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STYLE
Neemic: Sustainable Fashion from Beijing
Despite a growing awareness about sustainability, China is not yet one of the places where green ideas come to fruition. In particular, the local fashion industry isn't sensitive toward environmental issues and the textile industry in the south of...
STYLE
Termite Eyewear
What started out as a joint project between then-student designers Natalie Finch and Patricia Williams while at Ravensbourne University in London, Termite Eyewear now makes eyewear that's both stylish and sustainable. The latter is indeed not its...
DESIGN
Panda Watches
Vincent Ko, founder of bamboo-based sunglass company Panda (which initially launched through Kickstarter in 2011), is again on the crowd sourcing platform with a brand new venture. Today, 6 May 2014, sees Panda introduce a unique take on the classic...
DESIGN
The Corkigami Chair
When we first stumbled across Carlos Ortega Design in 2012 at Feria Habitat Valencia, we were drawn to the creative designs and sheer quality of traditional woodworking techniques. Now more than a year later, the brand introduces the new Corkigami...
TECH
Patagonia's Plant-Based Wetsuit
With a committed mission to reducing their environmental impact, Patagonia has partnered with eco-friendly biomaterial firm Yulex to create the first plant-based wetsuit material. "Performance, natural rubber has not been used in wetsuits, ever...
DESIGN
Grapple by Ryan Frank
Barcelona-based designer Ryan Frank has invented a modular hanging system called Grapple. The molded hooks have a buckle feature which allows them to be set at different heights along strands of webbing and hold items of various weights, such as...
TECH
Citi Bike App
In the past few weeks, NYC-based readers may have noticed clusters of grey columns popping up left and right in nearly every neighborhood in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Those familiar with bike share programs in numerous metropolises around the...
TRAVEL
Interview: Solar Impulse
Just after midnight on 4 May 2013, a plane eased into Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport after completing a journey from Moffet Airfield near San Jose, CA. With the wingspan of an Airbus A340, it nevertheless landed as delicately as a single...
FOOD-DRINK
Nava by Kor
In follow up to the "perfect spout" built into their Vida water bottle, today California-based Kor released Nava, a new bottle that combines their signature mouth-friendly top with a slim filter built into the center of the bottle. Constructed from...
DESIGN
Buckminster Fuller: Poet Of Geometry
Buckminster Fuller's utopian design vision, unrivaled in the 20th century and anchored by his famous reinvention of geodesic domes, reflected the polymath's philosophy that flexible thinking, good design and an honest desire for progress could...
STYLE
EDUN SS13 Selects
Advertorial Content: Founded by activist power couple Ali Hewson and Bono in 2005, EDUN is a globally distributed fashion brand focused on bringing about positive changes through fair trade in Africa. As supporters of culturally aware initiatives...
STYLE
Proof Eyewear
As part of a movement in eyewear design to use sustainable materials, or at the very least adopt a certain rustic aesthetic, we have come across several creative ways to incorporate wood into glasses and sunglasses. While Shwood is the most recognizable...
DESIGN
Lumio
Offering a discrete, portable and rechargable lighting alternative is Lumio, a book-shaped lamp now on Kickstarter. Inspired by the idea of a modular home that could fold flat for transportation, the lamp is designed to adapt to a multitude of...
STYLE
mimiTENS
They don't call Canada the Great White North for nothing—it gets cold up there. To Anna-Maria Mountfort, founder of children's mitten brand mimiTENS, the country seems like the right place to make quality winter wear. "The way I see it, if...
STYLE
Private White V.C. Factory
Advertorial content: Fast becoming a well-known name in the ever-evolving menswear market, Manchester-based Private White V.C. makes sturdy, military-inspired garments with a keen attention to detail. Named for company founder James Eden's great...
FOOD-DRINK
Soma
We're always intrigued when we hear of someone trying to apply good, thoughtful design concepts to a seemingly commonplace product. Launching on Kickstarter today, Soma is a new company out of San Francisco doing just that with a water-filtering...
DESIGN
Tree Tents
Specializing in designing lighting solutions, design group Luminair recently unveiled their first shelters, fantastical suspended Tree Tents. The product of three years' work, Tree Tents provide an intriguing model for sustainable wildlife housing...
DESIGN
Interview: Renato Preti
In the panorama of Italian design, Discipline is one of the youngest and most interesting newcomers. Its motto, "beautifully designed, consciously made," underlines the ambitious goal to meld aesthetics with the consideration of environmental issues...
DESIGN
The Future Perfect Fall Update
Since it was founded in 2003 the NYC shop The Future Perfect has become known for championing emerging designers and artists with its eclectic collection of high end furniture and playful design objects. Last week, the store ushered in a new season...
DESIGN
The Rolling Owl Stool
When creating a new piece of furniture, Maine craftsman Geoffrey Warner finds inspiration in the beauty and strength of natural forms. A carpenter by trade, Warner is especially drawn to those he finds in the woods that surround his studio to create...