Design

Small Apartment? This Stylish Furniture Disappears When Needed

In every small apartment, there's a difficult choice attached to the limited square footage: Is your space better utilized as a dining room or a dance floor? To get a dining table is to go the adult route, to commit to having dinner parties only and edging out the possibility of throwing a party party—unless you're down with guests dancing on the table. Then that's your own liability. A better solution is to get dining room furniture set up to appear and disappear according to your hosting whims, like RockPaperRobot's brand new now-you-see-it, now-you-don't Ollie Collection. Both the Ollie see more
Celebrity

Apple's Jonathan Ive Got a Big Promotion Today

The man behind the look and feel of your favorite Apple products earned himself a fancy new title within the company. Jonathan Ive, who brought us the iPod, the iPad, and the iPhone, among many other things, was promoted to the role of chief design officer, a title created for him, reports the website 9to5Mac. According to an e-mail sent by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Ive's new role will allow him to focus on the design of every damn thing the company produces. It sounds like he'll be working on things in a "bigger picture" sense and less of see more
Design

3 Design-World Trends to Try in Your Own Home

The World on Your Plate The Hubble telescope may have turned 25 last month, but designers today are more obsessed than ever with mining celestial images for inspiration, from the new cosmos-themed wallpaper series by Calico to Jan Kath's recent Spacecrafted rug collection for Front. Our favorite example, launched this winter in collaboration with the Italian homeware brand Seletti, is Diesel Living's Cosmic Diner plates (above), which are printed with digitally manipulated photos of the solar system. Coming soon: a galaxy's worth of complementary table accessories. see more
Design

These Apps Could Mean the End of Drunk Texting

Sure, your reserve always starts strong—you're ready to go out for the night, no plans of texting the ex, the crush, the disappointing Tinder date—then you get a few drinks in and you wake up the next morning looking in horror at your sent messages and regretting that 2 A.M. text binge. Luckily, clever start-ups are working on apps to save you from yourself (and happy-hour-induced honesty). Android app Drunk Lock, from Dues Mobile, locks your phone until you solve a series of math problems, saving you from not only embarrassing texts but also tweets, Facebook messages, and questionable see more
Design

Before & After: How This Unkempt Man Cave Turned Into a Stylish Bachelor Pad

Everybody knows somebody with a place like this: Tattered, constantly messy, and filled with so many apathetic design choices you wonder how they get out of bed and shower each morning. see more
Books

A Guide to San Francisco, Courtesy of Menswear Boutique Unionmade

For Todd Barket and Carl Chiara, founders of San Francisco-based menswear boutique Unionmade, their brand filter boils down to a simple formula: quality first, then timelessness. "So much of fashion now is fast and cheap," says Barket. "We believe the best things in our wardrobes get better with age. If you're going to spend more on a garment, we want you to wear it years from now and still realize how nice it is. We may not be of-the-moment, but we believe in being authentic and effortless." From Japanese Kapital scarves to Levi's Vintage to Golden Bear varsity jackets, it's see more
Design

Editor's Picks: Sleek, Streamlined Sunglasses for Summer

Founded by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, eyewear brand L.G.R. specializes in high-end, handcrafted glasses with an emphasis on local artisans and quality materials. As our associate editor Antonina Jedrzejczak explains, the designs are sleek, sophisticated, and veer toward classic shapes like the aviator above, featuring tortoiseshell frames. Still, things like scratch-proof lenses and flexible joints make them worth the price. You can find a pair for yourself, here. see more
Design

A Self-Driving Google Car Will Hit Roads This Summer

Are you ready for your morning commute to get a whole lot easier? Because self-driving cars are the way we'll get around in the future, and not as in the distant future—we're talking, like, in a few months, according to Google. While the tech juggernaut has been tooling around with the idea since 2010, the company announced that it will be test driving the models on roads around its headquarters in Mountain View, California, starting this summer. Don't worry—the cars will have safety drivers during the tests and their speed limit will be capped at 25 miles per hour, see more
Design

8 Ways Lighting Can Up Your Home's Style Quotient

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Fashion

Wes Anderson Has Designed the Most Wes Anderson-y Café Ever

Film auteur Wes Anderson's films have been known for the exactingly calculated environs, and the director has taken his meticulous eye and applied it to a real-life venture, the new Milanese café Bar Luce. The casual-dining establishment is located right next to the recently opened home of Fondazione Prada, the art-and-culture-focused institution run by fashion designer Miuccia Prada and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli. It's a testament to Anderson that his influence over the eatery is unmistakable in its slightly retro yet totally modern aesthetic. "Although his movies often favor symmetrical tableaux," the Fondazione's website reads, "Anderson feels that 'there see more
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