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STYLE
CH Edition: ECOALF Anorak
Every now and then we at CH find ourselves overly intrigued by a certain brand or product—usually one that shares our obsession with aesthetics, pursuit for quality and dedication to innovation. And when the stars align, a collaboration is born...
DESIGN
Skatelamp
by Eva Glettner Portland, Oregon's MapleXO rebirths old skateboards and skateboard scraps by turning them into everything from containers to bottle openers to earrings. Their most exciting object—the recently released Skatelamp—is a MapleXO collaboration...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Dirk Vander Kooij
Less than three years ago we watched the budding Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij explain his graduation project to a packed house at Cape Town's Design Indaba conference. The Design Academy Eindhoven alumnus humbly presented Endless Flow, a "dining...
STYLE
"Light of the Moon, Embers of the Evening" by Talon Jewelry
We first took note of Talon's mystical jewelry by way of their vintage vial amulettes back in 2010. Their newest line, called "Light of the Moon, Embers of the Evening," once again invokes the ancient and the magical, making use of the Tudor rose...
STYLE
Fred Shirts
A water brand unlike any other, Fred has stood on store shelves for some six years now, setting itself apart with an unconventional flask-like shape and a rather counterintuitive message—reuse. Unlike most brands that encourage consumption...
DESIGN
RX Made
Over the past three years Rebuilding Exchange (RX) has served designers, architects and builders in Chicago as a retail outlet for reclaimed building materials. Since the non-profit's inception the warehouse has developed a strong reputation for...
DESIGN
Stormy Monday Goods
by Liz Cebron On a recent visit to the made in America brand collaborative Shelter Half, we discovered Stormy Monday Goods—thoughtfully repurposed and redesigned skate and cutting boards, branded with a simple thundercloud and given a second...
DESIGN
Union Wood Co.
Inspired by the nostalgia of old wooden docks, mills and factories that once thrived in Vancouver, Union Wood Co.'s recently opened shop in the city's developing Downtown-Eastside community is a haven for those who covet vintage, repurposed and...
TECH
Coco Mat Surfboards
As the latest innovation in sustainable surfboard production, Global Surf Industries' Coco Mat Technology employs coconut husk fibers to reduce both board weight and harmful chemicals used in processing and manufacturing. Weighing between three...
DESIGN
From the Library: No Waste
Design isn't always about showrooms and industry idols. Beautiful objects show up wherever there's ingenuity and an appreciation of aesthetics. High or low, you either get it or you don't. Of all the books on the always-relevant topic, "Pentagram...
DESIGN
Preserve Toothbrush
With an estimated 50 million pounds of toothbrushes ending up in U.S. landfills annually, there must be a better way to curb the waste of the everyday essential. After all, it's only the worn-out bristles that need replacing, not the plastic handles...
STYLE
Nudie Jeans and Barneys New York
Swedish denim purveyors Nudie Jeans will soon stock a short run of just 500 pairs of their straight-leg Slim Jim jean in a unique "Post Recycle Dry" denim at Barneys New York. While the limited-edition style lacks the coveted selvage weft, the raw...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Video Presents: The Maze
While recently exploring the southern coast of the Golden State we ended up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno where artist Albert Reyes gave us a behind-the-scenes look at his yearly Halloween project. Since 2004 Reyes has built a Halloween...
DESIGN
Mitz Takahashi
Montreal-based woodworker Mitz Takahashi upcycles wooden offcuts into unique, modern designs. Working by hand with mostly reclaimed lumber like mahogany, walnut, oak and other found materials, Osaka-born Takahashi spends his days tooling around creating...
DESIGN
Maison & Objet Fall 2011, Part One
At the biannual housewares tradeshow Maison & Objet we found many of the winds of innovation blowing from the outdoor arena this year. The contemporary, nomad-like movement reverses the use of indoor and outdoor spaces. When indoor moves outdoor, along...
DESIGN
After The Barn
After The Barn is a father-and-son team in upstate New York that scours the rolling country of the Hudson Valley and Catskills Mountains for barns that are no longer sound. The woodworkers painstakingly dismantle what are often 200-year-old barns...
FOOD-DRINK
Brooklyn Hard Candy
Like millions of good ideas, Brooklyn Hard Candy was dreamed up over several drinks one night. But unlike most booze-fueled enterprises, this one has more than enough cred to back it up. The joint product of Le Cordon Bleu grads Danny Mowles (also...
DESIGN
An Interview with Dirk Vander Kooij
Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij is obsessed with rapid prototyping. Best known for his Endless Chair, made from a continuous string of recycled plastic using a 3D printer, the design has grown into a range of products all with the goal of making...
STYLE
Mismatch Socks
Among the folk knits, antique textiles, small-trade crafts and other neo-hippie goods at shop New High (M)art, the "Mismatch Socks" not only keep feet cozy and looking fresh this winter but also perfectly illustrate the Griffith Park, L.A. retailer...
STYLE
Shabd x Baggu
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DESIGN
Erickson Longboards
An ideal board for leisurely cruising the streets or for more strenuous sidewalk surfing, Seattle-based Erickson Longboards offer a smooth ride with a sustainable sensibility. Carved from fallen trees and reclaimed wood, the boards are incredibly...
TECH
Jaguar XJ
With an eye toward sustainability, Jaguar is making a distinct effort to refresh its old English image with the introduction of the 2011 XJ, the luxury carmaker's flagship model. Constructed from 50 percent recycled aluminum, the XJ is something...
DESIGN
Verameat Jewelry
Using recycled silver and 25 karat gold, Vera Balyura's fanciful rings, earrings and necklaces bring out the child within. Vera's story starts with her own childhood in the Ukraine, where she worked as an apprentice to her grandfather, a...
STYLE
Erica Weiner Jewelry
Erica Weiner has created a small jewelry empire from her Lower East Side apartment, making eye-catching, affordable pieces that are delicate and tell an intriguing story. One piece that caught our attention (as well as that of many fashion bloggers...
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