Beast Made Bolster Dog Bed

Pairing a 100% cotton shell with a 100% polyester fill interior, Best Made Co’s Beast Made Bolster Bed comes adorned with the brand’s signature red stripe across its central cushion. Padded sides form its comfortable walls, which can withstand repetitive nightly use and all that comes with it—scratching, shedding, and even the occasional mess. The filler is removable and the cover is machine washable, too.

This mountain-shaped drain filter makes unclogging drains less ‘icky’

I feel unusually invested in talking about this product, especially as a man with long, curly hair living in a city with a notorious hard-water problem. Nobody likes unclogging their drain, more so if your drain gets clogged every 3-4 days. The very idea of using your fingers to pull apart soapy hairballs that are tangled with metal meshes itself makes my stomach turn… so Huroyama set out to make it less, well, icky.

This mountain-shaped drain-cover actually does a few fundamental things. Made from silicone, the cover sits on top of your existing grille. Its mountain shape traps hair, but lets water pass through ensuring your drain never gets clogged. The Huroyama’s shape does the trick by using a conical form to separate the water from the hair. As the water passes through the grille, it pushes the hair up the inclined surface, clearing a path for itself. The hair, which gets caught in Huroyama’s cutouts, can easily be lifted off without worrying about having to untangle anything. Moreover, the product’s silicone construction is soft to the touch, so your foot doesn’t accidentally touch metal if you ever step on it. That’s one more cringe-worthy experience averted.

Metal grates/grilles are also often a cesspool of bacteria, moisture, and subsequently molds. Huroyama’s construction also uses anti-bacterial silver-ion particles that help neutralize germs and prevent the growth of molds in and around your drain. The product started off as a fun exercise but soon evolved into a pretty promising product that received nearly $90,000 in funding online from over 5000 backers. I bet most of them have long hair. 😛

Designer: Huroyama

Albert Frey's modernist Cree House in Palm Springs revealed in new photos

Cree House by Albert Frey

The low-slung residence that Swiss architect Albert Frey elevated above a rocky hillside in Palm Springs, California in the 1950s has been restored.

The owner, who purchased the house in the 1970s, spent the last two years working on the renovation to make the property as close to the original design as possible.

Cree House by Albert Frey

Celebrated Palm Springs architect Frey completed Cree House for a family in 1955 in the modernist style popular of the location and era.

As shown in new photos, these elements include overhanging roofs, slender pilotis and natural materials.

Cree House by Albert Frey

Stones form walls at the front of the house and a chimney that rises on one side, to blend in with its surroundings on the hillside.

Yellow corrugated fibreglass wraps around a balcony that juts out in front of the house. The balcony is elevated atop slender columns creating a carport in the space below.

Cree House by Albert Frey

Pilotis also lift the main, single-storey volume of the residence. A second terrace on this upper level, featuring walls and floors made of stone, offers views of the hilly surrounds.

Frey made vistas available from inside the property through large windows.

Cree House by Albert Frey

The interior comprises walls covered in warm wood panelling, pale carpeted floors and touches of stonework provided by the chimney. Mid-century designs by Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson complement the aesthetic.

Cree House by Albert Frey

Following the completion of the renovation project, the owner opened the property up for public tours during this year’s Palm Springs Modernism Week, which took place from 13 to 23 February.

American furniture manufacturer Herman Miller provided furnishings to decorate the house for the tours.

Cree House by Albert Frey

Los Angeles practice Stayner Architects also restored the modernist Wave House nearby in Palm Desert to coincide with the 2020 event. The property was completed by architect Walter S White in the 1950s and features a wave-shaped roof.

Cree House by Albert Frey

Frey was born in Switzerland in 1903 and started his architecture career in Belgium. He then moved to Paris to work for Le Corbusier, where Frey contributed to many significant modernist buildings including the iconic Villa Savoye.

The architect left Europe to work in New York City where he designed the ready-to-assemble Aluminaire House in 1931, which was transported from the East Coast to Palm Springs and assembled in a park.

Cree House by Albert Frey

In 1939 Frey moved to California and worked with American architect John Porter Clark for almost 20 years.

He completed a number of projects in Palm Springs like Tramway Gas Station with Robson Chambers, which now serves as Palm Springs Visitors Center, and several modernist residences such as Cree House.

Photography is by Lance Gerber.

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Milan's fuorisalone design events scramble to reschedule following Salone del Mobile postponement

Milan's fuorisalone rescheduled after Salone del Mobile postponement

Design events that had planned to exhibit in Milan during Salone del Mobile are revising their plans after the furniture fair switched from its traditional April slot to 16-21 June due to coronavirus.

Organisers of the various design districts that together make up the unofficial “fuorisalone” programme of events around the city have all announced plans to reschedule following yesterday’s decision to postpone the fair from April to June.

