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Test Ride: Charge Cooker Maxi 2
Going off-road in all seasons, with the British bikemaker's no nonsense fat bike
by Katharine Erwin
Fat bikes are quickly becoming a staple in every cyclist's quiver. While the bikes have opened up winter riding to the masses, they aren't just for snow anymore. Many riders are finding themselves drawn to their fat bike no matter the season or terrain...
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Future Mapping Company Berlin
A detail-rich take on the modern map that is equal parts informative and decorative
by Hans Aschim
Though maps began as utility-minded reference tools, they've always had artistic elements. From elaborate compass roses and sea monsters that lurk near remote coastlines to carefully selected color palettes, the aesthetics of maps sometimes even trump...
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Aether Horizon Motorcycle Jacket
Functional and with plenty of safety features, this piece doesn't sacrifice aesthetics
by Katharine Erwin
Action apparel company Aether—whose ethos is to create the most durable, minimal and modern-minded gear—has just released one of the best motorcycle jackets we've had our hands on in some time. Aesthetically, the Horizon is much like Aether's jacket...
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Artist Interview: Aki Inomata
Discussing nature, cultural appropriation and ornamentation with the artist famous for her hermit crab series
by Carol T Chung
Born in Tokyo, artist Aki Inomata has been exhibiting her work since 2004. She received an MFA in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008 and is a recipient of the 2014 YouFab Global Creative Awards Grand Prize. Over the last couple...
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Triarrows Affordable Luxury Watches
Elegant touches and thoughtful design at an unexpectedly low cost
by Largetail
In the age of smartwatches and wearable tech, there's also been a global resurgence in attention to and love for the classic wristwatch. It's more than just nostalgia, the value is evident: the watch is an accessory that conveys style while being...
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Urban Cultivator Indoor Garden
An automated solution for growing greens and herbs all year long
by Nara Shin
While in Vancouver for TED last month, we stumbled upon the just-opened "Living Produce Aisle," a space that makes salads and smoothies from microgreens, vegetables and herbs grown right inside the space. The immersive storefront was created by Surrey...
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Ratatat comes back, Rihanna songwriter Bibi Bourelly's debut, a #TBT by Common and more in this week's music round-up
by CH Editors
Common feat. Mary J Blige: Come Close Our #TBT this week, taking us back to 2002, is "Come Close," Common's gentle serenade for true love featuring R&B queen Mary J. Blige. Both artists—along with No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, and even a couple...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
Demythologizing Kurt Cobain, building a better sandwich, cacti made from plastic bottles and more in this week's look at the web
by CH Editors
1. Demythologizing Kurt Cobain Named for a mixtape Kurt Cobain made in 1988, Brett Morgen's "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" promises to be insightful and dramatic. Morgen initially thought the film (the first authorized documentary since Cobain's...
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Carla Fernández: Design Culture Mexico at Heath Ceramics
The award-winning designer's new exhibition features shoppable garments created in collaboration with Mexico’s most talented artisans
by Julie Wolfson
Based in Mexico City, fashion designer Carla Fernández travels through Mexico seeking the most talented regional artisans; she creates new designs that honor traditional fabrications in each region. This has given Fernández a reputation as a champion...
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Milan Design Week: Lee Broom's Department Store
A surrealist installation where a new acid yellow collection is revealed in opposition to grayscale
by Paolo Ferrarini
At this year’s Milan Design Week, British designer Lee Broom is presenting his largest and most mature collection to date. Known as “The Department Store,” this installation consists of 25 of Broom's newest pieces—from furniture to lighting and accessories...
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Le Collectionist's Italian Villa Giulia
This stunning manor on the Sorrentine Peninsula is just one of many exemplary properties available through the website
by David Graver
For those not familiar with Le Collectionist, imagine a service much like Airbnb—only with 24-hour concierge service on-call and only the most magnificent hand-selected, and carefully approved properties around the world. From a 20-bedroom chateau...

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Future Mapping Company Berlin
A detail-rich take on the modern map that is equal parts informative and decorative

Though maps began as utility-minded reference tools, they've always had artistic elements. From elaborate compass roses and sea monsters that lurk near remote coastlines to carefully selected color palettes, the aesthetics of maps sometimes even trump...

