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Bowers + Wilkins Bring HiFi Sound to Volvo
We visit the British audio brand factory and drive the 2018 V90 Cross Country
by CH Contributor
by Andrew Maness It was at the New York International Auto Show a few years back that we developed a keen interest in the British speaker company Bowers + Wilkins. Since getting a quick demo of their system in the then new second generation Volvo...
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Designer David Stark's Whimsical, Unexpected Menorahs
Eight functional works of art incorporating everything from doughnuts to paperclips
by David Graver
Known for elaborate gala dinner set pieces, table arrangements of extraordinary depth and creativity, as well as immersive event production and collaborative products, David Stark—founder and creative director of David Stark Design—has just unveiled...
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Nicolas Jaar's new deep cut, a beautiful piece of synth-pop by SHERPA and more in our musical wrap-up
by CH Editors
Nicolas Jaar: Coin in Nine Hands From a deluxe version of Nicolas Jaar's 2016 album Sirens comes an excellent, previously unreleased track called "Coin in Nine Hands." Beginning with a dark and sexy pulsating beat and spoken word lyrics, the song...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
From celebrating failure to Miami Art Week, supermassive black holes, weird animal stories and more
by CH Editors
1. NASA Discovered The Most Distant Black Hole The farthest known supermassive black hole has just been discovered—and the "matter-eating beast" is some 800 million times the mass of the Sun. Because it grew to an immense size just 690 million...
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Lars Jan's "Slow-Moving Luminaries" for the Third Audemars Piguet Art Commission
Bridging the Miami skyline and ocean, a large-scale kinetic installation that commands attention
by David Graver
No piece featured at Art Basel Miami Beach embraces its surroundings quite like Lars Jan's "Slow-Moving Luminaries." The third annual Audemars Piguet Art Commission, Jan's sculptural work carries tremendous complexity as it toys with the ideas of crisis...
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Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Travel Bug
For the wanderers in your life, a bunch of products that will make every vacation and adventure a little easier
by CH Editors
There's no doubt that one of the most exciting delights in the world is traveling. From the feeling of freedom to the tastes, scents, sights and (of course) the people—visiting a new place can be a remarkable adventure. While the experience is of the...
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Drink Like You're at Art Basel With These Luxuriant Cocktails
Art-inspired Bombay Sapphire drinks from the annual extravaganza in Miami
by David Graver
It's known that the libations during Miami Art Week might get just as much attention as the fairs, installations and exhibitions. For the most part, guests indulge in simple cocktails and plenty of champagne. Bombay Sapphire, however, went above and...
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Classic Car Investment App Rally Rd's Downtown NYC Pop-Up
The digital platform's Wooster Street hub, featuring two supremely beautiful beasts
by David Graver
Per the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, classic car values have increased by 404% in the last 10 years. That's not why the team behind Rally Rd developed their unique platform, however. The goal with this alternative investment program happens...
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Six International Skin and Body Care Brands to Know Now
From Israel to Korea, these magic potions come from over the oceans
by CH Editors
If you're constantly on the search for that just-right product and haven't found it yet, it might be worth looking a little further afield. With different ingredients, research and formulations, here are six skincare brands that are based everywhere...
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Anxiety Versus Serenity at Artsy Projects Miami 2017
Curator Elena Soboleva brings together new works by Jillian Mayer, performance art collective FlucT and more
by David Graver
It's a place of opposition—natural and artificial, serene and anxious. This is the latest Artsy Projects, the continuation of a programming series that's occupied everywhere from Brussels to San Francisco, and now opening its doors to the public in...
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Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Ultra High-End
Lavish presents to give, covet and daydream about
by CH Editors
Everyone's dreams of a luxuriant lifestyle take on different shapes, styles and colors—with worlds of different components at play. Sometimes it's a yacht, other times it's simply a day without email. Below we've outlined a handful of products that...

