Designer Laura Gonzalez’s Mix-and-Match Maximalism

The designer's first solo show in NYC, "New York Splendor," overflows with fabrics, colors and patterns

Converting Airplanes Into Homes

Since the 1980s, people have been transforming unused airplanes into livable homes. One of the earliest influential projects came from Jo Ann Ussery, who, after losing her home to a fire in the mid-1990s, converted a Boeing 727 into a 1,500-square-foot living space with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a hot tub (where the cockpit used to be). The fully functional home spurred Bruce Campbell …

Jock Strap

$40

Cult Swedish luxury essentials brand CDLP is bringing back the jock strap in chic form. Made from soft and silky lyocell, this minimal piece features a thick, subtly branded waistband and an open back. Available in sizes XS to XXL, the jock strap is now a part of CDLP’s core collection so if one size sells out it will be back in a March restock.

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New Material Allows Houses to Self-Regulate Temperature

The dream of a smart house that can auto-adjust its heating and cooling is one step closer to being a reality thanks to a new building material. Developed by researchers at University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the material is an ultra-thin film (measuring .5mm thick) encompassing a fluid nestled between two layers of graphene. It functions in the same way a chameleon …

Fusing Cinematic Motion-Capture and AI to Treat Movement Disorders

Researchers at the University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London are exploring how motion-capture technology and AI can work in tandem to treat disorders that impair movement. The two-pronged approach utilizes an Animazoo IGS-180 motion capture suit to gather data about patient mobility which surveys the body more quickly and efficiently than the standard method of a neurologist checking individual patients themselves. This information …

Good Black Art and TRNK Present The Group Exhibition “MOLDED”

Running through 28 February at design studio TRNK’s Tribeca showroom (at 18 Jay Street), the thoughtfully curated group exhibition MOLDED celebrates the contributions of Black artists and designers, explores materiality and bridges the worlds of art and design. Curated by Phillip Collins, who founded the platform Good Black Art, in collaboration with Tariq Dixon, founder of TRNK, the exhibit includes the work of four emerging …

New Research Overturns the Misconception That Periods Are Necessary

When the birth control pill was first released around 80 years ago, the male-dominated medical industry believed it to be unnatural for the way it prevents menstrual bleeding. To appease men and the Catholic Church (who greatly opposed the contraceptive), placebo pills were included with birth control packets to induce bleeding. To this day, hormonal birth control is still sold with a week of placebo …

Mercedes-Benz’s New Electric Van, eSprinter

The automaker's most efficient van to date

Mercedes-Benz has announced its a new electric van: the eSprinter. Slated to launch in the US and Canada by the end of 2023, the van is the automaker’s most efficient yet, featuring a modular design concept made up of three components: front, battery housing and rear. The system enables the vehicle to be more compact as well as offers a greater level of freedom in …

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LM2 Palladium

$172,000

Two balance wheels (mechanisms that regulate the mechanical movement that powers a wristwatch) spin above a subtle blue sunray dial to compose the striking, symmetrical visual presence of MB&F’s latest horological masterpiece: the Legacy Machine No.2 Palladium. Within the 44mm palladium case, 3D architecture sees each balance wheel oscillating beneath a rounded sapphire crystal cupola thanks to their own double-arc, mirror-polished bridge. Not only is …

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“DESIRE, I WANT TO TURN INTO YOU” Vinyl

$23

The cult-followed singer-songwriter Caroline Polachek’s second album, DESIRE, I WANT TO TURN INTO YOU, continues the artist’s synth-inflected, techno-take on pop with more wailing, sunny instrumentation and attitude. Pressed onto a metallic copper vinyl, the LP includes the tracks “Bunny Is A Rider,” “Welcome To My Island” and “Billions,” and features collaborations with Grimes and Dido.

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70% Yuzu Chocolate Bar

$9

Roasted, ground and molded in California’s Napa Valley, chef Thomas Keller’s bean-to-bar chocolate brand, K + M, now offers a refreshingly delicious 70% dark chocolate and yuzu blend. Freeze-dried Japanese yuzu peel joins Arriba Nacional cacao from Ecuador’s Hacienda Victoria Estate, organic cocoa butter and organic cane sugar for a luscious, light flavor.

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Shrimp Cocktail Coupe

$80

With a pink stem and a prawn dangling off the side of the rim, this borosilicate glass Shrimp Cocktail Coupe from Maison Balzac is chic and playful. The stylish serveware, which also comes in a larger platter size that features a second dangling shrimp, can hold any type of shellfish, dip or even dessert.

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Indigo De Souza: Younger & Dumber

From North Carolina-based recording artist Indigo De Souza’s forthcoming album, All of This Will End (out 28 April), comes the thoughtful, honest and emotional lead single, “Younger & Dumber,” along with an official music video that was directed by De Souza and features collaborative costume design by her mother, Kimberly Oberhammer (who also created the album’s artwork). For the video, in which De Souza wears …

King Isis: in my ways

Oakland, California-born singer-songwriter King Isis follows their first single “4leaf clover” with the new cut, “in my ways.” With an easygoing melody and fuzzy guitar, the indie track is equal parts angsty and bright. It is “about being stuck in a cycle of your own creation,” says the artist in a statement. “You don’t quite know how to get out of it just yet and …

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Six classic drinks from the beloved West Village trattoria

“Hip-Hop: Conscious, Unconscious” at NYC’s Fotografiska

In collaboration with Mass Appeal, the photography museum celebrates the worldwide cultural phenomenon

On now at NYC’s Fotografiska, Hip-Hop: Conscious, Unconscious comprises photography, video and artifacts from the early days of a Bronx-born subculture that came to influence the world. Co-curated by Sacha Jenkins (filmmaker, writer and Mass Appeal‘s chief creative officer) and Sally Berman (visual director at Hearst, formerly at Mass Appeal and XXL), the show features work by Lisa Leone, Jamel Shabazz, Janette Beckman, Angela Boatwright, …

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The Album Leaf and Bat For Lashes: Near

Album Leaf (LA-based artist Jimmy LaValle’s ambient-leaning project) teams up with Bat For Lashes (aka singer-songwriter, musician and producer Natasha Khan) on the enchanting “Near.” The luminescent, layered track will appear on Future Falling (out 5 May), LaValle’s first album in seven years, which will also feature Kimbra. He says in a statement that the process of making “Near” with Khan was organic: “I had …

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Layla

Following “I Killed Captain Cook,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released “Layla”—both tracks from the highly anticipated upcoming double album, V (out 17 March). Frontman Ruban Nielson, who is of Hawaiian and Maori heritage, says the sound was inspired by “the rich traditions of West Coast AOR, classic hits, weirdo pop and Hawaiian Hapa-haole music.”

Frank Sauvaire

French fashion photographer Franck Sauvaire has been visiting ibiza over the last 16 years. Ibiza – Isla En El Mar is a collection of hundreds of his photographs capturing the ecstasy and agony of this island, its inhabitants and its visitors. From crystal clear waters, to dusky panoramic vistas and drug fuelled dancing, the book lends an intriguing insight for people yet to visit the …

Gary Taxali

Gary Taxali is a commercial illustrator and artist who's work has appeared in many major publications. He mixes medias and styles to create a truly unique characteristic, often resulting in some irony or humor. His site includes lots of commercial work, but also some personal stuff (which is always more interesting). via the hot new site all about contemporary art, socialpest

wiPod

No, it's not a WiFi enabled iPod. wiPod is a downloadable app from Bay Area Free WiFi that puts a directory of free hot spots on your iPod. Super handy if you're toting your warez around the Bay Area, as so many people out there do. Check out their site for more info, or just download the app. via near-near-future