One: The fashion brand MSCHF is known for its outrageous designs—often offered as a wiseass comment on fashion trends. For example, these ridiculous red boots—intended to resemble casts for fractures:
Those absurd boots were at least usable. MSCHF’s new offering reads like an outright prank. The Microscopic Handbag measures 657 by 222 by 700 micrometres. Yup, that’s barely bigger than a speck of dust. A take on the well-known Louis Vuitton OnTheGo bag, it is intended as “an art piece” that satirises the handbag fetish:
As a once-functional object like a handbag becomes smaller and smaller, its object status becomes steadily more abstracted until it is purely a brand signifier. Previous small leather handbags have still required a hand to carry them—they become dysfunctional, inconveniences to their wearer.
The bag will first be displayed in a sealed gel case—and staged beneath a microscope (so you don’t have to squint lol) at a Paris gallery. It is supposed to go on sale at some point—though the price tag is unclear. Vogue helpfully suggests it may become a valuable “collector’s item.” No comment. The lead image shows you what it looks like under the microscope. You get a sense of how tiny it is below:
Two: We far prefer this collection of gorgeous glass tableware—inspired by water:
It’s said that shutter speeds of around 1/1000th of a second are necessary to really capture the detail of moving water in photography. So you can imagine the technical challenge of accurately capturing water as a three-dimensional object. Product designer Masahiko Tanoue has dedicated the last several years of his career to just this: creating glass tableware that beautifully replicates not only the shape and form of water but the way its transparency refracts light.
There are only four pieces—ranging in price from $100 to $175. (Spoon & Tamago)
Three: The Mexican jumping bean is not always Mexican—certainly not a bean—but it does indeed jump. Wasps lay their eggs inside seeds of a native shrub—which hatch into caterpillars that feed on the seeds and grow. The seeds fall on the ground and split into three segments. These ‘beans’ then jump around as the caterpillars race to get under the shade—to avoid being fried in the sun. FYI: the African ‘beans’ jump because the larvae are trying to get out of the pod. Irrespective, they look entirely delightful doing it:) The photography in the PBC clip below is impressive.