Audi’s 2020 RS 6 Avant Was 20+ Years in The Making

The carmaker's hero wagon makes its welcomed return

An Ever-Growing Database of Good News

Meant to “move our attention beyond dramatic news headlines to the slow developments and quiet trends that go unseen, uncelebrated,” Beautiful News (by Information Is Beautiful) stores infographics and research results that deviate from the grim headlines found more commonly. Updated daily, the graphics detail positive developments in the fight against climate change, news of rising global literacy, falling mortality rates—even the announcement of new …

Dustin Feline Vision Skateboard Deck

$50

An 8.5-inch board dedicated to one of their team members, Canadian skateboarder Dustin Henry, the “Feline Vision” deck from NYC-based Alltimers features a dozen cats staring out with their eyeballs flared in a camera flash. The top is a purple woodgrain and sports the familiar Alltimers martini glass logo. Alltimers boards are of solid enough construction for skating on the street, parks or pools.

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Link About It

Stories from around the web that we think you should read

How Like-Free Instagram Will Look

Instagram will begin to hide “like” counts on posts this week for certain users in the US—an expansion of testing that’s already begun in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. As Instagram has made clear, likes aren’t completely gone; they will be visible to users on their own photos and videos, just not to their followers. Business Insider has provided a screenshot …

Turning Big-Box Store Parking Lots into Urban Farms

French design firm Studio NAB has proposed the Car Parks 2.0 concept, which strips away asphalt in the acres and acres dedicated to big-box store parking lots, in order to expose the soil trapped beneath and utilize a portion for urban farming. The concept envisions two other sections: one where the community can grow and another where some parking spaces remain, but where the asphalt …

Ivory Coast Artist O’Plérou Grebet’s Africa-Centric Emojis

21-year-old Ivory Coast-based O’Plérou Grebet noticed a lack of applicable emojis for many Africans to use in everyday instant messaging and did something about it. Grebet’s emoji library Zouzoukwa (meaning “picture” in his first language Bété) includes 200+ images from food to furniture, facial reactions, tools, and more. “I love it because it’s exactly why my project is useful to an African, it fills a …

2020 CES Innovation Award Honorees Announced

Billed as the world’s largest technology and innovation conference, the CTA’s CES (in Las Vegas every January) offers media, fellow industry folks, and investors in on all of the newest gadgets, software, and product announcements from established and emerging brands. As such, and to organize the show a bit, Innovation Award Honorees are named annually to spotlight significant advancements, ingenious inventions, and interesting design. From …

Two All-New Lincoln SUVs: The 2020 Corsair + Aviator

American-made luxury autos that steer the brand toward a bright future

Buy Guide

The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Outdoor Kimono HAORI

$675

Designed in Japan, this kimono comes features a traditional, hip-length silhouette, but is extra durable and warm thanks to its 100% polyester POLARTEC® 300 make-up. The kimono—because of the technology at play in the fabric—regulates the interior temperature to suit the wearer’s current needs, thus preventing overheating or sudden chills. Altogether it’s a stylish and functional garment that can be worn in the city, or …

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TWA Hotel Cashmere Sweater

$249

Made by Alex Mill for TWA, this super-soft sweater boasts the now-defunct airline’s iconic logo and is available in six colorways—our pick being the original’s red and white. Celebrating the legendary Eero Saarinen and his JFK terminal for the airline (which has since been converted into a hotel), the design is sleek and minimal, but striking. Made from 100% cashmere, this sweater is available from …

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Yoyo+ Travel Stroller

$499

The 14-pound Babyzen YOYO+ folds up to fit in overhead compartments and trunks with ease, and is remarkably quick and simple to unfold one-handed. Unlike other travel strollers, it’s also well-designed enough to double as an everyday stroller if needed. All-day functionality includes multiple and ample storage areas, a generous sunshade and a reclining seat. It’s also available in several colorways.

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Sterling Silver Ewok Necklace

$135

Limited to 1,000 pieces, this 100% solid sterling silver Ewok necklace is an essential for Star Wars fans. Weighing 18 grams and hanging from a 24-inch chain, each Ewok has two black crystal eyes and its unique series number engraved on it. All necklaces comes in a limited edition collector’s box, which features a lavish embossed exterior and metallic silkscreen art on the inside.

