Holiday Gift Guides 2020: Gifts That Give Back

Presents with plenty of positive repercussions

The Invisible Collection, Duvelleroy + José Lévy’s Fans For HeART Charity Auction

Parisian handheld fan atelier Duvelleroy and artist José Lévy have partnered with The Invisible Collection on the Fans For HeART charity auction to benefit La Fondation des Artistes, a French non-profit that supports artists. The auction, running now through 30 November, features 37 color-forward fans, designed by the likes of Isabel Marant, Pierre Yovanovitch, John Derian, Yinka Ilori, Campbell Rey and more. See all the …

Scent No 09 DIY Candle Kit

$22

With jammy fig notes at its heart (introduced by creamy coconut and underscored by lush sandalwood), Siblings’ Scent No 09 DIY Candle Kit arrives as wax in a pouch. Owners then microwave the contents and pour it into their favorite vessel—adding the included wick last. From 23 November to 4 December, Siblings will donate one tree for every candle sold, through One Tree Planted—in an …

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adidas CONFIRMED + DRx Romanelli’s Upcycled Furniture

adidas CONFIRMED collaborated with multi-dimensional brand DRx Romanelli (aka Darren Romanelli) on 10 pieces of furniture that have been crafted using vintage adidas garments. Also made using sustainable filling, the pieces (eight custom chairs and two loveseats) follow the DRx Romanelli manifesto, reimagining and reconstructing items into new forms with new functions. Not only are the pieces striking to look at, adidas CONFIRMED and DRx …

OMA’s Underwater Sculpture Park in Miami

Stretching out seven miles along the Miami coast, ReefLine will welcome local marine life and aquatic tourists starting in December 2021. It will be composed of stacked concrete modular units that align with the seabed, along with a series of art installations. OMA’s Shohei Shigematsu led the project (and designed the staircase-like sculpture that plays with underwater weightlessness). OMA was joined in their efforts by …

Outer Space Might Not Be Dark After All

“Is space truly black?” Tod Lauer, an astronomer at the National Science Foundation’s NOIRLab, questions. Now, courtesy of research from NASA’s New Horizons team and their spacecraft (which is approximately 4,000,000,000 miles from Earth), we understand that no is quite possibly the answer. The team argues that if you were to remove all sources of visible light from our night sky, there would still be …

Time’s Top 100 Inventions of 2020

Annually, Time Magazine publishes a list of their favorite products released that year. For 2020, the publication’s 100 Best Inventions includes available items and prototypes from 24 categories including Sustainability, Wellness, Augmented Reality and Accessibility. The magazine’s editors made a concerted effort to include products that change how we live. These entries offer practical solutions to problems like more affordable higher education, making rough terrain …

Hearty Cocktails for the Holidays

Five drinks perfectly paired with celebratory meals

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Serving New York

$35

Originally released as a digital cookbook in May 2020, Kristin Tice Studeman and Bryan Fountain’s Serving New York: For All The People Who Make NYC Dining Unforgettable now comes in a hardcover, real-life book version. With 100% of proceeds going to ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants) and Robin Hood’s restaurant relief fund, buying this book also offers financial support to NYC’s hospitality workers. Within the …

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Artist Plate Project

$175

All proceeds from the sales of these limited edition, artist-designed plates—made in collaboration with Coalition for the Homeless, Prospect and Artware Editions—go toward providing unhoused people with crisis services, food, shelter and more. Selling out quickly, the plates are all priced equally and feature artwork by Nina Chanel Abney, Sterling Ruby, Marina Adams, Ugo Rondinone and others.

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Busy Bodies Puzzle

$37

Featuring a playful illustration by London-based artist Tess Smith-Roberts, this 1000-piece puzzle is made from 100% recycled paper and features a soft-matte print for no-glare fun. It’s exclusive to Whiled (founded by Alisha Ramos) which is donating $1 from all sales to The Black Schoolhouse. For the artwork, Smith-Roberts was inspired by prolific children’s book author Richard Scarry who conjures up bustling worlds. In her …

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NY Clean Up Long-Sleeve Shirt

$45

Sanitation Foundation, the official non-profit of the NYC Department of Sanitation, aims to clean up the city and make it more sustainable. The foundation benefits from each sale of Neighborhood Spot’s 100% cotton NY Clean Up long-sleeve shirt. Each shirt reads “New York, Let’s Clean Up, New York” above a cheerful illustration of someone doing exactly that.

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Cam Chambers: Used To

An upbeat single from New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based R&B singer Cam Chambers’ debut album, Prodigal, “Used To” harkens back to dark nights on the dance floor. Groovy and a bit grimy, each verse offers several commands: to get down (“like we used to”) with steps to follow. The track was produced by Bobby Webster and DanSully, and includes additional instrumental elements from Chambers. The album’s art …

Janko Nilović + The Soul Surfers: PRELUDE

“PRELUDE” serves as the introduction to 80-year-old Turkish pianist Janko Nilović and Russian “raw soul” group The Soul Surfers’ collaborative album, Maze of Sounds, which debuted on 6 November from Broc Recordz. Nilović (a Grammy Award-winning composer credited on Jay-Z’s “DOA,” Dr Dre’s “Loose Cannons” and more) offers cinematic piano, while the four-piece funk group does the rest. The entire album is around 30 minutes, …

Holiday Gift Guides 2020: Cannabis Connection

Tech-forward and design-minded products for those who partake

Jazmine Sullivan: Pick Up Your Feelings

Jazmine Sullivan’s break-up banger “Pick Up Your Feelings” marks a powerful return for the talented vocalist. Sullivan sashays across the song, belting out soulful, acrobatic vocals. Co-written by Nova Wav (aka Brittany “Chi” Coney and and Denisia “Blue June” Andrews), the song eschews the traditional heartbreaking break-up ballad for a dynamic dismissal that’s drenched in resilience and triumph. The song will appear on Sullivan’s upcoming …

Capsule Parfumerie’s High-Concept Approach to Storytelling

Perfumer and founder Linda Sivrican explains inspiration, formulation and more

Bassically: You Got It

For the month of April, while in quarantine in Thailand, London-based music producer, songwriter and composer Bassically (aka Raz Olsher) utilized his time in isolation to pen one track each day. He called this rigorous, inspiring project Audio Diaries. Now, Olsher’s released the ambient, atmospheric and hypnotic “You Got It,” a track from his forthcoming album, also called Audio Diaries (out 27 November)—a nod to …

ROZET: RIGAMAROLE

Accompanied by a cinematic self-directed music video, ROZET’s “RIGAMAROLE” acts as a response to current societal trends and tribulations. “I looked up and found myself fed up with society around me,” the Texas-based artist explains in a release. “To keep from projecting my frustrations onto others I started texting myself a combination of poetry and questions for the gods, deities and universe. But, one day …

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park

More in the way of open air cinema, this time in fair Long Island City. Braving Bryant Park hordes is its own brand of fun, but beyond Manhattan, the Socrates Sculpture Park, an artist-founded public space, hosts a Museum of the Moving Image-curated show of world cinema. Beginning tonight, July 6th, and running through August, the eclectic Wednesday-night lineup includes Wim Wenders' lushly shot doc, …

Plein Air Movies in Barcelona

In BCN (as local expats call it) I've experienced some of the hottest, stickiest Summer nights. That kind of weather doesn't stop Spanish partiers, but sometimes the best way to cope is to do nothing but lounge outdoors screen-side. Cine Sin Techo is a free alfresco series held in Barri Gótic, a section of narrow streets and tall, crumbling buildings that is part of Barcelona's …

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