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NARA SHIN

Nara Shin

SUNGLASSES
SUMMER 2015
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
UNISEX
EYEWEAR
OPTICAL
Carla Colour Eyewear
Brisbane-raised and Brooklyn-based Carla Robertson had been working as a television producer for about 15 years until a few major life events put everything into focus. "I've always dreamed about doing a line of eyewear—and then I got pregnant...
FURNITURE
DIY
HOME
UPCYCLING
REUSE
DIY Furniture with a Few SNAPs
Spanish designers Maria Roca and Erika Biarnes of new company Be-elastic have come up with a creative way to help furniture keep up with our increasing mobile, space-conscious and environmentally-sensitive lives. Their first design, SNAP, is a...
SHARKS
SCARVES
NECKLACES
SHARK WEEK
Mignonne Gavigan's Beaded Shark Scarves
You've probably spotted Mignonne Gavigan's work under another moniker, as she was head footwear designer at Rachel Roy as well as the senior shoe designer for Loeffler Randall. But under her eponymous label, she's able to pull out all the stops...
AFFORDABLE LUXURY
E-COMMERCE
HOMEWARES
DINNERWARE
GLASSWARE
WEDDING GIFTS
HOME DECOR
Snowe Homewares
Shopping for home essentials isn't the most thrilling—especially when you have to drudge through dozens of different stores and their never-ending selections. Making it easy to furnish a new apartment in one click (no required day trip to a warehouse...
MUSEUM OF SEX
NYC
EXHIBITIONS
INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS
CAMPING
SEXUALITY
DROOG
Museum of Sex: Splendor in the Grass
For the past year, the NYC's Museum of Sex hosted "Funland," an erotic fairground imagined by design duo Bompas & Parr which featured, among other things, a penis derby racing game and bouncy boob castle (now part of the museum's permanent collection...
TATTOOS
BODY ART
CONTEMPORARY INK
HISTORY
TATTOO BOOKS
PHOTOGRAPHY
GRAPHIC DESIGN
NSFW
100 Years of Tattoos
While last year's Artbook/D.A.P. book "Tattoo" explored the art form's global beginnings and its many cultural expressions, a new book, "100 Years of Tattoos," focuses the lens on the recent history of body art. The meaning of tattoos—and the attitudes...
MUSIC
UMO
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
BANDS
INTERVIEWS
CREATIVE PROCESS
SONGWRITING
RUBAN NIELSON
Interview: Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra
On their first two albums, Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra charmed fans with dirty low-fi tracks—poppy but unafraid to be thought-provoking—recorded out of a basement studio. Their third and latest effort, Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar...
LEXUS DESIGN AWARDS
STORY
RETAIL
SHOPPING
INVENTIONS
LAMPS
LIGHTING
EMERGING DESIGNERS
MAKERS
THIS IS STORY
DESIGNERS
Story Presents: Creativity
New York concept retailer Story undergoes a head-to-toe transformation every four to eight weeks to offer a unique, editorialized shopping experiences—and their latest theme “Creativity” launches today for a month-long look at innovative design from...
FACIALS
SKINCARE
SPAS
NOMAD
NYC
WELLBEING
SALONS
UNISEX
Heyday: Facials for All Without the Fuss
The word "facial" contains layers of unnecessary trepidation and intimidation—especially as you never know exactly what to expect behind those closed doors. New Yorkers can finally experience a quality facial without hassle, guilt or generic New...
AMPLIFIERS
AUDIO
SOUND SYSTEMS
SPEAKERS
SUBWOOFERS
Devialet's Hi-Fi Phantom Hits the US
Since it was founded in 2007, Paris-based Devialet has become known for their unusually sleek and compact hi-fi amplifiers. They've carved out a special place in the high-end audio marketplace by developing technology rather than repackaging the...
BOOKS
BOOK DESIGN
ART BOOKS
ARTISTS
BRUNO MUNARI
CHILDREN
EDUCATION
EXPERIMENTAL BOOKS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Munari's Books
20th century Italian artist Bruno Munari (1907-1998) left his legacy in many different forms—from sculptures, paintings, design furniture and objects, films, photographs to even poetry—but it was his experiments in book-objects for children and...
COLLABORATIONS
BEZAR
LIGHTING
HOME DECOR
FLOS
LED
OFFICE
LAMPS
Flos + Bezar Go Bubblegum Pink
Online design marketplace Bezar officially launched just a few months ago, but has been holding to its promise of introducing unique products from independent designers on a daily basis and becoming a go-to place for discovering new art and home...
PRINT ALL OVER ME
COLLABORATIONS
CLOTHING
ATTIRE
APPAREL
ANNIE LARSON
Annie Larson + Print All Over Me
Brooklyn-based Annie Larson's ALL Knitwear line has become much-loved for its high-contrast colors and chaos of patterns. Each sweater is made to order by Larson herself, on her knitting machine. For those who can't wait until fall or winter to...
