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Interview: Rob Alderson
The former It's Nice That EIC discusses his new role and initiatives at WeTransfer to showcase artists at a deeper level
by Nara Shin
Helmed by kid programmer turned teen blogger turned entrepreneur Nalden, WeTransfer offers quick, effortless file-transfer service—no sign-in or account required. The minimalist interface has users coming back, but it's the start-up's unique use of...
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Closed Revives Its '80s Denim Archives
Vintage cuts with uniquely positioned pockets and more make for unordinary jeans
by Nara Shin
Closed was originally founded by Marithé and François Girbaud (denim pioneers who have their own Urban Dictionary entry) in the '70s. The French designer duo pioneered techniques like stone-washing in the '70s as well as the much more sustainable...
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D'Angelo's Prince tribute, new Stormzy, Future Punx instructs how to dance and more of our favorite tracks from this week
by CH Editors
D'Angelo feat. Princess: Sometimes It Snows in April D'Angelo was joined by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum (aka Princess, a Prince cover band) last night to perform a tremendously moving version of Prince's "Sometimes it Snows in April." The song...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
Creating a healthier coffee, "kissing garlic," a tattoo-inspired restaurant interior and more
by CH Editors
1. 360-Degree Photos of Chernobyl 30 Years Later 30 years ago, the worst nuclear accident in history occurred. Reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant in Russia (then the Soviet Union) exploded, killing workers and many in the...
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Studio Job + Alessi's Comtoise Clock
We speak with Job Smets about their collaboration with the iconic Italian design house
by Paolo Ferrarini
Best known for their unique creative approach that merges art and design, Studio Job's creations are oftentimes easily recognized. The two Flemish designers leading the studio (Job Smets and Nynke Tynagel) have a knack for using plenty of symbols...
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Creative Time's Spring Gala Cocktails
An edible Negroni, bottled Lido iced tea and a beachy drink atop almond dust and ground coconut 'sand'
by David Graver
Whether or not you're familiar with public art nonprofit organization Creative Time, you've likely heard of their large-scale commissions. Recently, these have included Kara Walker's "A Subtlety" at Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Factory and Nick Cave's Grand...
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"Old Kyoto"'s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood
Live like a local in renovated traditional accommodations in the old geisha district
by Evan Orensten
Developed for travelers visiting Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (which began construction in the year 656), the alluring Gion neighborhood later transformed into an exclusive geisha district with plenty of tea houses, bars and restaurants. Gion today has plenty...
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Shinola + Natas Kaupas Limited Edition Skateboards
100 made-in-the-USA decks, celebrating the brand's new store in Venice, CA
by David Graver
Skateboarding legend Natas Kaupas has joined forces with Detroit-based lifestyle brand (and CH favorite) Shinola for a new limited edition product to celebrate the opening of their Venice, CA store. The Shinola + Natas Kaupas skate decks, all made...
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Premiere: Soul Clap Remixes Nick Monaco's "Physical Therapy"
We learn about the labelmates' naked tendencies
by Nara Shin
Nick Monaco likes to bare it all, but it's been a journey. His first EP was titled Naked is My Nature, and now he's set to release his full-length Half Naked on 10 June, on Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb's new-ish collaborative label Crew Love (the...
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The Hill-Side + Buaisou Indigo Collaboration
Selvedge Chambray shirts, scarves and ties hand-dyed in Japan
by Josh Rubin
Two of our favorite Brooklyn-based brands, The Hill-Side and Buaisou have joined forces to produce a limited edition run of selvedge chambray clothing and accessories—all of which has been hand-dyed in natural indigo using the traditional Japanese...
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This Brutal World
The new black and white photo book is a visual feast of imposing architectural structures
by Nara Shin
How do crude and unsympathetic concrete structures appeal to human hearts around the globe? Graphic designer Peter Chadwick (founder of London-based studio A Popular Space) attempts to explain his fervent love for Brutalism not through too many words...

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"Old Kyoto"'s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood
Live like a local in renovated traditional accommodations in the old geisha district

Developed for travelers visiting Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (which began construction in the year 656), the alluring Gion neighborhood later transformed into an exclusive geisha district with plenty of tea houses, bars and restaurants. Gion today has plenty...

