Interview: Artist Beverly Fishman

Abstract, alluring pieces populate her current solo exhibition, "I Dream of Sleep," at Miles McEnery Gallery

Super Enzyme Capable of Speedily Breaking Down PET

The Centre for Enzyme Innovation at the University of Portsmouth announced a new discovery this week: a “super enzyme” capable of breaking down plastic to its building blocks at a rate six times faster than their previous innovations. This comes just months after French research organization Carbios announced a similar discovery, which they plan to test at a plant in 2021. While promised to be …

Essence Sustainable Materials Wristwatch

$205

For their new Essence collection, Swiss watch brand Mondaine emphasizes sustainability. Produced at the brand’s now 80% solar-powered factory in Biberist, Switzerland, the watch incorporates recycled PET bottles for its multi-purpose pouch and natural rubber for its strap, glass powder for its crystal and Rizinus (aka castor oil) for the 41mm watch case. The brand does not sacrifice any of its signature design either. Image …

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Vincent Namatjira Becomes First-Ever Indigenous Australian to Win Archibald Prize

First awarded in 1921, Australia’s Archibald Prize for portraiture had not been won by an Indigenous Australian until this year. For the piece “Stand Strong for Who You Are,” beloved artist Vincent Namatjira painted himself alongside former AFL footballer, anti-racism advocate and 2014 Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes—who faced immense racism during his career, from fans and within the league. In the portrait notes, …

NASA Ships its Space-Ready Bathroom to the ISS This Week

Finding the perfect toilet for space has stumped researchers and designers at NASA for some time—so much so that they opened a crowd-sourced design competition looking for a better option. Now, NASA announces, they’re going to send a new bathroom option to the International Space Station. The $23 million set-up proves 40% lighter and 60% smaller (by volume) and helps NASA reach its goal of …

All-Black Staff to Run David Zwirner’s New Gallery

Helmed by Ebony L Haynes (formerly the director at Martos Gallery and guest professor at the Yale School of Art), the newest David Zwirner gallery will be run by an all-Black staff. Zwirner tells The New York Times that he and Haynes began discussions in January, and after she explained her vision, he decided to offer her full autonomy over the still-unnamed Manhattan space. “There …

The Bushcamp Company’s Fundraiser for Their “Begins At Home” Charity

Typically, The Bushcamp Company‘s charitable initiative, called Begins At Home, remains financed thanks to a daily fee for safari attendees. As expected, the number of tourists, and thus the amount of money raised, is exceedingly low this year so they are hosting a two month-long fundraiser, with $50 donations adding up to 10 entries in a competition to win a week-long safari stay for two—with …

Interview: Michelin-Starred Chef Romain Fornell on Barcelona’s Culinary Chops

Insight on Fornell's forthcoming Barcelona restaurant, Grand Café Rouge, opening in Odile Decq's Antares

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Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels

$20

Frequent flyers (and many city-dwellers) know the joy of settling into a signature cocktail at an acclaimed hotel bar. With travel presently paused, Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels allows the adventurous to tour the world with their tastebuds. Budapest-based writer/editor Alia Akkam penned the celebratory collection, drawing inspiration from her years on the road, reporting about developments in hospitality. She’s …

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“Protect Black Women” Shirt

$60

Founded by Rick Dove, apparel brand MUCH MORE exemplifies the fashion industry veteran’s creativity and beliefs. The brand’s “Protect Black Women” shirt emphasizes one of those beliefs. With 100% of the proceeds given to small businesses owned by Black women, the screen-printed shirt (available in size small to XXL) is made in the USA.

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X-Large Embroidered Tote

$50

From beloved Philadelphia design shop YOWIE (founded by Shannon Maldonado) comes an extra-large, extra-useful tote. Handmade and printed in Los Angeles, it measures 21 inches wide and 15 inches tall, with a 5.5-inch gusset and thick practical straps. It’s perfect for groceries, a picnic or even as a beach bag—and also reps one of our favorite stores.

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Mochi Ice Cream 12 Flavor Gift Box

$60

New York-based Mochidoki’s signature collection gift box includes 24 mochi ice cream in 12 different flavors—from classics like matcha, black sesame and red bean to delectable concoctions like salted caramel, vanilla chip and raspberry crunch. Founded by Ken Gordon in 2015, the brand utilizes the highest-quality ingredients under the watch of its culinary director, chef Natsume Aoi—who grew up making mochi in her grandmother’s Okinawa …

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Molchat Doma: Ne Smeshno

A pre-pandemic live favorite from Belarusian post-punk trio Molchat Doma, “Ne Smeshno” (which loosely translates to “not funny”) now appears as a cryptic music video—complete with unexpected dance numbers and zombie-like characters. Both the track (which is drawn from the band’s forthcoming album, Monument) and the video feel yanked right out of the ’80s. That said, there’s something prescient to their presentation—and it’s danceable, too. …

Spillage Village: Hapi

Spillage Village (aka J.I.D, 6LACK, EarthGang, Mereba, Hollywood JB, Jurdan Bryant and Benji.) was founded in 2015, but formalized and expanded later with the signing of J.I.D and EarthGang to Dreamville Records and the addition of Pittsburgh-based rapper Benji. in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The group released their fifth studio album, Spilligion, this week and its most soulful single (though all bear gospel references), the …

Ghetto Gastro + CRUX’s Collaborative CRUXGG Kitchen Appliance Line

Seven appliances in colors that reference the Pan-African flag

Potatohead People + De La Soul feat. Posdnous + Kapok: Baby Got Work

For “Baby Got Work,” the second single from Mellow Fantasy by Potatohead People (aka production duo Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical), the Vancouver-based outfit tapped vocalist Kapok and hip-hop legend Posdnous of De La Soul. The lyrics tell the story of putting in work to make change, atop a jazzy melody replete with horns, keys, a funky bass line and an over-arching mellowness.

Highlights from the 2020 Beijing Auto Show

Originally set for March, the Beijing Auto Show is on now and marks the first large-scale trade show for the industry since the onset of the pandemic. It makes sense that this be the first, given the industry’s reliance on Chinese buyers to rebound the global economy—and especially the car market. There were a handful of notable unveilings—Kiwigogo’s flying concept, Citroën’s smart tire prototype and …

JUICE Craft to Search for Life on Jupiter’s Galilean Moons

The European Space Agency plans to send the JUICE (short for Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) spacecraft on an expedition to three of Jupiter’s 79 moons for various reasons—one being the potential for life. As the vessel’s name suggests, it will be surveying the icy Galilean moons—from deep ice wells on Ganymede, to an ocean on Callisto and abnormalities within the “most promising place to look for …

Bearcraft: Where the Sun Sets

From Bristol, UK-based Bearcraft comes the tantalizing electronic track “Where the Sun Sets.” A mix of unsettling lyrics and moody composition, the song could be the soundtrack to a real-life occult mystery. It’s another treasure from the band’s recently released album, Fabrefactions, and comes with an equally haunting music video, directed and shot by Paul Johnson. The visuals features eerie, obscured and occult moments—many of which …

Interview: Róisín Murphy

The pop vanguard on her new album and making club music during isolation

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