DINNER
COOKING
INTERNET OF THINGS
SMART HOME
TECH
OVENS
June's Computer-Based Intelligent Oven
Ovens can be scary. Fire hazards aside, their large size, time investment and oftentimes unreliable results can be intimidating to amateur cooks, which is why many seek escape in the form of take-out. Tackling the inefficiency of a kitchen appliance...
LONDON
UK
SCENTS
SKINCARE
ENGLAND
FRAGRANCES
PERFUMES
NATURAL SKINCARE
SEASIDE
COAST
MARGATE
SEAWEED
COUNTRYSIDE
Modern Apothecary by the Sea: Haeckels
The English seaside town of Margate—a historical retreat for Londoners fleeing the city smog—has chalk reefs and cliffs along its coast that nurture unique families of seaweed. Carefully hand-harvested, this seaweed becomes the base ingredient for...
FASHION
SCARVES
STYLE
FINE ART
RAMEN
ART SCARVES
WOOL SCARVES
The Art of Consumption: CJW Wool Scarves
Christina Wang's scarves are more than just wearable; they're impossible not to comment on. Each square of soft wool is illustrated with an array of objects, ranging from bowls of ramen to a Patagonia fleece jacket and a Momofuku birthday cake—accompanied...
ART
BOOKS
ARTISTS
ART BOOKS
DEVENDRA BANHART
MUSIC BOOKS
SLIDESHOWS
Devendra Banhart: I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street
Devendra Banhart's story as a visual artist-turned-musician has been retold many a time in interviews. In his new book "I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street," the Venezuelan-American singer/songwriter with eight albums under his belt pieces together his...
TOOLS
KNIVES
PORTABLE
BOTTLE OPENERS
KEYS
KEY RINGS
MULTI-TOOLS
POCKET KNIFE
Everyman Porter Key Knife
While we appreciate a good crafted knife here at CH, those beauties are often reserved for wilderness adventures—and stay tucked in their leather sheaths most weeks. But even for desk-locked souls, a blade is necessary for routine tasks like opening...
DESIGN
FURNITURE
SALONE DEL MOBILE
DROR
MADE IN ITALY
HORM.IT
QuaDror Furniture by Dror + Horm.it
CH first covered Dror Benshetrit's QuaDror structural support system—a weight-efficient approach to space truss geometry that can essentially build collapsible structures from flat-packed pieces—when it existed only in sketches, renderings and 3D...
TRAVEL
HOTELS
PARIS
BATHS
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
HOTEL REVIEWS
DESIGN HOTELS
SOAKING TUBS
Hôtel de Nell, Paris
When traveling through a destination city full to the brim with expectations, stumbling upon a hidden gem is extra special—and extra rewarding. That's exactly the feeling after a stay in Hôtel de Nell, located in the residential-feeling 9th arrondissement...
CHICAGO
NOODLES
JAPANESE CUISINE
JAPANESE FOOD
RAMEN
SHOYU
WEST LOOP
FULTON MARKET DISTRICT
JAPANESE RESTAURANTS
Three New Japanese Noodle Offerings in Chicago
Once thought of as the meal for college kids on a budget, ramen has grown into a formidable culinary dish appreciated by all—as there's something for everyone. From the newest faces in the Chicago restaurant scene come dishes that highlight both the...
PHOTOGRAPHY
COMPETITIONS
MAGAZINES
EMERGING TALENT
PHOTO CONTESTS
SURFACE MAGAZINE
2015 Avant Guardian Photography Contest
The 15th edition of the Avant Guardian photography competition, hosted by Surface magazine, continues its annual search for new and emerging US-based talent, whether they shoot still-life, fashion or anything in between. The 10 winning submissions...
SNEAKERS
SHOES
MENSWEAR
CALF LEATHER
LOW TOPS
LUXURY SNEAKERS
A New Classy Men's Sneaker from Axel Arigato
Operating out of Sweden, Axel Arigato launched in July 2014 with a unique idea: introduce a new men's shoe design each week, rather than follow traditional seasons with a set collection. Their direct-to-consumer approach makes premium materials like...
INTERVIEWS
HOTELS
CHICAGO
INTERIOR DESIGN
ROMAN AND WILLIAMS
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
HOSTELS
DESIGN HOTELS
FREEHAND
A New Kind of Hybrid Hotel and Hostel: Freehand Chicago
The Freehand Miami made waves when it first opened in 2012. The laid-back boutique hostel stuck out in the South Beach hotel scene, saturated with extravagant but oftentimes uniform options. This is the sort of thing we've come to expect from the developer...
SWIMWEAR
E-COMMERCE
SWIMSUITS
ONE PIECES
BIKINIS
SUMMER 2015
Under $100 Swimsuit Essentials from Bikyni
The search for a simple, versatile swimsuit seems to be a migraine-inducing event that comes back more fiercely every year. A new online-only brand Bikyni hopes to make the experience as pleasant as booking a sweet summer weekend getaway. Launching...
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