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What is Reductionism?
Inspired by the New Range Rover Velar, we dig in to the less-is-more philosophy

“Reductionism is about taking away excess in design,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, and the Range Rover Velar, the brand’s newest vehicle, delivers on that maxim. From its debut at the London Design Museum to our first...

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What is Reductionism?
Inspired by the New Range Rover Velar, we dig in to the less-is-more philosophy
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Classic Car Investment App Rally Rd's Downtown NYC Pop-Up
The digital platform's Wooster Street hub, featuring two supremely beautiful beasts

Per the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, classic car values have increased by 404% in the last 10 years. That's not why the team behind Rally Rd developed their unique platform, however. The goal with this alternative investment program happens...

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Classic Car Investment App Rally Rd's Downtown NYC Pop-Up
The digital platform's Wooster Street hub, featuring two supremely beautiful beasts
FOOD + DRINK
Turning a Holiday Meal into a High-Tech Work of Collaborative Art
From laser-etched rolls to turkey decorated with food-grade ink, a dining event that was beyond the traditional dinner

Working with creative culinary experience designer Michael Cirino of A Razor / A Shiny Knife, lifestyle website Per La Mente created a high-tech yet harmonious holiday dinner. A joyful and celebratory evening, it was a convergence of interdisciplinary...

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Turning a Holiday Meal into a High-Tech Work of Collaborative Art
From laser-etched rolls to turkey decorated with food-grade ink, a dining event that was beyond the traditional dinner

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Prinkshop
"I Am Not Perfect" T-Shirt
$40

Prinkshop's "I am not perfect" T-shirt makes an obvious and honest statement, but thanks to 30% of profits from the sale of each going to the Crisis Text Line, you can feel a little closer to perfection. Crisis Text Line is powered by volunteers and offers people across the US a number to call and speak with trained counselors—24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge.

Diaspora Co
Single Origin Turmeric Gift Set
$50

A queer WOC-owned business, Diaspora Co has a small range of products but aims to make a big impact. With the goal of giving income and power back to Indian farmers, their collection of turmeric items rejects the colonial spice trade and supports sustainable spice agriculture. Our pick is the Single Origin Turmeric Gift Set, for which the turmeric is grown in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, by Mr Kasaraneni Prabhu and is an heirloom, single origin version of the spice.

Dime MTL
Cashmere Beanie
$70

Made from 80% Mongolian cashmere, Dime MTL's navy blue fisherman-style beanie offers comfort and warmth during the frosty months. More simple than many of the oftentimes humor-laden creations from the Canadian skate brand and crew, it's classic and pragmatic. Price is in CAD.

Mr and Mrs Smith
Boutique Hotel Gift Card
$50

Starting at $50, Mr and Mrs Smith's "Get a Room!" gift cards can be used at any Smith hotel. From Patagonia to Siem Reap, Karnataka to Fiji and beyond, there are 1105 hotels to choose from—each as appealing as the last. Choose from limited edition designs on the front, and add your own personal message inside to help somebody get a little closer to their dream vacation.

PHLUR
The Wanderer Travel Case
$28

Aptly named The Wanderer, this empty case is made to fill with the PHLUR scent you already own. Super-simple to use, simply pump the larger bottle into the travel-sized spray—no need to buy separate mini fragrances. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, it's super-sturdy and TSA-approved.

Bowmore
50 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch (1966)
$30,000

Only 74 bottles of this whisky exist globally. Beyond its age and rarity (and exquisite bottling, done in a handmade crystal decanter with sterling silver adornments), the most impressive facet of this single malt Scotch happens to be its incredible flavor. Normally, at this age, the wood aging has taken over the flavor profile. Here, one is left with candied pineapple and it simply tastes great.

Alexandra Llewellyn
Bespoke Backgammon Set
$6,870

Designed exclusively for Moda Operandi, Alexandra Llewellyn's luxe backgammon set is made in England from fine woods, stones and metals. Its charming safari theme features giraffes and lush trees, and a customization option grants engraving or monogramming. Complete with mother of pearl checkers, this is no ordinary board game and can certainly elevate game nights.

