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Face the Challenges of Running a Start-up in "The Founder" Video Game
Francis Tseng's meta, dystopian simulator lets you launch and manage a fake business
by Nara Shin
Brooklyn-based artist and interaction designer Francis Tseng offers an opportunity that many of us could only wistfully fantasize about: the chance to be a start-up founder. His new simulation video game, The Founder, takes place right after the...
DESIGN
Stephen Kenn's Furniture Collection for Victorinox
A collaborative line of three dynamic pieces
by Evan Orensten
Victorinox may be best known as the makers of the original Swiss Army knife, but their product categories certainly do not stop there. They've long produced well-received watches, and recently launched into luggage, apparel and more—but a new collaboration...
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ROOST Rittenhouse, Philadelphia
The impeccably designed apartment hotel making "extended stay" a lot more welcoming
by Kevin Serai
The words "extended stay" gives many the shudders—evoking business trips hiding under the guise of family vacations, memories of a friend's painful divorce process, and pretty generic-looking rooms. But now that rentals like Airbnb have become an attractive...
FOOD + DRINK
Counter Culture Coffee, Los Angeles
A new training center with a colorful modernist design
by Julie Wolfson
Coffee bars of every size and shape are opening around the globe at breakneck speed, many of which emphasize novelty elements like 3D animals crafted in cappuccinos. Counter Culture Coffee, however, has taken a different approach in the face of its...
STYLE
Cool Hunting Picks for Protective, Stylish Sunglasses
Wherever you face glare, these shades block harmful rays without sacrificing aesthetics
by CH Studio
UV rays from the sun can affect your vision—even when you're wearing sunglasses. Because the sun's rays reflect in all directions, it can be difficult to avoid damaging sunlight and glare, which can distort your depth perception, color perception and...
DESIGN
PicoBong's Playful Array of Pleasure Objects
Vibrators, couple's rings and more waterproof, app-controlled and body-safe toys
by David Graver
If it seems to you as if the pleasure object industry is awash with beautiful design and increasing creativity, that's something we've noticed as well. New to the scene, PicoBong (part of Swedish luxury toymaker Lelo's LELOi AB umbrella, but receiving...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Volt
From Santa Monica to Monterey, we explore the vehicle's substantial upgrades
by CH Contributor
by Justin Kaehler Chevrolet dreamed big when it first launched the Volt. Designed to be the next big thing in alt-fuel vehicles, Volt gave drivers the ability to travel 40-ish miles on electricity alone. And when the batteries ran out, a switch...
DESIGN
Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Connected + 3D Mouth App
A smart electric toothbrush that connects to your phone about problematic areas
by Evan Orensten
Anyone who has made the switch to an electric toothbrush understands the immediate value. They are proven, when used properly, to deliver a deeper clean and healthier gums. With the brand new Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum, there's an additional...
CULTURE
New York Awaits The Mysterious Corpse Flower
Watch our video from the last time the remarkable plant stunk up the city
by CH Editors
Today or Thursday, the mysterious, magical and stinky Corpse Flower is set to bloom at the Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Also known as Amorphophallus Titanum (meaning "large misshapen phallus"), the flower—when...
STYLE
J. Mueser's Custom Suits
An interview with the founder on the benefits of and steps behind bespoke tailoring
by David Graver
If you blink you might just miss the J. Mueser storefront in NYC's West Village. Stepping inside, however, reveals not only the depths of the location and the plentitude of fabrics and ready to wear clothing, but also the imagination of founder Jake...
DESIGN
Talbot + Yoon's Eccentric Design Objects
"Goober" candles, bob lamps and a tile shelf system based on fungus
by David Graver
“We live in a tiny New York City apartment, as most people here do," explains Mark Talbot, co-founder—along with Youngjin Yoon—of Talbot + Yoon. "A lot of our inspiration was in trying to find solutions that were elegant but decorative in limited...

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Visiting Joan Miró's Creative Refuge in Mallorca
A quiet place for inspiration within the hubbub of Palma

In between the sun, sea, sand and freshly caught seafood that comprise the Balearic Islands experience, there's also artistic inspiration to be found. Mallorca—a top tourist destination for Brits—has its share of embarrassing headlines featuring overzealous...

