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DAVID GRAVER

David Graver

ADIDAS
SPEEDFACTORY
FUTURECRAFT
SHOES
SNEAKERS
SNEAKER DESIGN
MFG
GERMANY
MADE FOR GERMANY
The First Futurecraft Shoe from adidas' Speedfactory
Not only is adidas making a push toward decentralizing their manufacturing—a move that will make truly local products in record (robotically-powered) time—they've also unveiled the first-ever shoe from their flagship Speedfactory concept production...
SEPTEMBER SCOTCH
AUCHENTOSHAN
WHISKY
WHISKEY
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
LOWLANDS
DISTILLATION
GLASGOW
WHISKY COCKTAILS
WHISKY AND BEER
AMERICAN OAK
September Scotch: Three Times Distilled Auchentoshan Single Malts
The distillery for single malt Scotch brand Auchentoshan (pronounced "AWK-EN-TOSH-EN") can be considered geographically distinct for an uncommon reason. Yes, it's a Lowland Scotch (as opposed to the Highland and Islay whiskies we've thus far explored...
CACAO IN E MAJOR
MUSIC
DINNERS
SYNTHESIA
YSANNE SPEVACK
THE BOWERY
CHOCOLATE
MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCES
YNTEGRITY
INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ON DEPRESSION
IFRED
BILLY CORGAN
Cacao in E Major: An Immersive Symphony of Chocolate Synethesia
There's a tangible link between a great meal and the sensation of happiness. We are all aware of this. But what can one expect from a feast, or more accurately a food experience, dedicated to stimulating cross-modal happiness first and foremost...
CULTURE LAB DETROIT
WALLS
FORUMS
CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS
DETROIT
TREVOR PAGLEN
ELIZABETH DILLER
ADAM PENDELTON
FRANKLIN SIRMANS
GARY SIMMONS
JANE SCHULAK
Culture Lab Detroit 2016: Walls
A quick conversation with a Detroiter—one of those born and raised, or transplanted for school who stuck around after, and even the ones who sought out inexpensive real estate and a fresh start later in life—reveals (regardless of how bold or subtle...
GABO ARORA
FILMMAKERS
VIRTUAL REALITY
VR
UNITED NATIONS
UNVR
SOCIAL JUSTIVE
CLOUDS OVER SIDRA
SHORT FILMS
The Virtual Reality Works of United Nations Creative Director, Gabo Arora
One might not be aware of the fact that the United Nations has a Creative Director. And yet, Gabo Arora, the first person to hold such a title, is doing everything in his power to change that. From immersive, film-festival quality content to a dedicated...
STANDARD HOTELS
APPS
IOS APPS
ANDROID APPS
HOTEL BOOKING
NEW YORK
LOS ANGELES
NYC
TRAVEL
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
LAST MINUTE BOOKING
Standard International’s One Night App Incorporates Other Luxury Hotels
It's not often that a hotel brand develops a platform that's so successful they decide to open the service to competitors. And yet, that's the case with the new One Night app from Standard International (owners of the Standard Hotels and developers...
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2016
BROMPTON DESIGN DISTRICT
GLASSBLOWING
GLASS DESIGN
GLASS
CZECH CENTRES LONDON
TOMS ALONSO
STUDIO SWINE
MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES
MARCIN RUSAK
London Design Festival 2016: "Breathless" at Brompton Design District
With a theme of transformation guiding all the works within the Brompton Design District at this year's London Design Festival, the Czech Centre London set to construct an application of this theme upon our understanding of glassblowing. The resulting...
STOCKHOLM
SWEDEN
NOCS ATELIER
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
SECONDS GMT
GMT WATCHES
UNISEX WATCHES
Nocs Atelier's Unisex Seconds GMT Timepieces
For all the thoroughly impressive (and complex) complications out there in the watch world, sometimes all one needs is an additional hour hand and a second set of indicators. For frequent travelers, a new timepiece from Stockholm's Nocs Atelier...
