The Via Ruf Betten Cinema Bed takes this home multimedia craze to another level. For $20,000 you get a complete home theater system at the foot of your bed that is remote controlled and collapsible right into the footboard. A shelf for the projector behind your head, and compartments for all your components. Very retro in design and execution, very german. A plasma or LCD version would woo me in more, I'm not such a huge fan of projectors, but I do dig the idea here. via Engadget
Blog From Ars
by Josh Rubin
Hana Iverson and Sabine Seymour have just wrapped up their extensive report on Ars Electronica. This year's Ars, called "Hybrid: Living in Paradox," was curated by Derrick de Kerckhove, head of the Marshall McLuhan Program at the University...
by Josh Rubin
Before I even get in to the details, just understand the beauty of this mattress is in the packaging and shipping. Over the weekend I helped a friend assemble a new bed from DWR. Among the many packages was a very dense roll that was labeled Sonno...
Laidback by Das Ding
by Parker Hutchinson
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Urban Dreams Pet Bed
by CH Contributor
by Kori Schulman Hiding the hair-covered fleece pet bed when guests arrive is a thing of the past thanks to Chicago-based UDX Designs's Urban Dreams pet bed. With design cues making it at home alongside a Ligne Roset bed or other similarly sleek...
Living in a Box
by Josh Rubin
Last year, German design firm Transalpin conceived a way to pass electricity through wood and named it Wood.e. The 12V current doesn't actually pass though the wood; there's conductive material layered in to the plywood. This year, they...
Helix Sleep's Customized Mattresses
A direct-to-consumer bed actually made for you
by Katie Olsen
In the Western world, it seems one of the most universal narratives is that of the nightmare mattress. We've all had a Goldilocks moment (or three) in beds that are too hard, too hot, lumpy, squishy, lopsided or creaky. Unsurprisingly, it was the...
Habitat Valencia 2011, Part Two
From space-saving storage to upcycled plastic buckets, fresh design spotted at Spain's biggest design fair
by Ami Kealoha
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The LaVista Bedroom Collection from Jelínek
The historic Czech furniture-maker presents its first design-oriented bedroom set
by Adam Stech
Though family-owned furniture brand Jelínek (based in the Czech town of Valašské Meziříčí) was founded in 1897, this is the first time in its long history that the company has worked with a designer to produce a contemporary collection of solid wood...
Ilan Dei Venice: The Cruiser Collection
The furniture designer's Porsche 356-inspired retro aesthetic sets the mood for this summer's garden parties
by Nara Shin
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by Josh Rubin
An article in the New Scientist reports on a near future rescue innovation: radio controlled rats. The idea is to use cerebral stimulation to assist training rats to seek people smells (or anything else, for that matter). Then the rats are mounted...
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by Carol T Chung
For those of us that still enjoy and find the time to read actual books in this day and age, What Should I Read Next? is a little gift from the Database Gods that encourages literacy and for me to give my poor eyes a rest from my alternate life as...
A journalist checks in with eight influential designers to assess the future of the field in a new Kindle e-book
by Karen Day
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