Inspiration Aplenty at Gather Festival, Stockholm

Insightful talks and workshops at the intersection of tech, art, science and humanity

SeaBubbles’ Flying Water Taxis Open For Public Trials in Paris

After successful tests in Lake Geneva and along the River Seine in Paris circa 2018, SeaBubbles’ Hydroptère “flying” water-taxi now opens for public trials until 20 September. Designed by aeronautical engineers, the four-person vehicle—which lifts a few meters into the air when moving—aims to reduce congestion on streets and provide a low-impact travel alternative. It’s powered by two electrically driven propellers—and batteries are recharged through …

In Search Of… Deluxe 4LP

$100

Available for pre-order now, a special four-vinyl edition of N*E*R*D’s seminal debut record In Search Of… features the US “rock version” and the European “electronic version”—each in their own two-LP gate-fold jacket. The 2001 album saw N*E*R*D (at the time Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley) catapult to international acclaim, thanks to their melding of countless genres (from funk to rock, hip-hop and beyond) …

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NASA-Built Autonomous Drone Set to Rove Titan

A mission to send a nuclear-powered, autonomously-operating drone to one of Saturn’s moons will commence in 2026—and the craft, nicknamed Dragonfly, will arrive in Titan’s atmosphere in 2034. Then, the sedan-sized probe will investigate the lower-gravity surface’s dunes, mountains, rivers, and lakes—and report back instantly (though a transmission takes almost two hours from Titan to Earth). Another one of Dragonfly’s tasks will be to create …

Paul Cocksedge’s Wooden Wave Pavilion at the 2019 London Design Festival

Now in its seventeenth year, the London Design Festival again celebrates imaginative work by a global roster of artists, architects and designers citywide. Commissioned by Broadgate, Paul Cocksedge’s large-scale pavilion, called “Please Be Seated,” makes this year’s highlights list. The designer employed scaffolding planks in this collaboration with ARUP and high-end interiors company, White & White. Each undulation can be used as an archway or …

Continental US’ Most Isolated Tribe Gets Internet

The ultra-remote Havasupai reservation, which sits at the floor of the Grand Canyon, remains inaccessible to cars, trains and, until now, broadband internet. Thanks to Oakland-based non-profit MuralNet, seven Havasupai families from the 450-member tribe can finally use cell phones and connect to the web. With help from Flagstaff-based Niles Radio, MuralNet installed “microwave hops” at the rim of the canyon that transmit signals down …

Legendary Art Director Peter Saville Designs the New PornHub Award

PornHub has revealed their new award, created by legendary English art director and designer Peter Saville. Eschewing the cliche and crass, the bright orange trophy is based on the molecular structure of sex hormones—resulting in an abstract and appealing shape. Saville tells Ad Age, “My intention was to maintain a degree of ambiguity in the final form the award took, with respect to the sexual …

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Reversible Glass Vase

$65

Available in three color combinations (pink/smoky blue, green/blue or red/blue), this reversible glass vase—designed by Tara Ashe—is both versatile and pretty. Flip it over depending on the size of your posy, or even display it empty. Standing at nine inches tall, the vase looks great as a set or on its own, and the bold hues add a splash of color to your bedroom, bathroom …

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Brass Pen + Walnut Stand

$100

Designed, manufactured and assembled by Grovemade in Portland, OR, this pen and stand set reflect four years of refined developments. The pen, precision machined from solid brass and later hand-polished, will adopt a distinct patina over time. Inside, high-quality Schmidt P8126 rollerball inserts can be replaced when used up. The accompanying stand pairs brass with an elegant, substantial American Black Walnut wood. It’s sturdy and …

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Mohair Blanket V01

$390

Based in NYC but producing high-quality pieces through artisans all over the world, Viso Project offers sophisticated, sustainable products in limited editions. The brand’s super-cozy Mohair Blanket V01 measures out to 135 by 200cm. The bold, abstract design is available in two colorways. Price is in GBP.

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Anti-Aging Face Cream

$26

Filled with 13 peptides, actives and antioxidants, Mad Hippie’s face cream comes in a travel-friendly 30ml bottle and combats signs of aging while offering hydration. The cream is gentle on sensitive skin and free from parabens, petrochemicals, phtalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances. Coconut and argan oil add a rich texture, contributing to the feeling of nourishment.

