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Crown Jewels
Rising Dutch designer Lex Pott explores real value versus nominal value with these Crown Jewel rings. Each is constructed from a coin reduced to its outside diameter, forever altering its original form and worth.
DESIGN
The 10th Anniversary of Kartell's Bourgie Lamp
Kartell is taking the 10th anniversary of its famed Bourgie Lamp, the classical baroque silhouette preserved ironically in plastic designed by Ferruccio Laviani, quite seriously. Earlier this year, the Italian brand tapped 14 international design...
CULTURE
The Thing Quarterly: Issue 22
John Baldessari, the prolific visual artist and living legend hailing from southern California, has left nary a medium untouched—painting, photography, printmaking, video, sculpture, installation and more—in his quest to find beauty, drama and art...
DESIGN
Kartell Goes Bourgie
Bourgie is certainly one of the most recognizable lamps of the last decade—as well as one of the best sellers for famed Italian brand, Kartell. Designed by Ferruccio Laviani, its baroque allure masterfully meets the simplicity of a pure outline...
DESIGN
Inspired by Alchemy
by Stefano Caggiano Design is all about making things more than they are initially—more efficient, more beautiful, more meaningful. In their work in improving reality, designers take care of all dimensions, from the functional, material ones to...
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Time
Exploring the mind-bending question, "What does contemporary actually mean?" The MIT Press book, "Time," explores how we measure minutes. If clock time is but a construct of capitalist structure, how else can we examine this abstract concept? Essays...
CULTURE
Interview: Adam Broomberg
Photography isn't a practice that's conducive to duos; in fact, from a more general perspective, most contemporary visual artists are solitary figures. Thus, the story of duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin is a slightly peculiar yet significant...
LISTEN_UP
Elvis Costello and the Roots: Wise Up Ghost
Published every Sunday, ListenUp takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted about that week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's surprising personal interests—#PrivateJam exposes their musical guilty pleasure.
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C-Brand: Wired For Games
The Guardian gave readers a chance to hear what is likely a future classic with a Soundcloud preview of the newly released album Wise Up Ghost from Elvis Costello and the Roots. The legendary English singer's croaky voice has been superbly paired with...
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Pusha T: Nosetalgia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
While in London this week, we caught up with NTS radio host and DJ MarshMeLLo, who put us onto the obscure 1982 soul song "Wired For Games" from Detroit group C-Brand. An ideal Thursday groove, the track has all the makings for winding down the work...
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Kwes: 36
Originally catching our eye in '09 when he teamed up with Micachu for an outstanding mixtape (shortly before our video with the experimental artist), young British musician Kwes has been quietly carving out a name for himself with his beautifully soothing...
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SBTRKT: IMO
The typically reserved musician Aaron Jerome—better known as UK producer SBTRKT—bared a bit of himself this week with the surprise Twitter revealing of "IMO." The unmixed and unmastered song is from new album recordings, and was posted in memory of...
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SBTRKT: IMO The typically reserved musician Aaron Jerome—better known as UK producer SBTRKT—bared a bit of himself this week with the surprise Twitter revealing of "IMO." The unmixed and unmastered song is from new album recordings, and was posted...
DESIGN
The Thing Quarterly: Issue 20
San Francisco-based conceptual publication The Thing Quarterly commissions artists, writers and other creative types to create a useful everyday object that incorporates text, sending epistolary shower curtains, onion cutting boards and more to subscribers...
DESIGN
Pillow by Snarkitecture
Founded by architect Alex Mustonen and contemporary artist Daniel Arsham, design firm Snarkitecture has a history of making work from the unexpected. Their latest product, a resting dock for your iPhone aptly dubbed Pillow, continues along this tradition...
DESIGN
Vanity Faith: Preachin' Ain't Easy
by Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi The move to marry modernity with sacred symbols is gaining momentum in both religious and design circles. This démarche has been a welcomed challenge for design collective Greece Is For Lovers (GIFL), as it calls for interpreting...
DESIGN
"Design Feeling" and Neo-Transitional Objects
by Stefano Caggiano Everyday objects shape our lives into cognitive patterns. Often, however, these objects are ill-designed. Design thinking is then called in to untangle the not-always-coherent running of our object-related routines. However important...
CULTURE
Tender Lotto by Seth Kinmont
Part of the New Museum's 2013 Ideas City Festival, Seth Kinmont’s new project, Tender Lotto, explores the concept of value and the creation of it. Rather than just a sculpture to be viewed, Tender Lotto is an artwork to be experienced and involved...
STYLE
Craig Green
Having graduated from Central St Martins School with his MA in February 2012, Craig Green is relatively new to the fashion design scene, but his already definite style has captured the attention of critics—as well as ours when we discovered his...
ART
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Echoes of Voices in the High Towers
The first comprehensive look at the brilliant British artist Robert Montgomery, this three-part publication features his profoundly poignant works in a format you could also hang on your wall.
CULTURE
The Humping Pact
Artistic works addressing the relationship between the human body and its environment are not a new concept. The Berlin-based duo behind "The Humping Pact" fit into this tradition while establishing new methods to distinguish itself from past attempts...
DESIGN
Commemoration
Commemoration, a range of poetic capsules designed by recent Kingston University grad Greg Smith, preserves nostalgia in a tangible realm. Smith's elegantly crafted airtight vessels "preserve traces of personal scents to trigger memories" after...
CULTURE
Flat425
Merging his love for skateboarding, music, art and mayhem, Chad Muska has opened a conceptual art and studio space next to his store, Factory 413 on Fairfax. Flat425 reveals Muska's prolific output as part of "Deconstructionism," a constantly evolving...
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Presence: The Invisible Portrait
Over the past two decades, Canadian photographer Chris Buck has made his mark by putting famous people in vaguely incongruous situations and snapping at just the right moment. His creative take on portraiture not only exposes an alternative side...
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