Brera Design District, Lambrate Design District, Ventura Projects, Isola Design District and 5Vie Art + Design have confirmed that they will now take place in June.

Organisers said they were making the change to maintain the coherence of Milan’s design week, which is the world’s biggest and most important design festival.

“The aim is to maintain the format that has made Milano Design Week the international reference point for the world of design,” said the Brera Design District in a statement published on Instagram.

However, it also warned that rearranging its events would be logistically challenging for everyone involved.

“It is a complicated process that must be managed in the best possible way and requires the commitment of all the operators, companies, partners and sponsors involved,” the statement said.

Event organisers may struggle to secure Milan venues in June

Fuorisalone magazine, which publishes a guide to Milan design week each year, said that postponing events to June was the “most appropriate choice”. But it warned in an article on its website that organisers would face competition to secure suitable venues for the new dates.

“The chosen week coincides in Milan with Men’s Fashion Week and many exhibition spaces will be occupied by fashion shows and events,” it said. “At this point, the exhibitors at fuorisalone will have to understand whether to change location or find a coexistence.”

Others raised concerns that holding the fair during graduation season could prevent students from attending.

Margriet Vollenberg, who organises the Ventura Centrale and Ventura Future shows, said that the change of dates would impact student shows. “We present many international academies and they will have their graduations in June,” she said.

Despite the concerns, many organisers gave defiant statements that the postponement would not negatively affect their events.

“We are proud to tell you that fuorisalone won’t stop, and neither will the Lambrate Design District,” a representative from the district told Dezeen.

“We agree with the hard decision because we believe having this huge and magnificent event in June will be safer for everybody and will make all the visitors enjoy the real spirit of the fuorisalone.”

The decisions to reorganise the fuorisalone events follows Salone del Mobile’s announcement yesterday that the furniture fair would not happen until June.

In a video message posted on Twitter alongside the official announcement, Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala urged the city to “pull together to make sure Milan doesn’t grind to a halt.”

Italy has the highest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Europe, with more than 320 cases reported in the country. The majority of these are in the region of Lombardy, in which Milan is the capital.

The Italian government has declared a state of emergency and quarantined around 50,000 people in towns and villages surrounding the city. The virus has impacted other design events in the city including the world’s biggest eyewear fair, MIDO, which has also been postponed.

Outside of Italy other design shows that have been impacted include the Light + Building fair in Frankfurt, and Design Shanghai in China.

The coronavirus outbreak has currently infected more than 80,000 people in 36 countries. The global death toll now stands at over 2,700.

Dezeen Events Guide’s digital guide to Milan design week will now be delayed until June.

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The Smithsonian Institution Releases 2.8 Million High-Resolution Images

For the first time, the Smithsonian Institution has granted access to 2.8 million high-resolution images from “all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo,” for use by the general public. They’ve done so through a new open access platform that allows users to download anything they’d like free of charge. This is just the beginning, as “the institution continues to digitize its collection of 155 million items and counting.” Read more at Smithsonian Magazine.

Ammunition and Gantri collaborate over a series of 3D-Printed lights

SF-based design studio Ammunition Group is adding Gantri to its list of collaborators/clients, as the two companies get together to launch a series of lights designed for the Gantri platform. The lamps are designed to complement and wonderfully reflect Gantri’s clean design language, brought about by their unique 3D-printing processes and use of innovative custom plant-based filaments.

The series spans three categories that embrace distinct visual styles. The Gio Collection borrows from Italian lighting designs of the 1970s, while the Carve Collection showcases monolithic designs created by a union of two separate forms, resembling the effect of carving out sculptures from marble-blocks. The Signal Collection features louvered slats integrated into the lamp’s body, inspired by architectural details.

Each collection comes with tabletop, wall-mounted, and stand light variants, and are fitted with Gantri’s museum-quality dimmable LEDs. Each light is 3D printed on-demand and finished in a way that feels more bespoke than industrial. They are available in five beautiful nature-inspired finishes including “Sedona,” a deep red color exclusive to the Ammunition collections.

The ambitious Ammunition and Gantri collaboration is a great win for consumers who want to elevate their homes with well-designed lighting solutions without having to defer to IKEA’s catalog. 3D printed on demand, and with a very modest price starting at $148, Ammunition X Gantri’s lamps are perhaps the definition of bespoke, while also being sustainable, thanks to the use of Gantri’s bio-filaments. The collaboration is also a great moment for the design industry, which Gantri has constantly supported through its past partnerships with designers from around the globe. It truly is remarkable to see them pair up with Ammunition Group, arguably one of the most well known design outfits from Silicon Valley, responsible for culture-shifting products like Beats by Dre, Polaroid’s cameras, Lyft’s beacon, and the Ember self-heating mug series.

Check out the series on Gantri’s website by clicking here.

