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GRAHAM HIEMSTRA

Graham Hiemstra

APPLIANCES
HANDMADE
WISCONSIN
MADE IN USA
SINKS
HOMEWARE
KOHLER
AMERICAN-MADE
Inside Kohler's Century-Old Wisconsin Factory
There's a great number of things we interact with on a daily basis that are too easy to assume have been made by machines. Take, for example, toilets, sinks and bathtubs. These steel, porcelain and brass pieces of industrial design are so commonplace...
MUSIC
SPEAKERS
LIMITED EDITION
COLLABORATIONS
JAZZ
SONOS
TECH
BLUE NOTE
Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1
We've long been supporters of Sonos, watching their evolution over the past 10 years—we even teamed up with lighting designer Lindsey Adelman to create a one-off Soundalier during NYCxDESIGN week in 2012. That said, the HiFi audio-obsessed brand...
KICKSTARTER
TECH
PHONE ACCESSORIES
START UPS
PHONE CHARGER
KiiTAG 2 Ultimate Phone Accessory
Though comical in hindsight, the helpless feeling many encounter when their phone dies while away from home can be crippling. Same goes for when trapped in a conversation you'd rather not be having. With solutions to these two situations, and many...
TRAVEL
PHOTOGRAPHY
MAGAZINES
WINTER
POLER STUFF
OUTDORS
PRINT PUBLISHING
Campvibes Communique W15
As longtime supporters of Poler and their casual approach to outdoor apparel and equipment, we were excited to see the Portland-based brand branch into print this past fall with Campvibes Communique magazine. Now, they're at it again with the very...
DESIGN
HANDMADE
MILAN
MOTORCYCLES
CUSTOM
COLLABORATION
DUCATI
Officine Mermaid's Custom Ducati Scrambler
Though it opened in 2009, we first stumbled upon Officine Mermaid in 2013 while exploring Milan between appointments during Design Week. Located in the Motoquartiere—an intersection of streets lined with motorcycle part shops, vintage clothing stores...
AUSTRALIA
WALLETS
LEATHER
HANDMADE
STYLE
CAMO
LEATHER GOODS
CAMERA ACCESSORIES
Tailfeather Leather Goods
Drawing inspiration from Australia's storied landscape, Tailfeather was founded in 2010 by a husband and wife team with the simple goal of creating timeless, well-crafted leather goods. With their recent workshop move from Tallarook to the Bellarine...
PHOTOGRAPHY
CAMERAS
TECH
MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY
IPHONE 6 CASES
IPHONE6
MOMENT LENS
Enhancing Mobile Photography with the Moment Case
Designed to elevate the mobile photography experience to a more professional level, Moment launched with a two-piece lens system on Kickstarter in January 2014, pulling in nearly $500,000 and over nine times their goal. But while their lenses have...
ART
WOOD
DIY
MUSEUMS
CYCLING
COLLABORATIONS
HOLLAND
BICYCLES
Sandwichbikes + Van Gogh Museum
Though it was first conceived as a curious concept by Dutch design agency Bleijh nearly a decade ago, our initial introduction to the Sandwichbike came in 2013 during Milan Design Week. Shipped flat-packed, the predominately wood frame design is...
DESIGN
COLLABORATIONS
GLASS
HANDMADE
HOME
FINLAND
VASES
HOMEWARES
Ruutu Vases by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Iittala
Celebrated designers (and brothers) Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been working side by side since 1999 (when they launched their own eponymous design firm), collaborating with many of the top design manufacturers on projects ranging from small...
SNEAKERS
CYCLING
COLLABORATIONS
SHOES
NEW BALANCE
BICYCLES
STYLE
SAFETY GEAR
TOKYOBIKE
Tokyobike + New Balance C-Series Collection
Established in 2012 to develop new concepts and designs inspired by various lifestyles, New Balance's Tokyo Design Studio is often responsible for the Boston-based brand's more limited, buzz worthy introductions. With cycling recently put in their...
DESIGN
INNOVATION
WINTER
SNOW
ADVENTURE
SNOWBOARDS
AMERICAN-MADE
United Shapes Snowboards
Designing for the next Golden Age of snowboarding, United Shapes is a the latest creative venture from Steven Kimura and Peter Sieper, the duo behind NYC-based Owner Operator outerwear. Taking a similar approach in terms of inspiration and attitude...
COLLABORATIONS
BERLIN
DESIGN
FURNITURE
GESTALTEN
LAMPS
LIMITED EDITION
PUBLISHING
Gestalten + Pulpo Oda Light
Though the stalwarts of the publishing world continue to release works worth reading, it's Berlin-based Gestalten that earned our near-constant attention in 2014 with countless impressive volumes published under their name. Yet, their most recent...
BOOKS
DENIM
DOCUMENTARY
FASHION
JEANS
MENSWEAR
PHOTOGRAPHY
STYLE
REFERENCE MATERIAL
Denim Dudes: A Book About Men and Their Jeans
At any given time, approximately 50% of the global population is wearing a pair of jeans—at least, so says Amy Leverton, a leading denim expert and author of "Denim Dudes," a new photography-based book documenting over 80 men and their denim. While...
