۸ Modern Products to Enhance Your Bathroom

Elegant bathroom storage with ladder-like silhouette

The Nomad Shelf System from Skagerak is part of an innovative storage system that has a thin, space-saving profile. Designed to resemble a ladder, the Nomad rests on the wall, keeping a small footprint. The ladder comes with four hooks, which make it easy to hang small accessories, and the rungs of the ladder can be draped with towels. The Nomad Ladder can be used with the Nomad shelf to create more surface area for storing other items. 


Michael Graves dies aged 80

Michael Graves 1934-2015

Architect and designer Michael Graves has died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 80, his office has announced. (more…)


۵ Light-Filled NYC Homes

Bienstock/Sayer Family Apartment Living Area

It's no surprise the owner of this recently renovated Manhattan apartment says he views light as a form of sculpture. A transom and bay window flood his abode with light, even with his formidable collection of lighting fixtures switched off. 

Image courtesy of Andy Ryan.

Judge: Lyft Drivers Don’t Seem Much Like Independent Contractors

A Lyft car in San Francisco (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Uber and Lyft face the same protests from those who are — literally — driving business for the rival “ride-sharing” businesses. In separate California trials, juries will decide whether Uber and Lyft drivers should be categorized as contract workers, as they currently are, or employees — opening the door for benefits such as health insurance that the firms currently opt out of, in part to deliver cheaper fares to customers.

Being considered employees could mean better job security for drivers, who currently are subject to “deactivations” with no warning and no legal way to fight it. The companies prefer to highlight how drivers have far more flexibility than typical employees, with the ability to set their own schedule and number of hours.

According to Forbes, drivers in the Lyft case have requested to be considered employees. In the Uber case, it was the company requesting its drivers be considered independent contractors. In both cases, a judge denied the requests and turned them over to a jury.

The decisions of the juries could potentially impact a great deal of other “sharing economy” startups that operate similarly, utilizing independent contractors to minimize labor costs.

“At first glance, Lyft drivers don’t seem much like employees,” wrote U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, the judge in the Lyft lawsuit. “But Lyft drivers don’t seem much like independent contractors either. The jury in this case will be handed a square peg and asked to choose between two round holes.”

The trials come at a time when both Uber and Lyft are expanding. Lyft raised $530 million in a recent funding round, garnering a valuation of $2.5 billion and “adding momentum to its expansion plans,” according to a Reuters report today. Uber recently lunged for $1 billion in funding to set its sights on the Asian-Pacific market.

If the juries decide to consider drivers as employees, the lucrative model could take a hit.


interview with graphic designer jorge león

spanish graphic designer jorge león told us more about his work and influences.

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Just Deserts: 5 Standout Homes in Arid Climates

Modern prefab vacation home in Washington facade with steel cladding

When Vancouver-based architect Jesse Garlick was growing up, his family used to take him sailing. Those aquatic outings instilled a love of solitude, design, and self-sufficiency that inspired him to join his profession. But when Garlick and his wife, Susan Elliott, decided to build a vacation retreat, they chose a different kind of geography and challenge: a prefabricated, off-the-grid home in eastern Washington’s high desert.


Antony Gormley occupies Parisian gallery with monumental metal sculptures

British sculptor Antony Gormley has filled a Parisian gallery with an impenetrable structure made from grids of steel, and an army of figures made from stacked metal cubes (+ slideshow). (more…)


Houzz Tour: Connecticut Farm Restored for Generations to Come (23 photos)

Here’s the truth: This stately New Canaan, Connecticut, home has existed for decades as something of a gentleman farm, so to speak. The property probably was started as a dairy farm in the 1700s — but whoever built the colonial revival home during the Great Gatsby era was probably not relying...


Glorious Uses of Glass

Lookout House Courtyard in Tasmania

This Tasmanian home features a glass wall that overlooks a central courtyard.


Mathieu Lehanneur appointed chief designer at Huawei

Mathieu Lehanneur

Business news: Chinese technology company Huawei has named French designer Mathieu Lehanneur as the head of its new design research centre in Paris. (more…)


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