MADE IN USA
The Patchwork Backpack by Sketchbook
Sketchbook Crafts' range of backpacks, totes and wallets are all handmade with care by Amber Jensen and the materials used are sourced locally or American-made when possible—and while all the homegrown qualities are appealing, they don't overshadow...
THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
The Psychology of Color Pencil Set
Insisting that not only children should relish the joy that is a box of sharp color pencils, The School of Life has released a lovely set—albeit a somewhat grown-up version. The 12-piece The Psychology of Color pencil set spans the regular hues...
Erwin Olaf: Volume II
Netherlands-born photographer Erwin Olaf is internationally famed for his mysterious and moody imagery—from hyper-posed, traditionally inspired portraits and still lifes to the seemingly creepy and voyeuristic. His photos create a strong sense of...
Steezys Charms for Headphone Cords
Cartoonish and made to capture the playfully-minded tween inside each of us, Steezys headphone cord charms are just that—and while they aren't exactly life essentials, they are damn cute. Whether you wear them in bunches or simply as a single statement...
Fashionary + Henrik Vibskov 2015 Weekly Planner
Fashionary has joined forces with the talented Henrik Vibskov for a 2015 planner that's bright, bold and encompasses the spirited style so many love about the conceptual Danish designer. As Fashionary's first-ever pocket-sized notebook, it also boasts...
Black Weirdos Meets Twin Peaks for A/W 14
For their A/W 2014 collection, Japanese label Black Weirdos has gone deep into Ghostwood Forest. The delightfully odd menswear brand has created a line that is inspired by all things Twin Peaks—no doubt scaring and thrilling fans of the show. There...
GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH
Studio Swine's Sea Chair: Into The Gyre
After creating the award-winning Sea Chair (made from discarded plastic washed up on beaches), London-based design duo Studio Swine has decided to take their project to the next level. Not content with the attention they have already drawn to the...
The Simpsons Reimagined by Shuggie's Sweet Revenge
Seemingly very in tune with 20- and 30-somethings of today, Shuggie's Sweet Revenge makes T-shirts and tote bags emblazoned with cleverly combined Simpsons characters—and cartoon images of Larry David's face. A delightfully simple idea, the morphed...
Poligon Foldable Sculptures
Anyone with a passion for design—or animals—will be a quick fan of Poligon's foldable magnetic sculptures. The clever British duo, Rodrigo Solorzano and Matthew White, met at the Royal College of Art and have made the perfect team for this project...
Interview: Ceramicist Ruby Pilven
Growing up with two ceramic artists for parents, Australian Ruby Pilven has been experimenting with the craft since childhood. The Ballarat-based ceramicist makes experimental works—from necklaces and rings to folded vases—that are embellished by...
WIZARD OF OZ
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Reimagined
One of the world's best-known stories, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was published way back in 1900 by L. Frank Baum (who went on to write 13 more Oz books) and it's remained a favorite for both children and adults—thanks in large part to the 1939...
State of Folly Three-Way Bag
Carrying a clutch looks great, but once you need to use both your hands—whether for holding snacks, riding a bike or throwing shapes on the dance floor—the accessory can be a hinderance. Enter the State of Folly three-way bag, which transforms...
Mansi Shah Printed Scarves
Eponymous design studio Mansi Shah prides itself on creating signature prints and products. Each bright and bold print made in the Chinatown space is conceived by Shah in NYC, though she taps an "informal" team of freelancers and friends to work...
PUBLIC ART SPACES
The Seafoam Palace, Museum of Curiosity
The Seafoam Palace is part restoration project and part creative endeavor. The interdisciplinary project is currently spearheaded by a group of artists, writers, filmmakers, sociologists, engineers, historians and more (including Burning Man co-founder...
POMS New GEMM Collection
Melbourne, Australia-based designer Adriana Giuffrida founded her playful and striking label POMS back in 2011, and while many of her designs remain true to the fluffy creations, her latest collection—GEMM*—explores new territory. The new range...
FOOD + DRINK
DIY Bubblegum Kit
Just in at Australia's Third Drawer Down shop is a DIY bubblegum kit perfect for kids—or adults who love a little childlike fun. Inside the box is everything needed to make your own chewy, colorful, gooey bubbles: ingredients and flavoring, plus...
Vesper, a Discreet Vibrator Necklace
Wearable tech has never been more pleasurable—or sexy—than the products developed by Crave. Their high-quality adult objects stand apart from the majority of the market for their innovative and sleek design, from leather bracelets that turn into...
Metamorphosis: Meatpacking District 1985 + 2013
A few years after Brian Rose's fascinating photo book "Time and Space on the Lower East Side" (which explored the LES over two very different time periods) comes the photographer's new tome "Metamorphosis: Meatpacking District 1985 + 2013." Back...
Henry Liz Bike Helmet Totes
There's no denying that once you've stepped off your bike and locked it up, carrying around a clunky helmet is annoying. NYC-based Mara Holmgren and Megan Kiefer—like so many designers—saw the problem and wanted to solve it. "About two years ago...
Colorful Textiles by Arro Home
Arro Home—a new label from Melbourne—was founded by Beci Orpin and Adam Rogers after they worked together and realized they shared an enthusiasm for well-designed homewares. Orpin is a veteran (despite her age) of the Australian design scene. An...
Tattoo Color-In Postcards
Hardworking artist Ollie Munden (aka Megamunden) follows up his wildly successful and fun Tattoo Coloring Book with a set of color-in postcards, so now those who enjoy embellishing Munden's creations can share their efforts with friends (along with...
ROSS + BIANCHI
Ipnos Outdoor Light by Rossi Bianchi Studio
Created by Milan-based design duo Guido Bianchi and Nicoletta Rossi for the well-respected and innovative lighting company FLOS, the Ipnos outdoor light is at once subtle and bold. The simple design—which is really an indoor/outdoor piece—essentially...
Leah Ball Ceramics
Chicago-based Leah Ball stumbled on the second half of her business almost by accident. After apprenticing at a bronze foundry and then starting her own jewelry business, she began dabbling with ceramics as a way to display her stunning bronze...
All The Fruits Wallpaper
Design duo Jessica Pinotti and Stephen Cheetham are forces to be reckoned with separately, so it makes sense that together they have created something very special. The creative pair founded All The Fruits—a company offering super-bright, playful...
Georgie Cummings Kangaroo Leather Goods
Melbourne, Australia-based Georgie Cummings makes leather goods—from tote bags to tiny coin purses—that are entirely handcrafted from kangaroo hide. While all the products are made from carefully selected, sustainably sourced kangaroo leather, there...