Nike’s Experimental 2020 ISPA Releases

The "Improvise. Scavenge. Protect. Adapt." label references previous releases while remaining future-forward

Architectural Storyteller Olalekan Jeyifous’ Vision for Afrofuturist Brooklyn

From aeroponics and cooperative farms to rainwater harvesting and freshwater marshes, Brooklyn-based visual artist Olalekan Jeyifous’ vision for his neighborhood of the last 20 years, Crown Heights, incorporates eco- and agro-futurism, while embracing Afrofuturism, too. The artist refers to his sci-fi concept as “implausible architecture,” but relishes in the opportunity to tell a utopian tale with his art. Jeyifous was slated to exhibit at this …

Pebble Incense Holder

$29

Maison Balzac’s “Le Galet,” aka the Pebble incense holder, straddles playful and sophisticated design. Now available in white, the minimal vessel is also made in pink, amber and black, and holds one standard stick at a time. Crafted from 100% borosilicate glass, the appealing organic shape complements all styles of decor.

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An International Weekly Publication Made for Inmates, InHouse Magazine

An offshoot of InHouse Records (a non-profit organization that offers graphic design courses as well as existing as a record label that functions inside and outside UK prisons), InHouse magazine recently launched and contains content aimed to inspire, educate and entertain inmates—who are currently spending more time alone due to COVID-19 precautions. Helmed by London-based graphic designed Hannah Lee and founded by Judah Armani, the …

LEGO Art’s Puzzle-Like Reproductions of Famous Works

LEGO’s newest category, LEGO Art, allows kids and adults alike to assemble reproductions of famous artworks, grand depictions of film figures and more. The pieces are slightly different than LEGO’s signature blocks, resulting in a vertical image to hang on a wall (rather than a 3D structure). It’s easiest to imagine them as caps on a cylindrical peg. Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe will be …

Online Exhibitions Exploring Race, Resistance and Resilience

Writing for Smithsonian Magazine, Jennifer Nalewicki has listed eight art exhibitions online currently that center around Black history, racism, protest and identity. Including Nina Chanel Abney’s gorgeous work (that she herself describes as “colorfully seductive and deceptively simple investigations of contemporary cultural issues”), Jacob Lawrence and Jordan Casteel, the list comprises talented painters—but there are also photo shows and exhibits of historical ephemera. From art …

Milton Glaser Explains His Final Project, “Together”

Milton Glaser—celebrated graphic designer and creator of the “I ♥ NY” logo, among many other era-defining images—passed away last Friday, on his 91st birthday. Five weeks prior, Glaser called Jeremy Elias, who had sent a question to his office a few hours before. The chat unfolded into an interview. There, Glaser explains that “Together” (one of his final projects, made in response to the ongoing …

823’s “Hopes and Dreams Club” Encourages Photographic Exploration

Monthly projects to inspire and motivate photographers of all skill levels

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Refillable All-Surface Cleaner

$20

Veles’ all-surface cleaner uses food waste-derived water as its base. Dubbed “resource negative,” this cleaner also employs an alcohol—a naturally occurring ethanol formed from fermentation. Its other ingredients also adhere to the brand’s eco-friendly mission, and ultimately reduce the footprint of its user. Safe for ceramics, glass, fiberglass, chrome, painted metal, stainless steel, plastic and acrylic, the cleaner should be patch-tested for marble, wood and …

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Crew Of Defenders Tie-Dye T-Shirt

$40

New from Parks Project, this boxy T-shirt boasts a distinctly ’60s vibe via tie-dye, cartoonish illustration and peaceful messaging. A bear carrying a flag that reads “Parks protect all life” is front and center, flanked by mushrooms, flowers, squirrels and a dove. Hand-dyed in DTLA, this 100% cotton shirt comes in size XS to XXXL. A portion of the proceeds goes to the National Parks …

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Tripod Table

$180

Crafted from baltic birch and aircraft-grade aluminum, Intension Design’s Tripod Table can be adjusted to make your mobile workplace more comfortable. Whether you require it at its tallest (4.8 feet) or you only need a bit of elevation (1.8 feet), the birch plate—affixed to a quick-release tripod—keeps your laptop in place. Its ability to break down makes traveling with it easy too.

