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EVAN ORENSTEN

Evan Orensten

MERCEDES-BENZ
AMG
AUTOMOBILES
CARS
SPORTS CARS
SUPERCARS
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R
Mercedes-AMG debuted the GT R—the latest iteration of their two door sports car—at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Heavily inspired by its racing version sibling, the GT 3 (which won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th place with the five cars entered in the...
BROOKLYN
NYC
NEW YORK
TRAVEL
SHOPPING
RESTAURANTS
EATING
CITY GUIDES
BARS
TRAVEL GUIDES
BOOKS
"Insider Brooklyn" Book
Rachel Felder is no stranger to Brooklyn. She's a fourth-generation New Yorker with plenty of family history, stories and memories in the city. Felder (a journalist whose work can be seen in various publications from the New York Times to Rolling...
SNEAKERS
NEW BALANCE
NB
SHOES
STYLE
UNISEX
NB 009
New Balance 009 Sneakers
Borrowing style tips from the brand's own heritage 997, 998 and the 999 silhouettes, New Balance's upcoming 009 sneakers add a modern twist with innovative materials and thoughtful, tech-forward design. With pressure mapping for the midsole (making...
DESIGNERS
CREATIVE PROCESS
LEE BROOM
BRITISH DESIGNERS
NYC
POP-UP SHOPS
BRITISH
INTERVIEWS
Interview: Lee Broom
Built upon the pillars of crystal, marble, brass and glass, the sophisticated world of luxury design can sometimes be fatiguing, and a little "seen that, done that." But Lee Broom is a good storyteller beyond just the creative pieces he makes—from...
KEYRINGS
FERARRI
DISCOMMON GOODS
CARS
FORGED CARBON FIBER
DESIGNERS
COLLABORATIONS
LUXURY
Discommon Goods' The Piston Keyring
Known for making detailed accessories from high-quality and intriguing materials and collaborating with unnamed designers who head up some of the best globally respected brands, Discommon Goods has just released its latest endeavor: The Piston...
CADILLAC
COWORKING
NYC
COMMUNITY SPACE
CFDA
VISIONNAIRE
GENSLER
ARCHITECTURE
GALLERY
RETAIL
EXPERIENTIAL
SOHO
INTERIOR DESIGN
JOE COFFEE
FREE WIFI
Cadillac House, NYC
Cadillac House is one of the brand’s most public-facing initiatives and a signal that they're serious about being part of its new home in NYC. We got an exclusive look at the experiential space with John Bricker, a Partner and the Creative Director...
OSCILLON
SWISS WATCHES
WATCHMAKING COLLECTIVES
WATCH DESIGN
MECHANICAL WATCHES
URWERK
CYRANO DEVANTHEY
INTERVIEWS
DOMINIQUE BUSER
EXCLUSIVE
WATCHES
Oscillon Swiss Watches Crafted From Historic Tools
Additional reporting by David Graver Authenticity plays a major role in the perception of Swiss watch brands. From the movement that makes it tic to the hand-finished elements that present the intricate craftsmanship, each brand celebrates its own...
SHOES
BOAT SHOES
LEATHER
MADE IN PORTUGAL
MENS SHOES
STYLE
FASHION
JACK ERWIN
Jack Erwin's "Cooper" Boat Shoe
NYC-based Jack Erwin is on a mission to create well-made, high-quality affordable men's shoes. Their latest style, the Cooper, is their take on one of summer's most classic styles, the boat shoe. The 100% leather welt shoes are available in three...
APPS
VIDEO CHAT
GROUP CHAT
MESSAGING APPS
SMARTPHONES
IPHONES
ANDROIDS
AIRTIME
SEAN PARKER
Sean Parker's Rebooted Airtime App
It's been easy to take part in group video chats on web browsers thanks to Google Hangouts, Skype or Oovoo. On the go, however, FaceTime (for example) sticks strictly to a one-on-one format—and Snapchat only allows for two-way conversations. So...
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...
MOUTH FOODS
CHOCOLATES
INDIE CHOCOLATES
WHITE CHOCOLATE
NYC
MOUTH
COFFEE
CHOCOLATE
Mouth-Made's Three Debut Chocolates
With all of the time and effort we put into scouting out quality new chocolates, it was quite the relief to find some superb options so close to home. CH favorite Mouth—a hub of independent, carefully selected food and drink items, with a webshop...
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...
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