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DAVID GRAVER

David Graver

RESTAURANTS
NIGHTLIFE
BARS
NEW YORK CITY
NYC
FOOD AND DRINK
Three Exceptional NYC Bars in Unexpected Locations
New York City forever defies expectations. Strolling a different street on the way from work to one's home can reveal a masked gem that's been quietly entertaining for years. One subway stop from routine might be a perfect aesthetic match for drinking...
SON LUX
BONES
CHANGE IS EVERYTHING
Son Lux: Change Is Everything
With latent, unassuming power found among sweeping rhythms and perfectly timed chirps, the track "Change Is Everything" from NYC's Son Lux was released in accompaniment with the news of a new album, Bones, due out in June 2015. The genre-defying song...
WATCHES
SWITZERLAND
WATCH DESIGN
BASELWORLD 2015
MOON PHASES
WATCH COMPLICATIONS
MOONS
Baselworld 2015: Moon Phase Watches
A rather popular complication in luxury watchmaking, a moon phase indicator is often a nice design touch rather than a useful tool—unless one looks to the stars for more than inspiration. At this year's Baselworld, many brands presented stellar updates...
VINEYARDS
CHARDONNAY
WINES
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
ALEXANDER VALLEY
CALIFORNIA WINES
Three Signature Wines from Tom Gore Vineyards
Tom Gore, founder of the eponymous Tom Gore Vineyards, often refers to his wines as "farm-to-glass." It's a claim he can comfortably make, as he himself tends and harvests the hundreds of acres of grapes that ultimately become his wines. At the recent...
BOOKS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
PATTERNS
CHICAGO
TEXTILES
THAMES AND HUDSON
THE PATTERNBASE
550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs
To demonstrate the sheer creativity and vision of over 150 designers across the globe, Kristi O'Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer—founders of Chicago's The Patternbase design studio and online archive—have partnered with publisher Thames and Hudson...
GRAPHIC DESIGN
TYPOGRAPHY
FONTS
BASELWORLD
BASELWORLD 2015
SWISS WATCHES
HELVETICA
MONDAINE
PANTONE COLORS
Baselworld 2015: Mondaine Helvetica NY Edition
Best known as the brand to feature the Official Swiss Railways clock design on their watch face, Mondaine debuted a new series in 2014—the Helvetica No. 1—to much acclaim. Employing an equally clean, classic touch, punctuated by the use of the font...
ONLY REAL
INTRO
ALBUM DROP
STREAMING
Only Real: Intro
A week before West London's indie-pop act Only Real was set to drop his debut full-length Jerk at the End of the Line, he's released all of the tracks in a comprehensive streaming YouTube playlist. Commencing with the exciting yet sublime "Intro...
WATCHES
TIMEPIECES
BASELWORLD
WATCH DESIGN
WATCHMAKING
BASELWORLD 2015
SWISS WATCHES
Baselworld 2015: Six Green Watches
At last year's Baselworld, we took note of the impressive array of watches sporting brilliant blue dials. They ranged from classy and classic, to fun and vibrant. And this year, we felt the same about inflections of green throughout watches. With variations...
TIMEPIECES
BULGARI
DATA CENTERS
LUXURY WATCHES
MECHANICAL WATCHES
SMART WATCHES
SWISS MADE
Baselworld 2015: Bulgari's Magnesium Collection
At this year's Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, we got hands-on with Bulgari's new smartwatch concept pieces. And while it's just a concept now (with a superb functional demo model already in existence), the luxury brand plans on taking it to market...
IRELAND
CORK
DISTILLING
DISTILLERIES
IRISH WHISKEY
WHISKIES
MIDLETON
Copper and Wood at Midleton Distillery
With the US release of acclaimed Irish whiskey Yellow Spot, and news of a very rare Irish oak-aged whiskey being produced, we once again made our way to Jameson's Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland—where the aforementioned, and everything...
WATCHES
GEORG JENSEN
SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN
WATCH DESIGN
WRISTWATCHES
BASELWORLD 2015
WATCHES FOR WOMEN
Baselworld 2015: Georg Jensen's Vivianna Bangle
In 1967, Danish design house Georg Jensen partnered with iconic Swedish designer Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe. Two years later, the Vivianna Bangle was born. It defied traditional time-telling logic, in that Bülow-Hübe sought to free people from the...
RHODE ISLAND
HERITAGE BRANDS
WRITING INSTRUMENTS
CROSS PENS
PEERLESS 125 COLLECTION
18K GOLD
GOLD PENS
Peerless 125 Collection by Cross Pens
Despite our constant shift deeper into the world of digital, many opportunities to write the good old-fashioned way—with a pen—manifest regularly. Harkening back to the time when well-made writing instruments could be handed down from generation...
LISTENUP
DEV HYNES
NENEH CHERRY
MUSIC VIDEOS
Dev Hynes + Neneh Cherry: He, She, Me
A new video supporting the multi-talented Dev Hynes and Neneh Cherry's new collaborative track "He, She, Me" strikes an ever-relevant cultural note: increase awareness of transgender identity. With magnificent choreography set to the dazzling, oft...
