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Mattress Giant Jingle Gets X-Rated 305 Remix: "Looking for That Ooh-Aah Feel"

Mattress Giant Jingle Gets X-Rated 305 Remix: "Looking for That Ooh-Aah Feel"


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"Ooh-ahh." Whether you were a kid sitting down to cartoon time or a middle-aged perv prowling late-night TV for phone-sex ads ... We all just couldn't stop singing that orgasmic Mattress Giant jingle: "If you're looking for that ooh-ahh feel, come to Mattress Giant/When you want that ooh-ahh deal, we've...

The Gardens of Versailles Now Include a Dazzling Man-Made Waterfall

The Gardens of Versailles Now Include a Dazzling Man-Made Waterfall

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

The Château de Versailles is a year-round attraction for tourists in France. But when the weather brightens, it’s the gardens that are the big draw, with their elegant André Le Nôtre landscaping and musical fountains. The latest star attraction is a dazzling monumental free-standing waterfall on the manicured grounds that looks like a mirage or a special effect, a breathtaking sleight of hand from Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

“For my exhibition this summer, I am doing a series of subtle spatial interventions inside the palace deploying mirrors and light, and in the gardens, I use fog and water to amplify the feelings of impermanence and transformation,” Eliasson said in a press statement. “The artworks liquefy the formal design of the gardens while reviving one of landscape architect André Le Nôtre’s original, unrealised visions: the placement of a waterfall along the axis of the Grand Canal.”

Since 2008, Versailles has invited contemporary artists to dot its grounds with sculptures and other artworks that offer a striking counterpoint to all that gilded French history and grandeur.

Eliasson installed a series of giant waterfalls in New York City in 2008. The Versailles waterfall is the central work in a triptych of water installations in the garden, constructed using a crane, water, stainless steel, pump system, hose, and ballast, the artist said, declining at a press unveiling to confirm its actual height.

“This waterfall reinvigorates the engineering ingenuity of the past,” Eliasson said. “It is as constructed as the court was, and I’ve left the construction open for all to see—a seemingly foreign element that expands the scope of human imagination.

If you happen to be in the Paris region between now and Oct. 30, you can travel to the exhibition via French national railway trains decked out to look like the palace and gardens of Versailles.

Giant, Interactive “Icebergs” Take Over D.C.’s National Building Museum

Giant, Interactive “Icebergs” Take Over D.C.’s National Building Museum

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

To offer a respite from the jungle heat of summer in Washington, the National Building Museum has mounted Icebergs, an immersive 12,540-square-foot installation designed by James Corner Field Operations (whose work includes New York City’s High Line) that transforms the museum’s Great Hall into a chilly, nature-inspired simulacrum of a glacial field.

“ICEBERGS invokes the surreal underwater-world of glacial ice fields,” said James Corner, founder and director of James Corner Field Operations, in a press release. “Such a world is both beautiful and ominous given our current epoch of climate change, ice-melt, and rising seas.”

Until Sept. 5, visitors can hang out in pointy ice-white beanbag chairs on the “ocean floor” and contemplate climate change while looking up at a “water line” suspended 20 feet above or enjoy a panoramic view from the exhibition’s crowning 56-foot-tall iceberg. The installation, made from materials such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, also includes an “ice chute” slide.

“ICEBERGS symbolizes an extreme counterpoint to the sweltering heat of the Washington, D.C. summer,” said Chase W. Rynd, executive director of the National Building Museum. “We hope that James Corner Field Operations’ striking design will provoke both serious public conversation about the complex relationship between design and landscape, while also eliciting a sense of wonder and play among visitors of all ages.”

Mattress Firm acquires Mattress Giant

Mattress Firm acquires Mattress Giant


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Mattress Firm Holding Corp., owner of Houston-based sleep shop chain Mattress Firm, has acquired regional chain Mattress Giant, based in Addison, Texas. With the purchase, Mattress Firm adds about 180 stores in seven markets throughout Texas and Florida. In 2011, Mattress Firm purchased 55 Mattress Giant locations. The company is rebranding all Mattress Giant stores …

Google’s Method for Testing New Ideas Includes a “Magic Clock” Invented for a 4-Year-Old

Google’s Method for Testing New Ideas Includes a “Magic Clock” Invented for a 4-Year-Old

by Jake Knapp @ The Eye

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp with John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz is a new book in which the Google Ventures’ design partner shares the step-by-step process behind the “sprint” methodology he created to help companies design new products and services in the space of a workweek. 

They have developed a precision blueprint for how sprints should run, down to details such as start and end times, the precise hour to break for lunch, what and what not to eat for lunch, and non-negotiable rules that include banning screen-based devices from the workroom. Their favorite tools are old-fashioned office supplies like giant white boards; yellow 3-by-5-inch Post-it notes (additional colors slow down decision-making by increasing cognitive load); medium-point Paper Mate Flair felt-tipped pens (rather than thin-tipped, to help concision when writing out ideas); blue ¼-inch dot stickers; and, as he shares in the excerpt below, a nondigital device they describe as a “magic clock” that was invented for a 4-year-old.

