In 2009, Holstee's founders quit their jobs with no plan, no future in mind, no expectations. They were filled with intense, raw feelings of freedom and inspiration and decided to write down their most powerful thoughts on the steps of Union Square. This poster is the result--hang anywhere you want to feel inspired.
Full of photography by Jonathan Leder and words by Jacq Frances (all under the art direction of Amy Hood), Bang! Volume 1 is a darkly cinematic NSFW zine. Exploring beauty, sexuality and "the fantasy of the female at its climax," the publication is retro-tinged and has a seemingly lo-fi charm, but it's thoroughly thought-out and entirely engaging.
Closca won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award this year with its Fuga helmet. Not only is the Fuga safety-certified in Europe, Canada and the States, the helmet is super-convenient. The thin-shell design folds down—reducing its own space by 50%—meaning it can easily be stored in a backpack or tote bag without becoming cumbersome. Now there are really no excuses to leave the helmet at home.
The hand-sculpted Logitech MX Master wireless mouse was made with ergonomic comfort in mind. Its shape was meticulously moulded for comfort, while the laser sensor makes it usable on even the glossiest surfaces, and in just four minutes it can be charged for a full day's use. This gadget truly blends comfort with functionality.
Brooklyn-based Aelfie Oudghiri offers up plenty of playful designs through her cushions and rugs, but our favorite is this 16"x16" "Cool Bananas" pillow. The three sunglasses-wearing bananas hand-embroidered on the pale blue fabric bring a dash of color, humor and fun to any room.
Brooklyn-based Upstate makes tie-dye utterly covetable and sophisticated with their new summer collection. Mixing shibori hand-dye techniques with marbling and digital printing, the made-in-USA brand offers kaleidoscopic sarongs, culottes and dip-dyed sweatshirts. Their vibrant Mandarin-collared Maria silk button down dress will be turning heads at any rooftop barbecue this season—and no two will look exactly the same.
In complete contrast to the cheap, mass-produced plastic speakers that clutter the aisles at convenience stores are the unique crafted pieces by Salvage Audio. Each of their Bluetooth speakers are handmade in California from reclaimed wood that has a story: whether it used to be a family's redwood fence or secondhand pine shipping boxes. Even when the music stops, the speakers are just beautiful works of design to rest your eyes on.
From Georgia Perry's newest collection of enamel pins comes the Larry David. Perfectly capturing David's trademark furrowed brow and unimpressed expression, Perry's pin is 30mm by 30mm and packaged in a protective bio-degradable cello sleeve—ready to be placed on your favorite bag or lapel to show the world just how awkward everything is.
As it's made from 100% French flax linen, bedding from Australia's Scottie Store is not only ultra-comfortable, but far more breathable than other sheets due to its loose weave. Available in Queen or King, these chambray and stone-colored sheets will appeal to denim lovers and enthusiasts of subtle but interesting design.
One of the best loved and commonly used emoji—the smiley poop—has been made into a bottle opener by designers Eric Ho and Kostika Spaho and the team at 3D printing service and marketplace, Shapeways. Available in a rainbow of colors as well as a range metallics, our pick is the perfectly ironic brushed gold.
Swimwear brand Onia is gradually dipping its toes into everyday apparel—and their Shaw Technical Jacket checks all the boxes. Made from the same high-performing fabric as their swim shorts, the cotton-nylon jacket is lined with sturdy but soft mesh, has an abundance of pockets, and is super packable.
Unlined and made from natural leathers, this minimalist lavender backpack boasts brass hardware and a zippered internal pocket. With adjustable straps, this bag (also available in nude or pale blue) is both functional and femme.
From the independent Melbourne-based designer's SOAK collection is this sweet "ear jacket," a delicate attachment that can be added to any stud-style earring. Essentially acting as a back for a stud, this three-pronged treat is adorned with starbursts.
NYC-based artist and designer John Derian, best known for his nature and vintage-inspired découpage pieces, has collaborated with Parisian ceramics brand Astier de Villatte for a match made in heaven, as they both draw inspiration from "things forgotten." One of the highlights among the handmade collection of candles, vases, tableware and more is this beautifully glazed terracotta apple plate. Revisit our interview with Derian in our CH Video archive.
Brooklyn artist collective EXOvault has become known for their steampunk iPhone cases, as they're not afraid to play with aluminum, brass or titanium. Now they've launched their first eyewear design, which they manufacture themselves. A closer look at the frame shows the grooves of the machining marks—evidence of the process involving around 500,000 individual cuts into a solid block of metal. Both unique and understated, the Kingsland frame comes in various metallic shades, but we fell in love with the gold.
Following his enthralling 2014 TED Talk, Marc Kushner of Architizer has crafted the latest addition to the TED Books library. To explore how media influences architecture around the world Kushner focuses on 100 high-concept structures, ranging from an inflatable concert hall to a smog-eating hospital. Ultimately the 176-page hardcover shows how an informed society has joined the conversation concerning how buildings can best serve the social and ecological environments that surround them.
Inspired by her childhood surrounded by stunning and rare artworks and objects, Turkish designer Begüm Kiroglu's affinity with the Ottoman style and all things Istanbul is echoed in these cufflinks. The opulent accessories boast plenty of sapphires, are handmade in Istanbul and will no doubt be a conversation-starter at any event.