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EVAN ORENSTEN

Evan Orensten

JAPAN
TRAVEL
KYOTO
HOUSES
ACCOMODATIONS
LODGING
AIRBNB
HOTELS
ARCHITECTURE
DESIGN
"Old Kyoto"'s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood
Developed for travelers visiting Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (which began construction in the year 656), the alluring Gion neighborhood later transformed into an exclusive geisha district with plenty of tea houses, bars and restaurants. Gion today has plenty...
BEEHIVES
URBAN BEEHIVES
BEES
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016
ITALY
BEE COLONIES
SUSTAINABILITY
Milan Design Week 2016: Bubble Beehive
Additional reporting by David Graver The global problem of declining bee populations is often looked over but cannot be taken lightly. Fundamental to our planetary ecosystems, and pollinating vegetation the world over, bees are intrinsic to our...
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016
SALONE
NIKE
THE NATURE OF MOTION
MAX LAMB
EXHIBITIONS
DESIGN EXHIBITIONS
Milan Design Week 2016: Nike's The Nature of Motion Exhibition
An early standout at this year's Milan Design Week, Nike's "The Future of Motion" exhibition showcases some eye-popping works from 10 contemporary artists and designers. The display, which crosses multiple media and sensory experiences, tackles many...
CHOCOLATE
SOCIAL BUSINESSES
SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
BEAN TO BAR
ARTISANAL CHOCOLATE
DIRECT TRADE CHOCOLATE
SINGLE ORIGIN CHOCOLATE
ETHICAL
ASKINOSIE
Askinosie Whiskey Dark Chocolate
Former criminal defense lawyer Shawn Askinosie found his second career in chocolate. His family-run Askinosie Chocolate makes bean-to-bar deliciousness in Springfield, Missouri and they have consistently made some of our favorite treats (coLABoration...
CARS
CADILLAC
TEST DRIVES
INTERVIEWS
NYC
DESIGN
DESIGNERS
INTERIORS
TEST DRIVE
AUTO
MARKETING
ADVERTISING
CHINA
CT6
Interview: Cadillac's Uwe Ellinghaus
We spend a lot of time with automobile manufacturers because it's an industry going through enormous changes—technology, globalization of product and marketing, and innovation in just about every department. While we tend to focus most of our reporting...
TEST DRIVES
CARS
ROLLS-ROYCE
2016 DAWN
SOUTH AFRICA
WESTERN CAPE
CONVERTIBLES
LUXURY
Test Drive: 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn Drophead
As only the third Rolls-Royce convertible (following the beloved Corniche, which debuted in 1966 and the imposing Phantom Drophead, which debuted in 2007) in 60 years the new Rolls-Royce Dawn draws upon its past but takes it to an entirely fresh, functional...
TEST DRIVES
CARS
MINI
MINI 2016 CONVERTIBLE
AUTO
MINI COOPER
Test Drive: 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible
It’s easy to love the new 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible. From the new body to its BMW-built engine, a much-improved interior and more than 10 million customization options there’s one to suit every mood and nearly every budget. For starters the Convertible...
VR
VIRTUAL REALITY
DODOCASE
TECH
TECHNOLOGY
GOOGLE CARDBOARD
Make Your Phone a Virtual Reality Viewer With Dodocase's SMARTvr
Now crowdfunding on Indigogo, Dodocase's SMARTvr is an affordable way to turn your smartphone into a virtual reality viewer. Working with virtual reality mobile apps available from Google Play (this device is Google certified) or the Apple Store...
TERUEL
OLIVE OIL
MADE IN SPAIN
OLIVES
FOOD
COOKING
Teruel Extra Virgin Olive Oil
There's tremendous variation in olive oil flavor profiles—impacted by the olive varietal used, the ensuing process of extraction, and the time from harvest to press. Many high-end olive oils utilize Empeltre Olives (which also make for great table...
WALLPAPER
INTERIOR DESIGN
COLLABORATIONS
HOME INTERIOR
HOME DECOR
MADE IN USA
ASKOV FINLAYSON
MODERN WALLPAPER
Askov Finlayson + Hygge & West Wallpaper
Since 2008, e-commerce wallpaper (and now fabric) company Hygge & West has offered modern, whimsical designs—all wallpaper screen-printed by hand in the USA—through strong collaborations with the likes of Florida's Rifle Paper Co, Brooklyn-based...
JAPAN
KYOTO
CAFES
WORD OF MOUTH
TRAVEL
COFFEE
SNACKS
Word of Mouth: Kyoto Cafés
When we were researching a visit to Kyoto we found Inside Kyoto to be an invaluable resource. It’s run by Chris Rowthorn, an American who has been in Kyoto for more than 20 years. Rowthorn is also the editor of the Lonely Planet guidebooks for Japan...
FITNESS TRACKERS
HTC
UNDER ARMOUR
WEARABLES
HEALTHBOX
FITNESS BANDS
FITNESS
HEALTH
WELLBEING
WELLNESS
HTC + Under Armour's HealthBox Fitness Tracking Set
In the age of quantifiable self, there are many devices offering an array of useful functionality. Fortunately, the UA HealthBox—developed by HTC and Under Armour—delivers one of the most comprehensive packages and, thus, plenty of data. The three...