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"Old Kyoto"'s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood
Live like a local in renovated traditional accommodations in the old geisha district
STYLE
The Hill-Side + Buaisou Indigo Collaboration
Selvedge Chambray shirts, scarves and ties hand-dyed in Japan

Two of our favorite Brooklyn-based brands, The Hill-Side and Buaisou have joined forces to produce a limited edition run of selvedge chambray clothing and accessories—all of which has been hand-dyed in natural indigo using the traditional Japanese...

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The Hill-Side + Buaisou Indigo Collaboration
Selvedge Chambray shirts, scarves and ties hand-dyed in Japan
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Rivertown Lodge, Hudson
Two hours from NYC, a beautifully designed 27-room hotel awaits upstate

Opened last October in Hudson, New York, Rivertown Lodge doesn't look like much when you pull up (or walk the 20 minutes from the Amtrak train station). Formerly a 1920s movie theater later converted into a motel in 1958, the new 27-room hotel on Warren...

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Rivertown Lodge, Hudson
Two hours from NYC, a beautifully designed 27-room hotel awaits upstate

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Charlotte Mei
Monkey Pot
$80

London-based artist Charlotte Mei handcrafts ceramic characters that are very cute, but avoid being saccharine—and are also always functional. From toast-shaped plates with rosy cheeks to little worm sculptures, many of her creations are limited edition—and the new Monkey Pot (available for pre-order now) has been made in a run of just 50. Hand slipcast and painted, this little monkey is perfect for housing a small posy or just hanging out on a window sill.

Brooks England
Femto Bike Light
$20

Heritage cycling brand Brooks England is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, one of their most recent designs, the Femto light, is their nicest yet. Easy to attach to and remove from your bike's frame, handlebars or seat post, the light is secured with a rubber band and clip—neither of which will scratch or damage your paint job. The copper colorway is classic, but most importantly: the white LED light helps make you visible to drivers and other riders. Price is in British pounds.

The Arrivals + Snarkitecture
Limited Edition Element Poncho
$345

Known for their clean-lined leather moto jackets, The Arrivals (founded by former architect Jeff Johnson) have joined forces with design collective Snarkitecture to create one winning poncho. While "chic" and "poncho" aren't words one often finds together, this unisex piece is a true exception. It's sleek, functional and (most importantly) waterproof. Available in two colors, the white is made from a stain-resistant, poly-blend and the black is a poly-spandex micromesh. Both iterations offer plenty of interior pockets to keep your goodies dry, but ultimately this is a sharp design piece that makes a traditionally dorky item incredibly wearable.

Phaidon
Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things
$20

When thinking of architecture most of us don't think of small-scale creations, but there's plenty of design prowess behind these structures. From pet houses to pods to tree houses and sheds, cabins and inflatable structures—there's a little genius behind all these little buildings. "Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things" celebrates a wide range of designs, and shows good things certainly do come in small packages.

Seletti + Toiletpaper
Lipstick Rug
$833

Outrageous and super-bold, Seletti + Toiletpaper's statement collaboration rugs is playful art meant to be stomped on. With 100% polyester carpets bearing everything from eyeballs to frog burgers, our pick is the pink and black "Lipstick" design—a classic from Toiletpaper that can also be found on melamine serving trays and porcelain plates—which plays with gender roles. Price is in British pounds.

Playtype
Way Out Poster
$62

The witty designers behind Copenhagen-based Playtype love using the typefaces they've created in fun, different ways, from monochromatic glyphs stamped on mugs to covering skateboards. Equally big and bold are their posters that make the most of a single letter, or a word or two. Use "Way Out" as a 2D exit sign, hallway hypeman or a pop of green to transform even your most sterile spaces.

Mr Dog New York
Floral Mattress Bed
$200

While dogs can fall asleep just about anywhere, there aren't many spots as alluring as a couch cushion or a human bed—two places our four-legged friends might not be welcome. Mr Dog presents a beautiful solution: a pet-dedicated mattress-cushion hybrid in a charming cabbage rose floral pattern. Inside, shredded latex and cotton rag lend it durability and firmness. And as it is for pets, an array of features (from the urethane moisture wicking coat to internal air vents) make it a durable and lasting product.

