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Nara Shin

DESIGN TRIENNIAL
COOPER HEWITT
SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM
NYC
DESIGN EXHIBITIONS
JENNY SABIN
ARCHITECTURE
SOU FUJIMOTO
Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
The work of designers is rooted in shape, form and color—qualities attributed to external appearance—yet many shy away from consciously acknowledging the notion of beauty. Opening today, "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial" (taking over two...
OK GO
ZERO GRAVITY
MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
GRAVITY
PARABOLIC AIRCRAFT
INTERVIEWS
ANDY ROSS
OK Go in Zero G for "Upside Down and Inside Out"
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KOREAN FOOD
KOREAN CUISINE
KOREATOWN
COOKBOOKS
FUSION
KOREAN AMERICAN
KOREAN BBQ
DAVID CHANG
RECIPES
STEWS
Koreatown: A Cookbook
The paradox of Koreatown for someone like me, who calls Seoul home outside of NYC: you avoid it as long as you can—save for the occasional trip to H Mart for their affordable bulk kimchi. Yet once that inherent craving for hard-to-cook-yourself...
SNEAKERS
SHOES
FOOTWEAR
NEW BALANCE
SS16
MADE IN USA
HORWEEN LEATHER
New Balance Made in USA Distinct Collection: Explore by Sea
Taking inspiration from national parks, mid-century modern design and vintage skiwear, Boston-based New Balance's Made in USA series pays tribute to the country's history and culture with its thematic releases—while emphasizing its efforts in...
PREMIERES
NEW MUSIC
EMERGING ARTISTS
ALBUM RELEASES
DOPRAH
NEW ZEALAND ARTISTS
SONGS
INDIE MUSIC
Premiere: "Will I Be A Figure Eight" by Doprah
Formed in Christchurch, NZ, duo-turned-six-member-band Doprah churns the hearts of listeners in their vat of nebulous, sweet bewitchery. From the transfixing melodies in "San Pedro" (frontwoman Indira Force's voice meticulously delayed into echoes...
CERAMICS
3D PRINTING
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
SOUND ART
SONIC ART
SOUND DESIGN
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
CUSTOM 3D PRINTING
NETHERLANDS
Studio van Broekhoven + Olivier van Herpt: Solid Vibrations
The "Solid Vibration" project is an ongoing collaboration between Eindhoven, The Netherlands-based sound laboratory Studio van Broekhoven and industrial designer Olivier van Herpt, who built a custom ceramic printer where the extruding clay is...
SYNTHESIZERS
ELECTRONIC MUSIC
PORTABLE
UNDER 100
CIRCUIT BOARDS
DRUM MACHINES
SAMPLERS
SEQUENCERS
ARCADES
CHIPTUNE
TEENAGE ENGINEERING
NAMM 2016
Teenage Engineering's New Pocket Operators
Miniature, inexpensive and incredibly addictive: the Pocket Operator series has electronic music producers and fans furiously making music on the go with dexterous thumbs. The Swedish collaboration between audio tech nerds Teenage Engineering and...
BOOZY
GINGER ALE
ROOT BEER
SODA
POP
CARBONATED DRINKS
ALCOHOL
BEER ALTERNATIVES
SWEET TREATS
HARD SODA
SUPERBOWL SUNDAY
Not Your Father's Ginger Ale
With Superbowl Sunday taking place this weekend, you might already be thinking about what snacks and drinks to serve. Between the ice bucket of canned light stuff and six-packs of choice craft beer brewed in North Carolina or Colorado, there's...
SAN FRANCISCO
BAGS
BACKPACKS
LEATHER ACCESSORIES
HORWEEN LEATHER
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
BUCKET BAGS
TOTES
HANDMADE BAGS
PENDLETON
LEATHER
Future Glory Co Bags
Founded by Theresa Lee (whose resume includes a decade of working in design, from being Design Director at DODOcase to Art Director at Sephora/LVMH), SF-based Future Glory Co takes the art of bag design with sincerity. With four different collections...
FURNITURE
CHAIRS
EERO SAARINEN
COUCHES
WOMB CHAIR
KNOLL
TWO-SEATERS
MODERNIST DESIGN
DESIGN
Eero Saarinen's Two-Seater: the Womb Settee
The story behind Eero Saarinen's classic 1948 Model 70 Womb design is simple: Florence Knoll wanted a chair that felt like "basket full of pillows." While most might immediately think of fluffiness and volume, the Finnish-American furniture designer...
GARDENING
BOOKS
HORTICULTURE
PLANTS
NATURE
PRINT
RECIPES
MAGAZINES
WILDER QUARTERLY
WILDERNESS
DIY
A Wilder Life
Since launching in 2011, Wilder Quarterly has been rousing genuine excitement about growing and gardening in people who typically encounter more software bugs than the natural kind. Nearly five years later, the print magazine (now on a bi-annual...
FW16
FEIT
LEATHER SHOES
SHOES
LUXURY SHOES
NEW YORK MENS FASHION WEEK
NYFW
BENJAMIN MILLEPIED
FEIT's Man vs Machine
When Tull Price first watched the 1982 experimental film "Koyaanisqatsi" (today a cult classic) many a year ago, the time-lapse and slow-motion sequences observing the relationship between humanity and Earth left a lasting impression. "I think...
SWIMWEAR
WOMENSWEAR
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
SWIMSUITS
CALIFORNIA
HAWAII
APPAREL
NSFW
NOE Garments Launches Swimwear
Founded by twin sisters, NOE Garments melds function and fashion in their thoughtfully made intimates that find sexiness in non-traditional styles and materials. From supportive zip-back racers to bras with thick, bold straps, NOE pieces encourage...
