NYC’s Cannabis Design Shop Alcove Launches eCommerce

Weed accessories and CBD goods crafted with the utmost care, now online

Norwegian Island Wishes to Eradicate Time

On the island of Sommaroey, which doesn’t see a sunset for 69 straight days each year, residents are lobbying for a “time-free” period in which no one abides by the ticking of the clock. Traditional business hours would be pushed aside and bedtimes would occur naturally in an effort to allow citizens to enjoy the sunny months—as their situation is inverted from November to January …

Pourigami Coffee Maker

$30

Available on Kickstarter now, MiiR’s Pourigami pour-over system is a carry-able coffee maker that doesn’t succumb to the constraints of instant coffee alternatives or clunky camping presses. Three sleek slats of stainless steel (in black, stainless steel or white) interlock and form a nest for coffee filters. The system weighs just four ounces and, when unassembled, packs flat. Testing it out at this year’s Outdoor …

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3D Light Projecting the Buddha in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in danger, the Buddha complex and surrounding cliffs and valleys in Bamiyan, Afghanistan survived 1,500 years before the Taliban blasted away the two giant statues in 2001. Today, many archaeologists oppose restoration for fear of future Taliban action and concerns that the damage is already far too great. While the focus turns to conservation and stabilization, Chinese family Janson Hu …

The Trevor Project’s Largest National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health

This month, LGBTQ+ suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization The Trevor Project released their annual survey results incorporating data from 34,808 respondents aged 13 to 24 years old—their largest number to date. The statistics behind these human lives are startling: LGBTQ+ youth who experienced discrimination were twice as likely to attempt suicide, for example. The study—and their annual Live event, where we were the guest …

Arctic Saver Tower Concept Seeks to Slow Ice Melting

The futuristic Arctic Saver Tower—designed by Yiyang Xu and Jingyi Ye of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology—aims to keep glaciers frozen and prolong winter in the region, thus extending the migration periods for many different animals there. The creation would function both above and below sea level. One unit underneath stores seawater, while two units above “are exposed to cold air during …

Seven Oft-Overlooked Queer Activists

Pride season, as Them says, oftentimes doubles as queer history month. While many people are aware of significant names like Harvey Milk, Martha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, there are countless lesser-known individuals who played (and continue to play) vital roles in fighting for rights, representation and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. From Karl Heinrich Ulrichs to Harry Hay and Victoria Cruz, Them has created …

Word of Mouth: Shelter Island

A verdant respite with plenty of creature comforts above the Hamptons

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UNTITLED. (2018)

$265

Richard Colman’s exquisite work blends figurative imagery, geometry and delicious hues. The six-color screen-print, “UNTITLED.” (2018) is available in an edition of 45 and each is numbered and signed by the artist. Price is in Euros.

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The Bastard Cookbook

$43

Rirkrit Tiravanija and Antto Melasniemi’s The Bastard Cookbook is part cooking guide and part exploration of cosmopolitanism. Inside there are recipes from Tiravanija and Melasniemi (aka the “Bastard Brothers”) accompanied by interviews with chefs and purveyors, insights from journalists and scholars and plenty of photography. The pair has cooked together everywhere—from Bangkok, Venice and Stockholm to Basel, Hong Kong and NYC—and The Bastard Cookbook is …

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Glass Sip Straws

$25

Available in three iterations (smooth, swirl or dot), HAY’s Sip Straws are made from colorful, dishwasher-safe borosilicate glass. Crafted to resemble plastic straws, these eco-friendly versions can be used with hot or cold drinks. Each set comes with six straws in six different hues—and a cleaning brush.

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édition 3 Low Sneakers

$295

A collaboration between two future-forward French brands, high-quality footwear producer National Standard and active tailoring fashion house éclectic, the édition 3 sneaker features an attractive, uncommon Airnet upper. The honeycomb patterning of this very light, water-resistant material adds character to the playful shoe, which has been handcrafted in Portugal.

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Michael Kiwanuka feat. Tom Misch: Money

British artists Michael Kiwanuka and Tom Misch connect on an infectious track that’s heavily influenced by disco and funk. “I think I want everything,” Kiwanuka calls out at the track’s start. The tune is fun at heart, but as the breakdown begins, Kiwanuka chimes again, this time noting, “I’m spending without being ashamed / spending ’cause I’m all alone.” Despite the lyrics warning about the …

Cassius: Cassius 1999

DJ, producer and pioneer of the French electronic music scene, Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi has sadly passed away. Cerboneschi formed Cassius with Hubert Blanc-Francard (aka Boom Bass) in the late ’80s, releasing original sparkly house music, and also producing and remixing music for Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Robyn and others. The duo’s upbeat, luminous production saturated everything they touched, and they are set to release Dreems—their first …

