Freehand, Los Angeles
As a combination hotel/hostel concept, the Freehand Los Angeles is democratic by design: anyone with $49 in their pocket can stay at the Sydell Group's freshly opened DTLA digs. But, in the capable hands of Roman and Williams, democracy is also in...
BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE
SINGLE ORIGIN COFFEE
Blue Bottle, Bushwick
With 35 locations across California, New York and Tokyo, and with nine more hitting the East Coast this year, some coffee fanatics might wonder if Oakland, CA-based Blue Bottle isn't becoming Starbucks for the hipster generation. As we learned on a...
Bali's Villa Oasis, Hoshinoya
With rows of verdantly waif-ish palm trees swaying ever so slightly in the foreground and the sound of utter silence surrounding you—apart from the occasional jungle chirp—it’s easy to feel suspended in another universe while unwinding in one of Hoshinoya...
Akademi Bar, Bali
When Ronald Akili opened the very first Potato Head establishment, Jakarta was aswarm with boring replica restaurants from abroad and wine bars with snooty attitudes. This didn’t sit right with the well-traveled, good-vibes seeker, so in 2009 he set...
NEW AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY
AFRICAN STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY
New African Photography II
In an impressive exhibition of visual artists on the rise, Brooklyn’s Red Hook Labs and London-based Nataal Media have teamed up for the second consecutive year to co-curate "New African Photography II.” The display coincides with the illustrious 1...
WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: Honolulu
From the time local swimming champ Duke Kahanamoku turned surfing into a modern sport and Elvis Presley began to rock-a-hula, people have swarmed to the shores of Waikiki to soak up its prolific Polynesian sunshine. Today's tourist seeking big waves...
THE SILO HOTEL
ZEITZ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AFRICA
THE ROYAL PORTFOLIO
The Silo Hotel, Cape Town
Walking into the three-room Royal Suite on the ninth floor of Cape Town's Silo Hotel is a little like entering a physical manifestation of “Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes.” Your dropped jaw is followed by a grin, and as the golden sun bursting...
Interview: Artist and Designer Yinka Ilori
“When I went to Nigeria for the first time I saw my grandmother and she spoke no English at all, but she spoke to us through what she was wearing,” says artist/designer Yinka Ilori. "Her clothes were really beautiful and empowering—and she looked really...
MIT MEDIA LAB
DR KATE SHAW
Moogfest 2017's Futurist Line-Up
Each spring in the United States you’ll find a flock of futurists from myriad disciplines migrating to North Carolina for discussions and celebrations surrounding boundary-pushing technologies. The gathering officially began in New York in 2004, when...
DESIGN INDABA 2017
NELLY BEN HAYOUN
UNIVERSITY OF THE UNDERGROUND
Design Indaba 2017: Nelly Ben Hayoun's University of the Underground
The soon-to-open University of the Underground is taking on today’s institutions and power structures by redesigning the way in which a post-graduate course operates. Helmed by the palpably ambitious multidisciplinary designer Nelly Ben Hayoun, University...
DESIGN INDABA 2017
Design Indaba 2017: Musical Highlights
The domino effect of each year of Design Indaba building upon the last is a welcome outcome indeed. Word is out among the creative elite and as we've noticed, it's not just the roster of speakers that's become increasingly stronger; the musicians performing...
DESIGN INDABA 2017
Design Indaba 2017: Sankara Rugs
Tying together the world's artisanal past and millennial future is multidisciplinary designer Nkuli Mlangeni, who, at this year’s Design Indaba festival, took home the award for Most Beautiful Object in South Africa with her graphically modern Sankara...
DESIGN INDABA 2017
Design Indaba 2017: Exhibition Highlights
Juxtaposed with the exciting lineup of industry veterans who take the stage at Design Indaba are a group of locals who’ve been tapped to show their work at the festival’s Emerging Creatives and Featured Artists exhibition. Some have caught our eye...
DESIGN INDABA 2017
DESIGN INDABA FESTIVAL
Design Indaba Festival 2017
Design Indaba is a truly inspiring annual festival of multidisciplinary creativity set to the stunning backdrop of Cape Town. We’ve been in attendance since 2010, and each year the program is packed with opportunities to learn, engage and celebrate...
Interview: Alex McCrery and Jenny Goodman of Tilit NYC
For the past four years, husband-and-wife duo Alex McCrery and Jenny Goodman have been quietly stitching together what seems destined to become a future classic among American heritage brands. Tilit—short for utility—is their take on modern workwear...
AMERICAS CUP 2017
Sailing in Bermuda with America's Cup 2017
Just a two-hour flight from the shores of New York sits Bermuda, a colorful little island known mostly for its pink sand beaches and its role as a secluded playground for rockstars, investment bankers and honeymooners. But lately, the 21-mile-long...
R AND COMPANY
SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS
Porky Hefer: Heart of Lightness
In the same way that Joseph Conrad’s renowned 1902 novella "Heart of Darkness" starts on water, so does South African artist/designer Porky Hefer’s new solo show, "Heart of Lightness." But whereas the book begins aboard a ship on the River Thames...
DAY FOR NIGHT
Interview: Digital Artist Alex Czetwertynski
It’s 7PM on a Friday night in Houston, and Bjork is DJing. As if this weren’t already an uncommon enough statement, what’s crazier is that hardly anyone has noticed. Not because the ethereal musician is clandestinely performing within some sort of...
MIAMI ART WEEK
MIAMI ART WEEK 2016
ART BASEL 2016
Miami Art Week 2016: Creature Keepers
Ceramic or bronze, old or new, subliminal or overt, this year's Miami Art Week ushered in a range of sculptures which gave off delightfully animated appearances. Visiting the plethora of fairs that are part of the inspiring, week-long event, we saw...
DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD
Interview: David de Rothschild, The Lost Explorer
British eco-explorer David de Rothschild has accomplished some incredible feats: he's sailed 8,000 miles—from San Fransisco to Sydney—on a boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles, motorbiked through mountains in Mongolia, skied across the “white desert...
Dankland's Green Party T-Shirt
America, for all its pros and cons, is constantly evolving. We have an astoundingly long list of scientists and innovators who've helped keep the nation―and the human race―moving forward. A strength that’s harder to quantify but visible in history...
PTT Family's Katamama Hotel
Over 1.8 million. That’s how many bricks were handcrafted to create Katamama, an extraordinary boutique hotel in Bali realized by Ronald Akili and his team, the PTT Family, alongside Indonesian architect Andra Matin. Each brick is individually fabricated...
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2016
Studio Visit: Reiko Kaneko
At the softly sun-bathed studio of ceramics designer Reiko Kaneko, working with glaze is one big experiment. Occasionally, her steady process of trial and error includes herself, such as the first time she worked with a toxic raw lacquer and accidentally...
The Galápagos: Nature's Laboratory
While snorkeling along the rocks of Devil’s Crown, a volcanic crater that protrudes from the equatorial waters off the coast of the Galápagos’ Floreana Island, I find myself nearly nose-to-nose with a native sea lion. He seems just as eager to check...
Studio Visit: Maryanne Moodie
Three years ago Australian art teacher-turned-weaver Maryanne Moodie packed up her loom and moved to New York City with her husband and newborn baby to give a go at conquering the concrete jungle. That turned out to be a sound decision; the fast-paced...