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STYLE
The Directionals
by Camille Hunt Steadily emerging from the shadows of their flashier female counterparts, some of our favorite menswear collections that hit runways last week in New York were an array of impeccably-tailored ensembles, each continuing to probe...
CULTURE
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Peter Varga Concept Bicycles Beginning with a Master's Degree project in 2007, Slovakian designer Peter Varga has continued each year to produce unconventionally intelligent bikes. Highlighted on Selectism, Varga's bikes have won several awards...
STYLE
Obscur
Easily one of the most slept-on labels in its native Sweden, Richard Söderberg's Obscur is arguably one of the most progressive fashion brands coming out of Europe. The label's strength lies in its balance of color, material and cut, inspired...
CULTURE
20
For a man whose enigma dictates that he is rarely seen in person—even at his own shows—Martin Margiela must be one of the most prolific designers so far this year. "20," a new show running throughout the summer at the beautiful Somerset...
DESIGN
Built to Resi(s)t
As backpacks continue to trend as popular accessories this season, the classic brand Eastpak is carving an entirely new path for itself. Its latest collaboration with avant-garde furniture label Quinze & Milan is a collection of rather sporty furniture...
STYLE
Out-There Eyewear
The latest in statement-making shades push form over function with fantastical designs. These five pairs might impair your vision, but you'll be far from invisible. Linda Farrow leads the pack with recent notable collaborations including Jeremy Scott...
STYLE
Lemuria
The mythical land Lemuria is a lost continent whose inhabitants were mentally pure hermaphrodites, ethereal spirits, and able to shape their bodies using only their minds. The knitwear project bearing the same name reflects the spirit of the vanished...
TRAVEL
Masked In Flight
For frequent travelers with no problem looking like they stepped from the set of a "Silence of the Lambs" remake, one of designer Sruli Recht's latest "non products" (as he calls them), reinvents the sleep mask with add-ons like built-in air purifiers...
STYLE
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...
STYLE
Maaike Mekking: Witch-Craft-Wo-Man-Ship
While much of the recent London Fashion Week lacked the edge of past seasons with designers taking the safer route by showing subdued ready-to-wear collections, Dutch-born designer Maaike Mekking seized on high drama (what some might say fashion does...
STYLE
Macha Jewelry
by Richard Prime The two-year-old brand Macha Jewelry marries style, craftsmanship and a sympathetic approach to materials that opts for a rough-hewn look over polish and flash for both men and women. “It’s about...
STYLE
Maison Martin Margiela Book
by Anna Carnick Adding fuel to an already fiery mystique, Maison Martin Margiela lifts just a corner of the veil surrounding the enigmatic fashion icon in the self-titled book published by Rizzoli. Often referred to as the seventh member of the Antwerp...
STYLE
Bernhard Willhelm: Keep It Unreal Collection
Extending his brand of irreverent eclecticism, Bernhard Willhelm's new line introduces his multi-referential fantasy to a sportswear collection called Keep It Unreal. Including leggings and coordinating tops covered in psychedelic radiating lines...
CULTURE
Diego Stocco: Music From a Tree
Using everyday materials or whatever happens to be at hand, sound artist Diego Stocco makes his instruments out of the most unlikely of materials. More recently, the Italian-born sonic craftsman stepped outside to draw on his natural environment to...
STYLE
Face Projects
by Ezra Natalia When they're not listening to bands like Phew, Googoosh, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Las Grecas, fashion designer Solomon Chase and visual artist David Toro are at work on their new avant-jewelry project Face. Starting the project...
CULTURE
Four Newly-Released Chris Marker Films
By Michael Talbott Every self-respecting cinephile has most certainly seen the haunting 1962 "La Jetée," Chris Marker's new-wave meets sci-fi classic of post-apocalyptic Paris time travel, but few outside film students and obsessive...
STYLE
Brain Bag
Known for stretching the fashion limits with his avant garde design for the label Undercover, Jun Takashi recently came out with this Brain Bag. An intricate knit of wool resembling the three-pound jelly structure encapsulated by the skull, it'...
CULTURE
Mounds [Placemats]
Placemats - something kids need to keep from staining the table cloth? Perhaps. But these ones aren't exactly age-appropriate. Introducing avant-garde Brazilian-New Yorker Vik Muniz' special edition placemat set, featuring appetizing photographs...
FOOD-DRINK
Dark Dining
Now fixtures in several major European cities, restaurants where guests eat in complete darkness are a growing trend — Los Angeles' Opaque introduced their weekly blackout meals just last July. Now, for the second year running...
CULTURE
Art Basel: Art Positions, Containers
A short walk from the main happenings at the Miami Beach Convention Center is Art Positions. The show includes 20 young galleries featuring their artists in shipping containers converted into exhibition spaces. The work here is much more experimental...
CULTURE
Tool for Armchair Activists
Troika, the U.K. design firm that brought us the Tool for Armchair Activists. Where the projector displayed the text of an SMS message on a distant surface, the Tool for Armchair Activists will shout it out loud. The rig can be strapped to a lamp...
DESIGN
Sonic Fabric
Sonic Fabric is Brooklyn-based artist Alyce Santoro's venture that weaves textiles from recycled audio cassette tapes recorded with sounds she considers sacred. The fabric emits a melange of sound when swiped with the head from a tape player and...
CULTURE
Michelle Teran
Jonah recently reviewed an incredible performance art piece in Belgium. Life: A User's Manual is a public performance by media artist Michelle Teran where she dresses up like a bag lady and carries an antenna made out of a soup can while pushing...
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