Utah State University’s Outdoor Product Design Program

With their first graduating class out the door, the next generation of designers enter the industry with hands-on experience

It’s no secret that the outdoor industry is booming—look no further than the consistent enthusiasm for Patagonia, The North Face, Peak Design and others—not to mention the US government’s $373 billion valuation of the industry. It’s a hotbed for innovative material development, massive collections of utilitarian yet activity-specific gear, and preaches sustainability and resourcefulness. To have designers equipped to handle all of this, programs continue to …

Direct From NYC to Prague With United

Beginning at the sweeping Polaris Lounge, this business class experience offers plenty for long-haul travelers

United launched daily direct flights from NYC/Newark to Prague 7 June and we were aboard the inaugural trip—with access to the Polaris lounge and cabin. From the lounge to landing, we found the experience offers exactly what most air travel lacks: space. The sweeping 27,000-square-foot Polaris lounge at Newark is open and airy, yet separated in a manner that makes sense. The NYC Polaris lounge …

Great Jones Merges Passion for Cooking and Design

Cookware born from real-life city apartment kitchen experiences

If cookware recommendations naturally oscillate between the two poles of cost and quality (with hollow valleys between professional-grade, wedding-grade, and sufficient-enough-for-a-bachelor) newcomer Great Jones is adding another dimension to the conversation: style. Recently launched kitchenware start-ups tend to spout paraphrased direct-to-consumer talk, but lose sight of the larger picture by hyper-focusing on general specs. The women behind Great Jones—first-time entrepreneurs Maddy Moelis and Sierra Tishgart—exude …

Devendra Banhart: Kantori Ongaku

A tribute to Japanese pop act Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Haruomi Hosono, Devendra Banhart’s new single “Kantori Ongaku” taps into the singer/songwriter’s specific vein of clever, eccentric folk. The track, whose title translates to “country music,” releases with an absurdist, surreal and theatrical video directed by Giraffe Studios. “Kantori Ongaku” is from Banhart’s newly announced album, Ma, his first full-length in three years.

Spoon: No Bullets Spent

Spoon’s first new music since 2017’s Hot Thoughts, “No Bullets Spent” is an infectious pop-influenced post-punk tune that’s inimitably of the Austin band. With snappy, spry percussion, crisp riffs and frontman Britt Daniel’s vocals, the song will appear on the band’s best-of album, Everything Hits At Once: The Best of Spoon (out 26 July) and will surely make an appearance during their US tour this summer.

Danish Design Brand Vipp’s 80th Anniversary Products

Celebrating the legacy with their first-ever chair, French artist Vahram Muratyan's commemorative bin and new furniture

G-RO’s Push Forward Carry-on, the SIX

Another ergonomic development from the travel innovator

A quick glance at the SIX offers a hint at the groundbreaking industrial design team behind this new, push-forward carry-on suitcase. Those two patented GravityRoll wheels are in fact a descendant from the first and second iteration of axle-less wheels released by G-RO—the record-holder for most successful crowdfunded luggage campaign. The goal with this product, however, is to advance the push-forward carry-on to meet the …

Luke Temple: Wounded Brightness

From his upcoming album Both-And (out this August on Native Cat Recordings), Luke Temple’s song “Wounded Brightness” is exquisitely tranquil. With gentle bossa nova percussion, the song floats along delicately for the most part, but surges beautifully at times—especially at its almost-frenetic final moments. This is Temple’s first solo work since he released music under the Art Feynman moniker two years ago.

Chemical Brothers: Push the Button

The Chemical Brothers have always been hip – that goes without saying. But sometimes their music was a little irritating and somewhat too bombastic. Again, not saying they weren’t grounbreaking, but you know… But now with the release of Push the Button, the Chems again push ahead of the pack – so much in fact, they got Q-Tip to sing on their funky, Middle Eastern-tinged …

Hayat Benchenaa Radio Alarm Clock

Hayat Benchenaa, where have you been all my life?? Hayat has created a radio alarm clock that puts my four devices to shame. This is how it works. When the alrarm is set the Sfera dims and the music fades as you fall asleep. When it goes off in the morning, you have to reach up and tap it to activate the snooze. Then the …

Kidrobot x Nike x Barneys

Just when I start to become the slightest bit jaded about the whole collaboration – quick strike – limited edition thing, something new and exciting surfaces to restore my faith. This time it's a hot little 3 way: Nike, Kidrobot and Barney's. Both colorways have a finish that makes them look like they're straight off a vinyl doll. Details after the jump. Based on the …