Costa Rica’s Eco-Friendly Kasiiya Papagayo Retreat

A rejuvenating sanctuary set oceanside

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 …

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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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 …

Climate Neutral Certification Organization to Launch at Outdoor Retailer

Launching at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (which begins on 18 June), non-profit organization Climate Neutral will certify brands that meet extensive criteria and educate others on the value of offsetting carbon emissions. Carbon Neutral also wants to demonstrate that achieving a green mission doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, the cost to offset a winter jacket (which requires 15 kg CO2e to produce) is …

Bronze Age Bagels Were Bite-Sized

In Austria, artifacts from an archaeological excavation in the ’70s prove to be pieces of 3,000-year-old bagels. The charred bread, which was likely baked or air-dried in ovens researchers uncovered nearby, was prepared by mixing finely ground flour and water (ultimately making a “wet cereal mixture” dough) and measured an inch and a half in diameter. The discovery is rare, researchers admit, because food materials …

The State of the Art World According to Art Basel

Despite there being nearly 300 art fairs globally, none come close to the prestige and forecasting power of Art Basel, currently in the midst of its 50th edition. The fair offers an opportunity to catch developments in the primary market, where art is sold by galleries for the first time (quite different than auction prices or other secondary market ones). This year, “The gallerists have …

Interview: Artist Ugo Rondinone

Insight from the sculptor in advance of his Sunny Days exhibition at Guild Hall

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Kigelia Corrective Moisturizer

$85

Made with certified organic, sustainably sourced Kigelia africana, this cruelty-free moisturizer both corrects and nourishes skin. The Kigelia fruit is traditionally used by South Africans to soothe skin and by Malawians for medicine. The potion by LUXE Botanics also includes vegetable glycerine, lemon, lavender and more, and the result is a light gel that’s perfect for hot, humid summer days. Full of antioxidants and free of …

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Universal Pride Flatform Sandals

$80

From the top, these sandals look like classic Tevas. But from the side, a stacked rainbow flatform celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. With $15 from the purchase of each pair going to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, buying these sandals means sending support to an organization that contributes to summer camp scholarships for LGBTQ+ kids. While made for all genders, they’re listed in traditional women’s sizes.

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Componibili Bio

$155

Iconic design brand Kartell teamed up with bioplastic producer Bio-on for a “fully sustainable” iteration of their Componibili storage unit. This particular design (which has been available for 50+ years) is made from biomass constructed from agricultural waste that’s fermented by bacteria and turns into natural polyesters. It looks and feels like plastic. Available in yellow, pink, grey and green, this is the first ready-to-buy product made …

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The Plant Shoe

$200

A first-ever for the sneaker industry, Native’s The Plant Shoe is a low-cut silhouette made entirely from plant-based materials. From the eucalyptus pulp lasting board to the pineapple husk upper, the sneaker adheres to 100% zero-waste biodegradability standards, is aerobically compostable and is Certified Animal Free. The cork midsole (something a few brands are turning to for its antimicrobial properties) lends comfortability, while a cotton …

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KT Tunstall: Little Red Thread

A sweeping orchestral remix of KT Tunstall’s most recent single “Little Red Thread” finds the original track’s guitar work replaced with a Matthew Sheeran score performed by the Budapest Scoring Orchestra. The crisp acoustic string work accents Tunstall’s captivating voice—enhancing its dramatic highs. A video, directed and edited by Mark Haldane, pairs live footage from the vocal and orchestral recording sessions to great effect.

Flume feat. London Grammar: Let You Know

The newest release from Flume (aka Harley Streten), “Let You Know” is an intergalactic track that’s certainly of the producer’s sonic style, but undeniably fresh. Vocals by London Grammar’s Hannah Reid lend to the song’s vibrancy. This is the second single since the release of Streten’s EP, Hi This Is Flume, earlier this year. Flume is also embarking on a world tour beginning 2 August …

Dyson’s Pure Cool Me Purifying Fan

A suite of innovations make this appliance a welcome addition to any space

Fusing two of the brand’s most popular devices, Dyson‘s Pure Cool Me operates as both a purifier and a fan and is the ideal size for a desk or bedside table. The brand’s first personal purifying fan, the appliance pulls air in through its cylindrical base and propels purified air out of the upper, orb-like fan—trapping the mold, pollen, allergens, bacteria and ultra-fine particles that …

Studio Visit: Artist Jon Barwick

The NYC-based artist creates rich, layered work inspired by architecture and rooted in visionary techniques

Listen Up

Captivating electronic work from Flume, a track with 100+ featured vocals, a poignant debut and more new music

Evidence of Ancient Pot-Smoking Discovered

Buried in the 2,500-year-old Jirzankal Cemetery in the eastern Pamirs region of Central Asia, newly-found traces of potent cannabis offer rare archaeological evidence of pot-smoking. Researchers analyzed 10 bowls found at the site—all contained “small stones that had been exposed to high heat” and nine of them contained cannabis. More importantly, the strain was THC-dominant and implies it was used for its psychoactive properties. Mark …

Inside the Encyclopedia of Strangely Named Animals, Volume One

Documenting the undersea Wunderpus photogenicus, sarcastic fringehead and the scuttling Sparklemuffin, the Encyclopedia of Strangely Named Animals, Volume One basks in the silliness of animal names—both scientific and common. Within, children’s book authors Fredrik Colting and Melissa Medina explore a menagerie of creatures, and the stories behind their names—and Artist Vlad Stankovic provides watercolor illustrations that are reminiscent of biology books from yesteryear. Altogether, it’s …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An ambitious architectural project, strangely named animals, ancient marijuana-smoking and more from around the web

Word of Mouth: Wrigleyville, Chicago

Fresh fare, sophisticated hotels and more in the iconic baseball neighborhood

Highlights From the Inaugural EDIT Napoli

An exciting contemporary design fair set inside a Gothic-era church and monastery

Pin Stripe Track Suit

From today’s DailyCandy: Today Puma unveils its pin-striped tracksuit. Supply is limited: only 345 worldwide. Priced to move, as they say on the trading floor. Made from traditional wool-suit fabric, each comes with standard pant details (satin lining, pin tucks down the leg, button closure on the back pocket). The blousy zip-up jacket, however, may have a cute little watch pocket but is far from …

New iPod

It doesn’t take much hunting today to find the news of Apple’s new iPods. They are smaller and lighter with more storage space (15 and 30 GB). There’s a new dock. And they, as well as the older versions, integrate seamlessly with the new music download service offered via the iTunes upgrade. The new version of iTunes also includes Rendezvous based music sharing. That means …

Fun Blank CDs and DVDs

5 Inch is a little Chicago design shop with fantastic blank disc art and innovative little cases.