“How much longer?” In the fall of 1983, Jan Rogers was hearing this question a dozen times a day in her Cincinnati home. Her 4-year-old daughter, Loran, was unusually curious about time. Jan tried every conceivable answer:

“Until the little hand moves here.”

“Until the alarm dings.”

“Two Sesame Streets.”

No matter what Jan said, little Loran just didn’t get it. So Jan went searching for a better clock. She tried digital clocks and analog clocks. She tried egg timers and alarms. She scoured Cincinnati’s shopping malls for a clock that could make the abstract idea of time clear to a 4-year-old. But none of them worked. “I’m not giving up,” Jan thought. “I’ll invent a clock if I have to.” And that’s what she did.

That evening, Jan sat down at the kitchen table with scissors and a pile of paper and cardboard and started experimenting. “That first prototype was really simple,” Jan recalls. “A red paper plate cut to slide into a white paper plate. It was all manual, so I had to actually move the plates as time elapsed.”

Loran got it. And Jan realized she was onto something. She called her invention the Time Timer. At first, Jan manufactured the timers in her basement, using double-sided tape to hold the pieces together. Slowly but steadily, Jan Rogers turned the Time Timer into an enterprise. Today, Jan is CEO of a multimillion-dollar business, and you can find Time Timers in classrooms around the world, from kindergartens in Amsterdam to Stanford University.

The Time Timer itself is an object of simple beauty. True to Jan’s original design, it has a red disk that moves as time elapses. It makes the abstract passage of time vivid and concrete. When Jake first saw a Time Timer, in his son’s classroom, he fell in love. “Please,” he said to the teacher. “Tell me where to get one of these.” After all, if the timer worked for preschoolers, it should be perfect for CEOs. And it was.

We use Time Timers in our sprints to mark small chunks of time, anywhere from three minutes to one hour. These tiny deadlines give everyone an added sense of focus and urgency. Now, there are plenty of ways to keep time that don’t require a special device, but the Time Timer is worth the extra cost. Because it’s a large mechanical object, it’s visible to everyone in the room in a way that no phone or iPad app could ever be. And unlike with a traditional clock, no math or memory is required to figure out how much time is remaining. When time is visible, it becomes easy to understand and discuss, and that’s as important for a team of professionals as it was for Jan’s daughter Loran.

See also: How the Wright Brothers Inspired the Way Google Tests New Ideas

Reprinted from the book Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp with John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz. Copyright 2016 by Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corp.

What Chemicals are In Your Mattress?

by Admin @ New Living

We think of our home a sanctuary. It’s a comfortable place where we are safe. But unfortunately toxins can lurk all around us in hidden places. Bedding, mattresses, sofas, and household cleaners and paints may be a hidden place for these chemicals. Here is a list of the chemicals that can be found in common […]

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French Artist JR Creates Giant Photo Installations of Athletes for the Rio Olympics

French Artist JR Creates Giant Photo Installations of Athletes for the Rio Olympics

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

In May, he made Paris’ Louvre pyramid disappear. And now that the world’s eyes are trained on Brazil for the Olympics, French street artist JR has turned his attention to Rio de Janeiro, where he installed a handful of larger-than-life photographic portraits around the city.

JR has brought his trademark brand of large-scale black-and-white photographic street art to 129 countries around the globe to date. But for the Rio installation he spent a year developing a new engineering technique that utilizes layers of scaffolding to create the impression that the photographic athletes are high-jumping off of tall buildings and diving into and swimming in the sea.

The high-jumper is 27-year-old Sudanese Mohamed Younes Idriss, who lives and trains in Cologne, Germany, but missed out on qualifying for the games due to an injury, JR said on his Instagram page. “He still came to Rio and jumps over a building in Flamengo,” he said.

See more of Slate’s Olympics coverage.

Dream On Me Recalls Crib And Toddler Mattresses

by BedTimes @ BedTimes

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Piscataway, New Jersey-based Dream On Me voluntarily has recalled 23,400 crib and toddler mattresses that failed to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard for mattresses, posing a fire hazard. No injuries have been reported. The CSPC web page lists 10 recalled models. They include spring and foam […]

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What is Natural Latex and What is a Natural Latex Mattress?

by Admin @ New Living

When most people think of latex, they think of synthetic latex. Synthetic latex, is completely man made from petrochemicals. It can be commonly found in rubber gloves, condoms, balloons, band-aids, medical equipment and surgical devices just to name a few. Some people can develop allergies to synthetic latex after just a few exposures. These allergic reactions […]

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Earnhardt Manufacturing reorganizes top management

by BedTimes @ BedTimes

Earnhardt Manufacturing LLC, a supplier of knitted FR barrier fabrics and zippered mattress covers based in Roebuck, South Carolina, has named Frank Earnhardt chief executive officer and Jesse Beasley president. The company also has hired Michael Diemer for a newly created position of manufacturing general manager.  Earnhardt, previously president, started Earnhardt in 2006. Beasley, who has […]

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Mattress Firm at Palm Beach Outlets

Mattress Firm at Palm Beach Outlets


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Mattress Firm offers everything you need for a peaceful night of sleep, including mattresses, pillows, bedding, frames and sleep accessories.

