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Test Drive: BMW's Reinvented 7 Series
We spent a day in the 2016 750i Sedan discovering all its finer details
by Josh Rubin
The myriad of innovations within BMW's all-new flagship model—the 7-series—is apparent from the moment someone hands you a display key. Yes, display key. The small device features a color touch screen that can be used to answer those ubiquitous nagging...
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CH25: Kegan Schouwenburg
Revolutionizing orthotics with a mobile phone
by CH Editors
Mention “orthotics” and most will hobble away quickly to avoid the Grandma-shoe stigma. But NYC-based start-up SOLS is simplifying the process with a non-invasive digital fitting that results in corrective insoles customized to your needs. The...
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Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum
A 19th century recipe turned delightfully rich tipple
by David Graver
Once a highly favorable sipping spirit in Dickensian England, pineapple rum faded from fashion and was all but lost until Maison Ferrand proprietor and rum master blender Alexandre Gabriel partnered with spirits historian David Wondrich. In 2014...
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Converse Rubber Tracks Studio Takeover
84 artists will gain access to Abbey Road Studios, Sunset Sound, Jamaica's Tuff Gong and more
by David Graver
While in Boston for the launch of Converse's Chuck Taylor IIs, we had an opportunity to step into the brand's Rubber Tracks recording studio. More than beautiful, the acoustically attune facility sports some of the best equipment around—all available...
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Kinfolk Brooklyn's 'I Know You Know' Exhibition
A group art show contrasting ambiguity and identity
by David Graver
There are countless ways to propose a dialogue on the vast notion of identity. With "I Know You Know," a new group art exhibition at Brooklyn's Kinfolk, ambiguity stands as the entry point for discussion. Characters are referenced, and even investigated...
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Kaktus København, Copenhagen
A new concept store brings quirky cacti of all shapes and sizes to Jægersborggade
by Nara Shin
Blink and you'll miss it: in the hustle and bustle of Jægersborggade street, taking up a single block in the riotous-turned-hip Nørrebro district in Copenhagen, is a tiny new space filled with cacti and succulents. Kaktus København (website currently...
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Richard Mille's RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon
Automated phrases of passion scroll across this limited edition automatic watch
by David Graver
There's something innately personal about a wristwatch. It rests on the body as a reflection of one's aesthetic values and design interests. It's more than an item of utility, it's one of the rare accessories men wear with frequency. Channeling...
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Campaign's Portable Furniture
Made-in-USA couches that are easy to assemble and reassemble, and meant to last a lifetime
by Nara Shin
City residents know that the greatest mental toll of moving isn't always packing up your life into cardboard boxes; it's leaving perfectly good furniture behind—either because it's a hassle or too costly to transport, or it won't survive another...
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Purgatorio n°2, Napoli
A unique Neapolitan hospitality experience housed in a Renaissance-era Palazzo
by CH Contributor
By Ross Belfer Whether misunderstood or embraced by visitors, Napoli (Italy’s third largest city) is a location immune to the rest of the world's fads. It's full of surprises—a giant, enigmatic metropolis overshadowed by the towering Mount Vesuvius...
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CH25: Tal Danino
The bioengineer who programs DNA to fight cancer
by CH Editors
Programming bacteria to sniff out and treat cancer. It may sound like something out of the future, but it’s exactly what Tal Danino is doing right now. A bioengineer, TED Fellow and postdoctoral fellow at MIT, Danino specializes in manipulating...
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Scented Crying Candles by The Jacks
The young Korean designers make melting animal faces and human brains adorable
by Nara Shin
We've seen our fair share of handmade scented candles and thoughtful containers, but it's the ones hiding a devious personality underneath that really go the extra mile. PyroPet's cat and bird forms (which reveal a metallic skeleton inside) are a favorite...

