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Link About It: This Week's Picks
Kenny and Warren G take to the stage, robots begin their takeover in Japan and more in this week's look at the web
by CH Editors
1. A Bionic Eye Restores a Man's Vision Minnesota native Allen Zderad has regained his vision almost 20 years—after he was diagnosed with an untreatable degenerative eye disease—10 years of which he spent nearly blind. The 68-year-old underwent...
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Six Cocktails for Great Whiskey
Masterful mixed drinks worthy of the finest brown liquors from around the globe
by David Graver
The extensive, alluring worlds of whiskey, Scotch and bourbon can feel daunting to novice drinkers—especially when there's an expectation to drink it neat or with a bit of water. For an easier entry point into one of the most nuanced areas of the spirits...
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The Coca-Cola Bottle: An Icon at 100
Atlanta's High Museum of Art pays homage to the iconography at an exciting exhibition
by David Graver
In 1915, the Coca-Cola Company distributed a brief to bottle makers across the US. The request was to craft a bottle so distinct that it could be recognized by hand in the dark—that its essence would remain visible even when shattered. Root Glass Company...
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Travel With No Limits: The Adventurists
Dangerous, dirty and sure to be an experience you'll never forget
by Hans Aschim
On the homepage of UK-based "travel" organizers The Adventurists, a deadpan warning clearly states: "Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high." Still interested? The warning continues: "Individuals who...
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SHARE: Not Your Average Art Book
Each of the 50 pages is an artwork meant to be torn out and hung on the wall, or given away
by Nara Shin
Since their launch last year, Scandinavian indie publisher New Heroes & Pioneers have been busy dreaming up not-your-typical art books—and their latest title is certainly one that won't be collecting dust on your coffee table or bookshelf. Staying...
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Mercato Centrale, Florence
From tripe sandwiches and pizza to €3,000 truffles, this recently expanded Italian food hall has something for any culinary enthusiast
by CH Contributor
by Ananda Pellerin When visitors walk through the sliding doors into Florence's Mercato Centrale they are immediately hit by the earthy smell of truffles. The intoxicating scent is emanating from the Savini Tartufi counter, where they have (among...
FOOD + DRINK
Absentroux Herbal Wine with Wormwood
A bright green botanical drink that's handmade in France
by David Graver
At this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival, we stumbled upon the rather distinct absinthe herbal wine Absentroux. The dynamic drink marries the absinthe and wine experiences, with the predominant note being the rich anise taste associated with...
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Hella Jongerius at Design Indaba 2015
The iconic designer expresses how she keeps a holistic human touch in the mechanical world of industrial design
by Cajsa Carlson
Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius has been a design force to be reckoned with for decades, known for both her own products and the work she’s done for companies such as Maharam, IKEA, Vitra and more. One of her latest projects was creating...
TECH
Introducing the Runcible Heirloom Electronic
A next generation mobile phone and wearable tech hybrid inspired by a pocket watch and built to last
by Josh Rubin
Even today's most beautifully designed smartphones will be disposed of in time. As the technology within becomes outdated, the whole device is discarded or donated and the collective conscious grabs hold of something shiny and new. Not only does SF...
DESIGN
Test Drive: The All-New 2016 Volvo XC90
The highly capable seven-seater SUV draws on Scandinavian design heritage and delivers on expectations
by Hans Aschim
An hour outside of Barcelona in a sleepy seaside town that only sees action a few months of the year sits the culmination of an $11 billion dollar investment. Volvo's 2016 XC90 is the product of not just the global investment that came from Chinese...
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Amy Lerner on Training for the Rallye des Gazelles
Geared up with her AEV Jeep Wrangler, the award-winning rally pilot talks trials and teamwork across the Sahara
by Katharine Erwin
Only stars light up the sky as we pull over to the roadside in the middle of the desert. We are here to meet Amy Lerner, a New Jersey housewife and mother of two turned American Expedition Vehicle (AEV) rally pilot, as she trains for this year's...

