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...
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
WHISKY AND BEER
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
INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ON DEPRESSION
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
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...
CLOUDS OVER SIDRA
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...
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
CZECH CENTRES LONDON
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...
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
DESIGNERS AND AGENTS
NYC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
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...
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...
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...
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...
CULTURE LAB DETROIT
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'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...
ART HEARTS FASHION
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
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...
PERFECT EARTH PROJECT
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...
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...
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...
MADE IN USA
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...
ROCK THE BOAT
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...
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...
BROOKLYN ARMY TERMINAL
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 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...
SHOREDITCH DESIGN TRIANGLE
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
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...
THE SOUND CABINET
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST INTERIEURS
MAISON ET OBJET
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...