Interview: Volvo VP of Design, Thomas Ingenlath
by Michael Frank After Volvo debuted the V90 earlier this year, its loveliest wagon in ages, it has been announced that it will come (in late 2017 in the US) with a slightly lifted version, the V90 Cross Country. It’s penned by the same hand that...
2017 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE
Joshua Tree National Park Night Sky Festival
by Andrew Maness Joshua Tree National Park lies just 140 miles east of Los Angeles, an easy two and half hours of cruising on the interstate without traffic, or a miserable slog that can take upwards of five hours if you happen to depart at the...
WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: São Miguel Island, Azores
by Ross Belfer Jettisoning across the Atlantic Ocean is a familiar experience if you’re a travel nut, but rarely do we ponder the infinite unknown—or in this case, the tiny archipelago that dots the swathe of sea in between North America and the...
Rick Powell Pens
by Paul Armstrong Rick Powell can’t seem to stop dropping, crushing or misplacing writing instruments as he designs bespoke furniture pieces in his London living room. Instead of simply accepting his fate, Powell took it upon himself to design...
Interview: Nissan’s Executive Design Director, Satoru Tai
By Michael Frank A few years ago one of Nissan’s more outspoken designers penned an homage of sorts to the Datsun 510 sports sedan, the IDX. This was shown to the public at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, but it had actually been in the works for a while...
Mew Men Ramen Shop
Around the corner from NYC indie filmhouse IFC Center sits a new, small ramen joint Mew Men. It's a little sister to the wildly popular Midtown basement pub Izakaya Mew, but here the menu is minimalist. There's not much beyond the five ramen options...
TINTA DE TORO
On the Grounds of Spain's Bodega Numanthia Vineyard
by Alia Akkam Towering over the vineyards of Bodega Numanthia, a seemingly out-of-place steel sculpture painted copper rises from the collage of petite plots in Spain’s hot, parched Toro wine region. Resembling a jungle gym, a modern, geometric...
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
AMERICAN NEAR EAST REFUGEE AID
CELINE SEMAAN VERNON
Slow Factory's "We Are Home" Collection
From one of our favorite NYC brands, 100% fair-trade accessories maker Slow Factory, the lovely We Are Home collection isn't just pretty, it's important. Regarding design, most scarves use satellite images by NASA—from cloud vortices near the...
DIRECT TO CONSUMER
Hubble's Inexpensive Contact Lenses
Anyone who's worn contact lenses knows: there isn't much choice out there—in terms of brands and, importantly, price. There's finally some form of rebellion in the industry, thanks to NYC-based start-up Hubble, which is merging the ordering and...
MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA
"Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy" at Museum of Chinese in America
The Museum of Chinese in America's latest food-centric exhibition isn't as Instagrammable as, say, the rainbow sprinkle pool at the Museum of Ice Cream's NYC pop-up. Instead, it asks visitors to sit, stick around, and converse—just like one would...
Interview: Storq Founder Courtney Klein
by Ami Kealoha Don’t make useless crap. With this simple design philosophy, Storq completely reimagined maternity clothes with the launch of their line in 2014. The San Francisco-based brand started with basics, like a black triangle bra in...
Test Drive: 2017 Honda Ridgeline
by Justin Kaehler Honda is looking to shake up the truck market—again. The company has just introduced its second-generation Ridgeline mid-size pick-up truck—delivering what the brand believes is the ideal blend of real-truck capability with real...
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
PARIS AUTO WEEK
PARIS MOTOR SHOW
Interview: Gerry McGovern on Modernizing a Brutalist Design
By Michael Frank When you start a conversation with Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover, you never quite know where it’s going to end up. The occasion was the Paris Motor Show, where Land Rover has just debuted...
The Bygone Candle Co.
Founded last year in White Plains, NY, Britt Dignan's Bygone Candle Co. produces candles that boast lush fragrances made to remind users of seasons past. Dignan decided to start the business after failing to find candles that were seasonally appropriate...
BLANC DE NOIRS
ARMAND DE BRIGNAC WINERY
Inside Armand de Brignac Winery, France
by Emily Arden Wells The first sip of Armand de Brignac (colloquially known as Ace of Spades) is an unforgettable moment. Mine was in the hotel bar of the Plaza Athénée—a legendary Paris hotel. The waiter came to our table and slowly poured a glass...
ASTON MARTIN DB11
Test Drive: 2017 Aston Martin DB11
by Matthew Askari On the narrow Tuscan roads, it’s the width of the new Aston Martin DB11 that is especially noticeable, though planting your foot on the accelerator, the brawny 5.2-liter V12 makes a convincing plea of its own. The DB11 (which is...
WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: Madrid
by Rima Suqi While the Barcelona-vs-Madrid rivalry is very real on the soccer field, when it comes to tourism, the two coexist on fairly even ground. Barcelona might have a sexier reputation, but over the years it also has experienced an explosion...
ANCHO REYES VERDE
Introducing Ancho Reyes Verde
A few years ago Ancho Reyes hit the market and became an instant cult classic—a game-changing spicy liqueur that drinks beautifully on its own, and goes along swimmingly with other spirits including its cousins, tequila and mezcal. With much anticipation...
Usually associated with the Christian religion, vestments are traditionally worn by members of the clergy, but Brooklyn-based label Vestment NYC has taken the name—and the item of clothing—in another direction. Their robes are all black and white...
Crafted to remind people of their favorite state, Homesick Candles are made by a group of individuals who each moved away from the place they call home. The hand-poured, soy wax candles have distinctive fragrances—from Vermont's tinges of maple...
Jungmaven's Sustainable Hemp Bedding
While our favorite bedding picks include Boll & Branch's ethically made organic cotton sheets and Parachute's direct-to-consumer linens, there's a new option that's as sustainable as it is soft. Santa Barbara-based Jungmaven, purveyor of made-in...
Word of Mouth: Budapest
by Alia Akkam Creative energy has long been percolating in Budapest. Once the Iron Curtain was peeled back, an impressive underground culture erupted that, through the years, has only grown fiercer. While tourists flock to the city to peep at grandiose...
TALES OF THE COCKTAIL
WILLIAM GRANT AND SONS
Five Cocktails Inspired by the Music Icon Prince
by Emily Arden Wells This year we lost legends. David Bowie and Prince both passed in the early months of 2016, two musicians who changed the music industry intrinsically and influenced generations of people with their work. In the days and even...
Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Volt
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...
Behind the Design of the Bugatti Chiron
by Matthew Askari "The Veyron was really near to the limit of what could be done," says board member and Bugatti’s technical development head, Dr. Willi Netuschil, referring to the very car that propelled the brand back to the world of the ultra...