A Visual History of Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Beer

Dating back to 1975, Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale arrives in mid-November and disappears by early January every year. Though consistent in style, the recipes and labels change annually. Regarding the latter, artist Jim Stitt chooses a new seasonal tree to hand-draw. As for the former, the recipe shifts its spice profile. The beer is an exemplary display of craftsmanship and holiday spirit. Some even cellar the previous years’ …

Istros Aromatique Room Spray

$55

Just the right amount of smoky and floral, Istros Aromatique delicately fragrances a room, without being overwhelming. With pink pepper, lavender and tobacco, the scent is earthy but floral, invigorating and soothing. The 100ml bottle will last a good while, and the design is sophisticated enough not to hide away in bathroom cupboards.

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The Future Interfaces Group is Designing the Everyday Devices of Tomorrow

There’s a lapse in smart technology where human context and cues exist in real life. Things like gestures, expressions, noises and secondary movements are all missed by tech that can only respond to vocal commands and touch. In the Future Interfaces Group lab, located just off Carnegie Mellon University’s campus, the devices of tomorrow—ones that can detect when you’re sawing, cooking or even tuning a …

Outside Magazine Recommends Seven Apps to Have The Best Ski Season

To reduce friction from ski season—whether that be through guidance on accumulation patterns, snagging last-minute flights or even tracking storms—smartphone apps are the new must-have accessories to maximize one’s efforts on the slopes. Outside Magazine has compiled a list of the top seven, including OpenSnow, Liftopia, Fatmap and some unexpected additions. For both beginners and experts alike, digital tools can now offer the clearest insight …

Art Collector’s Manhattan “Phallus Palace”

Charles Leslie (art collector and founder of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, among other things) has an apartment in Manhattan that’s full of homoerotic art. It’s so full that it’s been dubbed the Phallus Palace. From site-specific murals to ancient artifacts, sculptures, souvenirs, embroidered cushions, tapestries, photography, painting and beyond, it’s a treasure trove that has every inch of the walls and tables …

Postmates’ Pretty Cute Autonomous Delivery Robot

With the ability to carry up to 50 pounds of cargo and travel in a 30-mile range, Serve is the first autonomous delivery robot in the Postmates fleet. It’s expected to make about a dozen deliveries per day in Los Angeles, where it’ll speed along on the sidewalk blinking its big saucer eyes. Serve utilizes sensors and cameras to build the world in real time, …

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Smart Garden 6

$253

Designed for soil-free use, this hydroponic smart garden from Plantui can grow up to six plants at a time with autonomy and ease. The 18 lights tucked into the device’s lid fuel the plants’ germination and growth all year. The only work to be done is to add water to the chamber and adjust the lamp’s height as the plants grow. From first breach to …

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Isabella Pouch

$35

In collaboration with Eastpak, Maison Kitsuné has turned its iconic fox logo into a camouflage pattern. Featuring a black spring-hook lanyard, the bag is covered in foxes of all sizes in different shades of blue. With a volume of two liters and an exterior made from ultra-durable fabric, the pouch can be used as a purse, dopp kit or tech pouch.

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“Transformation” Calendar and Notebook Set

$14

This set—which includes a calendar, notebook and bookmark that doubles as a ruler—is made from eco-friendly tinted paper in format A6. There’s room for notes, scheduling—and transformation. With colorful pages and striking graphics, it’s sure to offer some motivation for the year.

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Mover 18oz Bottle

$48

Available in three sizes, dubbed Maker (10 oz), Mover (18 oz) and Founder (32 oz), the Purist bottle another well-designed water vessel. But this one features a glass interior that guarantees a clean flavor no matter what’s inside—use it as a growler one night and a water bottle the next morning, with no lingering flavor of beer or kombucha. Plus, the double-wall vacuum insulated interior …

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Slenderbodies: King

“King” is a smoky, danceable track from Slenderbodies, an Avant Garden-signed duo comprised of Max Vehuni and Benji Cormack. With a groovy bass line and exasperated vocals, the tune is fit for a dark bar or a bedroom dance party. It’s an ode to women; highlighting the empowering solace they provide and the wisdom they bestow, “King” feels good and bears poignant irony in its title.

Charlotte Gainsbourg: Bombs Away

From Take 2, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sundry five-track EP, “Bombs Away” rides on dance floor-ready synth waves. Gainsbourg’s vocals—and the narrative lyrics—set a tone of curious immediacy. The track, which was produced by SebastiAn, joins a cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway,” a live version of Gainsbourg’s hit “Deadly Valentine,” and two other new songs on the EP—one that demonstrate the depth of the singer’s vision and (bilingual) capabilities.