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Tennis: Runner

Lustful and romantic, “Runner” by Tennis (aka husband and wife Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley) sets the tone for the duo’s forthcoming album, Swimmer, which is set for release in February. The song—which happens to be the first tune written for the new record—is paired with a video directed by long-time collaborator Luca Venter. Inspired by a “love for old musicals and all things Gene …

Róisín Murphy: Narcissus

Teaming up again with longtime collaborator Crooked Man (aka DJ Parrot), Róisín Murphy has released the disco bop “Narcissus,” a follow up to the glorious “Incapable.” Beginning with funk guitar, a thumping bass line, and sparkling strings, the song pays homage to house, disco and funk of yesteryear. Murphy’s familiar voice appears almost three minutes into the song, telling an abridged story of the paranoia and …

Premiere: “The Performer” by James Righton

A collision of uncertainty, empowerment and stage presence in the single and music video

“Am I this showman up on stage? Or am I the dad changing nappies? Am I living in the moment and doing something enjoyable? Or am I fucking miserable?” James Righton asks us, ahead of the release of his debut solo album The Performer. “I find that really interesting: this idea of putting on a suit and becoming this other thing,” the Klaxons frontman continues. …

Interview: NTS Radio’s Sean McAuliffe and Lizzy King on the Work In Progress Program

How the online radio platform can award six artists with equipment, mentors, showtime, and more each year

Listen Up

From a meditative tune to an effervescent disco banger, our favorite tracks from this week

Mura Masa feat. slowthai: Deal Wiv It

Punk-inspired electronic producer Mura Masa and UK rapper slowthai (aka Tyron Frampton) collide for “Deal Wiv It,” an unapologetic tune about how to respond to someone who tells you that you’ve changed. The chorus, comprised of chopped vocal samples (slowthai repeating the song’s title), leads into verses backed by a thumping bass and filtered guitar. It’s a slight deviation for both artists, but the collaboration …

Peter Cat Recording Co: We’re Getting Married

Slow and expansive, Peter Cat Recording Co’s “We’re Getting Married” is a tribute to the real-life marriage of one of the New Dehli-based band’s members. Frontman Suryakant Sawhney’s vocals carry the track, and contrast the staccato guitar and bass. His tone harkens back to Sam Cooke or Dean Martin, but the band is far more progressive. They’ve dabbled in electronic, acid jazz, ambient, and indie. …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

International art news, Africa-centric emojis, architecture, cassette tape clothing and more

Pretty Ricky’s Channels the Spirit of the Lower East Side

From its luminous neon sign to its beer club tasting program, new vitality on an iconic NYC corner

Eclipse Foods’ Plant-Based Ice Cream Launches in the US

Eschewing all common allergens and cow's milk, an equally "creamy" frozen treat

Courtesy of a bit of brilliance and plenty of taste-testing, Eclipse Foods‘ plant-based ice cream launched nationally this week, and certainly passes as dairy, if nobody mentions its ingredients. The Berkeley-based company, founded by plant-based food professionals Thomas Bowman and Aylon Steinhart, seeks to bypass the shortcomings of many dairy-free, nut-based, and even traditional milks by replicating the composition of the best milk from cows …

Limited Edition Miranda July Print

$100

Swim and lingerie brand Araks has teamed up several creatives (from Maggie Gyllenahaal to Samira Nasr and Pamela Love) for their Lingerie On Film project. This year’s collection of photographs includes this image by Miranda July. Measuring 11 by 17 inches, the limited edition print is available at six different prices (from $100) and all proceeds are donated to Planned Parenthood. Ultimately the brand will …

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Menswear Label Willem’s Contrasting Artistic Influences

Ahead of the brand's first-ever NYC pop-up, we speak with founder Sean McDonagh

Tropical Forest Puffer

$275

The Tropical Forest Puffer from Farm Rio (a group of creatives based in Rio de Janeiro) stands out for its atypical silhouette and gloriously loud design. The cropped jacket features a patterned polyester vest and hood, cozy fleece sleeves and an adjustable drawstring waist. Plus, for every purchase, a tree is planted thanks to the brand’s partnership with One Tree Planted.

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