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Cool Hunting Video: Sri Threads
A hidden collection of rare and beautiful Japanese textiles in Brooklyn, NY

NYC's five boroughs are full of hidden treasures. From bars concealed by phone booths to unbelievable dim sum, it is nearly impossible to chart all the magic the city creates. We recently spent some time with Stephen Szczepanek, owner of Sri Threads...

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Cool Hunting Video: Sri Threads
A hidden collection of rare and beautiful Japanese textiles in Brooklyn, NY
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Cool Hunting Video: Photographer Jonathan Mannion
We learn about two decades of photographing hip-hop icons; from Nas to Jay-Z to Lauryn Hill

If you've ever wondered who is behind the cover art for some of hip-hop's most iconic albums then you may be familiar with Jonathan Mannion. With almost 20 years in the industry, the Ohio-born photographer has made a name for himself snapping photos...

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Cool Hunting Video: Photographer Jonathan Mannion
We learn about two decades of photographing hip-hop icons; from Nas to Jay-Z to Lauryn Hill
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Mercedes Motoring
A garage full of stunning iconic German autos hidden in the back streets of Glendale, CA

Cruising around with Mercedes Motoring owner J.G. Francis, we learned plenty about preserved Mercedes-Benzes. With a strong passion for the brand, Francis and his team search the country for vintage Mercedes-Benzes from the '60s to '80s, and then...

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Cool Hunting Video: Mercedes Motoring
A garage full of stunning iconic German autos hidden in the back streets of Glendale, CA

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Two nearby World Heritage Sites and a watersport-driven coastline make this Aussie town an outdoor adventure launch pad
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Word of Mouth: Addis Ababa
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32,000 Acres of Backcountry Terrain at Baldface Lodge
No lifts, no crowds and fresh tracks on nearly every run: this is the premier ski and snowboard experience
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Treasures Inside a Tunnel: Osaka's Shark Attack
A hidden antique store in the quiet Japanese neighborhood of Nakazaki-cho, Osaka

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Supreme + Mophie
Power Reserve
$58

Upgrading the monotonous (and for some smartphone addicts, extremely nerve-racking) act of phone charging is the new collaboration between Supreme and portable battery experts Mophie—and there's a ring on it. Like any of Supreme's streetwear apparel and accessories, this sleek power reserve will be tough to get ahold of, but it's a must-have in a working traveler's arsenal.

10¹²
Terra Hydro Terrarium
$190

These copper edged glass terrariums crafted by a designer duo from Ichikawa, Japan exhibit the beauty of the entire plant. With one compartment to hold the water and another to suspend the plant, this unique vase allows you to observe both the succulent and its intricate root system thrive and grow.

Alice + Whittles
Rubber Ankle Boot
$180

Founded by two former UN Refugee agents, Alice + Whittles takes unprecedented action toward ensuring their products are sustainably and ethically made. Their new line of rubber boots combines the functional minimalism of Swiss design with rubber that comes from an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, economically viable, sustainably managed forest. Try to find a current pair of shoes in your closet that can match that.

Species By The Thousands
Levitating Lavender Candle
$32

Brooklyn-based shop Species By the Thousands offers everything from original illustrated greeting cards to alchemy-inspired jewelry—not to mention a collection of scented soy wax candles. The unique labels for each of their different candles make it hard to choose just one but Levitating Lavender, with hints of rosemary, is a particularly excellent pick for illuminating the bedroom after hours.

No Fun Press
Trouble Lapel Pin
$5

For troublemakers everywhere, this slingshot enamel pin—designed in Toronto is perfect for recognizing rascals at a glance. Buy one for yourself, and one for your favorite partner in crime.

Piet Hein Eek
One of a Kind byBorre Quilt
$1,225

When Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek—who is fond of using scrap material in his works—came across a former tie factory in Milan, he discovered a large trove of unused silk necktie fabrics. In a collaboration with textile designer Borre Akkersdijk, he's given the material a second life: as one of a kind silk quilts that boast stimulating patterns and colors.