A Dutch Designer Fills the Amsterdam Airport With Clouds

A Dutch Designer Fills the Amsterdam Airport With Clouds

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport continues to tap top-tier Dutch design talent to salve the drudgery of airport travel. After designer Maarten Baas helped the weary traveling masses pass the time by installing a 10-foot performance art clock in Lounge 2 featuring a man painting the passing minutes by hand, on Saturday the ever-innovative Daan Roosegaarde introduced a new permanent artwork that has turned an empty 328-foot-long wall inside Departure Hall 3 into a modern-day Dutch landscape painting of a cloudy blue sky.

Roosegaarde’s “Beyond” is inspired by 17th-century Dutch Golden Age masters such as naturalistic landscape painter Salomon van Ruysdael. Using a printing technology that produces perspective and the effect of movement when seen from varying angles, his cloud wall plays with light and dimension, looking by turns like a giant Dutch landscape painting come to life and a blown-up version of the view from an airplane window.

“Although only 10 centimeters thick, the cloud wall gives the impression of providing miles of space,” reads a project description, calling the wall a “groundbreaking visual ‘augmented reality space’ whose 3D effect is enhanced by yellowish-white led lamps embedded in the wall, creating a space that is both physical and poetical.”

Roosegaarde said in a press release that his wall, evocative of Dutch clouds and sky, “creates a place of wonder and identity” in the midst of the busy airport. “Looking at the clouds, people start dreaming again and find their own stories in them," he said.

Superior Importers recalls mattresses sold exclusively through Amazon.com

by BedTimes @ BedTimes

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Superior Importers voluntarily has recalled about 6,200 mattresses that failed to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard for mattresses, posing a fire hazard. No injuries have been reported in connection with the mattresses. The recall involves Basic 6-inch and Basic 8-inch Home Life […]

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This Giant Mattress Makes Room For The Whole Family

This Giant Mattress Makes Room For The Whole Family


Mattress Clarity

If you and your family members enjoy cuddling or co-sleeping together but space is starting to get tight, you may be in luck. A new line of mattresses from The Ace Collection come in sizes that make a King bed look conservative. These beds are no joke. The collection comes in three sizes: Ace (108″ x …

Designers Across America Create Free Posters Urging People to Vote

Designers Across America Create Free Posters Urging People to Vote

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

The 2016 presidential election has thus far failed to create an instantly iconic image like Shepard Fairey’s 2008 “Hope” poster, but that doesn’t mean that America’s designers aren’t giving it their best.

Since 2004, AIGA’s Get Out the Vote campaign has been inviting its 25,000 designer members to create free, downloadable posters that harness “the power of design to motivate the American public to register and turn out to vote in the 2016 general election, as well as local elections to come,” according to the New York City–based professional design association’s website.

The 374 posters submitted thus far (AIGA members have until Nov. 8 to contribute) are as disparate in style and approach as the designers themselves—which include high-profile names such as Pentagram partner Paula Scher and veteran Milton Glaser (most famous for the “I Love New York” logo). But the citizen designers of America are unmistakably united in their message to the 42.5 percent of eligible voters who didn’t exercise their right to vote in 2012.

Check out the rest of the posters at the AIGA website, which, unlike this range of $5 campaign buttons designed by 45 American designers, are available to download, print, and disseminate for free.

Think Concrete Is Stronger Than Timber? This London Pavilion Wants to Prove You Wrong.

Think Concrete Is Stronger Than Timber? This London Pavilion Wants to Prove You Wrong.

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

The Smile is an urban pavilion on display at the London Design Festival that shows off the virtuosity of cross-laminated timber. Designed by London-based Canadian architect Alison Brooks and engineered by Arup, the Smile is a 112-foot-long, 10-foot-high curved tube engineered from American tulipwood whose ends are cantilevered into an approximation of giant upturned lips.

“This is the happy face of the ever-evolving timber revolution,” Brooks said in a project description, “a small building that performs big miracles by demonstrating how hardwood CLT can perform as a structural material.”

Made from small planks of wood that are glued together in a crisscross arrangement, CLT is said to be greener and as fire-resistant as traditional building materials, lightweight but stronger than concrete. It’s increasingly a 21st-century building material of choice, with architects around the world already racing to build the tallest timber skyscraper on the planet.

While CLT is usually made from spruce, Arup and the American Hardwood Export Council have been experimenting with using abundant and fast-growing North American tulipwood, which the engineers say has proved both stronger and better-looking than spruce. They used construction-sized CLT panels fastened together using 4,000 foot-long screws.

The structure is anchored to a wooden cradle filled with 20 tons of steel counterweights. Thanks to all this impressive engineering, the slender structure can support 60 people on one end without turning into a giant see-saw.