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Future Mapping Company Berlin
A detail-rich take on the modern map that is equal parts informative and decorative
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Le Collectionist's Italian Villa Giulia
This stunning manor on the Sorrentine Peninsula is just one of many exemplary properties available through the website

For those not familiar with Le Collectionist, imagine a service much like Airbnb—only with 24-hour concierge service on-call and only the most magnificent hand-selected, and carefully approved properties around the world. From a 20-bedroom chateau...

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Le Collectionist's Italian Villa Giulia
This stunning manor on the Sorrentine Peninsula is just one of many exemplary properties available through the website
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Translating Sound To Color: Tim Bavington
Music translated into grandiose paintings by a British artist in the American desert

Drawing inspiration from the neon mania of surrounding Las Vegas, NV, artist Tim Bavington does't shy away from bold colors. Combining his artistic prowess with his love of music, Bavington invented a color-coded chord wheel that lets him translate...

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Translating Sound To Color: Tim Bavington
Music translated into grandiose paintings by a British artist in the American desert

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Wanda Nylon
Caban Victoire Raincoat
$236

Made from clear polyurethane, this double-breasted caban raincoat from Paris-based Wanda Nylon is a good way to stay cheerful when the moody skies are offering nothing but seemingly never-ending spring showers. The multi-colored details are made from 100% cotton and the coat boasts patched flap pockets—to make sure your goods stay dry—and a removable hood. Pair with some bright rubber boots to actually look forward to heading out in the rain.

Rizzoli
Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964
$26

Back in 1961, photographer Ted Russell started capturing a relatively unknown Bob Dylan when the young artist had just moved to NYC. Russell shot the 20-year-old songwriter, recently signed to Columbia Records at the time, hanging out in his Greenwich Village apartment, practicing his guitar and performing in tiny venues. This new hardcover of never-before-published photos gives a charming peep into Dylan's life before he belonged to the world.

Vifa
Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker
$430

Danish audio company Vifa's latest portable offering comes in a petite, square-ish package but surprises with its power and sound quality. The Helsinki speaker, launched in time for this year's summer picnics and outdoor parties, comes with a beautiful leather strap for easy carrying; its grill is unusually covered in a custom made Kvadrat textile available in four soft colorways. Perfect for those who love music and design.

Chandally Jewelry
Pnina Earrings
$340

These bold black pearl earrings by New York-based designer Sharon Chandally make a refined, powerful statement. Trained in Yemenite silversmithing by her great uncles, Chandally creates pieces influenced by ancient cultures but feel contemporary in the way they channel movement and sculpture. Respecting the fact that these pieces are worn so close to the body, Chandally uses only conflict-free stones as well as recycled or Fairmined metals.

Prestel
The Weegee Guide to New York
$33

For press photographer Weegee (born Usher Fellig), New York City was his muse; he spent his lifetime documenting urban life without prejudice, from spectators at gruesome crime scenes to elevator operator strikes to the crowds at Coney Island. In the book "The Weegee Guide to New York," 265 black and white images (many which have never been published) reveal the chaotic streets of New York from the 1930s to '60s. The book is thoughtfully organized by areas, from the Lower East Side and the Village to Brooklyn and Rockaway, and includes fold-out maps that indicate where Weegee shot each photo.

Poplin Homewear
Handmade Pajamas
$96

For those who have been wearing the same T-shirt to bed for the past few years, upgrade your sleep style with these handmade pajamas from young Istanbul collective Poplin Homewear. With a focus on lightweight, pure fabrics—like sheer voile—many of the brand's pieces are refined enough to double as airy summer outfits. But the rest of the collection isn't afraid to get adventurous; such as jumpsuits and nightshirts for men, plus striped bodysuits and polka-dot kimono gowns for women.

Happy Soap
Toy Soap Bar
$13

As a fun way to encourage their son to wash his hands before meals, Swedish couple Niklas Lagström and Marina Nilsson started "hiding" his toys in transparent soap bars. Handmade in Sweden, using vegetable based glycerin, Happy Soap is free of SLS and SLES irritants (and is unscented, too) to be as gentle as possible for kids. The couple now scouts locally for loved toys (from dinosaurs and cars to ponies and jewelry) that are no longer wanted—to bring joy to another child. €1 from each soap purchase is donated to the international non-profit Save the Children, and Happy Soap has already been able to raise €1,000.