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Axcent Pocket Watch (Bronze)
$235

There's something rather classy about reaching for the time and pulling out a pocket watch rather than a mobile phone. Developed in the 16th century, these devices were the most popular form of time-telling all the way until WWI. People Products makes clear that they don't have to be a relic of time long passed. Their premium Axcent Pocket Watch (made of stainless steel but in a bronze colorway) sports a Japanese Miyota 9T22 movement at its core, but it's the sapphire crystal and brass hands that make it so alluring. It's a minimal design but sure to impress.

Cult Gaia
Leafy Visor
$138

On the days when you don't want to bother with sunblock or sunnies, hats are the next choice in keeping the blinding sun at bay. Letting the breeze through and catching a few looks along the way, Cult Gaia's made-in-LA 90210 Mita Visor is a style that defies what typically comes to mind. A fun leafy print and fabric ends (for tying into a bow) add personality to the sporty vibe.

Shahrzad Ghadjar
Dinosaurs Smoking Weed Coloring Book
$12

The very logically named Dinosaurs Smoking Weed Coloring Book is just that—and even comes with crayons. Full of pictures of stoned and smoking dinos, the book also offers a little trivia on how each creature enjoys getting high—whether via bongs or vaping or smoking joints. Delightfully embracing the absurd, this book blends a very adult pastime with a delightfully childish one.

Sweetflag
Golden Snitch
$35

Those tiny plastic baggies sadly let the whole world know you've got good weed. Stash the precious bud away from mooching roommates in this gorgeous California-made Golden Snitch orb, available at Sweetflag. The new online shop is fully of beautifully designed smoking accessories—think black obsidian pipes, hand-forged brass incense burners, coconut-flavored rolling papers—that look impeccable long after the joint's done.

M Gemi
Salotto Shoes
$228

M Gemi's Salotto slip-on shoes, crafted by talented Toscana artisans who use the highest quality materials, can be paired with casual shorts as easily as with suit pants. With a nappa calfskin upper and an all-leather lining, these shoes feature a cross-hatched pattern that makes the simple style a little more flashy—without going overboard. The rubber sole is sporty and offers comfort, making these some of the most versatile shoes in your collection.

Good Life
Flecked Terry Tank Top
$75

Super-comfortable and lightweight, this Made-in-USA looped terry tank is just right for the weather that the Northern Hemisphere is finally being blessed with. A neat but casual piece, the tank takes on less dye thanks to its blend of yarns—meaning the result is subtle and appears almost inside-out.

Shelter Bay
Steel Wire Flare Cage Light
$119

Toronto-based Shelter Bay—just founded in 2015—offers hand-welded steel wire cages and elegant spun steel shades (plus a combination of both) to pair with lightbulbs for a beautiful design occasion. The flare cage reminds us of a billowing skirt, and is available in copper, white, pearl black—and the crowd favorite, the unique multi-colored aurora finish.

Overthrow NYC
Limited Edition Cannabis-Printed Boxing Gloves
$80

Boxing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking for cannabis associations, but Bleecker Street's Overthrow Boxing Club—housed in a space formerly known as the alternative culture Yippie Museum—makes for a worthy link. The location played host to the founding of High Times Magazine by Tom Forcade, and was the headquarters of the Legalization Movement. Yippie Alice Torbush, who frequented the space, designed the pattern featured on these limited edition gloves, which clock in at 16oz and can handle heavy bag, sparing and mitt workouts.

Apothecanna
Mile High Gift Set
$70

If you’re only smoking or consuming cannabis, you might not be unlocking all of its health-improving potential. Apothecanna’s Mile High Gift Set allows for direct-to-skin application of marijuana’s healing wonders through five different body lotions. With a mix of herbal ingredients like peppermint, juniper, chamomile, lavender and more, each creme targets something specific: pain relief, stimulation and more.

Davek
Alert Umbrella
$50

After successfully crowdfunding their Alert Umbrella, Davek New York is back on Kickstarter with the Alert Mini and Alert Grande. The two new models are built from the same DNA as the original (which packs a tracking chip into an incredibly sturdy yet sleek design) but also provide additional sizes for a range of weather (and storage) conditions. An update to their dedicated app now also reveals the umbrella’s last known location. Now campaigning on Kickstarter.