Umbra Shift + Hlynur Atlason
Above Home Floor Mat
$90

The humble doormat is part of the first impression when entering a home—so make a lively welcoming statement with this multi-colored floor mat woven from sturdy abacus, a natural fiber. NYC-based Icelandic designer Hlynur Atlason depicts an abstract birds-eye view of backyards and swimming pools.

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Kin: Pieter Hugo
$80

South African photographer Pieter Hugo has released "Kin," a stunning book of images that are deeply personal; featuring photos of friends, family members and of himself in the backdrop of his native country—"a place defined by centuries of political, cultural, and racial tensions and contradictions." Limited to 500 copies, this slip-cased edition gives the 164 pages of striking portraits a worthy home.

Best Made Co
Bonded Field Case Set
$98

Any traveller worth their stamps knows the importance of keeping the non-negotiable essentials organized. Passports, cash, identification, business cards and tickets all warrant their own designated storage spot. Best Made Co's Bonded Field Case keeps all these necessary items neatly in order so they don't fall into the abyss of your pack. Designed with heavy use in mind, the water-resistant bonded canvas case features a heavy brass zipper and multiple folio pockets. Perfect for the observant traveller, the case includes one of Best Made Co's Red Notebooks and a set of their pencils for note-taking on the road.

Chaparral Studio
Crack Me Open Baby, Sparkles Await You
$15

Chaparral Studios' rocks look pretty plain and straightforward at first glance, but they have a hidden secret. With the help of a hammer and a little elbow grease, one-of-a-kind magical sparkles await the beholder. Tear-inducing metaphor not included.

Julie White
Prawn Cocktail Scarf
$95

Made in Adelaide (where shrimps are prawns) this 100% silk crepe de chine scarf boasts a bright and playful design—a prawn cocktail with all the trimmings. The digitally printed piece has hand-rolled edges and has been made in a limited edition as part of White's "Straya Daze" collection, celebrating her homeland.

Finisterre
Finisterre Waterproof Duffle Bag
$230

Drawing on premium materials and the latest waterproof construction techniques, the Waterproof Duffle from UK-based cold-water surf company Finisterre is built to last. The 40-liter capacity bag offers enough space for weekend getwaways and works as a carryon for easy travel. A burly waterproof zipper creates an air-tight seal, meaning the bag can literally be thrown into the open ocean and contents will remain bone dry. Plus the carry straps easily convert to backpack straps, making this one bag that is not only durable but versatile.

Poppy Lissiman
Hattie Smiley Clutch
$95

Australian designer Poppy Lissiman and British artist Hattie Stewart have joined forces to design this super-bright and playful clutch—complete with smiley faces, love-hearts and mushroom motifs. Made from appliquéd faux leather this bag is a limited edition creation that's guaranteed to prompt a smile or three.

Castle
Two Little Hearts Print
$180

Perfect for Valentine's Day—or any day—this poster is hand-screenprinted (using acrylic paint) on 300gsm Montvaal paper. Made in an edition of just 25, the print is a sweet way to really put on display how special you think your partner, brother, cousin, buddy or pet really is.

Notcot
Customized Leather Retroflector Bag Tag
$55

Shine a light on these seemingly plain black leather tags in the dark, and see it light up in response through retroflectors. Adding a bit of personalization to this functional accessory, Notcot will lasercut up to 10 characters of your choice on one side.

Design Letters + Arne Jacobsen
Set of Four Espresso Cups
$55

Danish architect Arne Jacobsen left his legacy behind in structures large (such as the SAS Royal Hotel) and small (his Ant, Egg and Swan chairs), but he went even smaller when he created original typography for Aarhus City Hall in 1937. Danish company Design Letters received permission to paint his clean Bauhaus-inspired strokes onto plates, pencils and more. This set of espresso cups also double as tea-light holders.

Bamford Watch Department
Limited Edition Milgauss I Love You Watch
$18,270

The new limited edition offering from Bamford Watch Department literally says "I Love You"—inscribed in the language of your choice. This red and black unisex watch has hearts as hour markers, the signature Milgauss lightning bolt as the minute hand and has been treated with military-grade titanium coating to keep it all protected.

