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James Thorne

DESIGN
EMANUELE PIZZOLORUSSO
GARDENING
HOME GARDENS
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
POTTERY
SILICONE
Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso
Certain designers have a knack for solving problems so basic that their creations feel immediately timeless. Industrial designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso is one of them. The Helsinki-based Italian creative responsible for a pre-crumpled city map for...
ART
INSTAGRAM
MIKE MELLIA
PHOTOGRAPHY
SELF PORTRAITS
SELFIES
SOCIAL MEDIA
A Selfie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away by Mike Mellia
The selfie can convey just about anything. Commonly now seen in the form of the "duck face," or the boastful vacation shot—it's not who we are, but how we'd like to be perceived. In that respect, the selfie apes the best of classical European portraiture...
COTTON
MADE IN AMERICA
MEN'S FASHION
MENSWEAR
NYC
SHIRTS
STYLE
KICKSTARTER
QUALITY
SHIRTING
March + Held Co. Shirts
For all the ink that's been spilled over the Made In America movement, the reality is still a little grim. True American-made goods remain hard to come by, and most still use foreign materials. So what does it take to make an American product? For...
ART GALLERIES
ARTISTS
EXHIBITIONS
LABYRINTHS
LEE BUL
LEHMANN MAUPIN
MIRRORS
SCULPTURES
SOUTH KOREA
UTOPIA
Lee Bul
Acclaimed international artist Lee Bul currently has a show at NYC's Lehmann Maupin, bringing together futuristic works that are at once massive and meditative. Dealing mainly with what Lee calls our "disappointment about modern life," the show...
ART EXHIBITS
MIAMI
SCULPTURE
SEON GHI BAHK
ZADOK GALLERY
INSTALLATION ART
Seon Ghi Bahk: Fiction and the Fabricated Image
Nylon threads and neatly erupted charcoal bits take over Miami's Zadok Gallery in "Fiction and the Fabricated Image"—an exhibition that opens this weekend by the South Korean artist Seon Ghi Bahk. The show explores the interplay of nature and civilized...
ART
CURATORS
EVENTS
NYC
ONLINE
SALONS
WEBSITES
Gertrude Salons
Kenneth Schlenker—a French-born tech entrepreneur and ex-Google employee—isn't the most predictable person to disrupt New York's stolid art scene. Several startups have tried to bring the art world online, mostly by creating marketplaces for buyers...
ART
CASEY WELDON
CATS
EXHIBITIONS
PAINTING
SAN FRANCISCO
GALLERY OPENING
Meow Brow by Casey Weldon
Spoke Art's freshly opened space at 804 Sutter Street in San Francisco is set to be christened this weekend by artist Casey Weldon. "Meow Brow" showcases new work that takes on the familiar cliché of the adorable kitten, a trope that Weldon has perverted...
FOOD AND DRINK
HUDSON VALLEY
INTERIORS
LOCAVORE
RESTAURANTS
NEW YORK
NOSE TO TAIL
UPSTATE
Fish & Game Restaurant, Hudson
Part of a growing community of entrepreneurs who have left NYC for greener pastures, husband-and-wife team Zakary Pelaccio and Jori Jayne Emde recently set up shop in Hudson, NY. The opening of Fish & Game restaurant follows the success of Pelaccio...
LEXUS
BURGERS
HARNEY & SONS
HUDSON VALLEY
MUSIC VENUES
ORGANIC FARMING
TRAVEL
WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: Hudson Valley, NY
One of the great pastimes of living in NYC has always been leaving it. When the heat and hustle of the city get to be too much, New Yorkers are looking for one thing: the quickest way out. Thanks to Lexus and their generous loan of the 2013 RX 350...
BLACK AND WHITE
HISTORY
KEY WEST
PHOTOGRAPHY
PORTRAITS
CONVENTIONS
EARNEST HEMINGWAY
Becoming Hemingway by Henry Hargreaves
Back in 1957, photographer Yousef Karsh asked an aging Earnest Hemingway to sit for a portrait. In what would become an iconic image, the author stares to the right of the camera, white-bearded and gruff. More than any other image, the portrait...
CULTURE
ABSTRACTION
ART
BROOKLYN
CURATORS
EXHIBITIONS
MOCADA
MUSEUMS
DIASPORA
Pattern Recognition at MoCADA
Coming from a background in marketing, Dexter Wimberly isn't afraid of a hard sell. Since moving to the art world as an independent curator, Wimberly has worked to discover and promote talent that is breaking new ground. Endlessly seeking out new...
BROOKLYN
CONDIMENTS
DIY
KITS
MUSTARD
TASTE TEST
Making Mustard with Brooklyn DIY Supply
Brooklyn DIY Supply is trying to convert you. Bex Ames and Elissa Stanton—the duo behind behind the starter kit company—want you making soap, bitters, pickles, massage bars and lip balm, and they're doing a bang-up job of it. Providing aspiring...