American Textile adds experienced IT exec Carlo Morgano

by BedTimes @ BedTimes

Duquesne, Pennsylvania-based American Textile Co., a producer of name-brand and nonbranded mattress protection products, pillows and bedding, has named Carlo Morgano to the new position senior vice president of information technology.  Most recently, Morgano was with CIO Ventures, where he consulted with technology incubators and venture capital firms, in addition to advising startups in various industries, including […]

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A Dutch Artist Made a Gigantic Bear From Conifer Tree Branches

A Dutch Artist Made a Gigantic Bear From Conifer Tree Branches

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is known for making cartoonish, larger-than-life animal sculptures of rubber ducks, aardvarks, bunnies, and other creatures that he has displayed in public spaces around the world. The latest work of the man who sent an immense floating hippo down London’s River Thames is a giant bear made of conifer tree branches, set on the grounds of a former aviation school in the Netherlands.

Made with help from students at Terra College, the nearly 43-foot-tall “Conibear” was made by applying living conifer branches supplied by local residents and a nearby nursery to a metal and bent-wire frame and securing them in place with cable ties, a representative from Studio Florentijn Hofman said in an email.

The sculpture was erected as part of a local art festival on July 2 and will loom over the landscape like a giant bear-shaped Christmas tree until Sept. 18.

Given that it’s made of living materials, how is it holding up? The sculpture “is already transforming into a brown Conibear,” Studio Florentijn Hofman said.

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare


Fast Company

Why did Casper sue a mattress blogger? A closer look reveals a secret, multimillion-dollar battle to get you into bed.

 2017 Giant Big Filled Big Hero Baymax Bed Tatami Mattress Sofa Great gift   | eBay

2017 Giant Big Filled Big Hero Baymax Bed Tatami Mattress Sofa Great gift | eBay


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Hilding Anders purchases Feather & Black

by BedTimes @ BedTimes

Mattress manufacturer and retailer Hilding Anders International, with world headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, has bought the business and certain assets of U.K. retailer Feather & Black. It will continue to operate as F&B, which specializes in bedroom furnishings, mattresses and sleep accessories. Retail veteran Paul Sweetenham was hired as F&B’s interim chief executive officer. He […]

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New Living vs. Mattress Giant: The First in a Series of Mattress Store Comparisons  - New Living

New Living vs. Mattress Giant: The First in a Series of Mattress Store Comparisons - New Living


New Living

I am delighted to present the first article in the series of mattress store comparisons in the Houston area. Specifically, this article compares mattresses from Mattress Giant and New Living, both located in Rice Village. This article seeks to 1) provide readers with the most accurate information on the key topics in mattress shopping and …

A wildly popular conspiracy theory about why there are so many Mattress Firm stores is starting to sound less crazy

A wildly popular conspiracy theory about why there are so many Mattress Firm stores is starting to sound less crazy


Business Insider

There's a Reddit conspiracy theory about why there are so many Mattress Firms — and "accounting irregularities" at the company are making it sound less...

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JFK Terminal 4 Adds Playful Signage to Try to Make Air Travel Less Grating

JFK Terminal 4 Adds Playful Signage to Try to Make Air Travel Less Grating

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

To cheer up travelers stuck in airport purgatory, Amsterdam’s airport has recently commissioned prominent Dutch designers to install a giant clock whose numbers are painted on by human hands and a dreamy wall of three-dimensional clouds. Now JFK’s Terminal 4 is using design to freshen up its image and inject some personality into the busy travel hub with a cheerful new logo and directional signage from branding firm Base Design.

“Throughout the project we considered how people felt when they travel,” Base Partner and Creative Director Min Lew said in a press release. “It’s a stressful experience. Probably because up until recently, airports were designed around airplanes and efficiency—not the people going through them.”

JFKIAT, which manages Terminal 4 (the only air terminal in North America operated by a private management company), commissioned Base Design “to create a terminal with human experience in mind,” according to a project description, and to “rethink the stereotypical, anxiety-ridden airport experience” to “change a traveler’s experience from apprehension and confusion to reliable ease and efficiency, with thoughtful and unexpected human touches along the way.”

Base Design developed a custom typeface; commissioned drawings from illustrator Tomi Um that will be placed in retail corridors on pillars to guide people toward bars and restaurants; and adopted a “vibrant, joyful color palette to render the terminal environment fresh, fun, approachable, and eye-catching.”

To further “infuse personality into the terminal experience,” additional features will be rolled out over the course of the year including new signage in the arrival hall, digital directories, elevators, retail corridors, stair graphics, gates graphics, and a large logo on the west side of the building as well as trivia and quotes about New York that will be posted on the pillars and walls to welcome visitors.

A French Street Artist Turns Discarded Mattresses Into Giant Food Sculptures

A French Street Artist Turns Discarded Mattresses Into Giant Food Sculptures

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

Parisian artist Lor-K has spent the past six years turning wayward street trash into ephemeral urban sculptures. For her latest project, “Eat Me,” she transformed a series of discarded mattresses into tantalizing larger-than-life caricatures of pizza, cake, sushi, waffles, and other treats.

“When I am in a creative mood, I hop on my scooter with all my paints, tools and materials to search for a mattress,” Lor-K told me in an email. “Sometimes I drive around for several hours before finding the perfect spot (#worldofwaste).”

While she said her head is always full of images that she’d like to “cook,” she improvises according to what she finds on the sidewalk, where she creates—and ultimately abandons—her work (after filming herself during the creation process and photographing the end result for web posterity, of course).