Sew English
More Sex, More Bacon Cushions
$166

Whether you recognize this as a Grey's Anatomy quote (their version of "carpe diem," so to speak) or not, these pair of cushions ($166) are a surefire attention-grabber as they are a daily reminder to live life to the fullest. The letters are individually cut and appliqued by this Etsy shop owner, and are available in different colors—so your mantra doesn't have to clash with the decor.

FiftyThree
Pencil Gold
$60

The Pencil stylus is a masterpiece in engineering and design, allowing users to draw, erase, blend and more for an intuitive drawing experience on touchscreen devices. Its newest rendition for 2015 is an eye-catching gold version that pairs beautifully with gold-finished iPads.

Sehti Na
Sehti Na Cone Earring
$530

New York-based designer Sehti Na makes jewelry that blends tradition with something very contemporary and unique. These stunning, versatile earrings are available in sterling silver, rose, yellow or white gold and boast a 2.5mm natural white pearl and a 2mm white diamond. The conical shape means that they can be worn in a variety of ways: as a slight drop or ear cuff, depending on the angle.

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Leonard Nimoy: By Myself
Today, news broke that Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83. Bringing the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock to life in the Star Trek television and movie series, Nimoy has been "beamed up" one final time. Many Trekkies may not realize that beyond...
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The Living Statues: Blackout
Milwaukee garage rock band The Living Statues have opened for the likes of Best Coast, Mayer Hawthorne and Banks, but they'll soon become a headliner in their own right. Their newest single "Blackout" is an energetic, polished jam that will get your...
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A$AP Ferg: DOPE WALK
Shot entirely on an iPhone camera, though directed and edited by fine artist Matt Starr, A$AP Ferg's latest video "DOPE WALK" offers an amped up, insider angle on New York Fashion Week—with model Cara Delevingne in a tiny FaceTime box for the entirety...
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Ghostwise: Golden Calves
After years performing alongside a number of notable musicians like Angela McCluskey and Cyndi Lauper, Kerry Kennedy has finally broken off for her first solo project, Ghostwise. Three years in the making, Ghostwise’s aptly-titled debut Storm Winds...
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The Tallest Man on Earth: Sagres
We've grown accustomed to the stripped down folk sound of Sweden's Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man on Earth. Reminiscent of the early American folk of Bob Dylan and Woodie Guthrie, Matsson's previous records featured analog recordings...
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love
Portland-based indie band Unknown Mortal Orchestra shared the opener off of their upcoming new album, and it's just a taste into how their sound has gone through an exciting, serious transformation since 2013's II. "Multi-Love" is a modern-day psychedelic...
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Romare: Motherless Child
London-based producer Archie Fairhurst aka Romare (who takes his name from the cut'n'paste artist Romare Bearden) expertly manipulates samples to create new songs—or rather, musical essays—that move the body as much as they do the mind. Keep an ear...
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Lesley Gore: You Don't Own Me
To pay tribute to Lesley Gore—who sadly died this week at just 68 years old—we have chosen to play one of her most popular songs on repeat. "You Don't Own Me" is one of the earliest pop versions of girl power and "embraced feminism way ahead of its...
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Róisín Murphy: Gone Fishing
Róisín Murphy has returned (eight years after her last album) and not a moment too soon. The Irish singer/songwriter announced her record Hairless Toys and dropped the first song from it, the excellent "Gone Fishing," which Murphy was inspired to write...
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Hudson Mohawke: Valentine's Slowjams Chapter VIII
While Valentine's Day might be over, Hudson Mohawke released the latest in his annual slowjams mixtape series yesterday: Valentine's Slowjams Chapter VIII. The playlist begins with a live cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire's "You Can't Hide Love...
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Love Is A Battlefield: The Bittersweet Valentine’s Party Playlist
After years of hosting a pro-inclusivity annual Valentine's Day dance party for her friends, writer Jennifer Boeder has come to the conclusion that love is a battlefield, no matter your status. Obviously some musicians have known this for much longer...