Timekettle WT2 Edge Earbuds Deliver 2-way Cross-Language Communication

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Most of you have used a translator tool, but the tool itself can often be a “barrier” to communication, as you have to hold forth or back while talking to others or have to wait for the translation to be delivered before you respond.

Timekettle WT2 Edge, the world’s first bi-directional simultaneous translation earbuds, has redefined the translator tool. Aimed at building a “utopia” without a language barrier, Timekettle creates natural 2-way cross language communication earbuds that help you bridge the gap, and talk to the world.

“Until now, most translators were a lot like old walkie-talkies. Only one person could speak at a time, while everyone else waited their turn to speak. The translations worked, but the conversation was anything but natural,” … Read the rest

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 Cuts a Serious Case for an All-Electric Future

Korean automotive brand Hyundai’s 45 Concept made waves back in 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show for the vehicle’s linear crispness accompanied alongside the aspirational promises of an all-electric future. Fast forward to 2021 and the automotive brand has somehow kept the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ of the monocoque-style body and a futuristic interior mostly intact in the form of the IONIQ 5.

The original 45 Concept was conceived as a spiritual tribute to one Hyundai’s most notable designs, the Pony Coupe Concept, an origami-like expression of sheet metal designed by an Italian designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. The IONIQ 5 arrives as the first of a trio of fully electric vehicles sporting the sub-branded IONIQ name, a minimalist realization of Giugiaro’s ahead of its time vision. From its grill-less front down to its creased retro-futurism, the silhouette sings “concept”.

An expanse of solar panels stretches across the IONIQ 5’s roof,

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Friday Five With Rhea Vaflor of Hickok Cole

Rhea Vaflor is Associate Principal and Director of Lifestyle at Hickok Cole, a forward-focused architecture and design firm based in Washington, DC. She’s also an AIA award-winning licensed interior designer and LEED accredited professional with an MFA in Interior Design and MA in International Development from George Washington University. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Rhea initially moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in international economic development. Though that career path gave her the opportunity to extensively travel internationally and the work was fulfilling, she realized that her true love lay in design. Rhea draws inspiration from her travels as well as the worlds of dance, graphic design, cinema and fashion. And she passionately believes that the designer has an enormous responsibility in creating a built environment that respects the health of our planet, positively affects how we interact and informs the future direction of our communities.

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DMTV Milkshake: Aimee Wilder on Sharing the Beauty of Pattern

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Aimee Wilder, founder and creative director of her eponymous line of home decor and accessories.

Native New Yorker Aimee Wilder founded her brand in 2009, after reworking her fine art illustrations as wallcoverings that took the design world by storm, ultimately landing her staff positions with big-league names like Martha Stewart, Dwell Studio and the Gap. She now makes editorial-ready wallpaper, tile, rugs, cushions and more, many of which share her trademarked sense of playful exuberance – emblemized by print-centric wallpapers like the monstera-leaf Deliciosa Bungalow and the giant gold automatons of Big Robots.

In this edition of DMTV Milkshake, we talked to Wilder about Martha Stewart’s color library, Wilder’s ideal wallpaper and her favorite era of wallcoverings: “I like all of the eras – I love the ’60s and ’70s, but the one that resonates with me the most is the 1920s,” … Read the rest

Loftie Is Alarmingly a Gentler Way To Wake Up

As someone who has tested and reviewed a multitude of alarm clocks, I’ve got strong opinions of which features to look for when choosing a bedside companion tasked to wake you up each morning. Ideally an alarm clock awakens our conscious part of our minds gently, mirroring the circadian rhythm attuned to sunrise rather than relying upon the scare factor of an annoying blare. Starting each day with a hormonal adrenaline surge is not only stressful, but unhealthy. Which brings us to the concept behind Loftie, one of a new generation of bedside clocks designed to shed the “alarm” in alarm clocks, and help wean sleepers from their phones.

Loftie’s minimalist and featureless front is the first sign this alarm clock is designed with calm as the centerpiece of its features. The clock’s numerical digital display is intentionally modest (though my nearsighted eyes would benefit from the option to … Read the rest

A Furniture Re-Edition of Rena Dumas’ Secret Garden

For those of us who didn’t have the chance to catch renowned interior architect and designer Rena Dumas’ furniture the first time around, I have good news. Rena Dumas Interior Architects (RDAI), together with The Invisible Collection, have released a re-edition of her most iconic pieces.