Lor-K said that she turned her attention to mattresses for her latest project because they are easily found on the street, where “the stigmatism of their past life, of their spots and stains” make them nothing but undesirable urban clutter that is rarely recycled or reused.

“Creating food with what we waste, in the end it’s a metaphor about our own cycle of consumption,” she said. “It’s a way to sensitize people about wastefulness.”

Lor-K said that she has stayed around after finishing previous projects such as “Nature Morte” (in which she made sidewalk still lifes from discarded farmers market produce) or “Christwaste” (that used abandoned Christmas trees and holiday waste as fodder) out of curiosity to see what becomes of them after she lets them go. “For ‘Eat Me,’ I didn’t want to wait around,” she said. “I find their mystery becomes more poetic that way. Who will eat them?”

Watch her make the above slice of Black Forest cake below:

How Posh & Lavish’s Obsessive Engineering Made them One of Our Most Popular Brands

by Admin @ New Living

If you’ve stopped by New Living Healthy Bedroom Store lately, you may have tried Posh & Lavish. It’s one of our newest brands that we carry and one of the most popular. If you haven’t tried out a Posh & Lavish you must! The mattress is cozy and of the highest quality. And their company […]

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Let’s Celebrate! We’ve Created the First Certified Non-Toxic Sofa in the US

by Admin @ New Living

We’ve got big news that we are so excited to share! Our very own Tilly Sofa is officially the first certified non-toxic sofa in the USA! At New Living, we care about health and not only feature organic and natural mattresses from lots of health conscious brands, we also create pieces with our partners HTX […]

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Giant mattress built for families who want to sleep together

Giant mattress built for families who want to sleep together


WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio | Columbus News, Weather & Sports

While parents now have a new spacious bed to enjoy their children's company in, sleep experts and pediatricians are still warning against the practice.

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Sleeping Giant Mattress Company | Minetto, NY | Mattresses


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Sleeping Giant Mattress Company in Minetto, NY has a great selection of affordable mattresses and beds for customers in Oswego County.

Rotterdam Builds a Giant Staircase to Celebrate the City’s Rebuilding After World War II

Rotterdam Builds a Giant Staircase to Celebrate the City’s Rebuilding After World War II

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, whose previous work includes a stunning glass brick storefront on a historic street in Amsterdam, has built the Stairs to Kriterion, a vertiginous, monumental temporary stairway to heaven in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The installation, which remains in place through June 12, celebrates 75 years of post–World War II reconstruction in Rotterdam by offering those game to climb the 180 steps of the 95-foot-tall, 187-foot-long staircase both a series of perspectives over the city landscape and access to the roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw business center.  

“The scaffolding responds to the angles of the Rotterdam Central Station, connecting the contemporary icon with a historic monument,” MVRDV said in a project description, “whilst through its construction referencing the reconstruction that the city has experienced.”

A temporary observation deck at the top gives climbers a perch to overlook the city, as well as a chance to attend films, debates, and performances at the former cinema Kriterion, popular in the 1960s, which will be open during the staircase event.

“I used to see Rotterdam from the Kriterion after the films and it gave an fantastic overview of the city,” MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas said in a press release. “The roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw, one of the best buildings of the reconstruction of the Netherlands, deserves to be used as a base for the next intensification of Rotterdam. The Stairs suggest that.”

The designers said that they based the idea on a previous project by Rotterdam design firm West8, which had created a temporary scaffolding-based staircase leading up to the roof of Las Palmas, a historic building in Rotterdam. “In our design process we started with the dream of a permanent escalator which then turned into a temporary project made of scaffolding,” they added. Said Maas: “It would be good to make it a permanent fixture.”

Check out a time lapse of the construction in the video below:

Or this one, which shows people climbing the stairs and commenting on the project:

Tempur Sealy terminates deal with Mattress Firm

Tempur Sealy terminates deal with Mattress Firm


New York Post

This is what happens when you go to the mattresses with the nation’s biggest mattress retailer. Shares of Tempur Sealy lost nearly a third of their value Monday after the premium mattress maker sai…

A Digital Waterfall and a Flock of Flying Birds Revive the Lobby of a Denver Skyscraper

A Digital Waterfall and a Flock of Flying Birds Revive the Lobby of a Denver Skyscraper

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

My fourth-grade teacher showed us a futuristic movie in which people were no longer able to go outside. As a consolation, giant movie screens acted as windows on the inaccessible world, allowing you to change seasons and vistas with the click of a remote, summoning fall foliage, crashing waves, fields of flowers, or mountains covered in pristine snow. Maybe that’s why I am both delighted and spooked every time I encounter a project that brings a virtual representation of the outside indoors—like the wall of hyper-realistic clouds at the Amsterdam airport; an interactive installation of cherry blossoms blooming in a historic building in downtown Washington; or the eight-story digital waterfall, 86-foot-tall trees, and flock of flying birds that have given the lobby of Denver’s third tallest skyscraper a new lease on life.