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Visiting Joan Miró's Creative Refuge in Mallorca
A quiet place for inspiration within the hubbub of Palma
DESIGN
Arlo Skye's Debut Carry-On Luggage
The NYC-based brand launches with an uncommonly well-designed travel piece

Denielle Wolfe designed for many brands that were "small" at her time of employment. Coach, Kate Spade, and Tumi were likely doing around $100M in revenue when she joined their growing businesses. Arlo Skye, the year long project that comes to fruition...

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Arlo Skye's Debut Carry-On Luggage
The NYC-based brand launches with an uncommonly well-designed travel piece
TECH
Notes: The Three Camera Kit
Carrying the Nikon D5, Sony Alpha 7ii and iPhone 6s+, it’s impossible to miss a shot

I started taking pictures with my father’s Nikon F when I was eight years old and not long after began developing film and making prints in the darkroom. Back then watching a photo come to life in a tray of developer was instantly gratifying—granted...

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Notes: The Three Camera Kit
Carrying the Nikon D5, Sony Alpha 7ii and iPhone 6s+, it’s impossible to miss a shot

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KNYEW
French Terry Cap
$48

Made from soft reversed French terry, this range of caps from KNYEW features embroidered words inspired by Stevie Wonder lyrics. From "pastime paradise" to "higher ground" and "living in the city," each hat is a different mellow hue—though they're all super-wearable. Our pick is the peachy, salmon-colored iteration which states "overjoyed" so you can share positive vibes on your hat, even if you're frowning.

Casa Mariol
Vermut
$22

Not only is the design of the bottle gorgeous, the vermouth inside is delicious. If you're only drinking vermouth in cocktails, this is the best way to venture further: try it on ice, with a little soda, or (as it's traditionally consumed in Spain) with sparkling water, a slice of citrus fruit and a green olive. It makes for a perfect afternoon or brunch cocktail—somewhat akin to an Aperol spritz.

TASCHEN
Tom of Finland XXL: New Edition
$70

First published in 2009, a very comprehensive tome of Tom of Finland works, "Tom of Finland XXL" contained over 1000 images—covering around 60 years of the artist's work. The book is now available in a second edition (currently on pre-order) and features paintings and sketches that span sexuality, pleasure, love, traumas and illnesses faced by men. With words by John Waters, Camille Paglia and more, it's available in English, French or German.

Steep Echo
Olive Leaf Tea
$15

Along with tasting delicious, Steep Echo's all-natural teas are also healthy. Olive leaf tea contains a super-powerful compound called oleuropein with potency almost double that of green tea extract. Oleuropein boosts the immune system and energy levels, while promoting cardiovascular health. Our pick from the several Steep Echo flavors is Bloom which also incorporates peppermint, echinacea root, licorice root, thyme and rosemary.

Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2 Photo Printer
$200

The second version of its portable instant film printers, Fujifilm's Instax Share SP-2 means your smartphone photos don't have to live only in your camera roll or on Instagram. Faster and with extra customization options (like saturation and brightness), the printer produces high-quality two-inch-by-three-inch photos that are available in just 10 seconds. There's nothing quite like tangible pictures, and these high-res mini pics are real photos—on photo paper—made for sharing.

Poketo
Angie Round Weekender Bag
$168

Pack for your next weekend trip with this deceptively spacious bag. Available in subtle blue or gray, the circular bag expands to fit everything you need for a couple days away. With two interior mesh pockets and extras on the outside, the bag features blue striped lining and is made from durable polyester.

Björk
Vulnicura Live Boxset
$80

If you couldn't catch Björk on tour performing her heartbreak-to-healing Vulnicura, the Icelandic artist has collected her favorite performances into a live album, plus a few classics like "Wanderlust." The luxury edition boxset includes a double LP and CD, as well as six photo prints and a build-your-own Björk moth paper mask—based on James Merry original design she wore on tour. It ships September, when the exhibition "Björk Digital" also opens at London's Somerset House, showcasing her art-tech innovations like her VR music videos. There will also be one-night-only concert at Royal Albert Hall.

Terrain
S'More Roaster
$18

No camping (or staycation) adventure is complete without a fire, and no campfire is complete without s'mores. But sometimes cooking the sweet treat can be difficult, not to mention messy, with skewers and sticks. Essentially three little cages with a handle, this metal roaster is a neat and simple way to cook them over a fire. It can also be used to make grilled cheese sandwiches and just about anything else that will fit.

