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Handmade Convertible Chairs Inspired by the Human Spine

In trying to create the "perfect chair," designer Mindaugas Zilionis looked to one of the human body's most important parts for inspiration: the spine. After nearly a decade of planning and building prototypes, Zilionis has created the Spyndi, a piece of furniture that consists of 1260 interlocking pieces of wood. The pieces form 60 elements that can be reconfigured to make various chair, stool, or table designs.

According Spyndi's Kickstarter page, each piece of wood used to form the chair is shaped and sanded by hand, and treated with oil so that it can be used indoors or outside. Each of the wooden sticks is designed to slide onto one another, and an Allen key controls the locking system to ensure that your custom furniture creation is sturdy yet flexible.

Backers who pledge enough to reserve their own Spyndi (around $852) will be given an edition that has copper ends on each of the 60 pieces, and they will also receive a lifetime warranty on the product. Spyndi still needs to raise just over $24,000, so if this is a must-have for you, pledge some cash and share the design project with your friends before the July 6 deadline.

[h/t Kickstarter]

Images via Spyndi on Kickstarter

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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The Design Tricks That Make Smartphones Addictive—And How to Fight Them
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Two and a half billion people worldwide—and 77 percent of Americans—have smartphones, which means you probably have plenty of company in your inability to go five minutes without checking your device. But as a new video from Vox points out, it's not that we all lack self-control: Your phone is designed down to the tiniest details to keep you as engaged as possible. Vox spoke to Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, who explains how your push notifications, the "pull to refresh" feature of certain apps (inspired by slot machines), and the warm, bright colors on your phone are all meant to hook you. Fortunately, he also notes there's things you can do to lessen the hold, from the common sense (limit your notifications) to the drastic (go grayscale). Watch the whole thing to learn all the dirty details—and then see how long you can spend without looking at your phone.

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