ESI Design transformed the glass atrium lobby of the Wells Fargo Center, designed by legendary architect Philip Johnson in 1983. By installing five 86-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling LED columns that are six times the resolution of normal HD, it was able to create a dynamic display of the area’s natural wonders in the formerly somber lobby.

The flock of 3,600 flying birds are animated in real time thanks to an algorithm ensuring that their flight pattern never repeats. The 3-D cascading waterfall changes speed and volume according to the wind outside. Trees change with the time or day and the season, turning color in the autumn and losing leaves in winter. A library of local, user-generated Instagram photos creates a mosaic of Colorado mountains. The installation is visible from outside the building.

“The space demanded a design that was epic in scale, but we didn’t want an enormous rectangular screen that would have felt like typical digital signage,” ESI Design senior immersive designer Ed Purver said in a press release. “So we split the screen into five separate columns of LED to accentuate the impressive verticality of the atrium. Viewed together, they create one canvas.”

Watch the video below to get the full interactive effect:

Mattress Giant's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Doesn't Apply To Mattresses

Mattress Giant's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Doesn't Apply To Mattresses


Consumerist

Look, if you’re going to call your store “Mattress Giant,” and you’re going to have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, then don’t specifically exclude mattresses.

Our walking tour through mattress showrooms

by BedTimes @ BedTimes

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Beth English and I spent four days touring Winter Las Vegas Market last week. Scroll down to see a gallery of product images that we took, from creative angles. In the closeups, you’ll get an idea of some of the detailing that went into the latest crop of mattresses from a […]

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Mattress Liquidators Miami | Major Brands at 50-70%off Retail Prices

Mattress Liquidators Miami | Major Brands at 50-70%off Retail Prices


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This Design Studio Eats a Home-Cooked Lunch Together Every Day

This Design Studio Eats a Home-Cooked Lunch Together Every Day

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

For office workers, lunch usually involves scarfing down a salad in your cubicle or using your break to work out, run errands, or get some fresh air and escape the office—and your colleagues. But the 90 employees in Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s Berlin-based studio don’t settle for desk salads or takeout. Instead, the man whose work includes monumental public installations like a giant waterfall in the gardens of the Château de Versailles runs a creative studio in which employees are required to assemble daily for a home-cooked, sit-down lunch.

Studio Olafur Eliasson isn’t the first Berlin design studio to create a ritual around a communal employee lunch, but it’s been at it for the past 13 years. And this year it chronicled its practice in Studio Olafur Eliasson: The Kitchen, a cookbook and communal lunch manifesto that includes more than 100 vegetarian recipes and an inside look at how it all works.

The process of producing the daily meal is as rigorously thought out, experimental, and collaborative as you would expect from a group of creatives. Lunch is cooked by a pair of in-house chefs in a purpose-built kitchen designed by in-house architects who also built a potager on the roof where they grow tomatoes and herbs.

A kitchen library includes cookbooks and volumes on soil and composting, fermentation, macrobiotics, permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, seed banks, and food politics. The chefs ferment miso in the studio basement. What isn’t grown on site is sourced from a local organic shop and a biodynamic farm outside of Berlin. After lunch, employees take turns doing the dishes.

The book includes reflections on food processes and cooking, anecdotes about visiting lunches with famous chefs such as René Redzepi and Alice Waters (who wrote the book’s forward), and photos of special events in which the staff opens up the studio and its kitchen to the public.

When the studio decided to make pizza one day, the on-site metal workshop improvised an attachment for its drill press to mix the dough. On the boss’s birthday one year, several staff members brought in their favorite cake recipes and prepared them in the studio kitchen for an informal birthday bake-off (the winning carrot cake recipe is in the book).

“Sitting around one long table, sharing food, we take the opportunity to get inspiration from unexpected corners, while also engaging in pragmatic conversations about work, chatting, or exchanging the odd piece of gossip,” Eliasson writes in the book. “We treasure the sometimes unpredictable outcomes of our mealtimes.”

Is This Proposed High-Tech Thrill Ride New York’s Version of the Eiffel Tower?

Is This Proposed High-Tech Thrill Ride New York’s Version of the Eiffel Tower?

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

Answering the state of New York’s call for proposals to transform New York City’s Penn Station, Brooklyn-based designer and developer AE Superlab has proposed the Halo, a “kinetic monument for public use and enjoyment” that would hover over the unloved transit hub.

Describing it as “New York’s high-tech version of the Eiffel Tower,” the designers said in a project description that the proposed 1,200-foot-high, 460-foot-wide, $637 million amusement park–style ride was conceived as “an extremely transparent, lightweight and iconic structure” constructed from 17,000 tons of steel.

They claim that it would serve as “a new beacon and landmark along the city’s skyline, celebrating and demarking the location of the station below at street level, bringing enjoyment to millions of visitors, and generating potentially over $1 billion of value for the public sector through private-sector ticket sales.”

AE Superlab said that the Halo is a futuristic alternative to your standard Ferris wheel such as the London Eye or the world’s largest currently being constructed on Staten Island.

If built, the Halo promises to offer 11 different ride experiences to cater to everyone from sightseers wanting views of the skyline to thrill-seekers who get off on free-falling at more than 100 mph.