This is Ground
Plug Pack
$135

Traveling nowadays is impossible without plenty of tech accessories—even if you're not traveling for work. From earbuds to power adaptors, various chargers and cords, it can all become a big tangled mess. Specifically designed to store a laptop charger, USB cords, in-ear headphones, plugs and batteries, This is Ground's Plug Pack keeps tech essentials neat and organized. Made from 100% vegetable-tanned Italian leather, it's available in toffee, cognac or charcoal coloways.

COTODAMA
Lyric Speaker
$4,500

In an edition of just 15 units (produced per month), COTODAMA's Lyric Speaker beautifully displays the words of some two million songs as they play. Much more than just a traditional karaoke bouncing ball screen, this handmade product is a design object as well as a functional one. Made in Japan, this WiFi-enabled speaker's track collection will continue to grow.

La Perla
Royal Theatre Jacquard Smoking Jacket
$1,592

Made in Italy, this blue medallion motif silk jacquard smoking jacket epitomizes ritzy indulgence. From La Perla, it's more than just a show piece, with full lining and deep pockets. It's all brought together with a simple sash tie. The sapphire blue stands out, but delightfully so. Price is in Pounds.

Nomos
Metro Roségold Neomatik 39 Wristwatch
$9,700

A minimal watch with exuberance, Nomos' Metro Roségold Neomatik 39 is a variation of one of their best-selling models. Here, the case has been composed of 18-karat gold. Inside, one finds the automatic NOMOS caliber DUW 3001 movement and the NOMOS Swing System. The slender piece embodies the brand's precise design aesthetic and time-telling accuracy.

Hardgraft
Hang Camera Strap
$145

Measuring between 47 to 51 inches, Hardgraft's elegant coal hang camera strap seamlessly binds grey felted wool and rich, vegetable-tanned leather. It's produced in Italy from locally sourced materials. Also included, metal split rings that allow the strap to work with most cameras.

Ernie Ball Music Man
St Vincent Guitar
$2,099

A collaborative design between powerhouse musician St Vincent and the engineering team of Ernie Ball Music Man, this electric guitar looks and sounds like no other. From the hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard to St Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners and a five-way pick-up selector, the custom configurations make it quite the sonic force. When the guitar first launched it was available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie Clark, but it has now expanded to Polaris White, Heritage Red, Tobacco Burst, and Stealth Black as well.

visvim
Kerchief Down Jacket
$2,400

Made from vintage bandanas, visvim's naturally dyed kerchief down jacket is a stylish take on puffer outerwear. The patchwork-style outer is made from 100% cotton, while the lining is a breathable cotton/linen blend. Offering warmth is the genuine down and feather filling.

brandnewnoise
Loopy Lou
$76

Brooklyn's brandnewnoise handmakes the Loopy Lou, a petite but powerful recording device that offers both single playback and continous playback with a looping switch. It's a straightforward, handy device that even offers pitch control. Ideal for an at-home studio, and for anybody interested in exploring looping in recording or for performance.

Apparatus Studio
Segment 6 Dining Table
$52,000

Assembled and finished in New York, Apparatus Studio's Segment 6 dining table pairs a translucent resin base with brass hardware. A colored lacquer table top (here in oxblood, but also available in black, cinnabar, green and ivory) more than punctuates the piece—it toys with the idea of density and form. The surfaces are all lustrous, making the made-to-order work something quite extraordinary.

Sprayable Sleep
Melatonin Spray
$60

Whether traveling between time-zones, on long-haul flights, or simply having restless nights, melatonin is—of course—a common, natural sleep aid. Usually it's taken in tablet form, but Sprayable Sleep offers something different. This innovative, patent-pending spray is applied just like perfume—meaning it won't mess with your stomach—and will have you on a better sleep schedule in no time.

