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NARA SHIN

Nara Shin

TRAVEL
CROATIA
ADRIATIC SEA
CENTRAL EUROPE
MUSIC FESTIVALS
ISLANDS
EUROPE
WELLNESS
WELLBEING
MUSIC
FESTIVALS
OBONJAN
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...
MENSWEAR
BASICS
APPAREL
T-SHIRTS
TEES
TROUSERS
SHIRTS
DENIM
TUNICS
JEANS
THE VACCINES
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...
DESIGN FAIRS
COLLECTIVE DESIGN FAIR
BROOKLYN
DESIGN
CWANDT
DESIGN STUDIOS
MINI
ADO
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...
NYCXDESIGN
JAPANESE DESIGN
BRASS
NYC
HARDWARE
FUTAGAMI
INTERIOR DESIGN
LIFESTYLE
MADE IN JAPAN
CRAFTSMANSHIP
HOME
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...
NEW MUSIC
BRODKA
PREMIERES
PLAY IT AGAIN SAM
POLISH
ALT POP
MUSIC VIDEOS
MUSIC
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...
PARALYMPICS
WHEELCHAIRS
BMW
2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES
WHEELCHAIR RACING
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...
CREATIVES
INTERVIEWS
WETRANSFER
CREATIVE PROCESS
ARTISTS
ILLUSTRATORS
FILE TRANSFER
TECH
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...
JEANS
DENIM
GIRBAUD
VINTAGE JEANS
80S FASHION
VINTAGE
HIGH WAISTED
CASUAL
APPAREL
BOYFRIEND JEANS
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 pioneered techniques like stone-washing as well as the much more sustainable WATTWASH...
PREMIERES
NEW MUSIC
NICK MONACO
SOUL CLAP
REMIXES
CREW LOVE
DANCE
HOUSE
HOUSE MUSIC
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...
BOOKS
BRUTALISM
ARCHITECTURE
BRUTALIST
PHOTOGRAPHY
BUILDINGS
PHOTO BOOKS
PHAIDON
MARCEL BREUER
ZAHA HADID
PAUL RUDOLPH
LOUIS KAHN
EERO SAARINEN
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...
HUDSON
TRAVEL
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
HOTEL REVIEWS
NEW YORK
UPSTATE NEW YORK
ACCOMODATIONS
WEEKEND TRIPS
LODGING
INTERIOR DESIGN
HUDSON VALLEY
WORKSTEAD
Rivertown Lodge, Hudson
Opened last October in Hudson, New York, Rivertown Lodge doesn't look like much when you pull up (or walk the 20 minutes from the Amtrak train station). Formerly a 1920s movie theater later converted into a motel in 1958, the new 27-room hotel on Warren...
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTO BOOKS
ART BOOKS
BOOKS
KICKSTARTER
INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY
ICP
PORTRAITS
PORTRAITURE
SELFIES
MOSSLESS
MAGAZINES
PUBLICATIONS
WENDY RED STAR
SABRINA JUNG
LISA LINDVAY
Public / Private / Portrait
Mossless was founded in 2009 by Romke Hoogwaerts as a digital platform for interviewing a different photographer every two days. It made the transition into the physical world in the form of artist-made publications, and their fourth issue—a thematic...
QUILTS
CUSTOM
SCIENCE
MOLECULES
PI
PERIODIC TABLE
SCIENCE GIFTS
BLANKETS
HOME DECOR
MADE IN USA
BEDDING
Unique Science-Themed Quilts by PaleGray Labs
When an animated film creator and science author join forces with a monster-sized robot quilting machine experimental embroidery emerges upon their blankets. Nina Paley (writer and director of "Sita Sings the Blues") and Pop Sci columnist Theodore...
BIKE LOCKS
CYCLING
BIKE ACCESSORIES
SECURITY
LOCKS
KICKSTARTER
BICYCLES
BIKE PROTECTION
TITANIUM
FOLDING BIKE LOCK
PORTABLE
MADE IN USA
Altor's Foldable, Titanium Bike Lock
Manufactured out of Bethlehem, PA is a new alternative to the heavy steel U-locks that cyclists carry around grudgingly. Users seeking convenience in most cases have to sacrifice security, but Altor's folding bike lock hopes to appeal to both...
MUSIC FESTIVALS
INTERVIEWS
ARCOSANTI
ARCHITECTURE
ELECTRONIC MUSIC
EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC
ART INSTALLATIONS
EVENTS
PAOLO SOLERI
ARIZONA
DESERT
PERFORMANCES
NEUEHOUSE
HUNDRED WATERS
Interview: Zach Tetreault of FORM Arcosanti
These days, dusty dirt roads lead you to plenty of music festivals but there's something about FORM Arcosanti that strikes you dumb with wonder. First, it's the bewitching architecture of the desert town where it takes place. An hour north of Phoneix...