MADE IN NY
MADE IN USA
CFDA
DESIGNERS AND AGENTS
NYC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
FASHION
JEWELRY
CLOTHING
CLOTHES
DESIGNERS
Designers + Agents: Made in NY Collective
Another New York Fashion Week has come to an end. And yet, a different platform for clothing and accessories is about to open its doors—perhaps more quietly, but with a considerably concise vision. The Designers + Agents: Made in NY Collective...
PEATED SCOTCH
SCOTCH
SEPTEMBER SCOTCH
WHISKY
WHISKEY
LAGAVULIN
ISLAY
SCOTLAND
SINGLE MALTS
September Scotch: 200 Years of Lagavulin
In our two previous September Scotch explorations, we stuck to the Highlands of Scotland for one profile they're commonly associated with and one that's a true variation on it all. Now, however, we're shifting to Islay—the famed, scenic island off...
SHINOLA
BEDROCK
DETROIT
HOTELS
DOWNTOWN DETROIT
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
COLLABORATIONS
ACCOMMODATION
Downtown Detroit's Bedrock + Shinola Hotel
2011 was a very important developmental year for Detroit. It was then that full-service real estate firm Bedrock began taking tremendous steps toward revitalizing the city. At the same time, Detroit-based lifestyle brand Shinola was founded and...
COCKTAILS
MIXED DRINKS
FASHION WEEK
HARPERS BAZAAR
STELLA ARTOIS
TEQUILA
SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
PARTIES
ECKHAUS LATTA
PRABAL GURUNG
THE EDITION HOTEL
Fashion Week's Four Best Cocktails
Outfits aren't the only luxury getting an overhaul during New York Fashion Week. What with all the brands, faces and hands circulating, party venues (be that restaurants, clubs or art spaces) also seek to make an impression. The following four cocktails...
GARY SIMMONS
CULTURE LAB DETROIT
DETROIT
ART INSTALLATIONS
EXHIBITIONS
PUBLIC ART
WALLS
ARCHITECTURE
MOCAD
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT
Gary Simmons' Music Fly-Poster Installation for Culture Lab Detroit
There's no denying Detroit's rich musical history and its global impact on both singers and songwriters. This was one element touched upon when we last attended Culture Lab Detroit—a multi-day, multi-venue forum on actionable design and creativity...
NRG
RECYCLING
SNEAKERS
FOOTWEAR
CLIMATE CHANGE
CARBON EMISSIONS
CARBON FOOTPRINT
XPRIZE
NRG ENERGY
ENVIRONMENT
NRG's Sneaker Composed of Repurposed CO2
"We recycle plastic, paper and metal; why can't we recycle CO2?" Paul Bunje, Principal and Senior Scientist or Energy and Environment at XPRIZE, asked. With that, a $20 million competition, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, was set into motion a year ago...
SAMSUNG
REFINERY29
29ROOMS
ART EXHIBITIONS
ART HEARTS FASHION
FASHION WEEK
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
NYFW
VR
VIRTUAL REALITY
Technological Immersion During New York Fashion Week
Anyone keeping an eye on NYFW by way of hashtags and trending topics saw two reactions to Alexander Wang's collaborative carnival with adidas this past weekend: disappointment over the spectacle the whole week itself has become, versus excitement over...
CASA DRAGONES
TEQUILA
COCKTAILS
MULBERRY PROJECT
RAEL PETIT
CINDY SHERMAN
BENEFITS
PERFECT EARTH PROJECT
HAMPTON CLASSIC
Closing Out Hamptons Season with Tequila Cocktails
Last weekend closed out what is oftentimes perceived as "the Hamptons season." Summer Fridays are now gone (for those lucky enough to have had them) and students have returned to school. But that doesn't mean the libation must cease. Labor Day...
CARTIER
CARTIER MANSION
FIFTH AVENUE
THIERRY DESPONT
RENOVATIONS
RETAIL SPACES
PIERRE RAINERO
INTERIORS
DESIGN
The Cartier Mansion Redesigned
An antique bronze clock rests atop the cornice of a central westward-facing window at the neo-Renaissance mansion on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street. Pierre Cartier commissioned this timepiece from Brooklyn sculptor R Bonet in 1919. It's...
