Hand-Woven Marine Rope Mat
Austrian-born, NYC-based Sophie Aschauer became fascinated with nautical ropes after a New England sailing trip. Her penchant for the vibrant marine material can be seen in her hand-woven floor mats, each crafted in different sizes and colors from...
Cool Hunting + ECOALF Anorak
A limited edition and highly packable pullover made of fabric from recycled fishing nets, the collaborative anorak we created with Spain's ECOALF channels our obsession with streamlined aesthetics, quality materials and a dedication to innovation...
RAGGEDedge Pack Mule
Founded in 1997 by a group of accomplished sailors with a knack for sewing, RAGGEDedge uses sailcloth, kevlar and carbon fiber to create small batches of bags and wallets in their Virginia-based workshop. With a distinct, Flywire-like look and well...
Pressed Newspaper Necklace
Vij5 reshapes newspaper into a stunning abstract accessory by pressing the black-and-white daily and enclosing it in brass rings. Designed by rENs—Renee Mennen & Stefanie van Keijsteren—each of the soft, stylish pendants is engraved with the date the...
Dinosaur iPhone Stand
Add a prehistoric touch to modern technology with a dinosaur smartphone dock. The re-conceived toy figures use the Jurassic reptile’s hefty tail for stability, which is attached to a suction cup that temporarily adheres to your device. The hand-painted...
ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials
Fashion expert Sass Brown's book shows the future of sustainable fashion—ethical and experimental, without losing its focus on aesthetics. ReFashioned features 46 international designers which demonstrate a solid reality that is shaping creativity...
Off Piste: West America + Woolrich
For many, there comes a time when the to-do list never shortens and when free time doesn't really feel free. This is where CH found longtime friends Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe just over a year ago. And this is what led the two—Hufnagel, a bicycle...
A long career in industrial design informs Martha Davis' footwear collection, which was first launched back in 2009. The multifaceted designer spent the last few months at San Francisco's Workshop Residence, creating shoes by hand from custom steel...
Bootleg Objects: RE-BO
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Upcycled Toy Lamps
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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...
Rad and Hatch for TreeHouse
What happens when two sustainable design outfits specializing in distinct materials team up? In the case of Rad Furniture and Hatch Workshop (both also fabricators), the partnership is geared toward "thoughtful and well-crafted" furniture with material...
Shwood and Huf Sunglasses
Oregon's own wooden eyewear makers Shwood today premiered a latest sunglass collaboration with San Francisco streetwear label Huf. Made of broken skateboard decks, you can see the production process of the resulting "Six-Ply Fade" in the first experimental...
Born out of Genova, Italy's school for industrial design, designer Arianna Vivenzio founded Ochobags in 2006. Centered on a modular and customizable bag, Vivenzo describes her mission as "obviously to combine function and aesthetics." Staring...
Anyone who struggles to read the third row of an eye chart knows that glasses are more than just a fetching style choice. Those plagued with poor eyesight tend to live in their specs and want a pair that adds something special without sacrificing...
Design Week: ICFF Alternatives
by Alexandra Polier As ICFF kicks into high gear this week in NYC, so do a number of satellite design fairs showcasing the work of hundreds of talented international designers. Alternatives to the ICFF provide a venue for the many independents who...
Freitag Fake Snake Collection
At Freitag's newly opened NYC shop you will find over 1,000 of the Zurich-based brand's one-of-a-kind bags cut from used truck tarpaulins, but you will also find a surprising twist on their main material. Showing a softer side of Markus and Daniel...
War Craft Collection
After launching a furniture series made out of wood reclaimed from Coney Island's boardwalk in 2010, Brooklyn design studio Uhuru takes up the concept again with their second "local materials" collection, this time using deck wood from the USS North...
Cylinder Belt Bag
From tutus for Black Swan to fine fabrics for furniture maker Knoll, Rodarte's Mulleavy sisters often lend their design talents to those seeking their virtuosic ability to cut and paste style references. Their Cylinder Belt Bag for Opening Ceremony...
Hooker & Co.
At just over 350 years old, New York's identity—as both a relatively young city globally and as one of the oldest U.S. cities—makes the quest to possess a slice of its past rival even that for the hot new thing. Enter furniture designer...
Faced with high unemployment in Switzerland, poverty in Africa and a hobby of collecting old bikes, social entrepreneur Paolo Richter started Gump- und Drahtesel, a program in Bern which puts the unemployable to work restoring and upcycling bicycles...
When L.A.-based stylist Lauren Constantine needed more distinct accessories on set, she decided to make them herself. After several years of crafting one-off statement pieces, Constantine finally opened up shop, peddling two styles under her label...
Deep in the antique stores and flea markets around the Eastern Seaboard, Alice Saunders scouts materials to create Forestbound, her line of hand-made totes, purses and carry-alls. She makes each bag out of salvaged items that imbue them with a sense...
"I'm a sucker for odds and ends," says Boston-based fashion designer Nicole Deponte. So when she inherited a trash bag full of one-of-a-kind vintage neckties in 2009, what started "as a happy accident"—an experiment with a belt—"grew into...