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Southeast Asian Starter Trio

$29

Omsom’s starters comprise the sauces, aromatics, and seasonings needed to cook quintessential Southeast Asian dishes like Vietnamese Lemongrass BBQ, Thai Larb, and Filipino Sisig. The Omsom Sampler Trio—a box of six starters; two for each aforementioned dish—comes complete with cooking instructions. Each serves two or three people, meaning the pack provides the base for 12 to 18 meals. Plus, 5% of their June sales go …

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Tei Shi: Goodbye

Lush and spacey, “Goodbye” by Tei Shi (aka Valerie Teicher) appears on the singer/songwriter/producer’s EP Die 4 Ur Love—following last year’s La Linda. It’s mellow and graceful, while remaining a tenacious break-up song with no-nonsense lyrics like “Thought I’d let you know you’re so boring / Also I’m sick of your shit.” Moreover, it’s an ode to finding freedom and self-worth and Teicher’s vocals float …

Eddie Chacon: My Mind is Out Of Its Mind

From his upcoming album, Pleasure, Joy and Happiness, Eddie Chacon’s “My Mind is Out Of Its Mind” feels at once nostalgic and current—with a hint of ’80s smooth soul/jazz/pop, coupled with contemporary flourishes. The meditative, self-reflective song—produced by the brilliant John Carroll Kirby—proves Chacon’s immense songwriting ability. The music industry veteran started his first band when he was 12 years old, and was half of the …

Pokémon Go Creator Niantic Labs Partners with Sleep No More’s Punchdrunk Theatre Company

The groundbreaking immersive theatrical experience Sleep No More first welcomed guests to experience its uniquely interactive, multi-narrative and non-linear mash-up of Macbeth and a haunted hotel in 2011, across several floors of a building in NYC. Five years later, the augmented reality game Pokémon Go swept the world, inviting users to experience AR in an exciting, engaging new way. Now, UK-based Punchdrunk Theatre Company (the imagination and …

Orville Peck: Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat Cover)

Since its 1984 release, Bronski Beat’s seminal “Smalltown Boy” has remained an expression of hope and liberation from isolation and homophobia—and now masked cowboy Orville Peck has recorded a cover of the electro-pop anthem. Replacing the synth riff with a twangy one, and Jimmy Somerville’s soaring falsetto with his own booming, classically trained vocals, Peck transforms the classic (along with some steel guitar) while remaining just …

Eau de Space Perfume Replicates the Scent of Outer Space

Based upon the smell of outer space, recreated from various “natural flavors and ingredients for the food and beverage industry,” and verified by multiple astronauts (including space shuttle pilot Tony Antonelli, who described his experience of smelling space as “strong and unique” and “nothing like anything” he’d smelled on Earth), Eau de Space translates the cosmos into a perfume. Developed by chemist Steve Pearce, who …

Baby Yors: Suddenly

Argentina-born, New York-based recording artist Baby Yors (aka Marco Palou) wrote “Suddenly” nearly three years ago and has performed the vocal-flexing ballad at almost all of his live shows since. During quarantine, however, the song has taken on new meaning for the queer artist, and several realizations about confinement, communication and expression led him to choreograph, produce, direct and edit an official music video himself—with …

Black in Fashion Council Promotes Accountability Culture

On a mission to expand the breakthroughs around Black Lives Matter into longterm practices that protect marginalized Black employees in the fashion industry, PR consultant Sandrine Charles and Teen Vogue editor in chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner formed the Black in Fashion Council this June. Along with an impactful executive board and guidance from Human Rights Campaign, the council will establish inclusivity benchmarks, as well as …

Sweet Brazil Chocolates

In Brazil, like most everywhere else, Easter tradition dictates giving chocolate eggs to relatives and friends. With the motto "Life has more taste when we feed our eyes before we delight the palate," Sweet Brazil Chocolates have been producing wonderful "design chocolate" since 1987—a superior choice for celebrating the holiday. While every major chocolate brand working double to fill the supermarkets with thematic eggs—like Hello …

Edward Burtynsky: China

Edward Burtynsky photographs a world changing for the purposes of industrial development. His most recent book, China, is a glimpse into the massive social and economic transformation currently underway as China tries to join the ranks of more industrialized nations. Burtynsky says that “these images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, …

This Old Thing Pleated Ties

Adding a bit of irreverence to the necktie, these ties by This Old Thing look like something Edward Scissorhands might wear. We found the goth accessory at the new Brooklyn boutique Alter, which was founded by the same fashion duo behind This Old Thing. Made from vintage ties, the asymmetrical staggered look comes from little more than a series of simple sewn pleats but the …