May 22, 2019 . Architecture

Architect Amey Kandalgaonkar designs a minimalist modern house inside a giant ancient rock.

Inspired by the Mada’in Saleh rock tombs in Saudi Arabia, architectural designer Amey Kandalgaonkar has conceived a modern home embedded into the side of an enormous rock. Exploring this subtractive method of construction, the idea introduces concrete slabs which cut through the rock in clean angular vectors. Kandalgoankar, who is a master of creating 3D concept renders continues to develop fictional reinterpretations of historical precedents with his modernist pagoda.

May 21, 2019 . Technology

Morrama’s new ‘smarter phone’ designed keeping in mind the well-being of its users

The “smarter phone” is a concept launched by UK design firm Morrama. The activation seeks to embrace the focus on wellness by optimizing the mobile device in a more in-depth way through numerous wellness-centric features. The asymmetrical back of the phone angles the screen away from the user when the phone sits on a flat surface. In its resting position, the phone will not show any notifications. In order to check them, the user pushes down on the bottom of the phone, tilting it towards them. It also features a small screen on the back and assistant button.

May 21, 2019 . Architecture

Robert Konieczny’s kinetic house reacts to the sun’s movement.

This house in Poland by architect Robert Konieczny has a moving outdoor living space that pivots and docks with rooms on either side of the garden. Quadrant House is named after the ancient navigational instrument that measured angles according to the stars.  It is comprised of two asymmetrical rectangular buildings positioned perpendicular to each other. A third volume, housing the living room, is situated between the two. KWK Prome yet again married movement with technology.

May 20, 2019 . Product

Threatened species replace the Crocodile in Lacoste’s “Save Our Species” collection

Lacoste has just revealed its second capsule collection in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The drop serves as a series of 10 limited-edition “Save Our Species” polo shirts that highlight 10 threatened animal species. The t-shirts will replace the crocodile logo with 10 endangered species. Overall, there will be 3,520 polo shirts released on May 22, with profits going towards the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s efforts to conserve threatened wildlife.