BMW
BMW M
TEST DRIVES
CARS
RACE CARS
Test Drive: 2016 BMW M2
The sad mediocrity of companies creating products that try to be all things to all people all of the time is a conversation commonly overhead at CH HQ. Heroically, the new 2016 BMW M2 is just the opposite—an almost flawlessly executed small performance...
PAKISTAN
THE GLASSWORKER
USMAN RIAZ
ANIMATED FILMS
ANIMATION STUDIOS
INDEPENDENT FILMS
TED
TED 2016
TED FELLOWS
Usman Riaz's "The Glassworker"
At TEDGlobal 2012, a then-21-year-old Pakistani musician and artist named Usman Riaz stunned onlookers with an otherworldly percussive guitar demonstration, and further captivated them with the knowledge he learned how to do it all online. Riaz...
FORD
MINDFULNESS
TRENDS
SHERYL CONNELLY
CONSUMER RESEARCH
SELF-IDENTITY
FUTURE
2016 Looking Further with Ford Trend Report
It takes three to five years to bring a new vehicle to market (like the 2017 Ford GT supercar pictured here), and changes in longterm planning require even more insight—will populations migrating to megacities want to buy cars in 20 years? Will...
SIHH 2016
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
RICHEMONT
CARTIER
PIAGET
SIHH
WATCH FAIRS
Six New Timepieces Pushing Innovation in Watchmaking
Innovation in mechanical watchmaking is alive and well—bursting at the springs in fact—as we saw at this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (often referred to as SIHH). Few people "need" a fine mechanical timepiece, though the desire...
INTERVIEWS
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
SIHH 2016
RICHEMONT
HORLOGERIE
SIHH
Interview: Watchmaker Kari Voutilainen
Kari Voutilainen made his first watch in 1994. In 2002, he would launch his eponymous watch brand for which nearly every component is made in-house. A brand that over the years would release firsts, from complications to finishes and beyond. Voutilainen...
BUICK
DETROIT AUTO SHOW
CONCEPT CARS
BUICK AVISTA
AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN
NAIAS
GENERAL MOTORS
Imagining the Buick Avista Concept Car
If social media acts as an effective indicator of an event's pulse then in many ways the Buick Avista represented the heart of Detroit Auto Show (officially known as NAIAS, or the North American International Auto Show). The striking concept car is...
IWC
SIHH
GENEVA
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
AUTOMATIC WATCHES
MECHANICAL WATCHES
SIHH 2016
IWC's New, Smaller Pilot's Watches
For almost 150 years now, IWC Schaffhausen has produced some of the most popular and well-received Swiss-made watches. Over the last few years, and simultaneous with a global consumer trend toward bigger-is-better, IWC began producing timepieces...
LINCOLN
LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
INTERVIEWS
DESIGN DIRECTORS
AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN
DETROIT
DETROIT MOTOR SHOW
NAIAS
DAVID WOODHOUSE
Lincoln's Director of Design David Woodhouse on the 2017 Continental
Less than a year after we previewed Lincoln's Continental concept, the brand announced that they're bringing the full-sized sedan to the market in fall 2016. It's a long awaited return of the flagship Continental nameplate and carries as indicated...
MBF
CLOCKS
ROBOT CLOCKS
SIHH 2016
LEPEE
MECHANICAL CLOCKS
MB&F's Sherman Robot Desk Clock
With each new release, luxury Swiss horological design house MB&F demonstrates a level of imagination uncommon in today's world of mechanical time-telling—especially when it comes to desk clocks. With Sherman (unveiled today at Geneva's annual...
COFFEE
DETROIT
INDEPENDENT ROASTERS
MICRO ROASTERS
CAFES
SPECIALTY COFFEE
ANTHOLOGY COFFEE
CRAFT COFFEE
CORKTOWN
Anthology Coffee, Detroit
While in Detroit for this week's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), we took a break from previewing Ford GT supercars and Buick's Avista concept coupe to get our dose of caffeine: a few bags of single-origin, freshly roasted Anthology...
YVES BEHAR
KODAK
SUPER 8 CAMERAS
FUSEPROJECT
CES
CES 2016
FILM
CAMERAS
ANALOG CAMERAS
Designing the New Kodak Super 8 with fuseproject + Yves Behar
It's safe to say that many filmmakers got their start on Super 8 cameras—grainy, film-shooting creative tools that were easy to use and fun to tinker with. While the category never died and old cameras are still highly in demand, they provide challenges...
SWEETS
CANDY
COFFEE
ARTISANAL CANDY
JAPAN
SHIZUOKA
IFNi Coffee Candy
We came across IFNi Roasting Co's coffee candy in Tokyo. The roastery and wholesale coffee sellers (who also have grand plans to develop their own, original coffee equipment) have a small café in Shizuoka where they are based. Made in collaboration...
CANDLES
COLLABORATIONS
DECOR
MINNESOTA
MINNEAPOLIS
ASKOV FINLAYSON
Askov Finlayson + Marvel Bar Candles
Minneapolis favorites—retailer Askov Finlayson and its sister Marvel Bar—launched their first candle collaboration in 2014 and it's graced the bar at CH HQ since. Inspired by the Marvel Bar's hand-crafted cocktails, the team collaborated with an...
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