Roots
Five-Panel Cap
$28

Toronto-based Roots brings the night sky a lot closer with their new five-panel cap. The 100% cotton chambray hat—which is available in grey or blue—is one-size-fits-all and is peppered with constellations. It's yet another excellent reminder of the astronomical bodies that exist far, far away.

Suigeneric
Waxed Cotton Watch Strap
$35

Tired of cheap nylon NATO watch bands proliferating the market, Suigeneric recreates the style using durable and stiff waxed cotton; the naturally water-repellent fabric used in vessel sails and classic Barbour jackets—at a similarly affordable price point. Freshen up your much-loved watch-face for spring with this hand-sewn, hand-waxed green strap. Or, for the more adventurous, go for their watercolor or leopard print options.

Tentsile
Trillium Hammock
$250

This isn't your typical hammock. UK-based Tensile's 80 square foot Trillium model comfortably fits three adults and bears a maximum weight of 880 pounds. Utilizing seatbelt material and a high-strength ratchet system, the Trillium sets up in minutes for an elevated outdoor outpost. Pick-up multiple Trilliums and stack them for an outdoor bunk-bed set-up. Just don't call dibs on top bunk if rain is on the way.

Hungry Eyes NY
Ramen Lapel Pin
$9

Hungry Eyes NY has released a very cute collection of soft enamel pins that are small, but have big personalities. With donuts, pizza and more on the menu, Hungry Eyes NY injects humor into their pins (and humanizes some of our favorite snacks) with a pair of googly eyes incorporated into each design. Our pick is the .70" tall bowl of ramen, because one serving is never enough.

The Brothers Crisp
Hand-Dyed High-Tops
$748

These pit-tanned leather high-tops are entirely unlike your kick-around sneakers. Hand-dyed in a deep ultramarine blue, worked to create a buttery and supple texture (that's still durable) and reinforced with a vegetable-tanned nine ounce heal counter, The Brothers Crisp's Hand-Dyed High-Tops are meticulously made and luxurious.

Lucy Folk
Palmtastic Hidden Treasure Earring
$230

Melbourne-based designer Lucy Folk's HONEYMOON collection is full of tropical delights that provoke images of palm trees, sunsets and fruity cocktails. The Palmtastic Hidden Treasure Earring (sold as a single piece) is available in sterling silver or 9ct gold plate, boasts a stunning, bright green Tsavorite garnet and a stud shaped like a palm tree.

Barbara Kruger
Beach Towel
$95

Bring art to the beach or pool with Barbara Kruger's instant classic beach towel. The 100% cotton, 70" by 60" towel boasts the conceptual artist's iconic text-based style and was made as part of Art Production Fund’s "Works on Whatever" series—for which artists were tapped design real-life, functional objects that were also works of art.

Sunski
Emerald Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
$55

Named for a popular hiking trail across the Golden Gate Bridge, the new Sunski Dipseas combine classic styling with bold touches. The polarized lenses are super-bright emerald green (and offer certified UVA/B/400 protection), but the shape and tortoiseshell colorway ensure that the design will match just about every outfit you don this summer.

Imperial Pictures Publishing
Bang! Volume 1
$25

Full of photography by Jonathan Leder and words by Jacq Frances (all under the art direction of Amy Hood), Bang! Volume 1 is a darkly cinematic NSFW zine. Exploring beauty, sexuality and "the fantasy of the female at its climax," the publication is retro-tinged and has a seemingly lo-fi charm, but it's thoroughly thought-out and entirely engaging.

Closca
Fuga Bike Helmet
$72

Closca won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award this year with its Fuga helmet. Not only is the Fuga safety-certified in Europe, Canada and the States, the helmet is super-convenient. The thin-shell design folds down—reducing its own space by 50%—meaning it can easily be stored in a backpack or tote bag without becoming cumbersome. Now there are really no excuses to leave the helmet at home.