And with its five rings representing each of NYC’s boroughs, the Halo has also been conceived as a giant interactive display that could broadcast information such as weather data or sports results from games at Madison Square Garden below.

Reminder: Enter to Win $2,000+ Mattress Giant Prize - Houston On The Cheap

Reminder: Enter to Win $2,000+ Mattress Giant Prize - Houston On The Cheap


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There Are Now Giant Mattresses For Families Who Want To Co-Sleep

There Are Now Giant Mattresses For Families Who Want To Co-Sleep


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Mattress Giant | Wikiwand

Mattress Giant | Wikiwand


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Mattress Giant Corporation was an American retailing company and mattress store chain founded in 1986 in Miami, Florida. The company was based in Addison, Texas. In 2012 it was announced Mattress Firm would acquire all Mattress Giant locations in the U.S in a $47 million deal, virtually all Mattress Giant locations will convert to Mattress Firm. Some stores were converted to Sleepy's which were later converted to Mattress Firm. The deal closed in July 2012 and it effectively ended Mattress Giant's presence as a bedding retailer. The website was operated through December 2012; and it delivered mattress related products to houses. Mattress Giant had a total of 360 stores in 14 states nationwide.

Is This the World’s Most Stylish Car Wash?

Is This the World’s Most Stylish Car Wash?

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

The point of a car wash is to make your car look shiny and clean, but there’s no reason that the space itself can’t be stylish too. Madrid-based architect Lina Toro revamped the interior of Burbucar, an established car wash on Costa Rica Street in Madrid that looks like a set for a Pedro Almodóvar movie.

The architect said in a project description that Burbucar “uses clean and innovative processes” and wanted to “visualize its philosophy by means of a renewed image.” The architect and her team managed to execute the renovation in a month without interrupting business at the busy car wash, which services 80 cars a day.

The vibrant design emphasizes transparency with an open plan that allows customers to watch their cars being lathered up from big picture windows.

A “purifying room” contains giant water tanks that allow 80 percent of the water to be recycled.

Waiting spaces are outfitted with sleek modern furniture like a clear plastic hanging bubble chair and cheered up with plenty of indoor plants.

The signature element of the redesign is a wash of bold blue epoxy paint that floods the entire 8,100-square-foot space on the ground floor of a seven-story building. “The monochrome background highlights the machinery’s and space’s backstage,” the architect said, adding that “conventionally hidden elements are revealed” and the brightly lit tunnel exposes “the beauty of the most industrial engineering.”

And while it’s not quite an Almodóvar movie, if you want to see the photogenic car wash in action, check out the surreal project video below, produced by El Hijo Tonto.*

*Update, May 26, 2016: This post has been updated to include the name of the video producers.

Mattress Giant Unveils Sustainability Program; Launches Natura Pillow Line - MASSAGE Magazine

Mattress Giant Unveils Sustainability Program; Launches Natura Pillow Line - MASSAGE Magazine


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04.21.2009 – (ADDISON, TX, April 21, 2009) – Mattress Giant, the nation’s fifth largest bedding retailer, has announced the launch of its sustainability initiative for 2009 and beyond, in conjunction with the launch of the Natura eco-friendly pillow line in all 372 retail locations. “Because of my role in ISPA’s sustainability council, I felt it …

Why Did This Artist Build Giant, Technicolor “Magic Mountains” in the Desert?

Why Did This Artist Build Giant, Technicolor “Magic Mountains” in the Desert?

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

About 10 miles south of Las Vegas, near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, seven technicolor limestone totem poles rise in the arid, sun-faded desert landscape like a shockingly pigmented mirage. The fluorescent acid trip of an art installation is Seven Magic Mountains, the work of Swiss-born, New York–based artist Ugo Rondinone.

Commissioned by the Art Production Fund and the Nevada Museum of Art, Seven Magic Mountains looks spontaneous, as if a band of artists might have assembled it under the cover of night on a lark. But it took Rondinone five years to complete the gravity-defying work, in which locally sourced painted limestone boulders are stacked into totems that each stand between 30 and 35 feet high. The New York Times noted that the piece is part of a decadeslong tradition of large-scale land art in the area and one of the largest land-art pieces created in the U.S. in the past 40 years.

“Seven Magic Mountains elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now,” the artist said in a press release. The release added that the installation “pays homage to the history of Land Art while also offering a contemporary critique of the simulacra in nearby Las Vegas.”

Nevada Museum of Art executive director and CEO David B. Walker likened the sculpture to a giant piece of advertising for the museum when he called it “an internationally significant sculptural installation that helps open the door in Nevada to future large-scale, land-based art projects.” An estimated 16 million vehicles will pass by the installation during its two-year run, Art Production Fund co-founders Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal said, which would make it “one of the most visible works in the history of Land Art.”

And while time and the elements certainly will have their way with the work, the organizers say that any man-made damage will be repaired (even though the boulders had been precoated with clear anti-graffiti paint, the installation has already been tagged once since opening May 11). A representative for the museum told me in an email that the graffiti was removed within 36 hours and that they are working with local authorities to devise a plan for increased patrol.

