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, …

Puppy Breath Candle

$28

With 50% of the proceeds from each purchase going to the Deity Animal Rescue, this Puppy Breath Candle might just help a dog in need. Deity Dogs and Goods produced the candle in collaboration with Beauty.Happiness.Healing. and the scent is a combination of vanilla and coffee bean. According to Deity, these notes form a “scent reminiscent of that delightful puppy breath.”

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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 …

JetBlue Founder David Neeleman’s Vision for High-Tech, Low Cost Moxy Airlines

Aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman has launched or overhauled six airlines now, with the founding of JetBlue arguably his most well-known achievement. Neeleman is currently developing a new high-tech, low cost airline under the working name of Moxy. As he says, there’s airline “concentration in the industry and the legacies aren’t doing a lot of flying that people really want.” He sees this as “an opportunity to get …

Earth’s “Deep Biosphere” Thrives Beneath Our Feet

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), composed of 1,000 scientists from 52 countries, studies the underground ecosystems between Earth’s surface and its core. In a recent statement, this has been referred to as “Deep Biosphere” as a “subterranean Galapagos” potentially filled with millions of undiscovered species. Despite darkness and harsh conditions, life has been found as far as three miles below the continental subsurface and six-and-a-half miles below the ocean’s surface. The …

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Hex Cushion

$150

Velvet Hippo’s hex cushion line offers excellent resting spaces for pups up to 70 pounds. The range comes in small (24″), medium (32″) and large (38″), with three colorway options. The outer fold is sturdy and inside there’s a hypo-allergenic recycled poly-fill. For ease when cleaning, the interior pillows and fill can be removed so the cover can be washed separately.

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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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Puffy Sherpa Blanket

$159

A collaboration between Vanish and Rumpl, this blanket is composed of soft Sherpa fleece on one side and the outdoor brand’s 30D ripstop fabric on the other. Adorned with an arctic camo print by artist Ben Hucke, this blanket measures out to 50 by 70 inches and weights two pounds when rolled up. The puffy fleece material is ultra-soft, and unlike most of Rumpl’s products, it’s …

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About-Face Bomber

$198

This reversible bomber from Lululemon is an adaptable layer that adjusts for each season. Quilted on one side and made with their unique Warpstreme fabric on the other, the jacket is light and comfortable but insulating and warm at the same time. It’s available in three colors—this one is Palm-Deco—and features three secure zippered pockets.

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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.

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.

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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, …

“Cuisine Vagabonde” from NYC’s Papilles Restaurant

A new L’Assiette Michelin honoree approaches cocktails and cookery with the utmost creativity

To understand Papilles before walking into the impeccably designed East Village restaurant, one must grasp the concept of “cuisine vagabonde,” or food inspired by traveling the globe. Chef Andréa Calstier, his wife and co-owner Elena Oliver and their masterful friend behind the bar, co-owner Nicolas Thoni have experienced so much across the world. These French expats aim to activate their guests’ senses with such learnings. It’s more than an impressive, …

Odd Apples

$30

Featuring photography from William Mullan, “Odd Apples” is a book that indexes the rare, odd and beautiful varieties of apple available today. The book’s cover and page-to-page layout were designed by Andrea A Trabucco-Campos—an associate partner at Pentagram and known for projects like Mastercard’s new logo, Raaka’s packaging and Cynthia Nixon’s campaign logo. “Odd Apples” is limited to 200 printed, hand-numbered editions.

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K9 Cinemas Opens a Movie Theater For Dog Owners and Their Pets

With a big screen, comfy chairs and an easy-to-clean concrete floor, K9 Cinemas has opened in Plano, Texas. It’s a semi-permanent movie theater where pet owners can bring up to two dogs each for screenings, cuddling and nibbling on affordable snacks for both humans and canines. Classic films are slated rather than new releases—and dog records must be shown upon entry to make sure all …

Woman’s Hour: Don’t Speak

Both a return and a break-up announcement, “Don’t Speak” marks two milestones for UK band Woman’s Hour. Drawn from their forthcoming second (and final) album Ephyra, the track’s beauty lies in delicate melodies and dream-pop hypnotism. With choreography and performances by Anders Hayward and Ellis Saul in the music video, it’s a stunning reintroduction to a band that will leave listeners with much to love.

Personal Edition Herringbone Monogram Socks

$45

With custom monogramming done right outside of NYC, Nice Laundry’s Personal Edition herringbone sock set gets a nuanced, personal touch (with over 2,000 stitches per monogram). Each set includes three pairs of the patterned socks in dressy, distinguished and playful colorways. Nice Laundry also offers three monogram styles: Classic, Diamond and the one-letter Varsity option.    

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Organic Cotton Percale Sheet Set

$125

Alterra Pure goes above and beyond to ensure that their products get from assembly to consumer beds as sustainably as possible. Their sheet set, woven from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, is produced by employees who are payed fair trade wages and work out of a LEED-certified factory. The end result feels good to the touch, and in the heart. Included in this set are one …

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Peace Necklace

$50

Made from eco-friendly recycled brass, Inspired Pins’ jewelry collection centers around safety pin charms with a word crafted into one prong. Available in necklace or standalone pin form, they’re an intricate way to display positivity. Our pick is the “Peace” necklace version. It’s a hopeful expression printed in weighty, polished brass. And, $1 from every order goes to Equality Now and their efforts to help …

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Three-Piece Cast Iron Set

$399

Nothing beats cooking with cast iron. Replacing every piece of cookware in your kitchen with ironware makes for a worthy goal. It’s easy to use, retains (and distributes) heat well and can go from the stovetop to the oven without a pan switch. Plus, you can make pretty much anything in there: cookies, steaks and even bread. This three-piece set from Smithey Ironware—with eight, 10 …

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