The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt on Brevity, Dread + Writing Songs in Bars

We speak with the prolific singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ahead of his seven-city tour

Architect Liam Young’s City Concept Can House The Population of The Entire Planet

In his latest experiment, speculative architect Liam Young designed a city that can house 10 billion people—the estimated population of the world in 2050. This “Planet City” constructs a regenerative future—one in which the city, occupying 0.2 percent of the earth, sustains space to restore nature, returns stolen lands, staves off climate change and fosters a new myriad of cultures. While this experiment is not …

Flora Hoop Earrings

$98

Queens, New York-based designer Ashley Volbeda draws on antiquity, sculpture and a love of history to make the handcrafted jewelry under her label, Aveta Studio. The Flora Hoops are no exception. These wavy one-inch-long earrings reflect Volbeda’s enamor of playing with shape and form and come in two color options: sterling silver or brass.

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Researchers Build A Wireless Room That Charges Phones From Anywhere Inside

Located at the University of Tokyo, a prototype room designed by a team of researchers wirelessly charges devices—including a lamp, a fan and smartphones—from anywhere inside. Despite its innovative technology, the room appears like any other 100-square-foot living space. Yet, nestled behind the floor, ceilings and walls of aluminum sheets are a series of capacitors which generate magnetic fields that reverberate around the room, charging …

Discovery in Moroccan Cave Suggests Humans Made Clothes 120,000 Years Ago

In the Contrebandiers Cave in Morocco, Dr Emily Hallett and her colleagues discovered animal artifacts that indicate early humans in Africa were making clothes 120,000 years ago. The 62 bones and tools from the excavation (including sand fox and wildcat bones, as well as spatulate-shaped instruments and other specialized devices) lead scientists to believe that homo sapiens from the cave made fur clothing, smooth leather …

Idle Taxis Repurposed as Vegetable Gardens in Bangkok

Bangkok’s Ratchapruk and Bovorn Taxi cooperatives joined forces and transformed the roofs of their currently unused cabs (idled because of a lack of demand during the pandemic) as vegetable gardens. With “black plastic garbage bags stretched across bamboo frames” as the garden bed, the plots are growing everything from string beans to cucumbers and tomatoes. But this installation is also a statement, as the cooperatives …

Scientists Globally Map Coral Reefs For The First Time

Under the direction of Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation, more than 450 teams of scientists have succeeded in creating the first continually updating map of the world’s shallow coral reefs, an undertaking that required 2.25 million satellite images and about 100,000 square miles. As one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, coral reefs are an important home for marine …

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Time-Traveling Sound Maker Exhibition in NYC

A pop-up that presents the mesmerizing relationship between sound and time

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Bloom Basketball

$29

Chance’s Bloom Basketball—a vibrant lilac, covered in large multicolored flowers—recalls the blossoming of spring and the beauty of growth over perfection. While eye-catching, it’s more than a positive prompt and is made from premium rubber material intended for indoor or outdoor use. Its pebble pattern offers stronger grip control and a Butyl bladder locks in air, ensuring optimal ball pressure and consistent bounce.

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Bay Quilt Blue Throw

$350

The playful and exploratory nature of making something by hand is celebrated and cultivated at Thompson Street Studio, an NYC textile and home decor brand founded by Kiva Motnyk. The brand’s Bay Quilt throw in blue is comprised of remnant fabric, 100% linen and a 100% cotton batting. The quilt’s abstract mix of indigo, pink, charcoal and olive evoke a refreshing and lighthearted spirit to …

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1 Million Roses for Angela Davis

$30

From Mousse Publishing comes the art book 1 Million Roses for Angela Davis. The volume—named after East Germany’s 1970 to 1972 campaign slogan that supported Davis while she was held on terrorism charges—pays tribute to the activist with historic portraits by painters from the German Democratic Party, archival material and an interview with Davis by René de Guzman. Also included are essays by Nikita Dhawan, Kata …

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“Flowers” Print

$100

Screen-printed with six colors on heavy card stock by Nat Swope, Tucker Nichols’ “Flowers” print has been produced in a limited edition of 50. The Northern California-based artist (who often finds cues in nature) captures abstract flowers of purple and blue in a black vase, placed amid a turquoise background. Each of these prints—measuring 12 by 12 inches—comes signed, numbered and dated.

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Rosa Linn + Kiiara: KING

The compelling debut track from 21-year-old Vanadzor, Armenia-based recording artist Rosa Linn, “KING,” finds the pop talent collaborating with renowned singer-songwriter Kiiara. “I want my music to have a message and as soon as I wrote ‘KING,’ I knew it had to be my first release,” Linn says in a statement. “It addresses the political undertones between Russia and America and I’m thankful to have …

Silas Short: ROOMS

From soulful Chicago-based singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Silas Short, the track “ROOMS” infuses an undercurrent of classic R&B with beautiful contemporary nuance and gentle alt-music influence. It’s the third single released from his forthcoming debut EP, Drawing, out 1 October on Stones Throw Records. In the official music video, director Ross Harris captures Short in his creative element.

September Scotch: From Gordon & MacPhail Comes The Oldest Single Malt Scotch Whisky Ever Bottled

Only 250 Sir David Adjaye-designed decanters exist of the Generations 80 Year Old from Glenlivet Distillery

Jus + Georgia Anne Muldrow: Ease

Musician and producer Jus teamed up with singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Georgia Anne Muldrow for the lovely, slow-burning track, “Else.” Released on Melbourne-based Inner Tribe Records, the jazzy, languid jam feels free-styled, but the arrangement and production are polished.

Reform + Jean Nouvel’s Dazzling Kitchen Design Tells A Story Of Life

During a time of increasing domesticity, these sublime countertops capture the quotidian in a new light

Dijon: Many Times

“Many Times” by Dijon “recreates the intense energy of the recording process,” the LA-based artist says in a statement. Sonically, this translates to a single reminiscent of a jam session, from converging guitar tracks to Dijon’s urgent vocals and a jazzy piano bridge. The action-packed nature of the song is manifested through the music video’s experimental point of view, which puts viewers over the shoulder …

Syd feat. Smino: Right Track

Featuring an appearance by St Louis rapper Smino, Syd’s new song, “Right Track,” takes a more upbeat direction than typical of the singer-songwriter and founding member of The Internet. Syd’s trademark featherweight and sultry vocals float across chirpy guitar and snares, while Smino’s effortless verse name-checks N.E.R.D. and Ricky Martin.

Crying In H Mart

$27

In a lyrical and candid memoir, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner maps her moving journey through grief, familial issues and selfhood in the wake of her mother’s passing. The debut is an expansion of Zauner’s 2018 New Yorker essay of the same name, adapted to chart the singer’s childhood years in the predominately white town of Eugene, Oregon, early gigs she played with her burgeoning band …

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Milan Design Week 2021: Innovative + Imaginative Highlights

Icons reimagined, Caterina De' Medici-inspired home fragrances, objects made from waste at industrial laundries and more

Six-Foot Boardbag

$120

Stockholm Surfboard Club operates at the intersection of streetwear and surf culture. Founded by two Acne Studio alums—Manne Haglund Glad and Anton Edberg—the Swedish brand offers a sleek, minimalist bag, available in various sizes. This six-foot-long iteration is available in yellow or beige and make for optimal day-to-day bags. The price is in Euros.

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