What’s for Lunch?
More than a century of New York lunches are explored at “Lunch Hour NYC,” a new exhibition at the Fifth Avenue location of the New York Public Library. From street food such as hot dogs and pretzels to Automat machines to Delmonico’s and Sardi’s, the exhibit shows how demographic shifts and economic development affected the midday meal.
Is Mom stressed out? Could be the amount of stuff her family has in the home, according to a survey behind the new book, “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.” UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families sent archaeologists, anthropologists and other social scientists to study the home life of 32 middle-class, dual-income families for four years. And what they found makes one want to clean out clutter, stat.
Just Add Water
No electricity or batteries needed for this alarm clock—it only needs to be filled with water to run. Proprietary metallic plates inside the semi-transparent water reservoir allow ions in the water to be turned into current that powers the clock and alarm. bedol.com
London continues to be in the spotlight. This month, the London Design Festival takes place from Sept. 14-23, 2012, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum, one of the event’s partners, there will be a series of specially created installations, including Mimicry Chairs from Japanese studio Nendo, shown, which will appear in varying locations throughout the museum. londondesignfestival.com