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Karen Day

DRINK
FOOD
INTERVIEWS
MAGAZINES
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TOAST
UK
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Toast Magazine
You might be thinking the world is already saturated with beautiful, niche print publications glorifying the culinary industry—we know we've covered several over the past few years (which still remain worthwhile reads). But UK newcomer Toast has...
BOOKS
BUY
CHGG
FURNITURE
GIFT GUIDE
GIFTS
HOLIDAY
JEWELRY
PRESENTS
WRAPPING PAPER
Holiday Gifting: Early Standouts
While we are always on the lookout for new things to add to our ever-evolving Buy section, during the holidays we like to turn it up a notch to help readers find the perfect presents for friends and family. Keep an eye on Buy over the next few weeks...
DESIGN ACADEMY EINDHOVEN
STUDIO VISITS
LEX POTT
INTERVIEWS
DUTCH
AMSTERDAM
METALS
HAY
Studio Visit: Lex Pott
Since graduating cum laude in 2009 from the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven, young Dutch designer Lex Pott has been very busy—first with working for Hella Jongerius and Scholten & Baijings, and then with starting up his own studio. When we stopped...
CORK
HOME
JASPER MORRISON
ACCESSORIES
DOOR WEDGES
BOOKS
PHOTOS
HUGO PASSOS
Hugo Passos Cork Wedge
Just in at the Jasper Morrison shop is a simple household item made immediately covetable. Designed by Portuguese-born, London-based designer Hugo Passos, the handmade cork wedge—molded from Portuguese cork supplied by Amorim—is a straightforward...
AMERICANA
BURGER JOINTS
BURGERAC
BURGERS
BURGERSHACK
FOOD
INTERVIEWS
LONDON
ROB FLOWERS
London's Burgershack
Since meeting London-based Burgerac several years ago, CH has kept a close eye on this burger fanatic's creative interests. From reviewing almost every hamburger he came across and putting it online and in an app, to creating his own Burgermat Show...
BOOKS
CLASSIC
EXHIBITIONS
ICONS
MICK ROCK
MUSIC
NYC
PHOTOGRAPHY
Mick Rock: EXPOSED
Mick Rock's 256-page paperback version of "Exposed" is currently stuck in customs, but that hasn't made the legendary rock'n'roll photographer slow down. As he told us on a tour of his exhibition of the same name—on now at NYC's SUMO Gallery—he...
EDITION HOTELS
LUXURY
FASHION
COCKTAILS
LONDON
OXFORD CIRCUS
RESTAURANTS
The London EDITION
As the holiday season draws near, shopping and socializing become an increased part of the Western world's normal routine. For stylish Londoners, the EDITION Hotel—Marriott's new opulent digs conceived by Ian Schrager—is an ideal place to grab a...
AMSTERDAM
COLLAGE
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOMONTAGE
UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR
UNSEEN14
HANDMADE
Unseen Photo Fair 2014: The Hand-Built Image
A motto we adhere to around CH HQ is that there are no new ideas, only new executions. Such is true of contemporary photo collage. The technique has been around since the early 1920s, when the Dadaists took to the medium so that they “could attack...
CERAMICS
FURNITURE
INTERACTIVE
JAPANESE
LDF 2014
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
SCP
SUSTAINABILITY
London Design Festival 2014: Fresh Staples
Our previous look at this year's London Design Festival highlighted a few select newcomers for 2014, but equally exciting are the shops, satellite fairs and institutions you come to count on during any city's annual design week. Below are some of...
AMSTERDAM
PHOTOGRAPHY
PORTRAITS
UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR
UNSEEN14
ART FAIRS
CONTEMPORARY ART
GALLERIES
Unseen Photo Fair 2014: Obscuring The Human Form
Now in its third year, Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair is a veritable artistic force. Housed in a former gasworks, the impressive selection shows that while the world may be drowning in images, when expertly curated, it's still an enlightening medium...
LDF 2014
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
EXHIBITIONS
FAIRS
FURNITURE
STUDENT WORK
London Design Festival 2014: New Highlights
Each year the London Design Festival joins together a city already bubbling with creativity to celebrate the best in design happening both at home and in studios abroad. While festival staples like DesignJunction, The Shoreditch Design Triangle, the...
ESTABLISHED & SONS
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
FORMAFANTASMA
FURNITURE
INSTALLATIONS
LONDON
MARBLE
SITE-SPECIFIC
Formafantasma: From Then On
One of the more cleverly named design studios, London's Established & Sons has lived up to its moniker over the years, and 2015 will mark the progressive company's 10-year anniversary. To celebrate the indelible impact they've had on the industry...
ANTTO MELASNIEMI
FOOD
FURNITURE
LONDON
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
POPUPS
SEBASTIAN WRONG
TEXTILES
WRONG FOR HAY
Wrong For Hay's Design and Dine
"Food is a major part of my life," British designer Sebastian Wrong tells us while sitting in the back garden of the new Hay and Wrong for Hay showroom in London's historic St James's neighborhood. Like many urban dwellers, Wrong is also fascinated...