Mattress Startup Casper Sued a Mattress Review Site, Then Paid for Its Acquisition

Mattress Startup Casper Sued a Mattress Review Site, Then Paid for Its Acquisition


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Zaha Hadid’s New Antwerp Port House Looks Like a Giant Spaceship

Zaha Hadid’s New Antwerp Port House Looks Like a Giant Spaceship

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

Since Zaha Hadid’s sudden death in March, the studio that bears her name has had its hands full finishing the prolific and trailblazing architect’s roster of some three-dozen works in progress. The latest is perhaps one of her most striking creations, the newly inaugurated Port House in Antwerp, Belgium—Europe’s second-largest port—built on the back of a former fire station. The new structure is a headquarters for the port and its staff of 500, who were previously scattered in offices throughout the city.

“There was only one rule laid down in the architectural competition, namely that the original building had to be preserved,” Marc Van Peel, president of the Port of Antwerp, said in a press release. “There were no other requirements imposed for the positioning of the new building. The jury was therefore pleasantly surprised when the five shortlisted candidates all opted for a modern structure above the original building. They all combined the new with the old, but the design by Zaha Hadid Architects was the most brilliant.”

It goes without saying that the new Port House is daringly experimental, in-your-face architecture of the love-it or hate-it variety; it’s impossible to be indifferent to a building that looks like a giant spaceship, or an artist’s rendering of a meteorite, or some kind of futuristic riff on a giant barnacle.

The hulking structure is lightened with the use of faceted alternately transparent and opaque triangular glazed glass to create a surface that “ripples like waves and reflects the changing tones and colours of the city’s sky,” ZHA said. It manages to hover over the existing building like a spacecraft without obscuring it.

“ZHA’s design is an elevated extension, rather than a neighbouring volume which would have concealed at least one of the existing facades,” the architects said. “Like the bow of a ship, the new extension points towards the Scheldt, connecting the building with the river on which Antwerp was founded.”

The old fire station’s central courtyard is now the main reception area for the new Port House, enclosed with a glass roof. From there, visitors can access a historic public reading room and library that has been restored in the fire truck hall or access the new extension with its open-plan office space, restaurant, meeting rooms, and auditorium.

While the new Port House might look too otherworldly to cohabitate with its surroundings, ZHA said that the design is the result of “detailed historical research and a thorough analysis of both the site and the existing building,” adding that it had conceived of an emblematic structure that references its location, built to last as the port continues to expand in future generations.

“The architectural style of the original building … recalls the 16th century, Antwerp's ‘golden century,’ ” Van Peel added. “But now above this original, a contemporary structure in shining glass has been built, which I am sure, represents a new golden century for Antwerp.”

Ikea’s Signature Blue-and-Yellow Shopping Bag Is Getting a Makeover

Ikea’s Signature Blue-and-Yellow Shopping Bag Is Getting a Makeover

by Kristin Hohenadel @ The Eye

Danish design collective Hay has redesigned Ikea’s signature Frakta shopping bag, snubbing the brash blue-and-yellow color scheme of the brand’s familiar logo for a more neutral palette. Part of an upcoming collaboration launching in 2017 between the furniture giant and the company co-founded by Rolf and Mette Hay, the new bag is a tonal makeunder of the original, designed by siblings Marianne and Knut Hagberg. An Ikea representative told me in an email that the new tote, which looks more like a woven fabric bag than its shiny predecessor, will also be made of 100 percent fully recyclable polypropylene.

In order to manufacture the prototype, Ikea said, roughly 2.5-mm-wide polypropylene fibers were dyed and then woven in an automatic weaving machine that ensured there would be zero waste when cutting the fabric to make the bag. The woven fabric was then cut and stitched together using a combination of automatic and conventional stitching machines. The handle straps were woven separately from pre-dyed material to ensure a 100 percent color match.

“From the start, Mette wanted to take a look at some of the really iconic pieces from IKEA,” Ikea Design Manager Marcus Engman said. “Asking, what are the most iconic things in IKEA that everybody recognizes? She wanted to do something with these things, give them a new life.”

Hay is one of the key players in a movement among contemporary Scandinavian designers to breathe new life into the traditions of the region's illustrious midcentury past, often referred to as “new Scandinavian” or “new Nordic” design. The Hay-Ikea collaboration is part of “the journey to create a new Scandinavian design identity” for Ikea, the company said in a press release. “When we see the world is changing, how people live is changing, how people use products is changing, we have a duty to reinvent our basics,”  Engman said. “Still with a typical IKEA design sensibility, so you can see that it relates to our Scandinavian heritage.”

The collection will also include furniture, lighting, accessories, and textiles that capture Hay's contemporary spin on the familiar codes of traditional Scandinavian design. Like the new bag, much of the furniture in the new collection will be gray, white, and green.

“The idea we had for the collection, which also came from Rolf and Mette, was to do design which is totally clever, but understated at the same time,” Engman said in the press release, calling it design that “blends in” and has “longevity,” which is part of Ikea’s recent effort to revisit its production methods, align itself with high-profile designers, and ultimately attempt to change the perception that it is only a place to buy cheap stuff.

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