DESIGN
POSTERS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
ICONS
LIMITED EDITIONS
MTA
MAPS
MASSIMO VIGNELLI
NYC
SIGNED EDITIONS
SUBWAY SYSTEMS
Massimo Vignelli's Signed 2012 NYC Subway Diagram
Less than one year ago, the world lost one of its most important creative minds with the passing of Massimo Vignelli. The celebrated graphic designer bestowed upon us a great number of now-iconic designs, though perhaps none more visibly lasting...
STYLE
WATCHES
AFFORDABLE
DESIGN
SWEDEN
SWEDISH
WATCH DESIGN
Cheapo Watches
With 2015 in full swing, many around the globe are already finding their New Year's resolutions easier said than done. For those looking to be more punctual, and more sensible with their spending this time around, Sweden's Cheapo watches offers countless...
CAMPING
COFFEE
COOKING
DESIGN
JETBOIL
OFF PISTE
TITANIUM
Jetboil's Limited Edition Titanium French Press
Whether in the city or out in the fresh, crisp mountain air, a hot cup of coffee will work wonders. In the past, we've championed Snow Peak's titanium french press, though its 24-ounce size isn't ideal for groups. The recently released Jetboil Javastein...
ARTISTS
DESIGN
GRAPHIC DESIGN
LIMITED EDITION
NSFW
NUDES
PAINTING
PHOTOGRAPHY
Odiseo Vol. 5: (Not) Safe for Work
Since our initial introduction to Odiseo just over two years ago, we've been hooked. With each volume, the sophisticated adult publication delivers thought-provoking texts and essays on subjects ranging from art and culture to existentialism, interspersed...
RIDING
MOTORCYCLES
MOTORCYCLE GEAR
GEAR REVIEW
DESIGN
SAFETY GEAR
TEST RIDE
Style-Minded Motorcycle Gear
As the temperature continued to drop in NYC in December we took a few days refuge in beautiful Palm Springs to tour the varied terrain atop the all new Ducati Scrambler. As previously reported, the bike was a blast. And now it's our turn to fill...
BOOKS
DESIGN
FURNITURE DESIGN
MAHARAM
MONOGRAPHS
TEXTILES
COLOR
PHAIDON
PRODUCT DESIGN
Reproducing Scholten & Baijings Book
In 2000, Dutch designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings set out to design functional products, exclusively collaborate with the world's best brands and professionals and to find a balance between industrially produced series and experimental...
BDDW
CREATIVITY
DESIGN
FURNITURE
HANDMADE
LEATHER
OREGON
TOYS
M CROW
Tyler Hays' M. Crow & Company
In a slight departure—at least, geographically speaking—from designing furniture in Philadelphia, BDDW founder Tyler Hays recently acquired a 107-year-old general store located in the notably small town of Lostine, Oregon. Opened by the Crow family...
BICYCLES
BIKES
CYCLING
GEAR
HELMETS
INNOVATION
SAFETY GEAR
Smith Overtake Road Cycling Helmet
Though best known for making goggles and other sport-specific eyewear, Smith Optics has long explored other product segments for outdoor enthusiasts. Most notably: helmets. The new Overtake helmet is their first foray into competitive road cycling...
DESIGN
ITALY
MOTORCYCLE RIDING
MOTORCYCLES
OFF PISTE
RETRO
TEST DRIVES
TEST RIDES
Test Ride: 2015 Ducati Scrambler
Originally introduced in 1962 exclusively in the United States, the Ducati Scrambler was a 250cc single-cylindar thumper on par with much of the enduro-style bikes coming out of Japan at the time. In 1968, its stateside popularity led to the launch...
ARTISTS
NYC
PHOTOGRAPHY
TECH
VIDEOS
VISUAL CONTENT
START UPS
Twibfy Image Marketplace
As it stands, when searching for stock photos, publications and the general public have few options for quality, legal images worth publishing. And, as a photographer or artist, there are even fewer ways to combat having your work plagiarized or...
ANIMATION
ART
ARTISTS
CHRISTMAS
FILM
HOLIDAYS
NYC
SHORT FILMS
YULE LOG
Yule Log 2.014
Just in time for the holidays, New York-based animation director and illustrator Daniel Savage is once again rethinking the iconic yule log through a series of digital shorts. Exactly one year ago Savage launched Yule Log 2.0, showcasing the work...
BLUE BOTTLE
CA
COFFEE
HOME
ITALY
ROASTING
COLLABORATIONS
JOEY ROTH
Joey Roth + Blue Bottle Coffee Moka Pot
As many of us have, Blue Bottle founder James Freeman discovered designer (and CH favorite) Joey Roth through his incredibly attractive Ceramic Speakers, which have long been a staple at Blue Bottle's Brooklyn and Rockefeller Center locations. As...
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