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CULTURE
Interview: Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra
On their first two albums, Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra charmed fans with dirty low-fi tracks—poppy but unafraid to be thought-provoking—recorded out of a basement studio. Their third and latest effort, Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar...
CULTURE
Krass Journal
It takes sass and guts to stand out among the plethora of newly founded independent print publications crowding the scene these days. Catching us by its name and hooking us in with its content, the Adelaide, Australia-based KRASS Journal describes...
CULTURE
Photographer Cole Barash Presents Six Girls Six Cities
After getting full creative control over a 14-page fashion editorial for Relapse Magazine, Brooklyn-based photographer Cole Barash became fixated on an idea. He shot the fashion spread using a double exposure technique—where each frame of film is...
DESIGN
Interview: Denise J Reytan
While many jewelry designers stick to classics like gold, silver and semi-precious stones, Denise J Reytan builds her "wearable collages" from the most unusual colors and materials. Silicone, textiles and even custom-casted plastic objects are juxtaposed...
TECH
rOtring 800+ Mechanical Pencil and Stylus
Founded amidst the Bauhuas design school era in 1928, Germany's rOtring is known for precision-made writing devices and creative tools, designed and built with the highest sense of form and function. To bring the brand into the modern era, rOtring...
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2014 Parsons Festival: Making/Meaning
The Parsons Festival is an annual showcase of inventive student work shared with the Parsons community and the public. One of the most exciting factors this year is that for the first time, graduate students (rather than outside guest curators or...
STYLE
Qinghe Cao
Qinghe Cao is a talented young designer from Beijing's prestigious China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), with a very unique and imaginative style. In 2011 she launched her first collection of accessories "H=H," and in 2013 she was invited...
DESIGN
Interview: Afroditi Krassa
Based in London, with firm roots in Greece, Afroditi Krassa has established herself as a prominent designer of her generation—particularly in interior design. Her clients range from the highly lauded furniture design house Ligne Roset to Italian...
DESIGN
Method Studio: Stasis
On the outskirts of Edinburgh, overlooking the famous Forth Bridge, designer and woodworker Callum Robinson's most pressing issue at the moment is keeping his Border Collie puppy from chewing up the furniture. Robinson is the co-founder and Creative...
CULTURE
James Victore: Burning Questions
The lives of designers, freelancers and creatives are fraught with ups and downs. Projects come, contracts go, clients run the gamut from perfect to impossible, and sometimes the creative juices just don't flow when they're most needed. No one knows...
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Jodi Bieber: Quiet
Despite South Africa's growing reputation as a hub for arts, culture and design (with events like Design Indaba showcasing local talent), a dark cloud of violence looms over the country, which many argue is intensified by shifting gender norms. Acclaimed...
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Interview: Gary Taxali
Art and commerce are traditionally thought of as opposing forces. Of course, this is especially true for artists who's work lands on both advertisements and gallery walls. Finding inspiration from commercial work while maintaining a sense of integrity...
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Interview: Peanut Butter Wolf
In 1996, Chris Manak—aka Peanut Butter Wolf—self-released "My Wold Premier," a collaborative effort between him and his partner and close friend Charizma, who died three years previous in a carjacking. The release was deeply personal and marked the...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Aliki Kirmitsi
There is a tangibly refined and almost childlike simplicity about Cyprus-born, London-based set designer Aliki Kirmitsi’s images. Her goal—when approaching any project—is to, "create a space that is balanced and carries an element of surprise, weaving...
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Red Bull Music Academy: For the Record
Famed Austria-based energy drink company Red Bull may be best known for their involvement in alternative sports and prodigious adventure—from being a major sponsor in Travis Rice's acclaimed snowboard film "The Art of Flight" to Felix Baumgartner...