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1. A New Origin Story for Dogs When, where and how wolves were domesticated and eventually became dogs has always been disagreed upon by scientists. Now, new research suggests our best pals have a different origin story than once thought. Archaeologist...
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London Design Festival 2016: "Forest" Installations
In bustling London, there aren't many places to hide away peacefully, but thanks to a collaboration between Asif Khan and MINI there are now three. The MINI LIVING Forests are located in Shoreditch, as part of London Design Festival, and provide...
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Three Glenfiddich Cocktails from London's Michelin-Starred Dabbous
With the current craft cocktail boom, it's no longer unacceptable to take an age statement single malt Scotch and shake it up with carefully considered ingredients. On a recent trip to London, we stopped over at the Michelin-starred Dabbous for...
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Interview: Tom Dixon at his New NYC Store
Following the success of Tom Dixon's first NYC showroom last year, the brand has moved to a bigger and better space right next to the newly opened boutique hotel 11 Howard St. In classic Dixon style it features both grand and simple gestures, and...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Hubble's Beautiful Close-Up Image of the Crab Nebula In yet another image and discovery that are difficult to comprehend fully, NASA has delved into the core of Taurus' Crab Nebula—via the Hubble Telescope—and released an up-close image that...
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Eating Europe Food Tours
When you're in a new city for one night, randomly picking a restaurant from the lists friends have emailed (or what Yelp or Instagram might suggest) has the potential to be a bust. But also, there's no interaction with the city and its people...
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Blubel: A Bicycle Bell That Navigates
The charming chime of a bike bell has long provided one use: to alert those around that a cyclist is coming. Blubel, funding on Kickstart now, offers far more. Through LED gestures on the bell's facade, it actually guides bike riders utilizing...
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Troubadour Weekender Bag
Troubadour isn't the first brand to dedicate years toward perfecting the travel bag (in this case: day bags, rucksacks, weekenders and briefcases). The London-based brand, however, does tap into something distinct. From high-quality Italian leather...
DESIGN
Highlights from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016
The Clerkenwell area in London claims to be home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. Whether that’s correct or not, it's reason enough to host an annual festival to celebrate the creative talent...
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Otis Lamp
East London’s Nocturne Workshop builds one-of-a-kind lighting solutions from responsibly sourced materials. Our favorite from their four-piece lineup (each named after a different musician) is the Otis Lamp: a subtly divergent tabletop piece fashioned...
DESIGN
Pick Me Up Festival London, 2016: Charming Sculptures
One of the things that makes London-based graphic design festival Pick Me Up such a fun event to visit is that it really gives visitors direct access to the pulse of the current UK design scene. The festival is currently in its seventh year, and this...
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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...
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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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London Calls This 2016
While CH usually keeps an eye out for hole-in-the-wall places and events when traveling, it's oftentimes just as invigorating (even cathartic) to let your inner fanboy/girl out in unfamiliar places. There's perhaps no better city to do this than London...
DESIGN
Conran Shop Launches New Music Selection
The Conran Shop's selection of desirable furniture (including their own in-house brand, which finds inspiration in the spirit of Brazil this season) down to unique, easy-on-the-wallet kitchenware will have you furiously drafting dream home Pinterest...
CULTURE
Kalliopi Lemos: In Balance at Gazelli Art House
On a video screen in a gallery in London’s upmarket Mayfair area, a woman trapped in a spheric metal cage rolls across a floor, fruitlessly attempting to break out. It's one image of many in Kalliopi Lemos’ latest exhibition, "In Balance," looking...
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Sindiso Khumalo Launches Children's Collection
Textile designer Sindiso Khumalo’s bright and bold prints and simple monochrome patterns piqued CH's interest some time ago, and in 2015 we met the South African designer at Design Indaba and later got a tour of her London studio. Now, the designer...
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Ham Yard Hotel, London
Something's in the air as soon as you arrive at London's Ham Yard Hotel. It's perhaps the immediate juxtaposition of calm after the walk through Piccadilly Circus, a block away. Situated in a private-like courtyard (where pedestrians can also take...
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Studio Visit: Artist Anna Lomax
Right by the verdant Regent’s Canal in east London lies a courtyard surrounded by old warehouses that are now home to some of the most exciting up-and-coming designers in the British capital. One of these is Anna Lomax, an artist and set designer who...
CULTURE
Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street
It’s been 500 years since Thomas More wrote his seminal text Utopia, and at London culture center Somerset House, the anniversary is being celebrated by bringing together a selection of interesting artists, provocateurs, designers and thinkers...
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