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Nara Shin

STORES
SCANDINAVIA
CONCEPT STORES
CACTI
CACTUS
COPENHAGEN
PLANT STORES
DENMARK
JAEGERSBORGGADE
Kaktus København, Copenhagen
Blink and you'll miss it: in the hustle and bustle of Jægersborggade street, taking up a single block in the riotous-turned-hip Nørrebro district in Copenhagen, is a tiny new space filled with cacti and succulents. Kaktus København (website currently...
FURNITURE
HOME DECOR
CHAIRS
SOFAS
URBAN LIVING
APARTMENTS
STARTUPS
SELF ASSEMBLY
FURNITURE INDUSTRY
PORTABLE
MADE IN USA
ECOMMERCE
Campaign's Portable Furniture
City residents know that the greatest mental toll of moving isn't always packing up your life into cardboard boxes; it's leaving perfectly good furniture behind—either because it's a hassle or too costly to transport, or it won't survive another...
CANDLES
KOREA
3D PRINTING
TCHOTCHKES
SKULLS
BRAINS
RABBITS
DEER
ANIMALS
KITSCH
Scented Crying Candles by The Jacks
We've seen our fair share of handmade scented candles and thoughtful containers, but it's the ones hiding a devious personality underneath that really go the extra mile. PyroPet's cat and bird forms (which reveal a metallic skeleton inside) are a favorite...
CONCEPT
LIFESTYLE
JAPANESE
NETHERLANDS
LIP BALM
SWEATERS
Amsterdam-based, Japanese-inspired Kiyoko
With their debut product being a quality, 100% natural lip balm ("that softens your lips on a sunny morning after a swim in the lake," the minimalist packaging reads), many (incorrectly) considered the mysterious brand Kiyoko to be a new skincare...
TRAVEL
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY
INTERVIEWS
TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
EXPEDITIONS
NATURE
CREATIVE PROCESS
ADVENTURES
OUTDOORS
Interview: National Geographic Photographer, Stephen Alvarez
Few people know about the power of image-making as well as a National Geographic photographer. While the final photographs published in the glossy pages of the yellow-bordered magazine speak a thousand, powerful words, the people behind the lens are...
COFFEE
PODCASTS
SPECIALTY COFFEE
BARISTAS
COFFEE EDUCATION
COFFEE INDUSTRY
Caffeinated Podcasts with Cat & Cloud
The world of specialty coffee can be more than just a little intimidating—with curiosity getting permanently trampled by someone's exclusive attitude or technical lingo. Armed with the mission of making their craft more democratic and engaging...
BAGS
TRAVEL
BACKPACKS
ORGANIC COTTON
ECO-FRIENDLY
SUSTAINABILITY
TOTE BAGS
UNISEX
QWSTION's Bags for the Urban Traveler
Founded in 2008 in Zurich, QWSTION was the brainchild of five guys with varied international backgrounds—Swiss, Dutch, Austrian, American and French—which explained why they were traveling so much. "The reason for starting the company was the fact...
WINES
VINEYARDS
BIODYNAMIC
FRANCE
FRENCH WINES
LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON
ORGANIC WINE
SUSTAINABLE VINEYARDS
HOTELS
TRAVEL
ORGANIC WINES
Gérard Bertrand's Wine Philosophy
Sandwiched between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the Languedoc-Roussillon region—adored by vacationers for its sunshine and salty breezes—is slowly shedding its reputation for producing abundant amounts of value wine. One producer...
TRAVEL
ALASKA
GLACIERS
SMARTPHONE CAMERAS
MICROSOFT
LUMIA
WINDOWS PHONES
PHONE CAMERAS
MOBILE
PHOTOGRAPHY
TECH
REVIEWS
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Capturing Alaska on a Cellphone
Home to seven out of 10 of the largest national parks in the United States (and the federal government happens to be the largest landowner in the state), Alaska is, without a doubt, one of the most unique places in the country. There's more to The...
DESIGN
HAY
DANISH DESIGN
MOMA
NYC
HAY MINI MARKET
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN
HOMEWARES
HOME DECOR
TCHOTCHKES
AFFORDABLE
POP-UP STORES
HAY Mini Market Makes its US Debut
Design fair regulars are well-acquainted with HAY, which was founded in 2002 to provide quality, contemporary furniture at a democratic price point. Since then, the Danish design company has branched out into smaller products and accessories, collaborating...
NEW AGE
FURNITURE
GEOMETRIC
CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE DESIGN
WOODWORKING
CHAIRS
Only Love is Real
Each piece of furniture in Only Love is Real's debut collection stirs something from within. Whether it's the striking juxtaposition of geometric shapes in The Professor Chair, the inverted pyramid-like table holding black rose marble up to the sky...
BAGS
NEOPRENE
BUCKET BAGS
MELBOURNE
AUSTRALIA
Witu Bags' Cosmos Collection
Makers of neoprene bags and accessories worth wearing, Melbourne-based Witu launches its latest collection Cosmos. Classic favorites like the Habitat bucket bag are introduced in new, earthy colorways, and their tote bag has been hand-screenprinted...
