Flirting wearables, Instagram retail, the Ikea smart home.
–”The Future Sausage” exhibition at Milan Design Week examines a future of sustainable sausages, exploring the role design might play reducing meat consumption. Via Dezeen.
–In Asia, high-end hotels are moving away from “gold, marble and chandeliers” to offer more unique experiences, according to an industry awards panel. Via Dezeen.
–Designers from Imperial College London have created the Ripple, a wearable that responds to flirting. Via TechCrunch.
–”I knew social media. And as a teenage fashion designer, that’s all I needed”: How Gen Z is rewriting the rules of retail. Via Bloomberg.
–Ikea’s TRÅDFRI home automation system is “poised to make smart home technology as commonplace as the LED light bulb,” writes the Verge.
–Carl’s Jr. is rebranding, with a new focus on burgers over double entendres. Via Adweek.
–Should the backlash surrounding Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue make marketers nervous? Campaign investigates.
–US consumer confidence rose this week to its highest level in 17 years. Via Business of Fashion.
–Facebook’s latest Snapchat clone “shows that Facebook isn’t concerned with giving each of its core services a unique identity,” writes Recode.
–The Clean Art Gallery in London, a new pop-up exhibition, features ink made form captured air pollution amid growing concerns about global air quality. Via Mashable.
–Fast Company goes inside Red Bull’s entrepreneurship academy, active in South America, Brazil, and soon Baltimore.
–Travel brands in China showed the greatest year-on-year growth in brand value, with online travel market Ctrip growing by 32%, according to a study from Millward Brown. Via Jing Daily.
–In Portland, Salt & Straw ice cream is hoping to show that recycling food waste is a sustainable business. Via Fast Company.