Together California and Sarah Andelman’s Sustainable, Ziggy Stardust Collaboration

Working toward a more ethical fashion industry thanks to better practices and spreading awareness

It goes without saying: David Bowie meant a lot of things to countless people all over the world. For husband-and-wife design team Benedict Barrett and Lily Chehrazi of Together California, Bowie inspired an opportunity to encourage change—an opportunity to alter people’s consciousness and impact the way people approach fashion. In  collaboration with Sarah Andelman (formerly of Collette and founder of Just an Idea) and American Express’ Platinum …

Naked, the World’s First Home Body Scanner

Track body fat percentage, key measurements and much more from the comfort of your own home

Technology for working out at home (like Tonal), measuring tools (like the Apple Watch and Withings Steel Fitness Tracker) and DNA-informed diet and fitness programs we have an array of physical and digital tools available at accessible prices to help guide, track and motivate us. Naked is an in-home 3D-body scanner that keeps track of your body fat percentage, fat mass, body measurements and much more (and looks good …

Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book!

$42

An archive of the publication’s immense print and online efforts and an anthology of the past 100 years of sneaker culture, Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book! is nothing if not comprehensive. Founded by Simon “Woody” Wood, the publication started back in 2002 and has remained a go-to for sneaker enthusiasts and experts alike. Over 670+ pages, every significant (and some obscure) sneaker moment is documented and studied—from …

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Will Hemp Farming’s Legalization Change Society Beyond Agriculture

Thanks to an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill, already passed by the House and Senate, industrial hemp will be legal to farm in the US once again. From tobacco-producing states seeking a profitable replacement crop to the CBD boom, the demand for this legalization has been huge. In fact, as Leafly points out, “the hemp-derived CBD market is already growing far faster than the legal weed …

Olafur Eliasson Brings 30 Icebergs to London

Visionary Icelandic-Danish artist and designer Olafur Eliasson, with the help of geologist Minik Rosing, set 30 iceberg, drawn from the waters inside Greenland’s Nuup Kangerlua fjord, along the banks of London’s Thames. It’s the next installment of his “Ice Watch” series, which appeared at Place du Panthéon in Paris back in 2015. Visitors to the installation can climb on, taste, smell and listen to the pieces …

Hawthorne Introduces Skincare Products

The fragrance label’s online quiz will now pair customers with body wash, soap, and deodorant

Most American men aren’t buying fragrances, but women are driving the $327 million market through gift-giving. “There’s a lack of knowledge and even a sense of fear with men when it comes to cologne and self-care products,” Hawthorne co-founder Brian Jeong says from his Tribeca office. Jeong “wanted to get men to buy cologne for themselves.” Since launching the data-driven fragrance label Hawthorne in 2016, Jeong …

Maison For Recovery

$65

With 250mg of hemp extract, this salve is infused with a cannabinoid and terpene, designed to relieve sore muscles and inflammation. The texture is smooth but not greasy and instantly soothes abrasions or points of irritation. Subtle notes of sage, sandalwood, peppermint and coconut balance out the hemp and herbal scents—making for a delightful fragrance.

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BLOCK Wireless Charger

$200

Forged from aluminum, with a glass-topped charging spot, this Tom Dixon and Native Union wireless charger is a luxe home base for all of your Qi-compatible devices. Every detail, as evident firsthand, was considered in this collaboration. From the station’s well-proportioned weight to its durable stainless steel cable, this will become an anchor of your daily routine.

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Multi-Stem Vase

$148

Part of beloved California studio Heath Ceramics’ limited edition winter series, this stunning vessel has been “dipped and flipped” many times to create unique colors and lines—rendering each one unlike any other. Standing at nine inches high, it features their new “Basin” glaze, crafted trough a proprietary technique.

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Dream-pop hypnotism, a soulful holiday tune and more new music this week

Bill Baird: Mosquito With “Mosquito,” Bill Baird lays his latest rhythmic track atop mesmerizing, repetitious visuals in a music video of his own production and direction. The song is pulled from Owl, Baird’s most recent release with the Los Angeles art collective Arthur King Presents. The reflective nature of the song—underscored by the symbolism in the video—goes deeper than the insect and into more psychological territory. …