THE ART OF TURNING AN ECCENTRIC HOBBY INTO A FULL-FLEDGED BUSINESS
In 2010, artist Jihan Zencirli had plans to go to a restaurant in Seattle for a friend's birthday when she decided to make the friend an extravagant creation out of balloons—something large, loud, and colorful that she could fasten to the back of her chair as a surprise. The present turned out to be a hit, and not just with the friend.
ETSY'S NEW HEADQUARTERS WILL FILL YOU WITH ENVY
Etsy started out in 2005 as a small online marketplace for makers and DIYers, but the company has turned into an e-commerce behemoth that's enabled housewives to knit their way to millions. Along the way, the $3.5 billion company has aggressively tried to do business the right way by hiring a diverse workforce, building community, and offering generous employee perks that go beyond a free lunch.
INTERVIEW WITH BRITISH DESIGNER WILLIAM BRANTON
Having grown up in the British seaside town of Ramsgate, William Branton studied graphic design before working as a freelance designer for clients like Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Paperchase. He is now applying his inimitable graphic style to surface pattern design through his own collection of home and fashion accessories.
MINI POPP EMOJI SCULPTURE
Along with the upside-down smiley face, side eye and praying hands, the poop emoji must be toward the top of the most-used and most-loved list. Recognizing the phenomenon that is this new language—and the significance of the cheerfully smiling feces—LA-based artist Matthew LaPenta wants to immortalize it in bronze.
HOW IBM AND DISNEY BRAINSTORM IN THE CLOUD
International design firm Ideo popularized the designer brainstorming session: Just lock a team of creatives up in a conference room with some Sharpies and multi-colored Post-its, and don't let them leave until a brilliant idea strikes. But this brainstorming method doesn't work well when your team is spread around the globe. Now Mural, an alumni of Ideo's startup-in-residence program, is trying to bring what goes on inside Ideo's conference rooms to the cloud.
A LIMITED EDITION, VW BUS-INSPIRED KIDS BED
Never thought a few of my favorite things (sleeping + VWs) could come in one complete package, but they have in the form of a VW Bus-inspired bed. Sure, it’s for kids! Circu has made a lot of people's dreams come true with their limited edition Bun Van bed, which is bound to make sleeping super fun!
MIT MEDIA LAB AND YVES BÉHAR MAXIMIZE MINIMAL SPACE WITH ROBOTIC FURNITURE
The influx of young professionals into competitive markets like San Francisco, London, Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles has led to a dearth of available housing accompanied with increasingly prohibitively expensive rents. MIT Media Lab and Yves Béhar propose a technological+architectural solution: micro apartments built around robotic modular furniture systems that can automatically reconfigure a room to maximize space at the touch of a button or an app.