Alite Designs
Meadow Rest
$65

Combining two of their favorite designs (the Meadow Mat and Mayfly Chair), the team at Alite Designs has created a perfect outdoor seat, allowing you to recline chaise-lounge-style. Part picnic blanket, part chair, the Meadow Rest is waterproof and easy to set up and pack away. It's also (importantly) super-light, so it's easy to bring along on any camping or beach adventure.

Arca
Trapezium Ashtray
$920

Part of Arca’s Trapezium collection, this buffalo horn-inlaid ashtray takes inspiration from a symmetrical trapeze. Arca handcrafts the shimmering toking accessory in Italy, using a unique heating process that draws out the horn’s individual grain to tantalizing effect. No matter what you’re puffing on, it’s sure to elevate the entire experience.

Skyhorse Publishing
The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook
$21

Art meets science in all types of cooking—but maybe especially so when cooking with cannabis. With over 100 recipes for everything from breakfasts to cocktails, this book is more than just a cooking guide. There is also information on the many varieties of cannabis flavor profiles so cooks know which strains will work for what recipes, as well as tips on processing, storing and preserving the special ingredient.

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Laura Groves: Gamma Ray Blue (Cleaners From Venus Cover)
London-based songwriter Laura Groves previously released an album on XL under the moniker Blue Roses. Under her real name, however, Groves transitions from acoustic instruments like piano and guitar to a more electronic set-up, and her voice glows...
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Holy Fuck: Tom Tom
Six years after Latin was released, Holy Fuck is back and not a moment too soon. The Toronto-based quartet released the lead single from their upcoming album Congrats a couple months ago and now the song, "Tom Tom," has a high production video to match...
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D'Angelo feat. Princess: Sometimes It Snows in April
D'Angelo was joined by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum (aka Princess, a Prince cover band) last night to perform a tremendously moving version of Prince's "Sometimes it Snows in April." The song, from the legend's 1986 album Parade (perhaps most...
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EDITORIAL
Future Punx: How To Dance
Brooklyn-based act Future Punx—one of our faves at CMJ a few years ago—will embark on a two-week American tour later this May. Their debut album This is Post-Wave (released last August and streaming in full on Spotify, Bandcamp and more) is filled...
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EDITORIAL
Stormzy: Scary
New from prince of grime Stormzy—who still has yet to release a full-length album—is "Scary," an audiovisual message of intimidation for those who doubt his success. "But don't get gassed cause you got the headline / You only got it cause I declined...
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EDITORIAL
Charli XCX + SOPHIE: Vroom Vroom
Singer-songwriter Charli XCX and divergent sound designer SOPHIE—each compelling in their own unique brand of pop—bring out the best in each other in the four-track EP Vroom Vroom, one that provokes all of the senses and hits listeners like a steamroller...
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EDITORIAL
Prince: Purple Rain (Live)
It's tough to lose Prince, who passed away today at the age of 57. The seemingly invincible artist's personal back catalog is an infinite jukebox of hits and buried treasures—which helped launch others' careers and inspired countless musicians from...
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EDITORIAL
Róisín Murphy: Mastermind
Considering the inimitable Róisín Murphy took an eight-year pause between 2007's Overpowered and last year's Mercury Prize-nominated Hairless Toys, fans are surely thrilled to be averaging an album a year right now. The Irish singer/songwriter/producer...
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EDITORIAL
Laura Mvula: Phenomenal Woman
Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has had a lot of emotional hills to climb these past few years. The success of her strange, inventive debut LP Sing to the Moon—which lost the 2013 Mercury Prize to James Blake's Overgrown—manifested with panic attacks...
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EDITORIAL
The Flaming Lips: Space Oddity
Four months later, it's still hard to fully grasp that David Bowie is no longer with us. The latest tribute comes from The Flaming Lips, who have covered "Space Oddity" with utter, heartfelt emotion. In the accompanying music video, the band plays...
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EDITORIAL
Skepta: Man
Skepta's world domination is imminent: 6 May sees the release of his LP Konnichiwa, which many have been eagerly awaiting since the London-based MC and producer dropped the single "That's Not Me" (featuring his brother JME) back in 2014, and the riotous...

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If Hunter S Thompson taught us anything, it's that you needn't hit the slopes to enjoy this city's cultural splendor