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Link About It: This Week's Picks
Saying farewell to Mary Ellen Mark, living off the grid with Ecocapsule, 38 new Emoji and more in this week's look around the web
by CH Editors
1. Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies at 75 Pioneering photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark—who died on Monday, 25 May at the age of 75—will forever be remembered for telling the stories of those who were unable to tell their own. In her most famous photo...
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Inside Berlin's Sleek Magazine
A visually stunning print publication that captures progressive art, with an online gallery component
by David Graver
There are plenty of reasons to pick up a print magazine: visually stunning pages, thoughtful long-form reporting, that transformative experience of dedicating yourself to something that's become a less common experience for most nowadays. Berlin...
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Cool Hunting Editions Starfleet Machine
A deep space inspired table clock unlike one you've ever seen before
by Cool Hunting Video
For years now, we've followed the work of Max Büsser, the mastermind behind horological design house MB&F. His distinct timepieces represent mind-bending innovation and eccentric inspiration, all hand-crafted, in an industry that more often than...
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Fabric-Focused Womenswear by Zii Ropa
The young Mexico City-based label's designs revolve around simple lines and high-quality materials
by Katharine Erwin
Since moving to Mexico three and half years ago, Vancouver native Bridget Tidey has started her own unique clothing line Zii Ropa. Founded just last year, the brand's aesthetic is comfortable yet flattering, durable yet sophisticated and is "inspired...
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Animated Recipe: Vanilla Oat Milk
A lactose-free and easy-to-make alternative that can be enjoyed as is or in a coffee
by CH Contributor
Give non-dairy milk a try with this lactose-free alternative. Not only is it low in cholesterol and fat, it also contains twice the amount of vitamin A than its dairy counterpart. This version contains agave to slightly sweeten, but you can easily...
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Hôtel de Nell, Paris
Elegant design, five-star service and Japanese-style soaking tubs make this minimalist hotel a quiet oasis within the clamor
by Nara Shin
When traveling through a destination city full to the brim with expectations, stumbling upon a hidden gem is extra special—and extra rewarding. That's exactly the feeling after a stay in Hôtel de Nell, located in the residential-feeling 9th arrondissement...
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The Art of American Whiskey
Noah Rothbaum's latest book chronicles 100 modern and historic whiskey bottle labels and photos
by David Graver
There's no spirit more storied than whiskey in the United States. From bootleggers to booms, and even its temporary (and tragic) decline, the history is rich. Author Noah Rothbaum has tapped into this with his latest book "The Art of American Whiskey...
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CH25: Final Call for Nominations
Your last chance to help shape the future of innovation
by CH Editors
Time is running out to play your part in shaping the future of innovation, as Sunday, 31 May marks the final day for CH25 nominations, our search for emerging talent in partnership with Cadillac. If you or somebody you know is changing the face of...
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Word of Mouth: Thessaloniki, Greece
Slowing down and soaking in the relaxed culture of this beautiful seaside city
by Emily Millett
Located on the country’s Northern coast and populated by a laid-back, gregarious bunch of Mediterranean party animals, Greece’s second city has a lot of fun on offer. Despite being in the midst of one of the worst financial crises in Europe, the people...
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Peckham Print Studio
Inside the screen-printing space, where much of the equipment was gifted
by Cajsa Carlson
A stone’s throw from the overground train line that now connects Peckham Rye in South London to the eastern parts of the city, you’ll find art gallery The Sunday Painter. The sign can actually be seen from the station, and the gallery’s rooftop has...
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German Precision in A. Lange & Söhne's 2015 Timepieces
From detailed complications to platinum strikework, exploring the newest watches through the brand's history
by David Graver
At this year's Concorso d'Eleganza, we had the opportunity to get hands-on with luxury watch brand A. Lange & Söhne's latest pieces. Over a year ago, we were taken by their 1815 Tourbillon and this year's crop is just as impressive. From the ultra...

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Microcars at the Jesada Technik Museum
Southeast Asia's largest collection of microcars

While traveling through Thailand, we discovered the Jesada Technik Museum in a small town outside of Bangkok. Home to over 500 vehicles including double-decker buses, airplanes, helicopters and scooters, the museum's most unique attraction is the...

