Interview: Ma Yansong, Founder MAD Architects
by Alessandro De Toni When Westerners think about Chinese architecture, we oftentimes have two images in mind: old, grand pagodas settled on the top of a hill or titanic mega-projects breaking global records. Understanding the essence of Chinese...
G 650 LANDAULET
Test Drive: Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet
by Aaron Kohn There is something special about cars that should never be. Last week, we got to ride along in one which came close to never being realized: the first-ever Maybach SUV. On the heels of the highly successful AMG G 63 6x6 and G 500...
2017 MINI COUNTRYMAN
Test Drive: 2017 MINI Countryman
by Michael Frank The new 2017 Countryman is a half-foot bigger than its predecessor (making it the largest-ever MINI) but it’s still only VW Golf-sized. The headline appeal is that at the starting price of $26,950 for the front-wheel-drive Cooper...
Photo Essay: Cycling Through Cuba
by Daniel Golden Cycling across Cuba is an incredible and worthwhile adventure, but is a trip that requires good planning and the understanding that the countryside is still undeveloped and resources are quite scarce. It's a beautiful place with...
100+ Years of British Car-Making at the MINI Oxford Plant
by Michael Frank In an age when automakers are suddenly front and center in potential trade wars, it’s important to take a step back and realize that these companies—regardless of where they manufacture—employ human beings. The impacts of trade...
SUBARU IMPREZA SPORT
Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza
by Sue Mead If you didn’t know any better, you might think the Subaru Impreza is simply another five-passenger sedan, with a five-door hatch variant that slots into the crowded, entry-level segment of the compact class. But, if you've awaited the...
UNION BINDING CO
SPRING BREAK BOARDS
Ski and Snowboard Kits for Big Mountain and Backcountry
by Sasha Barkans Nothing can spoil a great snow day like bad gear. Puffy jackets in wet conditions will shut your days down early, uncomfortable and heavy backcountry equipment will slow you down on the up-track, and that poorly shaped split board...
SOL MOUNTAIN LODGE
30,000 Acres of Backcountry Terrain at Sol Mountain Lodge, British Columbia
by Sasha Barkans Ask any skier or snowboarder what their dream day would look like and their answers will be remarkably similar: deep untracked snow, no lift lines, and diverse terrain. The hunt for the aforementioned conditions and features is...
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...