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...
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...
MADE IN AMERICA
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...
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...
SEON GHI BAHK
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...
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...
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
NOSE TO TAIL
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...
HARNEY & SONS
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
MILK & HONEY
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 "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...
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...
M. C. ESCHER
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...
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: 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...
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...
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...
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...