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Okay Kaya: Ascend And Try Again

Set to appear on Norwegian-born, NYC-based Okay Kaya’s next album (which is due out next year) “Ascend And Try Again” combines multiple genres, melding them together with haunting songwriting. The track itself literally describes the artist’s attempt to becoming scuba-certified for a role in a Swedish film—she was prone to ear infections and had to bow out—but it also stands in as a meditative guide …

Danny Brown: Best Life

Backed by a rich bassline and a select few samples, Danny Brown’s “Best Life” combines the artist’s charismatic cadence with Q-Tip’s illustrious production. It’s certainly jazz influenced but it also harkens back to the golden era of hip-hop—and Brown (aka Daniel Dewan Sewell) does far more than hold his own. “Best Life” will appear on his forthcoming album uknowhatimsayin¿, out on 4 October via WARP.

Non-Binary Version of “They” Added to the Dictionary

In a significant step toward inclusivity, and another reminder of how powerful words are, Merriam-Webster has added the non-binary “them” to their dictionary. While accepting that the singular “they” has actually been in use for centuries (since the late 1300s, in fact), by adding it as a non-binary pronoun Merriam-Webster reinforces a more recent and remarkably important development. As Dennis Baron, professor emeritus of English …

Interview: Discommon Founder Neil Ferrier

Insight from the industrial designer and "Chief Conspirator"

Asystem Provides Structure for Your Wellness Routine

The subscription-based set of supplements and skincare seeks to eliminate difficult decision-making and maximize performance

Assembling a standard routine for yourself can be difficult if overall health is the goal. People often seek out supplements, wellness and skincare products from a panoply of brands and sometimes that amalgamation feels disjointed and far from something anyone could maintain consistently. Asystem, knowing this, wants to make “betterment”—a term they define as “feeling your best so you can give your best”—simpler by consolidating …

The Delirians, Katzù Oso, É Arenas, Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas + Ulises Lozano: Los Ángeles Lindo Y Querido

Several Mexican-American musicians unite for “Los Ángeles Lindo Y Querido,” a three-track EP—and mashup compilation, produced by Ulises Lozano— that celebrates bicultural identity. Commissioned by Tecate, the collaborative project draws attention to Mexican-Americans’ influence on the culture of Los Angeles, and pride over Mexican roots and Mexican Independence Day. The mashup’s diverse sonic spectrum reflects many genres, but all of them toast to the same …

Eddie Money: Baby Hold On

Singer/songwriter Eddie Money (born Edward Mahoney) has died aged 70 years old. After initially aspiring to be a police officer, Brooklyn-born Money moved to California in the late ’60s, took on his stage name and became a regular fixture performing in the Bay Area. Money is perhaps best known for 1986’s “Take Me Home Tonight” (a duet with Ronnie Spector) and “Two Tickets to Paradise” …

Photo Essay: Harvest in Champagne, France with Bollinger

The 10 day-long task draws 100,000+ workers to the typically quaint region

COOL HUNTING VIDEO: Bonton Farms is Reviving a South Dallas Community

An agricultural center that enriches the lives of so many people

Devoción’s Cascara Bar Makes Use of the Coffee Fruit

From four pourable beverages to ice cream and a float, the offerings deviate from coffee shop mainstays

Be A Bag

Anya Hindmarch, a British accessories designer, created Be A Bag as a charitable promotion. She offers you the opportunity to transpose a photograph onto one of 6 different style bags. Check out the site for some examples and inspirations from all her famous friends.

Cellphones Made Easy

In today’s NY Times Circuits, David Pogue reviews low end cell phones. It’s a pretty good overview of the most basic phones on the market. And, as always, it has Pogue’s witty tone. I like the Seussian opener: Red phones, blue phones, Cellphones, new phones! Look at all the things they do: This one has a camera, too. One has built-in G.P.S., One plays Tetris, …

Fashion is the other f-word

No Good For Me – Style plus Vice is Kat Asharya’s fashion weblog. She seems to focus more on the juicy street stuff than the runway cotoure, but covers a pretty good bredth.