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When Charlie Ferrer moved into his prewar, 1,000-square-foot Manhattan apartment in 2013, he was not only establishing his first residence in the city after half a dozen years in Los Angeles. He was also launching his solo venture as an interior designer and furniture dealer—using his apartment as a quasi-showroom for custom-made pieces from a growing stable of designers.
If you’re walking, you really shouldn’t be texting. While not as perilous as texting and driving, there’s no surer way to annoy fellow pedestrians than by zigzagging across a sidewalk, eyes glued to your precious screen. But if you absolutely must walk and text, Apple might have a new feature that could make that action safer.
When Jim Brett took over as West Elm’s president in 2010, he noticed a big issue that he immediately wanted to fix: chocolate boxes.
Jim Brett was haunted by mud-colored squares. When he started as West Elm’s president in 2010, he couldn’t believe how a furniture store could have so many products designed with such little imagination. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s with the brown boxes?’” he says. “The whole brand was brown boxes made in China. There wasn’t a curve in the store!” From couches to beds to dressers, much of the line consisted of low-slung angular block shapes covered in lifeless chocolate finishes. Even the West Elm logo was trapped inside a pair of overlapping squares. “It was all machine-made, all very clean and simple, and all very soulless,” says Brett. “I wanted to bring personality and soul and handmade into the business.”
With balconies budding like leaves, no one could complain for lack of outdoor space in this building in France.
I want to work in an igloo!
We asked our followers to send us pictures of their creative work spaces. Here, we feature some of our favorites. To submit yours, tweet us (@FastCoDesign) a photo using #MyCreativeSpace.
The USDA’s iconic nutrition image is not very intuitive. Now two designers have rethought the whole concept as a fun, interactive puzzle.
The new Z-series suit is designed for walking on Mars, not simply floating around in space as astronauts have in the past. The space agency now wants your help to pick the final look.
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Google’s offices, though always Google-y, tend to take inspiration from their location. The original campus in Mountain View is sprawling and sunny, like an alternate-universe Stanford. The New York offices, on the far West Side, are industrial and loft-like. (More examples: London, Pittsburgh, Dublin.) And the new Amsterdam offices have stroopwafel ceiling panels.
“We do as much as possible to clear the noise.”