The Pharcyde
"Bizarre Ride II" 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
$60

Released in 1992 via Delicious Vinyl Records, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is turning 25 years old—and to celebrate, this deluxe edition is available for pre-order now. Including a double-LP along with three 12" singles, there are also brand new liner notes by respected music writer Jeff Weiss. With plenty of humor, clever word play and textured, lush production, this record was a refreshing departure from the era's focus on gangsta rap—and remains a classic.

MARNI
Pannier Leather Bucket Bag
$2,190

Made with buttery white calfskin leather with black contrast edges, Italian label Marni's Pannier bucket bag combines luxury with modernism. The bright red acrylic ring handle makes the otherwise understated piece, but the combination remains sophisticated and stylish. With a removable shoulder strap, snap closure and a super-useful leashed zip pouch, this is a timeless accessory.

Alessi
MiòJar
$32

With a sweet kitty sitting atop the lid, Miriam Mirri's cat food jar—designed for Alessi—is both functional and charming. The vessel is made from glass, while the lid is thermoplastic resin—available in black or yellow. It measures just under 11 inches in height.

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Rhye: Count to Five
An album that's been four years in the making, BLOOD by LA-based Rhye will be released early next year. From it comes the song "Count to Five." In their immediately recognizable style, the track is breathy and breezy, but with a disco and funk influence...
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Nicolas Jaar: Coin in Nine Hands
From a deluxe version of Nicolas Jaar's 2016 album Sirens comes an excellent, previously unreleased track called "Coin in Nine Hands." Beginning with a dark and sexy pulsating beat and spoken word lyrics, the song builds and shifts hauntingly across...
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EDITORIAL
SHERPA: Fornever
Copenhagen-based dark pop duo SHERPA (aka Carsten Sherpa and Tore Nissen) have just released a video for their glitchy but heart-wrenching track "Fornever." The textured tune builds, shifts and adds layers across its four minutes, but it's in an effortless...
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Cella: Prologue
Zurich-based DJ/producer Cella (aka Lukas Schnider) is just 19 years old, but has already crafted an excellent EP in Prologue. The six-track record is layered, textured and blends countless genres—from trap to jazz. Signed to Quartz Records at the...
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The Go! Team: Mayday
With Morse Code leading into percussion and Detroit Youth Choir choral work, "Mayday" finds The Go! Team up to their old tricks. It's an exceptionally enjoyable track that moves forward with fury and force on pop-powered harmonies. The song will appear...
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Whitney Houston: My Love is Your Love (Bonde Edit)
Reworking a classic (especially one by a beloved artist who is no longer with us) can be a risky task, but Bonde's remix of Whitney Houston's 1988 "My Love Is Your Love" is a success. The deep edit is a smooth and fluid take that remains just faithful...
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EDITORIAL
Field Music: Count It Up
The first single from Field Music's forthcoming sixth LP Open Here, "Count It Up" makes for an odd but charming pop tune that calls to mind Talking Heads yet stays true to the brand's hyper-specific vocal and musical stylings. Here, the Sunderland...
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EDITORIAL
Jadu Heart + Mura Masa: U Never Call Me
Now with an official video, "U Never Call Me" features electronic duo Jadu Heart and songwriter/producer Mura Masa blending warm funk components into a rich R&B track. Both acts recently released their debuts, but this collaboration marks something...
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EDITORIAL
La Poré: Sad Girl
La Poré (aka Nick Samson) debuted this past summer with "Close," and now the '80s R&B-influenced "Sad Girl" is getting a workout on our office speakers. The dance-floor-friendly tune is textured, and sweet—with the right amount of melancholy. Driven...
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EDITORIAL
SSION: Comeback
Two minutes into the seven-minute-long "Comeback," a video that does in fact mark the return of SSION (aka pop artist and video director Cody Critcheloe) the world turns on its head. Full of surprises and beauty, the video incorporates the artist's...
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EDITORIAL
Hall + Oates: I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (Pomo Remix)
Remixing a beloved track like Hall + Oates' "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" is always a risk—songs like that are classics for a reason. But Vancouver-based Pomo (aka David Pimentel) has done the '80s jam justice with his recent house-heavy rework...

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