DOCUMENTARIES
MASTERS
KNOWLEDGE
FILMS
JASON WISE
REVIEWS
SOMM
SOMMELIER
WINE
SOMM
How much do you know about wine? That's essentially the question that a few select candidates are asked each year at the Master Sommelier Exam. But the manner of questioning is far from straightforward, instead taking the form of a multi-day slugfest...
JOHANSSON PROJECTS
BARRY UNDERWOOD
PHOTOGRAPHY
OAKLAND
LIGHT
INSTALLATION
ART EXHIBITIONS
Barry Underwood's Luminescent Landscapes
In conjunction with an installation by Sarah Kabot, Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA is presenting new work by photographer Barry Underwood. The exhibition, called "Trace Artifice," shows the artist at work again creating otherworldly light installations...
ALAIN PASSARD
BOOKS
COOKBOOKS
COOKING
RECIPES
VEGETABLES
In the Kitchen with Alain Passard
Already smitten with the idea of an illustrated cookbook, after trying out Amanda Cohen's "Dirt Candy," we were thrilled to hear about the release an English language version of "In the Kitchen with Alain Passard." The comic book-style collection...
TECH ACCESSORIES
GADGETS
TEST DRIVES
SPORT
PERFORMANCE
LUXURY
LEXUS
CARS
Test Drive: 2014 Lexus IS F Sport
Since taking the helm at Toyota Motor Company in 2009, president and CEO Akio Toyoda has been pushing hard for a more innovative direction. So far many of the company's talking points have been downplayed as hype, but the 2014 fleet looks to change...
FOOD AND DRINK
DRINK
THEO LIEBERMAN
RUM
RECIPES
MILK & HONEY
DEHYDRATOR
COCKTAIL
CAMPARI
The Salty Bird Cocktail
We recently joined Theo Lieberman of NYC's Milk & Honey to try out his latest creation; a fruity and bitter cocktail ideal for tropical living. Crafted in tandem with Lauren Schell of Little Branch, the drink is a variation of the Jungle Bird—specifically...
TOYIN ODUTOLA
SOLO SHOWS
PROCESS
PEN
JACK SHAINMAN
FINE ART
EXHIBITIONS
Toyin Odutola "My Country Has No Name"
A recent graduate of California College of the Arts, Toyin Odutola is already celebrating her second show at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC. The energetic artist produces ink works on paper from her studio in Alabama, updating friends and fans through...
TARPAULIN
LEATHER
MENSWEAR
HORWEEN
DEFY
CHICAGO
BRIEFCASES
BAGS
Workcase Series from Defy Bags
After debuting the Luxe bag earlier this year, Defy Bags is expanding on their line of cleaned-up cases for the urban commuter. With years of experience producing burly messenger bags—like those made from 24-ounce tarpaulin with quick-release buckles...
LITHOGRAPHS
ARTS
ART BOOKS
WOODBLOCK
PRINTMAKING
M. C. ESCHER
BOOKS
The Magic of M. C. Escher
"Perhaps all I pursue is astonishment and so I try to awaken only astonishment in my viewers. Sometimes 'beauty' is a nasty business." — M. C. Escher Too often relegated to dorm room walls and Tumblr archives, the work of M. C. Escher deserves...
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
SOLAR POWERED
SOLAR IMPULSE
INSPIRATION
AIRPLANES
Interview: Solar Impulse
Just after midnight on 4 May 2013, a plane eased into Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport after completing a journey from Moffet Airfield near San Jose, CA. With the wingspan of an Airbus A340, it nevertheless landed as delicately as a single...
SIMPLE
PROBLEM SOLVING
ORGANIZATION
DESIGN
CORPORATIONS
BOOKS
Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity
Designers are more than floor lamps and logos—first and foremost, they are problem solvers. When Alan Siegel began his career in corporate design, he saw a problem with complexity. He saw insurance forms that were incomprehensible to policy holders...
TRACY WILLIAMS
SCULPTURE
RICHARD DUPONT
NYC
GALLERIES
EXHIBITIONS
CAROLINA NITSCH
ARTISTS
Interview: Richard Dupont
Artist Richard Dupont first caught our attention years ago as one of the early artists to experiment with distortions of digital models in a physical space. Fond of manipulating scans of his own body, Dupont has produced everything from shape-shifting...
SAN FRANCISCO
SPOKE ART
SOLO EXHIBIT
SCOTT HOVE
GUNS
EXHIBITIONS
CAKE
ART
Guns and Ecstasy by Scott Hove
Between wedding cakes bursting with fangs and icing-piped assault rifles, it's not hard to see why the art of Scott Hove has gained such a strong following. A new exhibition and installation at Spoke Art in San Francisco called "Guns and Ecstasy...
GRAPHIC DESIGN
ADVICE
TYPOGRAPHY
QUOTATIONS
INSPIRATION
DESIGN
BOOKS
The Designer Says
"I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares." - Saul Bass Framed as a call-and-response between designers, "The Designer Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom" delivers hundreds of quotable blurbs from the industry's leading...
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