Five designs make up the capsule collection, celebrating Dumas’ everlasting style through pieces created to enhance everyday living. Or, what she referred to her “Secret Garden”. While the Okéanis pieces nearly seem to float, the Aria console and chevet are grounding through their strong geometries. The Tapis Lumière, woven with hand-knotted silk, embodies the balance of purity and light that defines Dumas to this day.

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Okéanis Table Gueridon and Tapis Lumière Photo: Alex Profit

We fell in love with design as teenagers and have never forgotten the day we both discovered Rena Dumas’ Pippa collection. While her designs are at home

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5 of the Most Influential Female Architects of the 20th Century

This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating five inspiring and forward-thinking females who revolutionized the architectural field forever. In a time when women were expected to look after the home, these architects blazed new trails by designing homes (and iconic buildings) instead. From Los Angeles to Tokyo, they reshaped city skylines, shattered glass ceilings and built structures that speak for themselves. Here are their stories.

Portrait of Marion Mahony Griffin, 1935 National Library of Australia

Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961)
Born in 1871 in Chicago, Marion Mahony Griffin was one of the first licensed female architects in the world. As Frank Lloyd Wright’s first employee, Griffin worked on structures (such as the Fishwick House in Australia and Henry Ford’s personal home in Michigan) that expanded the American Prairie School architectural style in the United States, India and Australia. While Marion’s talents were not truly appreciated in her lifetime, she is now remembered … Read the rest

Friday Five With Brenda Danso of BD Interior Design

Brenda Danso, a California native turned Toronto resident, brings an educational background in mental health to her interior design practice, BD Interior Design. The spaces she designs are soothing, functional, joyful and the perfect fit for her clients’ needs. Brenda prioritizes using neutral colors, natural elements and playful pops of color. Her projects range from home staging and residential design to commercial design.

Today Brenda’s joining us for Friday Five!

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1. Facial Steamer
I cannot live without my in-home facial steamer. The use of this product creates an at-home spa experience. After nine minutes of using the steamer, I feel relaxed and look forward to the added benefits of brighter skin. If you can’t go to the spa, bring the experience home.

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2. My Kids
My girls, ages 5 and 6, really help me get through the day. From their witty personalities to their contentment around the … Read the rest

Gregory Orekhov’s “Black Square” Reflects Nature in Infinity

Art often aspires to reflect the scale and grandeur of nature. But Gregory Orekhov’s “Black Square”, a large-scale sculptural installation literally turns the world inside out into an infinity of possibilities and realities – a passageway mirroring the landscape of Moscow’s Malevich Park in multitude.

Located in an open space dedicated to Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich, Orekhov’s “Black Square” compels visitors to find passage through a path guarded by a pair of ominous black monoliths. As visitors continue to travel between each sculpture, their initial blankness gives way to “an endless corridor of reflections” created by two full-length mirrors made from highly polished stainless steel along the interior length of each monument. The effect is a disorientating reminder of nature’s presence that perseveres, a multidimensional “space” outdoors.

Orekhov utilizes the sculpture’s enormous volume to intentionally preserve its “unnaturalness” against the backdrop of the park, seamlessly integrating each structure within … Read the rest

There’s a New Way to Play HAUS With Kids

A quick google search and you’ll find that there aren’t many modern playhouses on the market. Most of them look too kiddish or dated. Some of them have out-of-touch, gendered design elements that are truly cringe-worthy. For the more contemporary options, you’ll have to employ some DIY skills, or pay a premium for the ready-to-build – and you still have to put it together yourself! When we found out about HAUS, we got excited because it solved all these pain points. Designed by Janos Stone, HAUS is a unique playhouse that acts as a blank canvas for kids to explore their creativity and imagination. Its design is rooted in Bauhaus principles that believe kids develop their academic, social and emotional skills from tools and environments that encourage exploratory play. Stone, whose grandparents Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes were members of the Bauhaus movement, designed this playhouse to carry on their … Read the rest