It’s easy to get lost in the all-out consumerism that the holiday season has come to equate. Coming off the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you might find that you’ve ended up with a lot of products that you don’t need. And though those unofficial American holidays in celebration of materialism seem to become bigger and bigger every year, there’s also an opportunity to make more purposeful buying choices. advertisement Online design showroom WorkOf, the “home for contemporary design,” has a gift-giving remedy. For the third subsequent year, the studio has launched an online auction that offers up one-of-a-kind ornaments crafted by 50 independent designers, including lighting designer Bec Brittain; interdisciplinary studio Malka Dina; and furniture design firms Green River Project, Another Human, Uhuru, Slash Objects, Crump & Kwash, and Zeray Studio. Ornament designs range from the understated to the tongue in cheek. Arielle … [Read more...] about 50 designers reinvent the Christmas tree ornament
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It’s no secret that I love naps. In college and grad school, I carefully planned my courses to allow for a siesta. And one of the best things about working from home is that I can recharge my batteries some carefully timed midday shut-eye. While I have effectively built my entire life around napping, I’m fully aware that this isn’t that common. Most people aren’t able to get the sleep they need over the course of the day. advertisement advertisement This week, the British apparel company Vollebak has come to their rescue. The company released a jacket that doubles as a nap pod, called the Deep Sleep Cocoon, making it easier to sleep anywhere. In addition to inducing sleep, it may induce sticker shock, with a price tag of $995. But then again, Vollebak may be counting on the fact that it’s hard to put a price on sleep—particularly sleep on the go. Like many of the products in Vollebak’s line, this jacket was inspired by … [Read more...] about This $995 jacket is designed to help you sleep on long-haul flights
Editor’s Note: This story is part of our feature, “Secrets of 13 of the most productive people.” See the complete 2018 list here. advertisement advertisement Our objective is that you’ll press the button on an Instant Pot, and dinner is cooked. But for us, it’s a lot of work. How do we make sure that the press of the button creates the results that the consumer wants? In the morning, I reserve time for collaborative meetings, whether it’s with the executives or the product management team. The morning hours are not always enough. Sometimes I have to skip lunch. My afternoon is more focused on individual projects. I have about a dozen in development, even though you just see a small portion that we launch in the market. Then I work with the product and test it. Most of the tests don’t require food, because you just need to measure temperatures and temperature curves. Then I go home to spend time with the family, doing a little bit of … [Read more...] about How Instant Pot designer Yi Qin makes top-selling products
What is happiness?1 How do you create it in your own life?2 And why are the Danish people so much happier than the rest of us?3 Should we live like them?4 advertisement advertisement This is the great, existential question that our hygge-obsessed Western culture has been asking itself for roughly half a decade now. And Ikea Denmark has decided to weigh in in a six-part miniseries called Home of Happiness. Starring two everyday people seeking happiness for themselves—a young woman named Yaya Ching from Hong Kong and Chicagoan Roy Torres—the pair of strangers actually won a contest to live (awkwardly!) together in an Ikea-gasm apartment in Copenhagen while interviewing different Danes about what makes them so happy. It’s about 40 minutes of miniseries full of big wine glasses, big bike baskets, big pastries, and big, blond toddlers. You can watch it right on YouTube! I tried. I really did. I drew a bath, pulled up the series on my phone, and … [Read more...] about Ikea reveals the secret to happiness, and it’s not furniture
“This is a meditation, just with your body,” begins fitness instructor Taryn Toomey in her deep, gravelly voice, reminiscent of Kathleen Turner. “Feel what your mind is trying to tell you.” advertisement advertisement I am in The Class, billed as a “cathartic mind-body experience” by founder Toomey, who is leading the session in her Tribeca studio. The airy space is outfitted with marble counters, soothing neutral palettes, modern gold-plated fixtures, and wood floors embedded with a layer of rose quartz crystals. Tunes by Florence and the Machine and The XX set the pace of The Class’s routines. As instructed, I am squatting and breathing deeply as a chorus of Lululemon-clad attendees repeatedly shout, “Huh!” in unison. These affluent working women are using sound to (Toomey claims) harness and release energy, treating the class’s mix of cardio exercises, body conditioning, yoga, and meditation as a sort of therapy … [Read more...] about Is This Workout For Your Feelings What American Women Need Right Now?