USQUAEBACH
SCOTCH
BLENDED SCOTCH
WHISKY
WHISKEY
HIGHLAND WHISKY
SEPTEMBER SCOTCH
ALCOHOL
September Scotch: What Old-Rare Means to Usquaebach
Before we even touch upon what Usquaebach is, we must address its rather tricky-to-pronounce name—which should be read as "OOS-KE-BAH." Stepping back to the 1500s, the Gaelic words "uisge beatha" translated to "water of life," which meant whisky. Poet...
NEW BALANCE
BOSTON
MADE IN USA
SNEAKERS
CLEATS
SHOES
CUSTOMIZATION
Scoping Out Customization at the New Balance Factory
Stepping onto the production floor of New Balance's Lawrence, MA factory reveals two important pillars of the brand. First, they employ hundreds of skilled workers from Lawrence and the surrounding towns to produce footwear stateside. Second, customization...
AAILIYAH
ROCK THE BOAT
MUSIC
NEW MUSIC
MUSIC PREMIERES
DEEP HOUSE
BRENN ET CESAR
Premiere: Brenn + Cesar Remix Aaliyah's "Rock the Boat"
After years entrenched in the Parisian house music scene, brothers Brenn and Cesar moved their DJ act stateside (and launched a successful club night series, Lastlight). Appropriately named Brenn & Cesar, the group debuts here their first single...
THE DALMORE
SCOTCH
WHISKY
NORTH HIGHLANDS
DRINKS
SINGLE MALTS
WHISKIES
WHYTE MACKAY
RICHARD PATERSON
SEPTEMBER SCOTCH
September Scotch: The Dalmore Single Malts
There are at least 115 single malt Scotch distilleries in Scotland. Some of them produce multiple brands within. This accounts for, by the way, only 8% of the market. The other 92% goes toward blended Scotch. But how does one navigate the elusive...
CREATIVE TIME
PUBLIC ART
PEDRO REYES
BROOKLYN ARMY TERMINAL
OUTDOOR ART
PERFORMANCE ART
KICKSTARTER
NYC
Creative Time + Pedro Reyes' "Doomocracy" at the Brooklyn Army Terminal
For anyone unfamiliar with the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, statistics help paint a clear picture. Built back in 1917, it's over 95 acres of land, warehouses, cargo and docks in South Brooklyn. There are similarities here to the Brooklyn...
THE ARRIVALS
CLOTHING
APPAREL
JEFF JOHNSON
ARCHITECTURE
LEATHER
WOOL
OUTERWEAR
The Arrivals Release 3.0
Since their 2014 debut, architecturally-driven outerwear and accessories brand The Arrivals has won over consumers for two very distinct reasons. First, they've succeeded in delivering functional, minimal silhouettes with unexpected flourishes from...
EMILY FORGOT
NEVERLAND
EXHIBITIONS
KK OUTLET
SHOREDITCH
LDW
SHOREDITCH DESIGN TRIANGLE
SCULPTURES
RUGS
CHAIRS
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
ARTISTS
ART
Emily Forgot's "Neverland" Exhibition at KK Outlet Gallery, Shoreditch
It's a bold move to invoke the mythical name of Neverland. For many, it already brings substantial associations pertaining to youth and imagination. And yet, graphic artist Emily Forgot (a moniker adopted by multidisciplinary artist and designer Emily...
JOUIN MANKU
PARIS
DESIGN FIRMS
THE SOUND CABINET
INSTALLATIONS
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST INTERIEURS
MAISON ET OBJET
MUSIC STATIONS
SANJIT MANKU
PATRICK JOUIN
Jouin Manku Design Agency's "The Sound Cabinet" Installation
At this year's AD Interieurs exposition (running concurrently in Paris with design fair Maison et Objet), event-founding publication Architectural Digest France declared a site-specific theme: collectors. Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, the designers...
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