British maverick and architect Will Alsop passes away, Elon Musk plans to make bricks for affordable housing, Good Things launches a new line of home office furniture—find this and more in this week’s roundup of design headlines.
Remote work is on the rise, and Brooklyn–based design brand Good Thing has launched a collection of furniture and lighting specifically designed to help those who work from home. The collection was launched as part of New York Design Week and includes five new pieces designed by MSDS Studio, Ben Kicic, Jamie Wolfond, Ferréol Babin and Earnest Studio. Highlights include a powder-coated aluminum stackable side table and a versatile shutter lamp which can be set on a table or mounted on the wall.
By now, most of us have heard that Elon Musk’s The Boring Company is building tunnels under L.A. to escape traffic. Now, unsurprisingly, the high-tech CEO has already figured out what to do with all that dirt. Musk announced on Twitter on May 7, “The Boring Company will be using dirt from tunnel digging to create bricks for low-cost housing.” The Boring Company FAQ page confirms the statement, and a spokesperson for The Boring Company confirmed these plans to Bloomberg, stating the bricks will come from “excavated muck,” and that “there will be an insane amount of bricks.” Future Boring Company offices will be also be made from these bricks.
Whole Foods has launched a new home decor boutique called Plant & Plate inside their new Bridgewater, New Jersey store. The recent Amazon acquisition will be testing the waters, selling home goods and other items with their new concept shop, which will be “dedicated to beauty, garden and home goods rooted in nature,” according to their website. Plant & Plate will feature products such as Hedley & Bennett aprons, Beaucycled jewelry, Brooklyn–based Apotheke candles, and pottery by local Bridgewater–based maker Keiko Inouye.