Word of Mouth: Prague

Art, design, wine and more in the glorious Czech capital

Elena Tamburini’s Touch-Encouraging Furniture

Inspired by sex as taboo, especially among older people, Italian designer Elena Tamburini created Filotea—a collection of furniture that encourages physical affection whether solo or with another individual. The range includes several standout pieces: Otello is a mirror surrounded by feathers, which allows the user to caress their own face, and the Filomena is a body brush that stimulates the skin. Our favorite is the …

Moon — The Area of Influence

$28

Legendary DJ/producer/composer Jeff Mills (aka The Wizard) is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing by releasing a conceptual album inspired by the moon. Available as a double-LP (or on CD), the record, called Moon — The Area of Influence, will be made up of Mills’ nuanced, cinematic and Detroit-rooted techno. In his words, “This album and the imagination that helped to produce it …

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Documenting Strip Clubs Throughout the American South

French photographer François Prost’s Gentlemen’s Club collection archives the sun-soaked facades of strip clubs across the southern US—everywhere from the beaches of Florida to downtown Houston. Through 193 photos, Prost surveys the design of these buildings, with their “generic signifiers of sex and sensual pleasure,” focusing on parts of the country that have “conservative and puritan reputations.” The exteriors are brightly colored, eerily similar from city …

Revisiting the New Yorker’s Coverage of the Apollo 11 Landing

In the Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker’s 26 July 1969 issue, reporters visited eight moon-landing parties—and documented the excitement that unfolded. From 50th Street and Sixth Avenue to the headquarters of NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, audiences tuned in to the incredible quest and watched anxiously as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ventured into the unknown. Spliced with footage from the …

Tens Sunglasses’ Wes Anderson-Inspired Filtered Lenses

Expanding upon their line of stylistically filtered eyewear, Tens Sunglasses adopts a rich, warm hue for their newest release, the Spectachrome, now available to back on Indiegogo. Complete with a quirky video, these sunglasses set their wearer into a color spectrum and texture that matches Wes Anderson-directed films. And, not only are the glasses a trip into his vision, but they’ll protect yours too—with UV400 …

Sam Jacob Studio Designs London’s Cartoon Museum

Housing some 6,000 pieces of art and an 18,000-volume library of cartoons and comics, London’s Cartoon Museum has a new, permanent home designed by Sam Jacob Studio. Be it the two main galleries or the education room (accessible by a door hidden in a bookcase), bright and bold graphic features define the interior experience. It’s a well-matched design for the works within. Read and see more …

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C1 Moonglow with Milanese Bracelet

$1970

Using the brand’s in-house modified Calibre JJ04 automatic moon phase movement, Christopher Ward’s 40.5mm C1 Moonglow watch keeps the time and carefully guides two illuminated 3D moons around the dial. With a stark black face, punctuated by white hour and minute hands and a red seconds hand, the watch is undoubtedly dignified. Just like the Apollo 11 landing, which it commemorates, the timepiece features plenty …

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Tropic Zine Issue #2

$20

Issue #2 of Honolulu-based, artist-led Tropic Zine focuses on the Filipinx diaspora—aiming to “decolonize, deconstruct, and reimagine” what it means to identify as such. The publication has been printed in an edition of 500 and includes contributions from Leah Danze, Catalina Africa Espinosa, Jasmine Wenzel, Calla Camero, Taissa Fromme, Azuré Keahi, gentofish and many more.

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River Raglan Crewneck Sweatshirt

$148

A simple staple turned statement piece, Mitchell Evan’s River Raglan crewneck is a soft, ombre-dyed sweater made from rayon, poly and cotton French terry. With wear, this machine-washable garment will break in and soften nicely, but the color will hold.

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Headless Swan Pool Float

$79

Decapitated Floats’ swan inflatable pool toy can accommodate two and comes with its severed head included. Whether you helm the body and let the lost appendage float nearby, or keep the two intact until they separate (for dramatics), this is a delightfully morbid reimagining of the timeless summer accessory. The release is limited to 500.

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Wilco: Love Is Everywhere (Beware)

From Wilco’s forthcoming album, Ode to Joy (out 4 October), “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)” is a sprawling and steady folk song with lots to love. “Right now I’m frightened how love is here / beware / our love is everywhere,” the band’s frontman, Jeff Tweedy, sings atop jubilant guitar riffs. In a statement to announce the track, album and coinciding tour, Tweedy says, “There must …

Shura: The Stage

From London-born and Brooklyn-based artist Shura (aka Alexandra Denton) comes “The Stage,” a disco-influenced alt-pop tune about a date—specifically, her first with her current girlfriend. “And we’re done with music / so if you’re assuming / you’re coming back with me / then maybe yes you can,” she sings. It’s glitzy, romantic and reflective of plenty of influences (and events). Shura’s second album (which follows …

Sigil Scent’s Patrick Kelly Hand-Blends Sophisticated Fragrances

Perfumes that conveys the beauty of nature

Handmade in California, Sigil‘s scents are rich and complex without using artificial additives or encompassing fillers. The brand’s founder and alchemist, Patrick Kelly, relies on his own nose and his memory of scents to combine real ingredients until he’s happy with the final product. And, while many natural fragrances are muddled and overly earthy, Sigil’s are layered and delicate—they melt into the skin and resurface …

Aperol Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary

An apéritif and its signature cocktail swept the world

Studio Visit: Surfboard Shaper Paul Surf

At Rockaway Beach, owner Paul Schmidt crafts boards that can be put to use just a few feet away

The Creative Class is Growing in Smaller Cities

Using data from the US Census American Community Survey, CityLab’s Richard Florida and economist Todd Gabe tracked the growth of the creative class across the country. Popular belief assumes that talent is concentrated in bigger cities (NYC, LA, SF) but data actually supports the opposite. In fact, the aforementioned cities have experienced the slowest growth since 2005. Instead, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids …

BANKS: Sawzall

From BANKS’ latest album, iii (out now on Harvest Records), “Sawzall” is a delicate dreampop tune that floats along delicately until it bellows into industrial drum-heavy and autotune-drenched electronics—with ’80s-era harps sprinkled on top. Despite all these elements at play, careful attention should be paid to BANKS’ elastic vocals, as the lyrics tell an emotional tale of love, loss and guilt.

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The end of the VW beetle, celebrating iconic NYC dive bar Max Fish, robots, rockets and more

Interview: Honoring TAG Heuer’s Monaco with Heritage Director Catherine Eberle-Devaux

Five limited edition commemorative versions are debuting around the world

Art Inhabits and Enhances The LINE Hotels

A diverse creative program aims to inspire a sense of curiosity and individuality

Karen Rosenkranz Documents Migration from Urban Centers to Small Towns in “City Quitters”

22 stories seek to explain why people flee energetic habitats for sparser spaces

Migrating from New York City (with a population just over 8.6 million) to Hudson, New York (just under 6,300) could prove shocking for many, let alone someone that feeds off the chaos and cultural collisions found within big cities. But, as author Karen Rosenkranz presents in her new book, City Quitters, more and more people are mustering up the courage to move on from megacities …

Virgin Orbit’s First Rocket Drop from a Modified Boeing 747

Virgin Galactic sister company Virgin Orbit is one step closer to air-launching satellites. Their first-ever rocket drop test from a modified Boeing 747 carrier (named Cosmic Girl) was a notable success. The goal of the test was to enact and observe a clean, careful separation of a LauncherOne rocket payload and carrier craft. An orbital flight for the rocket is the next milestone they hope …