Catalog mockup for IKEA’s Strand East neighborhood in London

Franchising Neighborhoods: Can IKEA Sell Urban Design?

As part of a long-term investment plan, the Swedish furniture retailer is planning to construct entire neighborhoods in England and Germany


Rebranding Amsterdam and What It Means to Rebrand a City

To help maintain its position as a popular European destination, Amsterdam embraced marketing with "I amsterdam," a brand campaign for the city and its residents


The Unbuilt High-rise Designs of Rem Koolhaas and OMA

The radical, unbuilt high-rises designed by Rem Koolhaas are witty, subversive, and surprisingly simple

Alphonse Mucha in front of his first poster for Sarah Bernhardt

How Alphonse Mucha Designed the Nation State of Czechoslovakia

When the country gained its independence after World War I, Alphonse Mucha was called upon to design an important part of any country's identity - money


The Scene of Deduction: Drawing 221B Baker Street

From pen-and-ink sketches to digital renderings, generations of Sherlock Holmes fans have undertaken drafting the detective's famous London flat

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes searching for clues on his mobile phone

A Modern Sherlock Holmes and the Technology of Deduction

A modern Sherlock Holmes requires a modern tool. Today, his iconic problem-solving magnifying glass has been replaced by the indispensable cell phone

Powell and Lealand No. 1

Sherlock Holmes and the Tools of Deduction

Sherlock Holmes’s extraordinary deductions would be impossible without the optical technologies of the 19th century


The Mystery of 221B Baker Street

Our series on Design and Sherlock Holmes begins with an investigation into the location of the famous detective's London flat

Cognoscenti Coffee pop-up at the Hotel Normandie

An Architect-Turned-Barista Draws a Fine Line Between Brewing and Design

As the finale to our coffee series, we talk with Yeekai Lim, an entrepreneur from Los Angeles, about coffee, design, and the common ground(s) they share

A diagram of how the K-Cup works

Coffee Pods, An Instant Classic

Single-serving coffee pods are the most recent form of instant coffee. Its history is much shorter than the espresso shot, though just as inventive


The Once and Future Coffeehouses of Vienna

Coffee is one of Vienna's legacies, but how will the city hold onto its past while adapting to the changing culture? New furniture may be the answer


The Long History of the Espresso Machine

In the 19th century, coffee was big business in Europe. As inventors sought to improve brews and reduce brewing time, the espresso was born

The Starbucks Reclamation Drive-Thru in Tukwila, Washington

Coffee Retailers Reinterpret the Container Store

The cover to Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports

Music for Airports Soothes the Savage Passenger

Brian Eno's Music for Airports is a sound environment created specifically to complement the experience of waiting in an airport terminal

The r-TWR remote air traffic control center

Saab Reinvents Air Traffic Control With a Digital Panorama

With Saab's new digital panorama, the local air traffic controller may soon go the way of the technical support specialist

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