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Scented Crying Candles by The Jacks
The young Korean designers make melting animal faces and human brains adorable

We've seen our fair share of handmade scented candles and thoughtful containers, but it's the ones hiding a devious personality underneath that really go the extra mile. PyroPet's cat and bird forms (which reveal a metallic skeleton inside) are a favorite...

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Scented Crying Candles by The Jacks
The young Korean designers make melting animal faces and human brains adorable
TECH
Capturing Alaska on a Cellphone
Glaciers, dogsledding and landscapes remembered through Microsoft Lumia's phone camera and software

Home to seven out of 10 of the largest national parks in the United States (and the federal government happens to be the largest landowner in the state), Alaska is, without a doubt, one of the most unique places in the country. There's more to The...

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Capturing Alaska on a Cellphone
Glaciers, dogsledding and landscapes remembered through Microsoft Lumia's phone camera and software
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Oswalds Mill Audio
Founder Jonathan Weiss explains why bigger is sometimes better when it comes to sound

A beautifully restored mill house, hidden in the Dutch country of Pennsylvania, sits on a quiet creek. There are no massive stone wheels turning within, only vinyl records being broadcast on some of the highest quality stereo systems available...

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Oswalds Mill Audio
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Wolfum
Olga Metallic Teepee
$325

Wolfum's eye-catching printed textiles and wallpaper are created with sustainability in mind, from fabric made of recycled PET bottles combined with organic cotton. All made in the USA, this black and gold teepee reaches six feet tall and becomes a vibrant home base for whatever you—err, your kids dreams up.

Adam J Kurtz
Myself Pennant
$10

Get with the winning team with graphic designer Adam J Kurtz's (aka AdamJK) "Myself" pennant. Put the sparkly banner somewhere you'll see it daily for a regular memo that you are the best, or give it to somebody who might need the reminder.

Pfeiffer + Evernote
Tablet Platform
$65

Lacking unsightly screws or nails, the new Pfeiffer + Evernote tablet stand is made from one piece of bent plywood, creating an organic appeal. Built to display your tablet at just the right angle for comfortable viewing, the platform also features a charging slot to minimize visibility of messy cords. From its slim profile to subtle woodgrain and discreetly place logo on the back, it's a sophisticated stand for your office.

R+Co
Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste
$28

R+Co's latest addition to its line of eye-catching hair products is an unusual combination of dry shampoo and styling paste, which helps create that effortless just-rolled-out-of-bed look—sans the oiliness. When rubbed between the hands, the paste—made from volcanic ash, zeolite, sunflower seed extract and more—transforms into a powdery dust that adds volume and texture.

Cactus Tongue
Wall Mounted Bike Holder
$110

The British-made Cactus Tongue takes its name from the fact that it resembles a giant Saguaro cactus, with curvy arms to hold a bike horizontally or vertically. The powder-coated Zintec steel Cactus Tongue UNI (with weatherproof PVC sleeves to protect your bike from the metal) works for both indoor or outdoor use, but for a higher end aesthetic variation, the more expensive stainless steel version (with leather sleeves) is also worthy of holding your prized bike.

Ghostly + Warby Parker
Henning Sunglasses
$145

For their most recent collaboration, Ghostly and Warby Parker have created a pair of minimal and classy sunglasses: the Henning. Made from premium matte acetate and Japanese titanium, the frames offer 100% UV protection and an anti-scratch coating—for those klutzes who are always dropping their shades on the sidewalk. The branding is also super-minimal, with just a small badge boasting the cute Ghostly logo at the end of the arms—adding a little playful edge, but ultimately staying sophisticated. Most importantly though, for each set of Hennings sold, a pair is given to somebody in need.

Public Supply
Ty Williams' Special Edition Notebook
$15

Even in the digital age, there's nothing quite like carrying a good notebook. As longtime fans of NYC's Public - Supply, we were taken with their latest collaborative offering; notebooks designed by mixed-media artist Ty Williams. Only 750 of the 96-page notebooks (printed in the States) exist. The paper is all Rainforest Alliance Certified, acid-free and composed of 10% recycled material.