LIGHT ART
NEON
LIGHT INSTALLATIONS
SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS
CERITH WYN EVANS
CHROMOSATURATION
CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ
SEOUL
KOREA
D MUSEUM
DAELIM MUSEUM
CONTEMPORARY ART
DENNIS PARREN
COLORS
"Spatial Illumination" at D Museum, Seoul
Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, opened by South Korea's Daelim Group in 2002, has a brand new sibling in Seoul. While Daelim has become known for its photo, design and fashion-focused exhibitions, D Museum near-literally steals the spotlight with...
TRAVEL GUIDES
JAPAN
TOKYO
TRAVEL
DINING
TOKYO HOTELS
TOKYO RYOKANS
Truly Tokyo Online Travel Guide
Lonely Planet's Japan, Kyoto and Discover Japan guide author Chris Rowthorn, a longtime Kyoto resident who founded Inside Kyoto, has now tackled the city that plays muse to many all over the world: Tokyo. Truly Tokyo is a new online guide, entirely...
STANDING DESKS
DESKS
OFFICE
HOME OFFICE
ERGONOMIC
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
HEALTH
WELL BEING
FURNITURE
ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT
OFFICE FURNITURE
Two New Flexible Standing Desk Options
If you've made a New Year's Resolution to get up and be active more often, switching to a standing desk makes for a reasonable action item. As it turns out, standing up all day in the office doesn't work for everyone, so it's wise to find a flexible...
PHOTOGRAPHY
SEXUALITY
GENDER
FEMINISM
EXHIBITION OPENINGS
EXHIBITIONS
NYC
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
FLOWERS GALLERY
JUNO CALYPSO
FEMININITY
SELF PORTRAITS
The Real Thing at NYC's Flowers Gallery
This Thursday, the Chelsea, NYC location of Flowers Gallery opens "The Real Thing," a group exhibition featuring photography from four different artists questioning social constructs of gender, identity, femininity and more. Most of the four have...
INTERACTIVE PUBLICATIONS
MAGAZINES
POP MUSIC
KERO KERO BONITO
QT
HANNAH DIAMOND
TEEN MAGAZINES
Cyber Teenage Dreams Come True at OKgrl
As teens chase screens for regular doses of endless entertainment, most traditional glossies feel outdated the second they hit the stands. But there's that nostalgia and thrill attached to teen magazines that many of us can't ever forget: from...
PUPPETS
LAZY OAF
DONT HUG ME IM SCARED
DHMIS
APPAREL
MENSWEAR
WOMENSWEAR
GET CREATIVE
DIGITAL STYLE
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared + Lazy Oaf
Yellow Guy, Red Guy and Duck Guy: the adorable, innocuous-looking puppets of the darkly humorous original series "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" have become YouTube stars by taking viewers on unexpected "educational" journeys that go awry—involving bloody...
ASTRONAUTS
SPACE
FLIGHT SUITS
VIRGIN GALACTIC
PILOTS
SPACE APPAREL
SPACESUITS
Y-3
ADIDAS
YOHJI YAMAMOTO
RICHARD BRANSON
Y-3 Space Apparel for Virgin Galactic
Within their respective industries, Sir Richard Branson and Yohji Yamamoto share a vision for chasing the future. Both have been progressive-thinking rule-breakers for decades—so it comes as not too much of a surprise that Branson's Virgin Galactic...
MENSWEAR
WOMENSWEAR
APPAREL
SS16
PRINTS
PINS
PATCHES
CARNIVALS
UNISEX
TORONTO
POODLES
Hayley Elsaesser SS16: Carnival of Curiosity
Canadian designer Hayley Elsaesser knows how to have fun. In past seasons of her eponymous label (there are only a few, as she just graduated in 2012) you can spot Magic 8 Balls wearing cowboy hats, sunglasses "oozing" slime, unisex neon camo overalls...
LAMPS
LIGHTING
INDIEGOGO
CROWDFUNDING
MOOD LIGHTING
BLUETOOTH
SMART LAMPS
ORIGAMI
PAPER LAMPS
LANTERNS
PORTABLE
The Foldable, Shapeable Orilamp
Combining the elegance of traditional paper lanterns with the convenience of Bluetooth technology is the new Orilamp, a striking battery-powered mood light designed in Toronto. As the name indicates, it's inspired by origami and is foldable and...
HOLISTIC
APOTHECARY
INCENSE
PACKAGING
HIBA
JAPANESE
WELL-BEING
ESSENTIAL OILS
Golda by Studio Cue LA
You might not be as familiar with hiba as you are with Japan's more well-known native offering, the hinoki cypress, but its unique benefits are aplenty. The essential oil extracted from rare hiba wood, which can take 300 years to mature, is said...
ART
NSFW
SEXUALITY
PAINTINGS
SUPERCHIEF GALLERY
ILLUSTRATIONS
EROTICA
BROOKLYN
Xavier Schipani: What is I to You?
Xavier Schipani, an artist who currently calls Austin, Texas home, will be returning to his native East Coast for a solo exhibition at Superchief Gallery's Brooklyn location. Though Schipani's older work can mostly be found in black and white...
ART BASEL
BMW ART JOURNEY
SOUND ART
EMERGING ARTISTS
ART BASEL 2015
BELLS
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
FIELD RECORDINGS
INTERVIEWS
CREATIVE PROCESS
CONTEMPORARY ART
Interview: Samson Young
The only bells I hear on a regular basis are of the synthetic (and semi-annoying) kind: the preset "Chimes" and "Bell Tower" iPhone alarms signaling that morning has come. Not so easy to snooze or block out, however, are physical bells. With each strike...
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