CHESS
DOCUMENTARIES
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
TRIBECA 2016
FILMMAKERS
MAGNUS CARLSEN
INTERVIEWS
DIRECTORS
FILMS
CREATIVE PROCESS
INDEPENDENT FILM
Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Premieres 'Magnus'
For more than a millennia, the game of chess has engaged and seized the greatest minds in the world. The game moves beyond the 16 pieces and the 64-square board, much of it a mental battle taking place within—and picking up many victims along the way...
SUITCASES
CARRY ONS
TRAVEL
TRAVEL BAGS
LEATHER
LEATHER SUITCASES
LUXURY
BUSINESS TRAVEL
LEATHER ACCESSORIES
LEATHER BAGS
BAGS
The Parker Leather Rolling Suitcase
Selling for $1,595 (the brand's priciest travel bag offering yet), Moore + Giles' first-ever carry-on suitcase is an investment piece geared toward uncompromising travelers and commuters (for smaller budgets, we'd recommend the new Raden smart...
MUSIC
VINYL
RECORD STORE DAY
RECORDS
THE LOT RADIO
TRACKS
MR FINGERS
DANCE MUSIC
RECORD STORE DAY 2016
Record Store Day 2016: DJ Lloyd's Deep Cuts
In case you've forgotten, Record Store Day is tomorrow. Regardless of whether the hundreds of "exclusive new releases and reissues" were worth pressing to vinyl, the event celebrates the long-loved medium and rekindles the flame with albums old...
NYC DINING
TASTING MENUS
LAOS
LAOTIAN
SOUTH ASIAN CUISINE
RESTAURANTS
FOOD
DINING
Khe-Yo Celebrates Lao New Year
NYC restaurant Khe-Yo has been serving Laotian-inspired cuisine in TriBeCa for almost three years now, led by Chef Soulayphet Schwader, or "Phet"—whose family escaped war-torn Laos when he was three, eventually relocating to Wichita, Kansas. This...
NEW MUSIC
ELECTRONIC MUSIC
ORCHESTRA
THE VINYL FACTORY
CLASSICAL MUSIC
COLLABORATIONS
PREMIERE
MUSIC
Premiere: "Shikoku" by Kate Simko + London Electronic Orchestra
Producers love a good, lush swell of strings—but in electronic and even pop music, they're for the most part software simulations. Chicago-raised, now London-based composer Kate Simko has a miniature orchestra available at hand (two violinists...
NOTTING HILL
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
LONDON
HOTELS
ACCOMODATIONS
TRAVEL
BRITISH DESIGN
PINCH
NOCTURNE WORKSHOP
HOTEL REVIEWS
The Laslett, London
On the hushed street of Pembridge Gardens, lined with pristine Victorian townhouses, one would hardly have any idea that five of these Notting Hill residences—which date from the mid 1800s and Grade 2 listed—actually conceal a hotel. The exterior of...
DAVID BOWIE
PHOTOGRAPHY
PORTRAITS
INTERVIEWS
PHOTO BOOKS
ART BOOKS
STEVE SCHAPIRO
VINTAGE
ARCHIVES
Interview: Photographer Steve Schapiro
Martin Luther King Jr and the Selma march, Marlon Brando on set in "The Godfather" (and more than 200 films and 100 movie posters), Robert F Kennedy on the presidential campaign trail, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol, Nico, Barbra Streisand...
HAMMOCKS
FAIR TRADE
INDIGENOUS
HERITAGE
ARTISANSHIP
CRAFTSMANSHIP
SOCIAL BUSINESSES
BRAZILIAN
YAWALAPITI
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
XINGU
Buriti and Cotton Hammocks
Brooklyn-based Incausa continues to work relentlessly on their mission to financially support, empower and preserve indigenous tribes in Brazil via unique social business endeavors. They are now working with the Yawalapiti for the first time, after...
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016
SELETTI
TABLEWARE
DIESEL LIVING
DINNERWARE
PLATES
HOMEWARES
HOME ACCESSORIES
SERVING
CUTLERY
SPACE
PLANETS
ASTRONAUTS
MOON
Diesel Living + Seletti Love Space and Machines
Diesel Living's continuous collaboration with fellow Italians, design company Seletti, have resulted in fun (with undercurrents of dark and industrial) tableware that sparks wonder in the everyday ritual of eating. "Cosmic Diner" saw salt and pepper...
COCKTAILS
BARS
LONDON HILTON
MICHELIN
PARK LANE
HYDE PARK
LONDON
ASIAN COCKTAILS
JAPANESE COCKTAILS
KOREAN COCKTAILS
Galvin at Windows, London
The 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane sports more than a stunning, unobstructed view of Hyde Park and the city. Galvin at Windows bar makes unique cocktails worth peeling your eyes away from the panorama. Bar manager Boris Ivan cites Japanese...
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