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Microcars at the Jesada Technik Museum
Southeast Asia's largest collection of microcars
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Artist Nino Sarabutra
See how one Thai sculptor takes on the growing norms of societal over-indulgence

During our recent venture to Bangkok, we stopped by the home and latest exhibition of Thai artist Nino Sarabutra. Sarabutra showed us her portfolio of work, mostly consisting of porcelain sculptures, that lives throughout her house and garden. Sarabutra...

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Artist Nino Sarabutra
See how one Thai sculptor takes on the growing norms of societal over-indulgence
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Palace Skateboards + Adidas Originals Spring 2015
The German sportswear giant teams up the London skate company for a high-tech, retro-styled collection

London's Palace Skateboards has quickly grown from a core skateboard company into a global streetwear phenomenon. Drawing on a '90s vibe that is uniquely London and notably grimy, Palace embodies a time, place and attitude—and their collaborations...

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Palace Skateboards + Adidas Originals Spring 2015
The German sportswear giant teams up the London skate company for a high-tech, retro-styled collection

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Field Experiments
Recycled Balinese Kite
$175

Design collective Field Experiments resided in Ubud, Indonesia for three months for a not-so-typical design research trip. Immersing themselves in a community of local Balinese craftspeople, the team explored innovation and play during the design and creation processes—and the result is 100 one-off, cross-cultural "souvenirs" that think outside of the mass-produced tourist box. A highlight are the 20 one-of-a-kind kites made from recycled plastic shopping bags.

Young Alexander
Puff Puff Pass Ashtray
$45

This ashtray—handmade by Brooklyn-based designers Deirdre Shea and Na Kim aka Young Alexander—blends the perfect amount of sophistication with a playful, rebellious nature. Boasting real gold luster, the "Puff Puff Pass" ashtray is a subtle way to make sure your guests abide by the unspoken rules.

Billur Kazaz
Watercolor Scarf
$45

Sometimes, scarves are just so nice that you're afraid to wear them out at all. For the first time, Brooklyn-based illustrator Billur Kazaz has transferred her watercolor designs onto quality scarves—but keeps the price affordable so you can run, splash and sweat with scarf in tow without a worry. Made in Turkey, with production overseen by Kazaz herself, these scarves are a fun, versatile way to add a pop of color to your day.

Hender Scheme
Home Bank
$90

Tokyo-based Ryo Kashiwazaki's label Hender Scheme has become known for its thoughtfully designed shoes—many of which are crafted from natural, un-dyed leather. Kashiwazaki gives the same attention to this Home Bank made from raw cow leather. It's a beautiful place to drop your loose change and, on those "rainy days," it's simple to take coins out without breaking it at all.

Lily Camera
Self-Flying Camera
$499

Born out of the basement of a UC Berkeley robotics lab, Lily is a radio controller-free camera that starts recording as soon as you throw it in the air. Whether you're snowboarding or surfing, the waterproof quadcopter follows (and films) you around via a small GPS tracker you wear, and uses computer vision technology to keep you center of the shot. More robot than drone, Lily is a camera of the future—literally, as orders won't ship until February 2016, but to reward your patience, they're offering a hefty $500 discount.

Constance Guisset
Cumulus Oil Diffuser
$111

French design studio Constance Guisset has created a special product with their "Cumulus," an essential oil diffuser whose function is as calming as its design. Aptly name, the diffuser is shaped like a puffy cloud and made from matter porcelain that is soft to the touch. While underneath, there is a high-tech, functioning diffuser, the outside of this piece conveys a dreamy and peaceful vibe.

Erik Parker
Hello Skate Deck
$100

Stuttgart, Germany-born, NYC-based artist Erik Parker's signature style of bold graphics and neon hues have been masterfully applied to a skateboard for his new Hello Skate Deck. Adapted from his 2014 painting "Hello," the limited edition deck is made from hard rock Maple and blends tradition with subculture in a wild style.

Cool Hunting Editions
Limited Edition Starfleet Machine
$34,500

Modeled after an intergalactic space station is the Starfleet Machine, a table clock dreamt up by horological design house MB&F and engineered by Switzerland's oldest clockmaker L’Epée 1839. Cool Hunting has partnered with MB&F to create a distinct version with bright blue domes—and only 10 have been made. 48 jewels, a 40-day power reserve and moving laser-gun turrets are just a few of the painstakingly crafted details found in this artful masterpiece that will delight clock nerds and Trekkies alike.