HoldFast
Camera Swagg
$130

Photographers know the burden of carrying around two or more cameras in order to never miss that perfect moment. Lightening the load is Oklahoma-based Matthew Swaggart, whose sturdy, handmade leather multi-camera harness (dubbed the "MoneyMaker") lets you shoot with speed, comfort—and style. He's now created an alternate version—to the delight of his vegan friends—made from synthetic materials, making the straps even lighter and also affordable.

Faike
Transcendent Plant
$695

From new leather goods line Faike comes a snake plant that will stand the test of time, no matter how many business trips you take. Made from black leather and encased wire, the eight individual leaves bend to however you please becoming an adaptive sculpture of sorts.

House of Cards
Puberty Blues Tote Bag
$99

Whether a nod to awkward adolescences or the iconic Australian coming-of-age novel "Puberty Blues," House of Cards' new bag makes teen angst look great. The tote is made from 100% rippled, pool water-printed cotton and features a zip-up compartment inside to keep all your treasures safe. Most charming, though, is the baby blue and pale pink "Puberty Blues" patch sewn onto the side.

Belly Kids
Milhouse From Memory Book
$11

With over 100 illustrations of everyday hero Milhouse Van Houten (aka Bart Simpson's BFF) each drawn from memory, Kieran Gabriel's new book promises to delight readers. The drawings—by professional artists including Jean Jullien, Kali Ciesemier, Rose Blake and non-artists alike—are charming, strange and entirely sweet; evoking Van Houten's adorable underdog vibe. An essential book for any The Simpsons enthusiast.

Hay Mini Market
Phi Scissors
$37

Danish design studio Hay, founded back in 2002, creates furniture and various products for the home. Their latest design to pique our interest is this pair of beautiful, gold-handled Phi scissors. Made from plated carbon and available in two sizes, the scissors are a functional and stylish addition to your office or kitchen.

Studio Banana Things
Kangaroo Light
$119

Studio Banana Things's Kangaroo Light is a strikingly designed luminaire that's not only foldable and portable, but also wirelessly connects to your smartphone. With 24 built-in LEDs, the light boasts a gentle glow and can last for two hours, powered by a lithium battery or having been charged via a USB port. It's a super-functional object that's also quite beautiful to gaze upon.

Flight 001
F1 Spacepak Organizer
$42

Packing (and unpacking, shudder) becomes a bit more bearable with Flight 001's nifty Spacepak differently colored and sized bags for toiletries, socks and underwear, clothes, shoes and even suits. The bags not only keep things well-organized and compressed, saving space, but with a dual compartment separating "clean" and "laundry," your stinky gym socks will never infiltrate the rest of your precious belongings. It's comforting to land and find your PJs immediately without turning your suitcase into an excavation site.

Alexander Girard + Paperless Post
Heart of Love Card
$1

While many are familiar with Alexander Girard's acclaimed graphic designs, most people may not know he was a prolific letter writer. Appropriately, the iconic (oft times patterned-based) works by the celebrated mid-century architect and designer have found a new home with online notecard innovators Paperless Post. From glowing graphic hearts and suns to vibrant striped patterns, every card delivers something beautiful. You can also order them in real paper, or send them via the online service.

Spin-Clean
Retro Record Washer
$65

Keep your beloved vinyl collection in tip-top condition with this manual washer from Spin-Clean. Offering a compact, made-in-USA unit that's more affordable than its high-tech counterparts, Spin-Clean celebrates 40 years of taking lint, dust and fingerprints off of records with a retro limited version in its original color and shaped box.

bfgf
Sunroom Blanket
$175

Working with digitally printed textiles and natural fibers, LA-based brand bfgf makes super-charming blankets that are just as much functional products as they are artwork. Their 100% cotton Sunroom Blanket features a serene scene that's sure to add a little zen to any room in the house.