Logitech
MX Master Wireless Mouse
$100

The hand-sculpted Logitech MX Master wireless mouse was made with ergonomic comfort in mind. Its shape was meticulously moulded for comfort, while the laser sensor makes it usable on even the glossiest surfaces, and in just four minutes it can be charged for a full day's use. This gadget truly blends comfort with functionality.

Aelfie Oudghiri
Cool Bananas Pillow
$59

Brooklyn-based Aelfie Oudghiri offers up plenty of playful designs through her cushions and rugs, but our favorite is this 16"x16" "Cool Bananas" pillow. The three sunglasses-wearing bananas hand-embroidered on the pale blue fabric bring a dash of color, humor and fun to any room.

Upstate
Hand-Dyed Silk Shirt Dress
$370

Brooklyn-based Upstate makes tie-dye utterly covetable and sophisticated with their new summer collection. Mixing shibori hand-dye techniques with marbling and digital printing, the made-in-USA brand offers kaleidoscopic sarongs, culottes and dip-dyed sweatshirts. Their vibrant Mandarin-collared Maria silk button down dress will be turning heads at any rooftop barbecue this season—and no two will look exactly the same.

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The High Maintenance (Unofficial) Soundtrack
Cult web series "High Maintenance," created and written by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, stars the latter as your go-to marijuana dealer; each episode centers on a different customer and their personal (if on the verge of neurotic) life in New...
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EDITORIAL
Justin Vernon: Inside Out
In a subtle, serene music video graced with the magic we've come to expect from him, Justin Vernon—commonly known under the moniker Bon Iver—covers indie band Spoon's "Inside Out" to haunting affect. What is perhaps the nicest promotional material...
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Common feat. Mary J Blige: Come Close
Today's #TBT, taking us back to 2002, is "Come Close," Common's gentle serenade for true love featuring R&B queen Mary J. Blige. Both artists—along with No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, and even a couple of K-Pop stars—are donating their time to perform...
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EDITORIAL
Lilith Ai: Hang Tough
The lo-fi soul of Lilith Ai's latest track "Hang Tough" is more than a sum of its parts. A resonating power in her voice carries lyrics of warped depth, all nestled atop the strumming of her guitar. And yet, from the nuances of an electronic-influenced...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Villagers: Hot Scary Summer
Over the past six years, French music publication La Blogothèque has become known around the world for their spontaneous single-shot Take Away Shows. The series sees musicians performing acoustically, often wandering around a picturesque part of Paris...
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EDITORIAL
Bibi Bourelly: Riot
Berlin-based songwriter Bibi Bourelly has quickly found her way into the international spotlight. The 20-year-old has been writing songs since childhood, but her breakthrough came this year when she worked with Rihanna on "Bitch Better Have My Money...
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EDITORIAL
Ratatat: Cream on Chrome
Experimental duo Ratatat performed live for the first time in four years this past weekend at Coachella, where they also debuted the new track "Cream on Chrome" to those dancing in the Sahara Tent. The rest of the world can hear the studio version...
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EDITORIAL
Lykke Li: Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake Cover)
Leave it to Swedish indie-pop dreamboat Lykke Li to turn Drake's hit "Hold On, We're Going Home" into a heartbreaking song that oozes sex and sadness. This unpolished, live version lets the singer's raw vocals do most of the work over delicate electric...
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EDITORIAL
Panda Bear: Sirius XMU Mix
Across nine studio albums with Animal Collective and five solo albums under the moniker Panda Bear, Noah Lennox has contributed unprecedented dimension and layers to the music world's cumulative consciousness. After creating a recent Sirius XMU Mix...
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EDITORIAL
Blur: Lonesome Street
Brit pop mainstays Blur refuse to slow down. With seven records under their belt over their 27-year history, the band that personifies '90s London is set to release their eighth record The Magic Whip on 27 April 2015. The lead single "Lonesome Street...
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EDITORIAL
Jhené Aiko: Eternal Sunshine
LA-based Jhené Aiko has returned with an emotional video for "Eternal Sunshine" off her Souled Out album. It's a pared-down ode to loved ones that blends melancholy and joy. The video (directed by Jay Ahn) is striking and tells the stories two tragic...

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