Are we (finally) about to see the end of the hides, masks and various disguises for trailing wires and extension leads that have tethered auto retailers to the power sockets? US Oak Ridge Labs released they have achieved “wireless EV charging as effective as routine plug-in options”. They write “a 20kW wireless charging system that is […]

Short-circuiting all the usual monologues about the roles brands play in our lives, this installation in the Midlands, UK, takes a sideways look at how we shop: In the shop, some 500 items have been repackaged with new branding developed in workshops with members of the local community: schoolchildren, mental health service users, people with […]

Spotted on designboom, this Shigeru Ban proposal that integrates a concert venue with  food hall as its Réinventer Paris proposal. Fairly sings at night, with some grace, as proposed in the competition entry’s renders: Not much more that needs saying, other than what a really neat spectacle.

…not exactly. Volvo, if you need another test-driver, I’m free… Test Drive

…on this car, please. Used to be that I thought vending a business card from a machine at motorway service stations was a (briefly distracting) novelty. But here’s the thing, what about coin-op for collecting your next car? The story here is rather more to do with fulfillment than show-rooming and sales – it’s intended […]

Apologies for the rather tortured terminology (tip of the hat to Pearlfisher’s notion ‘The rise of premiumisation‘ – “bridging the gap between the desirability of the luxury world and the function and necessity of mass market products” – now also seen in Primark’s huge flagship store) but now coffee connoisseurs (coffoisseur?) can take their caffeine […]

Artist Max Siedentopf pimps out strangers cars at night with cardboard and tape. For the project ‘slapdash supercars’, Siedentopf decks out ordinary cars with paper body fenders, hood scoops and spoilers: ‘Individuality, self-expression, and status are more important than ever these days. but for some reason you see that things as ordinary as cars are […]