LONDON
GALLERIES
EXHIBITIONS
ARTISTS
MINIATURES
PHOTOGRAPHERS
SLINKACHU
GALLERY OPENINGS
Slinkachu's Miniaturesque
Debuting 17 new staged images on both paper and aluminum, as well as his largest sculptural work to date, London-based artist Slinkachu continues his clever portrayal of miniature figurines captured in humorous scenes. His latest exhibition, "Miniaturesque...
BOOKS
TECHNOLOGY
GRAPHIC DESIGN
EMERGING DESIGNERS
EMERGING ARTISTS
BEHANCE
ART BOOKS
DESIGN BOOKS
Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work
Since 2006, Behance has been the platform for emerging creators with vision and desire. More than a place to store one's work, it's a tool for discovery employed by agencies and organizations the world around. An acquisition by Adobe in 2012 only...
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
TIMEPIECES
BASELWORLD
RESSENCE
WATCH DESIGN
WATCHMAKING
BASELWORLD 2015
The New Ressence Type 3 Wristwatch
It's been two years since Benoît Mintiens, founder and designer at Ressence, shook up the watch world with his debut of the Type 3. This crown-free timepiece has a distinct visual identity unlike any other watch—and it's due to a crystal dome that...
MOMA
SOUTH AFRICA
SKATEBOARDS
CHARITIES
SKATING
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
PROPO
PAUL MCCARTHY
THE SKATEROOM
MOMA DESIGN STORE
Paul McCarthy + The Skateroom at MoMA Design Store
Los Angeles-based artist Paul McCarthy, known for paintings, performance, photography and mixed media works that tackle our perception of everyday activities and the darker side of Western culture, has partnered with arts organization The Skateroom...
MEMORIALS
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS
THAMES & HUDSON
MEMENTO MORI
DEATH RITES
DEATH RITUALS
Paul Koudounaris: Memento Mori
Photographed across 250 sites in 30 different countries and incorporating ten years of work, "Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us," by Paul Koudounaris reveals the cultural and historical relativity regarding the concept of death. With striking visuals...
NEW YORK
COLLABORATIONS
LEATHER
FOOTWEAR
COLE HAAN
TODD SNYDER
DRESS SHOES
Cole Haan + Todd Snyder Capsule Collection
Of all the attributes that define and unify both Cole Haan and Todd Snyder, craftsmanship stands paramount. The former draws its origins from makers who wanted to produce great goods. The latter represents an American's desire to achieve Savile Row...
SEATTLE
SPICES
COCKTAILS
ALL NATURAL
ADDITION COCKTAIL SPICES
MIXED DRINKS
Addition Cocktail Spices
With 25 different savory and spicy flavors, the range of Addition Cocktail Spices opens a new door in the world of mixed drinks. These potent liquids, clocking in at 45% ABV, contain just three ingredients: water, alcohol and the source spice. All...
NYC
ART FAIRS
ART EXHIBITIONS
SCULPTURES
CONTEMPORARY ART
LIGHT ART
ART INSTALLATIONS
Highlights from NYC's SPRING/BREAK Art Show
Coinciding with NYC's Armory Arts Week, the fourth annual SPRING/BREAK Art Show offers an immersive world of large-scale artistic creation. Taking over floors at Manhattan's historic James A Farley Post Office, the fair delivers room after room of...
HEADPHONES
EARPHONES
EAR BUDS
IN-EAR
SOL REPUBLIC
WIRELESS HEADPHONES
SOL Republic's New Shadow Wireless Earphones
The fact of the matter is, in-ear wireless headphones aren't the most aesthetically inclined electronics. Looking to bring a much needed design boost to the space, SOL Republic presents their latest in-ear line, the Shadow wireless earphones, announced...
RECIPES
SCOTCH
COCKTAILS
SPIRITS
BOURBON
WHISKEY COCKTAILS
WHISKEYS
WHISKIES
Six Cocktails for Great Whiskey
The extensive, alluring worlds of whiskey, Scotch and bourbon can feel daunting to novice drinkers—especially when there's an expectation to drink it neat or with a bit of water. For an easier entry point into one of the most nuanced areas of the spirits...
GLASS
COCA-COLA
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
ATLANTA
BOTTLE DESIGN
CONTOUR BOTTLE
HIGH MUSEUM
The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100
In 1915, the Coca-Cola Company distributed a brief to bottle makers across the US. The request was to craft a bottle so distinct that it could be recognized by hand in the dark—that its essence would remain visible even when shattered. Root Glass Company...
FRANCE
SPIRITS
WINES
ABSINTHE
HERBAL WINES
SOBEWFF
SOUTH BEACH
Absentroux Herbal Wine with Wormwood
At this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival, we stumbled upon the rather distinct absinthe herbal wine Absentroux. The dynamic drink marries the absinthe and wine experiences, with the predominant note being the rich anise taste associated with...
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