Sudden
Instant Coffee Tubes
$24

Instant coffee gets a bad rap for its sludgy results, but 2015 Finnish Barista Champion Kalle Freese is using it as a way to make specialty coffee more convenient and accessible. Freeze-dried shots of espresso made from single-origin beans—roasted by trusted names like SF's Ritual Coffee–transform into complex (never bitter) flavors that won't leave you craving something freshly brewed. We're most excited to whip a tube of Sudden Coffee on our next flight—just add hot or cold water (or even milk).

Oxford
Kill The Closest Snake Pennant
$20

Depending on how you feel about snakes, this pennant from Oxford might be the perfect addition to your house—but the phrase actually refers to the predicament of having too many tasks to complete. The black wool pennant—made in USA— shimmers with gold lettering to remind all those overworked folks out there to focus, rather than stretch themselves thin. The company makes plenty of city-centric decorations too; check out their entire range.

Dubleup
Power Bank
$80

Whether Snachatting, catching Pokemon, emailing or actually calling people, a power bank for your smartphone is an essential. The new Dubleup designs do exactly what you think, but they are super-slim and lightweight—and they're the size of a credit card. Complete with a built-in lightning cable, these gadgets are available for iPhone and Android and come in three colorways: gold, black or silver. Price is in Australian dollars.

Marc Newson for HODINKEE
Montblanc M Rollerball Pen
$500

A confluence of many CH favorites: Australian industrial designer Marc Newson has designed a Montblanc rollerball pen set exclusively for the most acclaimed watch website HODINKEE. This is an heirloom quality writing implement, complete with a platinum-coated clip and an individual serial number. The pen's polished black resin case exudes class and the device has been weighted for ideal grip and usage. This is a pen for lovers of writing and design, housed in a black full-grain calfskin pouch with jacquard lining.

Daniel W Fletcher
City Boy Shirt
$225

Beyond the vibrant bishops blue colorway, London-based designer Daniel W Fletcher's oversized (but reasonably cut) City Boy Shirt features contrasting white piping. Drawn from his A/W 2016 collection, the cotton shirt was made in England with an emphasis on the details—including a sharp spread collar. And while it's dressy, there's something playful about it—and arguably boyish, as the name alludes. Price is in pounds.

FunnyBone Toys
ANAXI Word Game
$22

Where else can you get algae, guacamole, jello and snakes all in one place? ANAXI—a fun, creative, flexible, educational word game—rewards enterprising minds and unique thoughts. The more creative and weird your answers are, the better. While it's educational, it's anything but dull, and can be played to kick off a work brainstorm, with kids or even as a drinking game. With 75 word cards, the possibilities are almost endless—and sure to be entertaining.

Saturdays NYC
Open Mouth Beach Towel
$36

This big, soft beach towel—from NYC-based Saturdays—is made for city slickers who take the subway to the beach, as it's also thin and lightweight. Without filling your beach bag to the brim all on its own, the 100% cotton towel features a bold graphic of an open mouth—in easy-to-match tones of brown and multiple blues.

Apolis
Cypress Fig Personal Fragrance
$148

After the continued success of their Cypress Fig candle, socially conscious lifestyle brand Apolis has converted the scent into a gender neutral (perfume-quality) scent. The two defining notes, cypress and fig, blend into a beautifully sweet but unisex profile, supported by Italian bergamot, Moroccan lemon verbena and many other natural ingredients. Crafted in California, this summer scent lingers beautifully with an accompanied fresh sensation.

Lulabop
Qliplet Carabiner
$20

A new, more functional take on the traditional carabiner, Qliplet features a rotating, folding hook that can hang onto just about anything—leaving your hands free for climbing and carrying. Made from super-strong but lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, the Qliplet can hold up to 50 pounds and comes in multitude of colorways.

Haptic Lab
Blue Cloud Kite
$42

Haptic Labs makes one-of-a-kind kites that will keep your summer weekend vibes going all week long. Our pick is the blue, pink and yellow cloud patterned iteration, which is screen-printed by hand in Brooklyn. Made from ripstop nylon and birch spars, and assembled in Williamsport, PA, each kite is a little different from the last. Complete with a 10-foot patchwork tale and flying instructions, this kite is perfect for both kids and adults.

