Category Archives: FastCompany Design

A rare chance to buy vintage Dieter Rams designs, starting at $75

Just take all of my monies.

Wright Auctions sells some of the most irresistible collections of vintage furniture and art in the world, and in mid-July it will launch a design aficionado’s dream collection. The house is auctioning off more than 100 pieces from celebrated Braun designer Dieter Rams–along with many other Braun designs by Rams protégés like Dietrich Lubs, which look, in the words of my editor, “more Rams than Rams.”

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The first James Bond museum is fit for a supervillain

Hope you’re not afraid of heights!

The late Ian Fleming would have loved the first official James Bond museum: The 14,000-square-foot building is perched atop the summit of the Gaislachkogl Mountain, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Austrian side of the Ötztal Alps. It’s ensconced in a breathtaking, two-level Brutalist shell composed of panoramic glass walls, concrete, and steel. It could easily be mistaken for a film set from the movies.

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The magic number of people needed to create social change

Your voice is louder, and more meaningful, than you think. This new research visualizes its impact.

This is not the prettiest data visualization of the year–not remotely–but it may be the most important. A new study published in Science has quantified the number of people who need to take a stand before they can affect societal change on important topics like sexual harassment and human rights.

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Artists and illustrators respond to Trump’s immigration policies

In a week of head-spinning news, these images make clear the tragedies being wrought by the Trump administration.

Days after Trump signed an executive order to end family separation, in response to immense public backlash, thousands of children remain in custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with a cruel and increasingly uncertain future of if, and how, they’ll be reunited with their asylum-seeking parents. The parents are being detained and prosecuted as criminals for unauthorized immigration under the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. As of yesterday, the Trump administration’s message, sprawled clear as day and quite literally against the back of Melania Trump, was that the Trump administration could not care less.

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The toilet of the future is made of mushrooms

After it’s completely filled, you bury it in the ground.

According to the World Health Organization, 2.5 billion people lack access to modern sanitation services. But a group of students from University of British Columbia has created a toilet out of mushrooms that could solve some of the most pressing problems when it comes to clean, safe sanitation–when the toilet is full, you can plant it the ground where the entire thing becomes fertilizer.

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The Weather Channel’s new storm graphics are totally insane

Spoiler alert: A tornado literally rips apart the studio during a live broadcast.

This week, the Weather Channel launched a new broadcast technology dubbed Immersive Mixed Reality. “Using the power of advanced, real-time graphic renderings and visual effects . . . TWC is pioneering new methods of broadcast presentation for real-time immersive storytelling,” the company explained.

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An industrial designer’s ode to all the design we throw away

Dina Amin takes trash apart to reveal the marvelous internal life of products.

Dina Amin is an industrial designer with a love/hate relationship with her profession. She hates that making products generates so much waste, yet she marvels at their complexity–how every bit fits together in an intricate yet rarely seen puzzle. This dilemma is evident in a series of Amin’s videos that not only reveals how discarded products are made, but how complex seemingly commonplace design can be. In each of the videos, she painstakingly disassembles a trashed product and turns the parts into mesmerizing stop-motion videos. As Core77 reports, she’s made 30 of these little odes to industrial design so far.

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The untold story of the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster

The image we associate with female empowerment during World War II was only displayed for two weeks at the time–and few Americans ever even saw it. Why is it so popular today?

Seventy-five years ago, Norman Rockwell’s painting of Rosie the Riveter appeared on the cover of a May 1943 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

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The amazing aerial shots of a photographer who hates heights

A nine-year adventure over the skies of Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, and Iceland.

Fran Gormley is a New York City-based photographer who is fascinated by the dreamlike nature of aerial photography. Her work transforms natural landscapes into otherworldly abstract pictures printed in large format. Her latest solo show at the Chase Edwards Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, which comes with a 125-photo book, is proof of this obsession–an obsession made notably strange by the fact that she is terrified of heights.

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