WHISKEY OF THE WORLD
YAMAZAKI SHERRY CASK 2016
Two Superb Limited Edition Whiskies Redefine the Importance of Wood
It's a known fact that maturation and finishing in wood lends whiskies the bulk of their flavor and nuance. Aging techniques and materials lead to tremendous variation—some of which circumnavigates tradition and while others deliver something so distinct...
MDECINS SANS FRONTIRES
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
James Bond's Aston Martin DB10 Up For Auction
In the collectible world of filmic history, there's nothing quite like the Aston Martin DB10. The 4.7-litre, V8 petrol engine with six-speed manual gearbox machine—developed exclusively for the James Bond "Spectre" film—is the rarest in the DB...
VIDEO GAME ART
THE GAME WORLDS
The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer at Davis Museum, Wellesley
For over 12 years, Jason Rohrer has lent his artistic vision and computer programming capabilities to the world of video game design. Along the way, he has elevated both artistry and narrative offerings. With that, accolades unfolded—including inclusion...
JOSHUA LINER GALLERY
Michael Kagan's "Lights Out" at Joshua Liner Gallery
In each and every one of Michael Kagan's oil-on-linen works displayed at Joshua Liner Gallery, human triumph is celebrated. Thick, abstract brushstrokes yield figurative images—sometimes of rapid motion, sometimes of thoughtful serenity—that convey...
Todd Snyder + Timex Watches
While visiting Japan, NY-based menswear designer Todd Snyder—who happens to be a vintage watch fan—spied a Japan-only release of a Timex watch collaboration utilizing Red Wing's signature leather. Smitten with the piece, he gathered enough of them...
THE DRAWING CENTER
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing
In its own way, "Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing" is just as much a piece of educational performance art as it is an exhibition. A group of acclaimed designers will take turns producing works at a pop...
Customizing the Interiors of 2019's Gulfstream G600 Jet
For many, private flying exists as an aspirational dream—one without lines or shoe removal or cramped seating. A bulk of this travel, in reality, stands as a tool for businesses that require their employees to hop across the globe frequently. Beyond...
Athleisure Wear From AEANCE
As materials and technology continue to develop in the world of clothing production, it makes sense that there is fervent interest in clothes that support active, athletic use while looking good in the process. These advancements and practices...
ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVALS
Saint Martin's First-Ever SXMusic Festival
As the music festival scene continues to grow and grow, a new entrant—dedicated to electronic acts—will debut in March 2016 on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Equal parts celebration of music, festival culture and the nearing-end of northern...
UNION SQUARE CAFE
Artist Maira Kalman's Union Square Cafe Illustrations
After 30 years at the corner of 16th Street and Union Square West, Danny Meyer's celebrated first-ever restaurant, Union Square Cafe, has shifted a few blocks over—the result of his second 15-year-long lease coming to an end and an accompanying price...
Pairing Beer with Khavyar's Unpretentious Caviar
When we sat down with Andy Rosenthal, creative director of Khavyar—a recently launched caviar brand featuring an array of products, both domestic and international, wild and farmed—he shared an anecdote about caviar in the 1800s. At that time...
THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING
Artist Marcel Dzama and the NYC Ballet's "The Most Incredible Thing"
For the fourth year in a row, the New York City Ballet has partnered with a fine artist as part of their Art Series performances. To date, however, no artist has been quite as involved as Marcel Dzama, this year's collaborator. Not only does Lincoln...
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN DESIGN
ALGERIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE
NORTH AFRICAN DESIGN
Spotlight on Algeria at the Museum of African Design
We've been following the Museum of African Design (MOAD), in Johannesburg, since its inception in 2013. As the first museum on the continent dedicated to contemporary design across Africa, it celebrates the past, present and future of visual understanding...
YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK
Interview: KAWS on His First Solo UK Museum Exhibition
There's a balance between the personal and universal, and even the emotive and receptive, within the works of American artist KAWS. His sculptures and paintings exude a frequent immensity, and an always-present captivation. It makes sense, then, that...
Notes: Bar Culture
Have you ever had a Pickleback? Today, it's a shot of whiskey (commonly Jameson) followed by a pickle brine chaser. The name of the drink is attributed to a Williamsburg, Brooklyn bar circa 2006 where Old Crow bourbon was used, though some credit...
SWISS ARMY MAN
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
The Sound Design of Swiss Army Man
One week ago, just an hour after we disembarked a plane, we sat in Park City, Utah's Eccles Theater for the world premiere of "Swiss Army Man" at this year's Sundance Film Festival. No viewer knew exactly what to expect, and even now it's not easy...
WOMENS RUNNING SHOES
adidas Running's PureBOOST X for Women
With all the footwear innovations adidas offers (other brands, as well, for that matter), most often they are initially applied to products for men. This time, however, adidas Running has taken a brand new science-backed technology and silhouette and...
WORLD WATER CRISIS
Crystal Moselle + Fazeelat Aslam Document Women in the Global Water Crisis
It's been one year since Crystal Moselle's documentary "The Wolfpack" won the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. And it's been four years since documentarian and producer Fazeelat Aslam won an Oscar for "Saving Face." Both of these impassioned...
Artist Cole Sternberg's Boat Voyage from Japan to Portland
Late last year, bicoastal American painter Cole Sternberg stepped aboard a bulk shipping vessel at the Shin Kasado port in Western Japan. It was the Ultra Letizia ship's maiden voyage, headed toward Portland, Oregon. And, while the boat carried...
DESIGN ON DEMAND
KWAMBIO's Customizable Design Objects
Oftentimes, the aesthetic quality of 3D-printed objects means—no matter how useful—the products are ultimately unattractive. Of course, much progress has been made over the last few years, and the varying levels of amateur and professional work...
Why Richard Mille's RMS05 Fountain Pen Costs $105,000
Fans of luxury Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille would not hesitate when reaching for their wallet for a timepiece with a price tag over $100,000. What happens, then, when the brand's artisan watchmakers take their mechanical know-how and apply it...
Setting Copper & Kings American Brandy Cocktails to Music
While on a car ride through New Orleans during the US' largest spirits trade show, Tales of the Cocktail last July, our driver informed us that while we were in town there was one product worth trying. It was Copper & Kings's American Brandy, and...
ARTISTRY IN FOOD
Bitten: A Food Conversation
Well before everyone's favorite fast burrito spot hit crisis mode, the changing landscape of food culture snagged headlines on a weekly basis. It has for decades and will continue to do so. Food consumption is a human need and yet, today, through...
Interview: Tom Dixon
In the bustle of his SoHo, NYC showroom, among geometric homewares and personality-packed light fixtures, we sat down with the affable visionary Tom Dixon to talk about the future. The designer was present to preview his Spring 2016 collection—an array...
SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
COFFEE FLAVOR WHEEL
WORLD COFFEE RESEARCH
Specialty Coffee Association of America's New Coffee Flavor Taster's Wheel
20 years ago, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) introduced a coffee taste flavor wheel that would provide a standardized language for everyone from farmers to baristas and even those curious about what they were sipping. It was...