Prinkshop
Bang Bang Bang T-Shirt
$35

"Wear what you care about." Each Prinkshop piece has a purpose, from supporting Planned Parenthood to empowering those suffering from addiction. The "Ban(g) Ban(g) Ban(g)" T-shirt benefits Everytown, an organization that's committed to ending gun violence, with 30% of profits being directed there. Spark action and discussion every day you wear it.

Penguin Random House
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
$14

Illustrator and writer Rachel Ignotofsky's first-ever book "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" profiles 50 women who have made a difference in the industry—from psychologist and civil rights activist Mamie Phipps Clark; to chemist and x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin; and astronaut, educator and doctor Mae Jemison. Within the hardcover are computer scientists, marine biologists, theoretical physicists, mathematicians, botanists, geologists, inventors and paleontologists galore—proving if you can only name Marie Curie when thinking about women in science, you're doing it wrong.

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EDITORIAL
Charlotte Day Wilson: Find You
Though she's relatively new as a solo artist (previously fronting Toronto-by-way-of-Halifax "transient soul group" The Wayo), Charlotte Day Wilson has the voice of an old, golden spirit (plus the chops of a classically trained pianist, along with saxophone...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Nas + Erykah Badu: This Bitter Land
From the soundtrack for "The Land" (out 29 July) comes a hauntingly minimal and stunning song by Nas and Erykah Badu. The track, called "This Bitter Land" is gentle but painful—Badu's vocals are incredibly emotive—and yet there is, among the struggle...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
How To Dress Well: Lost Youth / Lost You
The first track from How To Dress Well's upcoming album Care (set for release 23 September) is the sublime "Lost Youth / Lost You," which offers everything we've come to expect and enjoy about the artist. Along with the new song comes a purple-saturated...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Alexis Taylor: I Never Lock That Door
Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor has just released the video for his track "I Never Lock That Door" from his third solo album Piano. Directed by Simon Owens, the video is made up of many stills of Taylor mid-air, captured by 170 pinhole cameras. It's a beautifully...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Thom Yorke: BBC Radio 1 Bedtime Mix
Need music to fall asleep to? Radiohead's Thom Yorke has put together a 30-minute Bedtime mix for BBC Radio 1, airing on Phil Taggart's Sunday night show. Tracks include a live version of Yorke's "Bloom" he performed last year for the Pathway To Paris...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Die Antwoord: Banana Brain
The crazy kids are back! South Africa's Die Antwoord (made up of alter-egos Ninja and Yo-landi Visser, plus mysterious producers) release their latest middle finger to the pop world. "Banana Brain" juxtaposes hardcore techno rhythms with Visser's hair...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Poolside: And The Sea
Put a paper umbrella in your cocktail and dip your feet in the water; Poolside's new jam "And The Sea" is made for summertime. The LA-based duo's self-proclaimed "daytime disco" brand of music (their take on Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" is a must-listen...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Vulfpeck: Back Pocket
"Funky Duck" old-school jammers Vulfpeck have made a lighthearted music video for perhaps their cutest song ever: "Back Pocket." The band's Theo Katzman and guest vocalist Christine Hucal fondly recall high-stakes elementary school romancing as two...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Sleigh Bells: Hyper Dark
While there might be echoes of "Infinity Guitars" in the intro, Sleigh Bells' new track "Hyper Dark" proves to be a divergence from their regular programming. There's lush space around Alexis Krauss' soft and forlorn vocals, while the moody bass line...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Suicide: Dream Baby Dream
Alan Vega—solo artist and one half of Suicide—passed away this weekend, aged 76. Vega (born Boruch Alan Bermowitz) and his bandmate Martin Rev influenced countless musicians (most notably Bruce Springsteen) with their minimal and experimental take...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Snakehips feat. ZAYN: Cruel
British electronic-meets-R&B music duo Snakehips (aka Oliver Lee and James Carter) have just released their collaboration with Zayn Malik (aka the Geri of One Direction) and the result is dance-pop at its best. "Cruel" refers to Malik's object of...

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