CHAMPAGNE
COLLABORATIONS
DOM PéRIGNON
INTERVIEWS
IRIS VAN HERPEN
SCULPTURE
TECHNOLOGY
Interview: Iris van Herpen
At just 30 years old, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen has already turned the fashion world on its head with her wildly futuristic approach to haute couture. Her unique interdisciplinary take on fashion has gained the admiration of notable style pioneers...
BRITISH COLUMBIA
CANADA
FARMS
OKANAGAN
WINE
WORD OF MOUTH
SUSTAINABILITY
ORGANIC
LOCAL
Word of Mouth: Kelowna
Situated along the pristine waters of Okanagan Lake at the foot of a range of mountains is the city of Kelowna, a microcosm of all that British Columbia's agriculturally rich Okanagan Valley has to offer. The region is considered to be Canada's answer...
CANADA
OKANAGAN
VINEYARDS
WINE
WINERIES
GRAPES
MISSION HILL
SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Mission Hill Winery
As the world's second largest country in geographical area, Canada's vast terrain varies greatly. But as a nation stereotypically synonymous with ice hockey and year-round winter, it's hard to imagine that in British Columbia there's the Okanagan...
BEEF JERKY
CANADA
GLUTEN-FREE
HANDMADE
MEATS
ONTARIO
SNACKS
Bay Meats Butcher Shop Beef Jerky
Globalization may have reduced the number of surprising discoveries one makes in foreign lands, but the art of travel can still lead to exciting finds. The latest example of this is Bay Meats Butcher Shop's gluten-free beef jerky, a delicious...
CREATIVITY
DRAWING
ILLUSTRATION
MUSIC
NATHANIEL RUSSELL
SKETCHPADS
Drawn To Music Sketchpad
Music can inspire many things, but it undoubtedly serves as a massive stimulus for creativity. Indiana-based artist and "music aficionado" Nathaniel Russell taps into their synonymous nature through "Drawn To Music," a square sketchpad appropriately...
BRAZIL
EDUCATION
FOOD
GASTROMOTIVA
PHILANTHROPY
RIO DE JANEIRO
THE FAT RADISH
Casa Fat Radish, Rio de Janeiro
Any monumental event—from annual art fairs to sports tournaments—is now a major playground for companies to leave their mark on a captive audience. The branded hoopla oftentimes feels awkward, but when lured by free swag and booze, it's rarely questioned...
DRINKS
FLORENCE
FOOD
ITALY
TRAVEL
GELATO
WINE
WORD OF MOUTH
FAMILY-RUN
HISTORIC
Word of Mouth Florence: Food + Drink
There's no shortage of tips for Italy's wildly popular Tuscan capital, but with so many tourist offerings pumping through the historic town of Florence, it's easy to end up eating a subpar pizza near the steps of the illustrious Duomo. Venturing into...
AMSTERDAM
HOME DECOR
INTERVIEWS
STUDIO VISITS
STYLE
TEXTILES
COLOR
MAE ENGELGEER
Studio Visit: Textile Designer Mae Engelgeer
Amsterdam textile designer Mae Engelgeer creates such visually striking elements of home decor that she can even command attention when her product is situated on the ground among a flurry of journalists, critics and peers at the annual hubbub known...
BALI
IMPRINTS
INDONESIA
INTERVIEWS
LN-CC
MUSIC
RECORD LABELS
ZSOU
Island Of The Gods Records
After a fair amount of time monitoring LN-CC's seriously obscure music collection in the digital realm, we knew we needed to meet the people behind such a curious inventory. So we traveled to East London's Dalston neighborhood, rang the buzzer of...
BOOKS
DRAWINGS
ILLUSTRATORS
NOBROW
SAGAS
KELLIE STROM
MYTHICAL
Kellie Strøm's Worse Things Happen At Sea
Perhaps it's London-based illustrator Kellie Strøm’s inability to swim that led to his interest in creatively charting the nautical horrors of the sea, but as his latest project demonstrates, it's likely his Scandinavian roots that inspired Str...
20TH ARRONDISSEMENT
BUDGET
GIFTS
HOTELS
PARIS
PHILIPPE STARCK
TRAVEL
Mama Shelter, Paris
Frequent business travelers know far too well how difficult it can be to remain as efficient on the road as back at the office. An intermittent WiFi connection or an aggressive housekeeping regime can keep you from sending files on time or remaining...
BRACKETS
CRISPIN FINN
FOOTBALL
LONDON
PRINTS
SCREEN-PRINTING
SOCCER
WORLD CUP 2014
Crispin Finn's World Cup 2014 Planner
Our favorite arbiters of red, white and blue have just given their classic yearly wall calendar a competitive edge. Crispin Finn's World Cup 2014 Planner is just as the title suggests—an all-encompassing set of brackets designed to keep track of...
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