SUNLIGHT
DESIGN
TECH
LIGHTING
NATURAL LIGHT
HOME
INTELLIGENT HOME
SUN LAMP
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
ENERGY SAVER
HELIOSTAT
Distributing Natural Light with Lucy
Norway might be using giant mirrors to bring sunlight into a town sandwiched by mountains, but how can urban apartment owners in dungeon-like situations harness that kind of heliostat technology? Lucy, from San Diego-based Italian start-up...
CREATIVITY
CHEFS
FINE DINING
INTERVIEWS
CANAPES
APPETIZERS
NYC
RESTAURANTS
Shaun Hergatt's Playful Canapés at Juni, NYC
On an unassuming block east of Koreatown, NYC restaurant Juni lives in the ground floor of the quiet Hotel Chandler—a classic boutique hotel that eschews trendiness for efficient service. The restaurant is the baby (seating just 50) of Australian chef...
SNACKS
POPCORN
CHIPS
SRIRACHA
HUY FONG
KOSHER
SPICY
HOT SAUCE
Sriracha Popcorn
Huy Fong Food's original—and unabashedly copied—Sriracha hot chili sauce has forever altered the tastebuds of people all over the world, found on bowls of fried rice and avocado kale salads alike. We've been overjoyed to find out that the cult...
TRAVEL
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
OPENINGS
PARIS
HOTEL REVIEWS
DESIGN HOTELS
EXPERIMENTAL COCKTAIL CLUB
Hotel Bachaumont Opens in Paris
Officially opened just a few weeks ago, the minimalist, retro-style Hotel Bachaumont is a sublime (and much-needed) lodging and dining addition to Paris' hotel-strapped second arrondissement. About a ten minute walk from the Louvre (and a five minute...
MUSIC JOURNALISM
MUSIC
MUSICIANS
STORYTELLING
SLOW JOURNALISM
INTERVIEWS
Yours Truly
Lately, music journalism feels like it's been replaced by a cycle of press release paraphrasing, tracklist postings and lifestyle commentary, with the occasional interview peppered in between. The same background information, recycled adjectives and...
FOOD DRINK
RESTAURANT
FRANCE
GRUISSAN
SOUTHERN FRANCE
SEAFOOD
SUMMER
NATURE
LANGUEDOC
TRAVEL
FLEUR DE SEL
La Cambuse du Saunier in Gruissan, France
Le Salin de l'île Saint-Martin is a special place in the town of Gruissan where even locals indulge in snapping a few photos. Located by the Mediterranean coast, the tremendous salt evaporation ponds (over 400 hectares) host the production of la fleur...
OUTDOORS
CAMPING
SLEEPING BAGS
REI
CAMPING GEAR
REI's evrgrn Crash Sack
At the beginning of this summer, REI debuted their new in-house product line evrgrn. It is aimed at the growing number of people who want to enjoy the spirit of the outdoors, but aren't necessarily seeking out technical gear for an upcoming backcountry...
RESTAURANTS
NYC
FLATIRON
LUNCH
MOZZARELLA
ITALIAN FOOD
ITALIAN RESTAURANTS
BUFFALO MOZZARELLA
Obicà Mozzarella Bar, NYC
Obicà Mozzarella Bar is an under-the-radar Flatiron gem—one block away from Madison Square Park—that should be on the list for those downtown planning their next work lunch. With restaurants around the world (from Tokyo to London and Rome), the...
VINTAGE
LEATHER
LEATHER JACKETS
OUTERWEAR
UPCYCLING
CUSTOM
BIKER JACKETS
DIY
Laurie Lee Custom Leather
As a statement leather jacket that's more personable than something straight off the rack, London-based Laurie Lee's one-of-a-kind pieces are an enticing option. She transforms quality vintage leather jackets found in secondhand stores and paints...
KIMCHI
KOREAN FOOD
KOREAN CUISINE
SPECIALTY FOOD
FERMENTED
KOREAN
LOCAL FOOD
SMALL BATCH
Kimchi Kooks
Kimchi has always been a source of Korean pride—yet the obligatory side dish (and cultural symbol) has made headlines in the past few years as cheaper Chinese imports have taken over restaurants and supermarkets. New Yorkers now can get a taste...
ADVENTURES
HIKING
OUTDOORS
UK
TECHNICAL WEAR
BACKPACKS
BACKPACKING
APPAREL
GEAR
ACTIVEWEAR
SOCIAL BUSINESSES
Bowndling Hiking Apparel and Backpacks
"We believe hiking deserves better clothing," says the all-women team from young, UK-based label Bowndling, which launched November of 2014. The outdoors industry seems reluctant to merge function with fashion for fear of detracting from tech specs...
BOOKS
CHILDRENS BOOKS
SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE
UK
ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
SPEAKERS
MUSIC
The Sonar System
Free of typical children's books motifs, "The Sonar System" is a new illustrated tome that introduces kids to a not-so-typical subject: sound system culture. Set in a fictitious "sonar system" where planets revolve around a "gigantic, pulsating...
RESTAURANTS
DINING
NYC
KOREAN FOOD
KOREAN
EAST VILLAGE
Modern Korean Cuisine at Oiji
While there are many small restaurants crammed into Manhattan's block-long Koreatown on 32nd Street, their menus are pretty similar. Each offers the traditional home-cooked staples that Koreans overseas crave, from doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew...
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