MADE IN MEXICO
The Palm Project's Natural Bags and Baskets
Mexico City-based designer and CENTRO university professor Moisés Hernández has been dedicated to forwarding design in his native country. His curatorial shop Diario is stocked with unique products made in Mexico (like this two-toned bright blue...
Bluesmart's New Smart Suitcase, the Black Edition
Indiegogo success story Bluesmart has updated their debut smart carry-on suitcase (with built-in battery, GPS tracking, Bluetooth-enabled remote locking, etc) with a new Black Edition. The double PU layered polycarbonate case—even more scratch...
Nikon's D500 Satiates the Need for Speed
Nikon released the D5 and D500 last month to great fanfare—and the latter especially appeals to photography lovers whose professions don't warrant paying $6500 for the new flagship DSLR. The D500 is a true replacement camera for the D300 series (which...
Artist Alexa Meade at FORM Arcosanti
The words "live painting" invoke a couple of different images for me: a graffiti artist in the middle of the night, or even Bob Ross talking to the camera and patiently explaining a new technique. Alexa Meade, however, has made the term entirely...
MADE TO ORDER
MADE IN SPAIN
DIRECT TO CONSUMER
Made in Spain, Qüero Shoes Land in NYC
Customized products do not have to equate with heart attack-inducing prices anymore. In the world of shoes, companies like Atlanta-based start-up Cobbler Union and Quoddy (who hand-sew moccasins and loafers in Maine) are making bespoke available...
WiFi Whisperer at Moogfest 2016
Our first run-in with Kyle McDonald was his talk at INS-INT 2014 in Minneapolis. (The Eyeo team really loves him and he's spoken at quite of a few of their conferences). But really, we should be checking in on him at least twice a year to see what...
Craft Coffee promises grocery store prices; Blue Bottle at Home (which actually acquired fave subscription service Tonx in 2014) can deliver freshly roasted beans to your door within 48 hours; Angel's Cup adds an educational factor by encouraging...
MADE IN AMERICA
MADE IN USA
Chrome Industries' New Denim Apparel
Though largely known for their heavy duty, guaranteed-for-life messenger bags, Chrome Industries has been gently dipping a toe into urbanwear for the past two years. Wanting to break out of the cycling mold the right way, the SF-based brand launches...
Interview: Photographer Michael Muller
LA-based photographer Michael Muller has captured celebrities (including Rihanna for her album cover Unapologetic) to mutants and superheroes (the movie posters for "X-Men Apocalypse" and "Captain America: Civil War" to name a few), but the most fascinating...
MADE IN TUNISIA
Funded via KissKissBankBank (France's version of Kickstarter) last year, Paris-and-London-based Dessù offers a new perspective on lingerie. (The name comes from the phonetically similar dessous, one of the many French words for underwear.) The...
Finding Respite at FORM Arcosanti 2016
"Has everybody been having an insanely relaxing time?" electronic musician and hypeman-for-Saturday-night Dan Deacon asks the crowd, adding how almost "creepily" relaxing it's been here at Arcosanti, Arizona before immediately shifting the mood into...
Interview: Norwegian Designer Runa Klock
A Few Good Things: New Designs From Norway," an exhibition at WantedDesign showcasing intriguing functional products by 10 Norwegian designers. There's a shared theme of quality over quantity (with a great emphasis on sustainability) overall but...
Premiere: "Kololi Under the Moon" by Populous
Florence, Italy-based label Voodoo Rebel proposed an interesting challenge to 11 producers around the world. During trips to Senegal and Gambia, label founder Leonard P walked around holding his panoramic mic and smartphone to take field recordings...
MADE IN USA
MADE IN CHICAGO
Flipbin Brings Your Favorite Vinyl Records to the Front
There is a myriad of record storage and organizing designs out there but the recently launched flipbin—currently funding on Kickstarter—grabbed our attention. Manufactured in Chicago, the aluminum storage unit is angled (supported by another...
NYC DESIGN WEEK
"Growth" at Design Pavilion, Astor Place Plaza
During the hubbub of NYCxDesign, it's delightful to unexpectedly walk into a public exhibition in a convenient outdoor location. It's even more fun when it concerns something as accessible (in price and concept) as planters and vases. Under the...
Obonjan Opens with Music, Wellness, Art and More This July
Fun fact: if you're based in London, Croatia is only two and half hours away by plane (same amount of time as London to Paris by Eurostar). Now, creating even more reason to visit the Eastern European country is Obonjan: a private island experience...
Basic Rights' Menswear Essentials
Basics are that category of clothing oftentimes best described as "wear a few times, then use as pajamas." The search for non-branded, tailored basics that don't cost more than they should, are elegant enough to wear to dinner, and last a long...
COLLECTIVE DESIGN FAIR
Jamming Particles into Textured Bowls at the 2016 Collective Design Fair
Founded by architect Steven Learner, Collective Design Fair is now in its fourth iteration. Between the 31 big name exhibitors from around the world (like Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery), new installations from Nendo and The Principals, an exhibition...
MADE IN JAPAN
Futagami's Elegant Brass Hardware Comes to NYC
We've had our eye on NYC lifestyle boutique Nalata Nalata (located off the 2nd Avenue F stop) for some time. A glimpse at their stocked wares reveals the storytelling mission of co-founders Stevenson Aung and Angélique Chmielewski (Nalata Nalata is...
PLAY IT AGAIN SAM
Premiere: "Santa Muerte" by Brodka
Poland saw Monika Brodka (from the mountain village of Zywiec) rise to fame as the winner of 2004's Polish Pop idol. No longer a teenager, the alt-pop singer-songwriter—under the name Brodka—will release her first English language album Clashes...
2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES
Team USA's New Racing Wheelchair
California's BMW DesignWorks studio has designed an all-new aerodynamically efficient set of wheels, slated for release this September. It's not the 750i sedan but a faster, better, stronger racing wheelchair for Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic...
Interview: Rob Alderson
Helmed by kid programmer turned teen blogger turned entrepreneur Nalden, WeTransfer offers quick, effortless file-transfer service—no sign-in or account required. The minimalist interface has users coming back, but it's the start-up's unique use of...
Closed Revives Its '80s Denim Archives
Closed was originally founded by Marithé and François Girbaud (denim pioneers who have their own Urban Dictionary entry) in the '70s. The French designer duo innovated techniques like stone-washing as well as the much more sustainable WATTWASH...
Premiere: Soul Clap Remixes Nick Monaco's "Physical Therapy"
Nick Monaco likes to bare it all, but it's been a journey. His first EP was titled Naked is My Nature, and now he's set to release his full-length Half Naked on 10 June, on Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb's new-ish collaborative label Crew Love (the...
This Brutal World
How do crude and unsympathetic concrete structures appeal to human hearts around the globe? Graphic designer Peter Chadwick (founder of London-based studio A Popular Space) attempts to explain his fervent love for Brutalism not through too many words...