Designer: Ammunition Group for Gantri

Diller Scofidio + Renfro to renovate Frank Lloyd Wright theatre in Dallas

Kalita Humphreys Theater by Frank Lloyd Wright

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been chosen to design the renovation of Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas, Texas, the only theatre built by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The New York firm will develop a masterplan that includes the theatre and its nine-acre (3.6-hectare) site, it was revealed yesterday.

Completed for the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) in 1959, Kalita Humphreys Theater is one of Wright’s last projects and is designated a historic landmark.

“This project is an opportunity to restore the Kalita Humphreys – one of Dallas’s most overlooked pieces of architecture – to its rightful place in the pantheon of design masterpieces in the city,” said firm co-founder Charles Renfro, who was raised in Baytown, Texas.

“Not only is it Frank Lloyd Wright’s only built theatre, but it has also made significant contributions to the way theatre has been presented and seen.”

Wright’s revolving stage will be restored

Kalita Humphreys Theater is a sculptural, concrete building comprising a cylindrical centre volume surrounded by a lower, flat-roofed structure.

Built into a limestone bluff next to Dallas’ Turtle Creek, it is intended to be integrated with nature like many of Wright’s projects. Trees are planted close to the building and outdoor steps lead to an entrance and lobby with glass walls.

Renovations to the existing structure include the revolving theatre stage will be restored as part of the project. Dallas firm Hillwood Urban will oversee the redesign while systems are upgraded, and serve as project manager.

Smaller buildings will also be built on the site to extend the facilities of the theatre.

“The creation of two smaller theatres will allow DTC and other local companies to perform regularly on the site,” said Jennifer Altabef, chair of the DTC’s board.

Project includes redevelopment of “bucolic” site

Diller Scofidio + Renfro will also develop a plan to revitalise the landscape around the theatre to link it to trails and surrounding areas.

New connections will include Katy Trail, Dean Park and the neighbourhoods of Uptown, Turtle Creek and Oak Lawn.

“Since it was built, the theatre’s bucolic setting between Turtle Creek and the Katy Trail has been overwhelmed by parking lots and roadways,” Renfro said.

“Our approach will seek to slow the site down and add new architecturally significant programmes grown out of the surrounding urban green,” he added. “The Kalita Humphreys complex will be an idyllic and iconic refuge surrounded by nature, merely footsteps away from the bustling city.”

Masterplan to be revealed this year

The firm is expected to unveil its proposal for the masterplan by the end of 2020 to the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture. Dallas City Council will grant final approval for the project.

Renfro leads Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Benjamin Gilmartin. The firm’s previous works include the renovation and expansion of MoMA, and New York City’s High Line and The Shed at Hudson Yards.

Wright, who was born in Wisconsin in 1867, had a prolific career as an architect that spanned over 70 years. Eight of his buildings were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List last year, including his iconic Fallingwater house and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Photograph is by Elle Studios.

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Orville Peck: Queen of the Rodeo

Using two tracks—”Queen of the Rodeo” and a brief rendition of “Roses Are Falling”—off his 2019 debut album, Pony, Orville Peck weaves together a tale of rodeo woes conveyed by a cast of drag performers and cowboys. A few dramatic bull rides are set to the former, and a bit of western pageantry is backed by the latter. Peck (known for his deep vocals, fringed mask and hat) appears intermittently, starring alongside “Miss Bitter Prairi,” who ultimately dons the “Queen of the Rodeo” sash.

Jaga Jazzist: Spiral Era

With “Spiral Era,” Norwegian eight-piece Jaga Jazzist weave together a psychedelic, experimental—and science-fiction-like—jazz track. The eight-minute-long cosmic journey is only one part of the band’s forthcoming album Pyramid (out 24 April), their first LP since 2015’s Starfire and ninth overall in a career that now spans four decades. It’s also the first they’ve self-produced—and they’ve done so with symphonic success.

LG's Upcoming V60 ThinQ 5G Smartphone Features Dual Screens, Avoids Folding Screen Kerfuffle

While Motorola and Samsung’s folding screens flame out, LG is playing it safe with their latest folding phone. Announced today, the unwieldily-named V60 ThinQ 5G with LG Dual Screen features two discrete 6.8″ screens attached by a hinge.

LG is betting the dual screens will appeal to those who want to multitask (you can run separate apps in each screen), use it like a mini-laptop (i.e. keyboard on one screen, display on the other), play games with more screen real-estate (one screen can contain the controls while the other is pure display), or relegate the second screen to kickstand duty.

They’ve designed the hinge to be detachable, giving you “the freedom to choose one,” the company writes. “Attach the second screen when you want to multi-task or detach to go minimal.” If it were me, I’d lose that second screen like a glove.

You can read about the phone’s stats here.

LG says the dualie phone will be available “in the coming weeks.” For those seeking notification, they’ve set up a means to harvest your info here.