Aelfie Oudghiri and Alex Proba
Aelfie + Studio Proba Rug No. 5
$1,675

Aelfie Oudghiri and Alex Proba both attended medical school, but changed course and ended up as prolific designers. The two have collaborated on a stunning collection of rugs for the home—all inspired by Kurdish weavings and mid-century design. The results are bold, colorful and definitely statement-making. Five designs have been made in a strictly limited edition of three each, and our pick is Rug No. 5, a pink, blue and lavender hued carpet accented by a strong black and white geometric pattern.

Cheryl Humphreys
Unimpressed Print
$150

LA-based artist Cheryl Humphreys uses the technique of blind embossing to slightly raise the words "We Are Not Impressed" on paper, resulting in a minimalist print that can be felt as much as it can be seen. It's artwork with attitude.

Apolis
Utility Apron
$98

The latest from Apolis, a certified B Corp that aims to empower disenfranchised people through equal opportunity (in place of charity), is a durable apron made from hemp canvas with three pockets and an adjustable leather strap. Whether you're hard at work in the studio or the kitchen, this versatile piece will keep what's underneath pristine.

Third Drawer Down Studio and Craig Damrauer
Modern Art Key Ring
$12

Boasting the statement "Modern Art = I Could Do That + Yeah, But You Didn’t," this fabric key ring by Third Drawer Down Studio and Craig Damrauer are part of the New Math Collection. New Orleans-based Damrauer's New Math project lasted from 2008 to 2014 and explored tangible and intangible concepts, from rumors to truth and teen angst (one example: Uncle = Dad + Fun). The bold equation on modern art remains one of the truest—and funniest.

Prestel
Print is Dead. Long Live Print.
$35

Compiled by The Guardian journalist Ruth Jamieson, "Print is Dead. Long Live Print" is a hardcover tome that looks at independent publications—and explores the reason they are thriving in a time when traditional magazines are struggling. Jamieson profiles the pubs that she thinks are the best in the world—with themes reaching from sports to current affairs and the arts—through imagery, words and quotes from editors and founders. A fascinating look at the current state of publishing, but also an introduction to new titles like the bilingual English-Japanese "Cat People."

Proper Assembly
No. 3 Cinch Bag Baja
$125

Young Brooklyn-based brand Proper Assembly has a small collection of beautifully designed evergreen bags that champion functionality, quality and affordability. They're able to accomplish this by partnering directly with a manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic that's been making luxury accessories for decades. Proper Assembly's durable yet super-light cinch bags, with leather cord drawstrings and shoulder pads, are available in Japanese denim, Italian linen/polymide as well as our favorite: Italian wool. Each purchase supports The Adventure Project in their goal of eradicating poverty in developing regions by providing employment.

Incausa
Bronze Singing Meditation Bowl
$200

Aside from their pure incense, Greenpoint's Incausa offers bronze, hand-hammered singing bowls from Tibet that vibrate with beautiful harmonic overtones when rubbed or struck. Not only beautiful to look at, the bowl helps guide you into a meditative state (especially when cars are honking outside your window) as you follow its almost infinite frequencies into emptiness and stillness. This Bath & Meditation gift set also includes incense, fragrant handmade soap and clay incense-holder. More importantly, Incausa's fair trade and social business mission ensures that this is a gift that keeps on giving back to the craftsmen and indigenous people who make it.

Minotaur
JAXA Reversible Climbing Jacket
$248

Boasting a spectacular image taken by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) land-observing satellite "DAICHI," this climbing jacket from Minotaur is reversible and comes in three colorways: blue, green or black. The photo is of the rainforest island Yakushima—a UNESCO World Heritage site that serves as a sanctuary for wildlife, including monkeys and loggerhead turtles.

The Sill
Kokedama Moss Ball with Fern
$48

This Kokedama from NYC-based The Sill is a bundle of green joy wrapped in a moss ball. An art-form developed by the Japanese, it's an eye-catching way to hold plants, setting them free from pots or planters—you can even hang them. Choose from three different ferns and toss out your ho-hum succulents to make room for this living sculpture. Best of all, the Kokedama doesn't require a lot of maintenance beyond a weekly five-minute bath—staying true to The Sill's mission to make beautiful, unique indoor plants much more accessible (and less scary). National shipping available.

