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Time’s Top 100 Inventions of 2020

Annually, Time Magazine publishes a list of their favorite products released that year. For 2020, the publication’s 100 Best Inventions includes available items and prototypes from 24 categories including Sustainability, Wellness, Augmented Reality and Accessibility. The magazine’s editors made a concerted effort to include products that change how we live. These entries offer practical solutions to problems like more affordable higher education, making rough terrain …

Square Shirt Dress

$160

NorBlack NorWhite’s Square Shirt Dress may be billowy and comfortable, but the two- or three-color ombre viscose-satin elevates it above the humble “house dress.” Available in various bold, sophisticated hues, each dress is individually hand-dyed and comes in just one size. The brand was founded by Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumar (both raised in Toronto) who moved to Bombay over a decade ago in order …

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Daniel Arsham To Become The First Artist Appointed Creative Director of an NBA Team

Brooklyn-based, Ohio-born Daniel Arsham is set to become the creative director for the Cleveland Cavaliers—the first time an NBA team has tapped an artist for the expansive position. No stranger to high-profile collaborations, Arsham’s new role includes revitalizing the team’s entire brand—from jerseys and apparel to the arena and even social media and merch. The fine artist and Snarkitecture co-founder will also manage collaborative initiatives …

Cal Hunt’s Solo Dance, “Gliding: From Brooklyn to Paris,” at the French Institute Alliance Française’s Le Petit Gala

In the midst of the pandemic, fundraising events for educational and cultural institutions have modified to meet the health and safety needs of their supporters. NYC-based French Institute Alliance Française’s Le Petit Gala embodies this with a particular elegance. Streamed for free on Vimeo, the gala’s hybrid programming featured three lives performances (and a boxed dinner one could order for home, in advance) for audiences at …

Carlo Ratti Associati’s Eco-Friendly Scribit Pens

Completely compostable and filled with edible ink, design agency Carlo Ratti Associati’s eco-friendly Scribit pens aim to curb the damage done to the environment by the 1.6 billion plastic pens thrown out each year. Three models with refillable barrels exist—one from responsibly farmed wood; another from recycled, anodized aluminum; and one from biodegradable PHB plastic (which, unlike the other two, could still potentially shed microplastics). …

The Sonic Pulse of the Ocean

“You need to know what the habitat sounds like when it’s healthy. When the soundscape has changed, the habitat may have changed, too,” Chong Chen, a deep-sea biologist at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, tells The New York Times. This statement informs a burgeoning field of aquatic research wherein acousticians catalogue deep-sea soundscapes in order to understand and track issues in various …

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Maya the Mermaid Doll

$72

With the purchase of Cuddle + Kind’s handcrafted, premium cotton-constructed Maya the Mermaid doll, 10 meals are donated to schoolchildren who are in need—via partnerships with World Food Program USA’s School Meals Program, Children’s Hunger Fund, Breakfast Club of Canada and WE Charity School Nutrition Program. Further, the sale of these fair-trade dolls also supports 750 artisans in Peru. Maya is handmade in two sizes …

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The Art of Weed Butter

$15

Tenured interdisciplinary cannabis entrepreneur Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey authored The Art of Weed Butter—part guidebook, part memoir, and entirely an advocate for the thoughtful use of cannabis and cannabutter. With recipes for 35 edibles, Aggrey’s book delves into infusion techniques and the optimal way to transfer THC from cannabis. It also addresses the racist, social justice failures that have plagued decades of marijuana policing.

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Saguaro Coffee Glasses

$55

When stacked upside-down, these bright green Saguaro glasses resemble a cactus. The set (from DOIY Design) comprises six different shapes—two cups with handles, three without and one with a rounded bottom—all of which have an eight-ounce capacity. Not only do they create the silhouette of a Saguaro when stacked, they also serve different purposes individually. Dishwasher- and freezer-safe, they’re a playful addition to any at-home …

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Smoke + Petals 1000 Piece Puzzle

$36

Photographer Carl Ostberg’s tantalizing image of flowers smoking weed has been transformed into a bright, colorful and alluring 1000-piece puzzle. Cut from thick-stock board composed of 100% recycled paper, the completed image measures out to 19.25 by 26.6 inches. It’s a collaboration between Ostberg, Piecework puzzles and the cherished cannabis-centric magazine Broccoli.

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Bassically: You Got It

For the month of April, while in quarantine in Thailand, London-based music producer, songwriter and composer Bassically (aka Raz Olsher) utilized his time in isolation to pen one track each day. He called this rigorous, inspiring project Audio Diaries. Now, Olsher’s released the ambient, atmospheric and hypnotic “You Got It,” a track from his forthcoming album, also called Audio Diaries (out 27 November)—a nod to …

ROZET: RIGAMAROLE

Accompanied by a cinematic self-directed music video, ROZET’s “RIGAMAROLE” acts as a response to current societal trends and tribulations. “I looked up and found myself fed up with society around me,” the Texas-based artist explains in a release. “To keep from projecting my frustrations onto others I started texting myself a combination of poetry and questions for the gods, deities and universe. But, one day …

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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Commands Attention

Behind the wheel of the brand's new flagship vehicle

French Running Brand Satisfy’s “Inner Trip Center” Short Film

A new collection and video epitomize their spiritual approach to sports

With a more spiritual approach to exercise than other sportswear manufacturers, French brand Satisfy launches its latest collection today and it’s accompanied by Inner Trip Center—a short film that explores sound, silence and environment. For the film, the Satisfy team accompanied composer, musician and producer Stephen O’Malley on a trip to the Baltic Island of Fårö, Sweden. Part performance, part interview, the cinematic piece centers …

Phony Ppl (feat. Joey Bada$$): On My Shit

Five-piece band Phony Ppl (Elbee Thrie, Elijah Rawk, Matt “Maffyuu” Byas, Aja Grant and Bari Bass) team up with Joey Bada$$ for “On My Shit,” a breezy, spirited ode to letting loose. The Brooklyn-based artists create a big vibe thanks to frontman Thrie’s insouciant vocals; elements of jazz, hip-hop and R&B; and measured but effortless rhymes from Bada$$. With a classic sci-fi introduction, the video …

Fousheé: single af

Along with her new song “single af,” Fousheé launched a break-up hotline (with real phone numbers to call) for individuals to share their best advice. Over a languid bass line, electric guitar and synths, Fousheé’s mellifluous vocals span the octaves. From her flawless falsetto to fast-paced delivery and meandering ad-libs, Fousheé blends contemporary elements with all the nostalgia of classic soul.

Holiday Gift Guides 2020: Musicality

For lovers of music, gifts that span genres and activities

Relevant Parties DFA Hoodie

$118

With a portion of DFA’s proceeds donated to North Brooklyn support networks, this hoodie is part of Carhartt WIP’s Relevant Parties project—seeing the Michigan-based brand team up with independent record labels (including Ninja Tune, Jazzy Sport, Stones Throw and more) for limited edition products. Made for all genders, the boxy cotton/polyester hoodie is intended to have a loose fit in order to rep the iconic …

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Fresh Air Gromeo Mini

$265

Comprised of Jade Pothos, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Dracaena Janet Craig and Parlour Palm plants, Habitat Horticulture’s Gromeo living wall frame offers all of the benefits of indoor plants without the requirement to water them. The Gromeo Mini (approximately 18 by 20 inches) comes pre-planted in HH’s Growtex foundation, housed inside a maple-finished plywood frame and with a one-gallon water reservoir, which keeps soil damp …

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