Sweet Marcel Socks
Since we discovered Sweet Marcel's over-the-knee socks in 2010, the Texas-based designer has expanded into knee-highs, anklets and Wee Marcel for toddlers." Anklet socks are the hottest thing in Japan now and selling like crazy," Sweet Marcel's...
Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines
Six years ago two young friends from Moscow were reminiscing about a favorite stand-up arcade game from their youth in the late '80s and early '90s. Few are aware of the fact that while the Soviet Union was in its final days, its military factories...
The 25-year-old actress-singer-jailbird Lindsay Lohan has attracted as much publicity off-screen as she has for her roles in slasher films and family comedies alike. The hijinks that have led her in and out of rehab centers and through the criminal...
The delicate sterling silver pieces by Barcelona-based jewelry designer Nathalie Jaggi, from slender leaves and flower petals to tiny spherical beads and geometric striped plates, find inspiration from a surprising and far-flung range of sources...
With an estimated 50 million pounds of toothbrushes ending up in U.S. landfills annually, there must be a better way to curb the waste of the everyday essential. After all, it's only the worn-out bristles that need replacing, not the plastic handles...
Rooted in 17th century recipes blending kingly frankincense and myrrh, Armenia Papers have served as a time-tested means of extending the warm aromas of the holiday through the long winter for more than 400 years. Simply light one end and blow out...
Miguel Ángel Sánchez
Spanish photographer Miguel Ángel Sánchez moved from Madrid to Cairo in 2009, a year before the Arab Spring thrust the country into the world's spotlight. Despite being in the eye of one of the greatest political and social storms of a...
Bellerby Desk Globes
A young operation, Peter Bellerby's globe-making concern resurrects an ancient art form. During our studio visit early last year in London's Stoke Newington neighborhood, Bellerby intimated he's one of those perfectionist types. If he's not satisfied...
Clients from Hell
Web designers, those anonymous talents who help make sense of the sheer volume of white noise out there, are the unsung heroes of the digital age. The transition for many businesses is rarely seamless though—irrational behavior coupled with...
Tools at Schools
Introducing design to youngsters, a recent collaboration between a uniquely-structured private school and two design firms instills the value of reshaping the everyday objects that surround us. The NYC-based project called Tools at Schools brought...
As the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis begin to fade from the headlines, heartfelt efforts to help the nation recover continue. One that recently stood out brings together a group of ambient recording artists who are stepping up with...
After The Barn
After The Barn is a father-and-son team in upstate New York that scours the rolling country of the Hudson Valley and Catskills Mountains for barns that are no longer sound. The woodworkers painstakingly dismantle what are often 200-year-old barns...
Polar Bear: Spy On The Ice
Innovative wildlife filmmaker John Downer uses covert digital technology to bring human audiences astonishingly close to the most reclusive wild animals. With elephants and tigers as previous subjects, Downer's latest offering is focused on the beautiful...
Louviere + Vanessa
A designer friend recently tipped us off about a husband-and-wife photography duo in New Orleans whose fine art creations blend state-of-the-art innovations with old world crafts by developing monochromatic film on Gampi—paper texturized with...
If Nike+ doesn't quite meet your needs, Wahoo connects fitness monitors with the iPhone, integrating current telemetry tech with a device you're already likely to be using (unless you're the type to carry a Walkman). Using the cutting-edge ANT...
The $1 billion-plus industry for Apple accessories is indeed a crowded field, but Taiwanese brand Bone Collection sets themselves apart with adorably inventive iPod cases, stands, USB drives and more. Innovations include the iPhone Horn Stand...
Following a debut issue that was warmly received in the press and beyond in 2010, Pop'Africana, a publication "dedicated to delivering a rejuvenated image of Africans," is rolling out its next edition with features on the likes of fashion designer...
Aaron Hobson Holiday Cards
An exhausted, pajama-clad shopper sprawled on a snow-covered lake may seem like an exaggeration, but it's arguably not far off on the lengths many go to during the holiday frenzy that seems to begin a bit earlier each year. This card, along with...
A collection of avant-garde knee socks reaches us from the wilds of suburban Dallas, Texas. Designer Amy Anderson likens each pair as "wearable art" and produces each design in limited quantities. Crafted from 78% cotton blended with polyamide...
The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt Kiosk
Travelers passing through Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal have an ideal reason to take a break from the busy commute with the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt's pop up kiosk, located near the Graybar Passage. Opened this month and scheduled to remain...
For Love & Art: Sharing With Seniors
A Texas-based project, For Love & Art helps the elderly living in hospices enjoy fine works of art during their last days through digital photos. A partnership between art galleries and museums brings thousands of pieces of fine art to Digital Foci...
Ski magazines typically depict stylish athletes gliding effortlessly down tufts of powder, but those who live on the U.S.' East Coast (dubbed the Ice Coast) know a different reality. Growing up on the slopes of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate...
Russian Criminal Tattoos
A rare glimpse into the dark world of post-Soviet prison life, the London show "Russian Criminal Tattoos" features a series of photographs of prisoners and their artistic tattoos. From the cells of Russian prison settlements in far-off places with...
Catapult Design is a San Francisco-based consortium of engineers, designers and educators largely handpicked from the innovative hotbed of Silicon Valley to find simple, practical solutions to global problems faced by billions of people in...
For a creepy Christmas, Conceptual artist Peter Eudenbach sculpted 100 of these pieces called "Chimera," a sort of traditional Christmas ornament-with-legs. Eudenbach formed the globe itself from turquoise glass, attaching a set of cast pewter bird...