembly table for woodworking projects, and it shows; the telescoping support structure will sag under heavy weight. The sagging is imperceptible when in use as a dining table or the other uses I mentioned, so I can’t really call it a design flaw, but rather a function of my own misuse.

The only area I wish the designers had addressed is what to do with the leaves when you’re not using them. Lacking closet space, I have them leaned up against a wall.

I bring these issues up because there is another company, Canada’s Transformer Table, that manufactures a table of a very similar design. (So similar, in fact, that I wonder if there isn’t a copyright/patent issue. Lawyers among you, feel free to comment.) Before I get into it, let’s take a look at their latest offering:

The first thing I wondered is if their telescoping mechanism is any more robust and less-susceptible to sagging, for people like me who will abuse the table for workshop rather than domestic purposes. But it’s impossible to tell by looking at the video. I’d be curious to see how the bench application holds up with some of my larger friends sitting on it. For their part, Transformer Table states that this 3.0 version of their table features an “Improved ball bearing mechanism:”

“The mechanisms for our tables and benches are the heart of our product. In creating this new collection we upgraded our mechanism to include longer ball bearing rails and holders. Rubber stoppers were also added into the design to allow a smoother ride for the bearings and preventing rubbing friction. Furthermore, we now use magnetite steel during manufacturing, improving the overall strength and durability.”

There were two things that I appreciated about Transformer Table’s design over the Goliath’s. The first is that TT is using 100% hardwood (I believe the Goliath’s panels are veneer-covered particle board or similar).

The second is that TT has thought about where to put the leaves, and has designed the accompanying coffee table to store them within. I thought that was a nice touch, even if it does require you to buy a separate piece; I like it when designers really think the UX through–not just how the object operates, but how it and its parts live in your space when they’re not being used.

As the “3.0” indicates, this Kickstarter isn’t Transformer Table’s first rodeo, and they claim that they’ve been tweaking their manufacturing processes, as well as modifying the design to better accommodate wood movement and reducing the fastener count.

Their Kickstarter campaign has been a success, to say the least. At press time they’d garnered $1,053,618 on a $37,847 goal, meaning they’ve been 2,783% funded! And there’s still 34 days left to pledge.

Super-Cool Amphibious Russian Vehicle Looks Like It Was Drawn By a Five-Year-Old


On a recent trip to an off-road park in Michigan, 95octane writer Paul Strauss spotted this crazy vehicle:

Image credit: 95octane

I love this thing because it looks like something a five-year-old drew. It looks like something a Transportation Design student gets an “F” for handing in. It looks like something created by a designer trying to figure out a new CAD package and failing.

Yet it’s real, and it’s called a Sherp. As Strauss explains:

For those unfamiliar with the Sherp, it’s a Russian-made ATV that rides on ridiculously oversized low-pressure tires. Combined with an almost non-existent wheelbase, it can roll through all kinds of terrain, has a very tight turning radius, can climb grades up to 35º, and can even drive through water.

Look how much fun this thing looks like to drive, and check out the moment where it ventures fearlessly onto ice that clearly can’t hold its weight:

Did you notice that the wheels can apparently drive and brake independently? I figured the thing had to be controlled via left- and right-hand joysticks, like an old tank videogame, but this photo I found of the interior does not bear that out:

Any ideas on how the driving interface for this thing works?

A fully automatic yet personalized home garden that grows 76 different plants!

If you have the inclination to grow your own greens, then there are many solutions available today. Once you have done your market research, there are a couple of factors that will stand out and help you with the final choice – efficiency of the system, soil or soilless, how often do you have water the plants, the variety you can grow, modularity and of course the cost.

Now imagine an assistant who does all these calculations for your plant needs and all you have to do is follow those instructions every 1-3 weeks. The Verdeat personalized home garden does exactly that! A modular fully automatic gardening system created from environment-friendly materials, the Verdeat is an automatic gardening system that grows up to 76 plants. The seed tray fits in 19 seed pods and is ideal for basil, lettuce, oregano, etc. which have 3-4 weeks growth time. The Microgreen tray fits 4 microgreen pads and has a growth time of 7-10 days that lets you plant watercress, mustard, alfalfa, and the likes. Whereas the pot tray holds 5 standard pots and you can grow your lemons, peppers, cherry tomatoes in there! So all you have to do is choose your plant, pick a tray for it and follow instructions.

Verdeat uses a soilless, organic plant cultivation system and smartly irrigates and provides nutrition to vegetables and herbs. Using the accompanying app, the modular garden is self-sustainable for 1 to 3 weeks, depending on what is growing. It automatically adjusts the water, energy, and nutrients required, without unnecessary wastage.

Being notorious for killing plants easily, I’m keen to see how this system will fare in my home!

Designer: Robert Paluch

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Verdeat – a Modular Fully Automatic Gardening System

Verdeat is an indoor garden system that uses soilless, organic plant cultivation. It is an app-controlled system which is self-sustainable for 1-3 weeks by smartly irrigating and providing nutrition to vegetables and herbs.

A Size for Every Requirement

Verdeat S is the best option for kitchen countertops. Ideal for single users and couples living in small apartments.

Verdeat M fits every floor in the kitchen or living room. Ideal for couples and small families living in medium apartments and houses.

Verdeat L fits every floor in the kitchen or living room. Ideal for families, medium apartments and houses.

growing plant


Autonomous App-Controlled System

It is almost entirely maintenance-free: all you need to do is add water and the required nutrient once every 1-3 weeks. The mobile app will guide you to take care of your plants.

Modular Tray System

The system consists of modular trays with slots to plant the seeds along with a soil-free natural substrate (e.g. coconut fiber). Its unique universality and modularity also allow the growth of regular soil-based pot plants and microgreens.


Verdeat is manufactured in EU with 95% recycled materials.

With each purchase, they will plant a tree and give you 3 tree seeds to cultivate in Verdeat and then plant in your neighborhood as a way of giving back to nature. Each unit (size L) is made from plastic waste weighing 10kg / 22lbs.

Mood-boosting Sun-like Light and Better Air Quality

Verdeat creates a near-natural light source that allows you to cultivate anywhere at any time. The plants also act as air purifiers and have a therapeutic effect on your overall wellbeing.

Design Process and Technology

2017 marks the concept/ R&D phase of this idea followed by prototyping in 2018.

How to use

Grow your food in these easy steps:

1. Fill the main tank (placed in the base) with water
2. Add few drops of vegan plant nutrients (included in the kit)
3. Start the app

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Banksy’s Ephemeral Store

Après avoir fait impression durant la biennale de Venise, Bansky a fait son grand retour la semaine dernière avec une oeuvre surprenante en plein coeur de Londres.

L’artiste a cette fois investi une vitrine de magasin pour en faire une installation temporaire, représentant une dystopie du capitalisme qu’il baptise ironiquement « GDP » (Gross Domestic Products, « PIB » en français)

L’installation se présente sous forme d’un salon aménagé regroupant des créations représentant les plus gros problèmes de notre société selon l’artiste. On y retrouve par exemple le fameux tigre de Kellogg’s sacrifié en tapis de salon ou encore un casque de police transformé en boule à facette.Si la gallerie n’est pas ouverte au public, les oeuvres sont cependant disponibles à la vente en ligne.