Adam Selman + Le Specs
Cat Eye Sunglasses
$119

We can't all have Adam Selman create a custom sheer dress covered in 230,000 hand-applied crystals like he did for Rihanna at last year's CFDA awards, but thankfully his collaboration with affordable Aussie brand Le Specs is much more accessible. Inspired by the seductive Sue Lyon in Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita, "The Last Lolita" sunglasses channel power, femininity and playfulness through the cat-eye frames.

Mophie
Spacestation
$150

If you're regularly haunted by the "Storage Almost Full" message on your phone—one way to combat the frustration of having to constantly delete precious photos and songs is Mophie's latest: the Spacestation. Weighing just 5.7 oz, the compact external storage drive also doubles as a battery-charger—and what's notable is how much smaller and lighter it is than other options that just charge. Perfect for those who can't bear to part with any of their 5,000+ songs.

Small Axe Peppers + GrowNYC
The Bronx Hot Sauce
$9

If you've ever wanted to know what the Bronx tasted like, this locally made hot sauce comes close. Made from serrano peppers grown in community gardens throughout the borough, the homegrown condiment is a result of teamwork between the students and families that tend to the plants, a Bronx-born chef, non-profit GrowNYC and social business Small Axe Peppers. Not only do hot sauce sales support the gardens and keep production local, Small Axe Peppers also is donating a majority of the profits to programs that assist low-income communities in the Bronx and throughout NYC. A spicy kick in the mouth has never felt better.

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Mr Twin Sister: The Erotic Book
Experimental pop group Mr Twin Sister have been embracing their new musical identity (they formerly went by Twin Sister) with tracks that intentionally elude straightforward labels. Riding the mood of their most recent self-titled album, Mr Twin Sister...
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EDITORIAL
The Alchemist: Israeli Salad
The Alchemist (who has produced for acts including Nas, Ghostface Killah and Snoop Dogg) released his Israeli Salad instrumental LP this week, and it's quite a doozy. Inspired by a 2011 trip to Israel, and using just samples from the Middle East, the...
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EDITORIAL
Samantha Urbani: Uno Dos Tres
We've had one longstanding woman crush on Samantha Urbani, the free-spirited force of creativity behind Brooklyn quintet Friends and the sultry vocals you've heard on Blood Orange's Cupid Deluxe. Thus the news that she might be working on a full-length...
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Neon Indian: Annie
The very talented Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) has just released what is set to be one of this summer's regular jams: "Annie." It'a a welcome return from Neon Indian, whose last album was released back in 2011. The track is a bubbly synth-pop bonanza...
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NAKED: Bubble
Experimental trio Naked are based in Edinburgh but prefer to be free of any geographical labels—and the hypnotic, escapist tracks off their debut EP Youth Mode speak to a generation defined more by their time on the internet than the city they inhabit...
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EDITORIAL
Son Of Sun: Whispers (Soul Clap Remix)
Boston-based DJs Soul Clap have been making feet move and hips grind with their ever-evolving explorations of funk, disco and house, and their strength lies in teasing out the dance potential lying dormant in other tracks. Their latest re-work is of...
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EDITORIAL
Bob Dylan: The Night We Called It A Day
For the penultimate episode of the long-running Late Show with David Letterman, the singer/songwriter Bob Dylan graced the stage to perform an intimate rendition of Frank Sinatra's "The Night We Called it a Day," one of the tracks on his latest Sinatra...
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EDITORIAL
Foodoo: Help Me
At just 18 years old, London-based producer Foodoo is already making waves. His debut EP Yours will be released next month, and from it comes "Help Me." The instrumental electronic track builds to become euphoric and synth-heavy, but starts out quietly...
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EDITORIAL
Bilal: Satellites
In his first record since 2013's beautiful A Love Surreal, NYC-based singer/songwriter Bilal is set to release In Another Life on 30 June. From the Adrian Younge-produced album (which will feature Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. and Kimbra) comes the...
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EDITORIAL
Active Child: Stranger
Following the first single off Active Child's upcoming album Mercy (due to release 16 June) is "Stranger." The track is stunning—a haunting, slow-burning landscape that builds with synths, harp flourishes and classic Active Child falsetto (he's an...
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EDITORIAL
B.B. King: Guess Who (Live at Sing Sing Prison 1972)
The legendary B.B. King passed away yesterday and his heart-rending blues will be truly missed. Regarded as one of the world's most significant guitarists, King leaves a career that spanned decades: beginning to record professionally in 1949 at 24...

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