Scholar MFG
Overnight Duffle Bag
$560

The duffel bag gets a luxe upgrade: Scholar MFG's version is on the smaller side—designed to be on-the-go—and made with gorgeous premium Italian leather and solid Swiss brass. The bag, handmade in LA, is meant to last a long, long time and will wear beautifully with age. Monochromatic options are also available.

Crow Canyon Home
Marbled Enamel Mug
$10

Merging the durability of shatterproof enamelware with an eye-catching marble surface pattern, this mug adds pizzazz to your morning coffee whether it's being sipped indoors or outdoors.

Ruby Pilven
Queen's Banquet Long Dish with Handles
$88

Made exclusively for the National Gallery of Victoria, Ruby Pilven's recent porcelain collection balances charming color with sophistication. Embellished with gold handles, the Queen's Banquet Dish—our favorite from the range—was crafted using a modern take on the Japanese Nerikomi technique, which involves a two-week drying time and three firing stages. While distinctly modern, the piece draws inspiration from a collection originally commissioned by Russia's Catherine the Great.

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Junior Boys: What You Won't Do For Love
Junior Boys are back from their "hibernation," as they've Tweeted, with an electronic music-driven cover of Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love." It's very fitting—as the opening lyrics are "I guess you wonder where I've been." Arpeggiated...
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Sampa the Great: The Great Mixtape
For "The Great Mixtape," poet and vocalist Sampa the Great sings and rhymes with a political conscious, dragging words out slowly or stuttering them out rapid fire over producer Godriguez's jazzy beats. Exploring hip-hop, R&B and spoken word with experimental...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Petite Noir: MDR
Describing his sound as "Noirwave," Cape Town-based singer and producer Petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga) is set to release his album La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful next month. From it comes his latest release, "MDR." It's a track that—as Petite...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Here We Go Magic: Ordinary Feeling
While Here We Go Magic got the locals at Rockaway Beach dancing with the energy in "Falling," they juxtapose it with their second offering from their upcoming album Be Small (out 16 October 2015 via Secretly Canadian). The unhurried "Ordinary Feeling...
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Courtney Barnett: Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party
Summing up the weekend vibe (or maybe even adult life) is Courtney Barnett's "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party," and the Melbourne singer-songwriter shared the message with Londoners this week in a surprise live set outside Camden Town...
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How To Dress Well: Precious Love
How To Dress Well's gorgeous, lush album What Is This Heart? has passed its one-year anniversary, but he's released a video for one of the record's standouts, "Precious Love" (the one which cleverly samples hold music from Cisco). The casual video...
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EDITORIAL
Shigeto: Pulse
Having stayed quiet for the past two years while touring and working on other projects (like forming the jazz quartet High Risk), Detroit-based Shigeto has resurfaced with the beautifully composed instrumental electronic track "Pulse." With vocal samples...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Doug Hream Blunt: Ride the Tiger
Amateur SF-based musician Doug Hream Blunt only made one EP and one LP, which he pressed himself, dropping them off in the "local artists" bins at record stores—but the lucky crate-diggers who gave the pretty obscure records a chance became hooked...
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Beirut: Gibraltar
Set in a dreamscape-like, trash-filled version of Gibraltar, with its famed Rock nothing more than a purple landfill, Beirut's brand new video (for the appropriately titled track "Gibraltar") manages to be both charming and inventive. The track itself...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Alabama Shakes: Over My Head (Live at Capitol Studio A)
Alabama Shakes indeed shook things up with their sophomore album Sound & Color, which shows the southern rock band's eagerness to experiment—to great success. In this live rendition of "Over My Head" a barefoot Brittany Howard lays down the guitar...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Janelle Monáe: Hell You Talmbout
Janelle Monáe—a day after leading a Black Lives Matter march in Philadelphia—has released a new version of "Hell You Talmbout"—a bonus track from her most recent album The Electric Lady. A heartbreaking and powerful protest song, it is six minutes...

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