In an innovative approach to consuming with minimal waste, Harvard Professor David Edwards and his team have developed WikiCells, self-contained, edible packaging for liquids, mousses and emulsions. The membrane that houses the various WikiCells...
Triumph Speed Twin Concept
For their final year project while studying transport design at Northumbria University in Newcastle, budding English designers Roy Norton and Tom Kasher wanted to create a bike that would borrow from the past while looking to the future. The result...
When it came time for a concept to drive new design consortium Broached Commissions, rather than turn to exotic, far-flung influences, the firm looked to much more provincial sources—literally their backyard. Founded by Creative Director...
Aeroshot Pure Energy
In an age when medical marvels such as inhalable vaccines are becoming more widely available, it's only logical that this convenient medium converges with the global energy drink boom. While increasingly smaller forms span shot-like bottles...
A standout in Beijing's underground rock scene (learn more about it from our story on five other bands) returns to the U.S. this month for a few shows in NYC before swinging through the South. Hedgehog, formed in 2005, is one of the most notorious...
Phoenix International Media Center
Hand in hand with China's overall rapid growth and explosive urbanization, recent years have seen a wave of high-design architecture. The Office for Metropolitan Architecture's spectacular CCTV tower, opened in 2008 to house the nation's central...
Critter and Guitari Pocket Pianos
Critter and Guitari, the same experimental audiophiles that came up with a Kaleidescope-inspired music device, recently added a new creation to their line-up of avant-tools. Ultra-portable, simple and versatile, don't let the clean lines of the Pocket...
Working out of an East Village apartment, Curie Choi and Beverly Liang meticulously craft their collection of "man enhancing" ties under the label C. Chauchat. The name, borrowed from German novel "The Magic Mountain" and its otherworldly temptress...
Cracks of Dawn
Seattle gallery Ambach and Rice takes its gallery on the road, presenting "Cracks of Dawn" at art space Kunsthalle L.A. in Los Angeles' Chinatown. The exhibition features new drawings and sculptures by California artist Eric Yahnker, who "outwardly...
For backcountry trailblazers, Recon Instruments' new Transcend goggles introduce advanced technology for carving your own path while providing essential protection from sun and snow. The GPS-enabled goggles "require minimal interaction" yet boast...
CH Edition: Good Fight Herb Co.
On a farm bordering the Hudson River, just north of Woodstock, NY in the quaint historic area of Germantown, herbalist Lauren Giambrone creates unique ointments and tinctures for a variety of ailments using freshly picked herbs from her garden and...
Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman pores over thousands of Google Maps Streetview images, amassing the most intriguing assortment of real life literally captured on the road. Publishing a book in 2009, Rafman continues to explore how—like an...
Five Chair & Ten Tables
Roy McMakin's furniture designs aren't the first to take on conventional assumptions about the distinctions between art and objects. As a trained architect, it's not surprising that the interdisciplinary artist's skillful manipulation of details...
Montante Maserati 8CTF
In celebration of their famous 1940 win at the Indianapolis 500 known as the "Boyle Special," Maserati teamed up with cult Italian bike builder Cicli Montante to create a limited-edition bicycle resembling the victorious fixed head, eight-cylinder...
Sierra Nevada x Anchor Steam
While brand collaborations range from unholy to made-in-heaven, it's rare to see two direct competitors join forces with pitch-perfect results like Fritz and Ken's Ale. The upshot of an alliance between two of Northern California's most respected...
Undercover Spring/Summer 2011: Underman
Jun Takahashi's subtly clever line Undercover (along with his collaborations) rarely disappoints. From looks that satisfy my current preference for monotone dressing, like a khaki barn jacket paired with khakis, to striped backpacks, his Spring...
After visiting friends in both New York and San Francisco, furniture maker Chris Brigham realized that there was very little effort going toward proper bike management and maintenance coast to coast. The resulting Bike Shelf by the one-man design team...
Monocle Mediterraneo Newspaper
An antidote to disco-worthy iPads and nerdy eReaders unfit for the beach, Monocle's recently published "Mediterraneo" newspaper, like their magazine, goes against the publishing grain for a glare-free summer read. The 64-page extension of the acclaimed...
Odeur Spring/Summer 2010: Light
Founded in 2006 around a conceptual branding approach "seeking to broaden the opinion of what design really means," Odeur uses "a unique scent and its molecular structure as a replacement for the traditional, word-based logotype." The upshot, clothes...
Japanese designer and inveterate snowboarder Taro Tamai has been hand-shaping his eye-catching Gentemstick boards for over a decade. An answer to the homogenization of board shapes that happened as snowboarding gained mainstream appeal, Tamai's goal...
Outlier Pivot Shirt
Finding the perfect white button-down can prove as trying as the ladies' quest for the all-purpose little black dress. Fortunately, cycling clothier Outlier decided to "experiment in form," resulting in the pivot shirt—an elegant...
Byrd and Belle Laptop Sleeve
Using high quality felted wool and hand dyed leather, Byrd and Belle recently released a smart looking laptop sleeve perfect for the Fall weather. The 1/8" thick Merino wool sleeve closes using a sturdy graphite snap to snugly fit your laptop...
Outlier Workwear Pants
Informally dubbed as the anti-jean, I've worn my Outlier Workwear Pants for four days straight, and tomorrow makes five. A simple, stripped-down pair that prioritizes functionality, it's durable, versatile and always maintains a clean look...
NEW YORK CITY
The Palindrome Series by Peter Marigold
Now on view as a part of "The Harder They Fall" exhibit at Moss Gallery in NYC, artist/designer Peter Marigold created a new series of works cleverly entitled The Palindrome Series. Using wood, acrylic, gypsum composite and fiberglass, Marigold...
During a recent visit to the Shoreditch area of London, I had the chance to drop in on the five-year-old brand Pointer Footwear. Housed in a space with both Edwin and Carhartt, founder Gareth Skewis—a well-connected professional that started...