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French rap, rich psychedelia, laidback beats, a dazzling remix and more in our weekly music round-up

MyHeritage’s “Deep Nostalgia” Service Turns Old Photos Into Moving Images

Utilizing AI-powered enhancements, the tech company MyHeritage brings people’s old photos to life in a way that calls to mind the few seconds of movement around iOS Live Photos. This service, called “Deep Nostalgia,” transforms static imagery into videos automatically. After signing up, users can animate five photos for free. Each image is analyzed, enhanced and then the position of the subject’s face is matched to …

Natural Oak Magnetic Knife Holder

$130

Born from a collaboration between Barcelona-based businesses Florentine Kitchen Knives and Liken Wood, this natural oak magnetic knife strip boasts room for six full-sized knives. Six magnets are sandwiched between two handcrafted pieces of solid wood, providing impressive strength and aesthetic appeal. The softer material deters peeling, warping or chipping. Measuring out to 40cm wide by 3cm deep, the board fits on most kitchen walls …

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Momofuku Ando’s Instant Noodles Revolutionized At-Home Cooking

As part of It’s Nice That‘s Design Legacies series, Lucy Bourton takes readers on a deep dive into instant ramen’s origin story. First conjured up by Momofuku Ando during the food shortages following the Second World War in Japan, instant noodles drastically altered cooking and dining at home—an especially remarkable feat when one considers Momofuku had no prior culinary experience. When he lost his job …

Mayonnaise Mends Endangered Turtles Clogged With Tar

An oil spill off Israel’s Mediterranean coast has impacted the water’s population of endangered green sea turtles. At the country’s National Sea Turtle Rescue Center, medical assistants stumbled upon an unexpected way to break down the sticky substance and its leftover residue: mayonnaise. “They came to us full of tar. All their trachea from inside and outside was full of tar,” Guy Ivgy, an assistant …

Edvard Munch’s Secret “Madman” Message in The Scream

Hidden among the brushstrokes of Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch’s famous “The Scream” painting (actually named “Skrik”) are the words, “Can only have been painted by a madman.” Scrawled in pencil at the top left corner, the inscription’s attribution has been debated recently, with many wondering if it was written by a harsh critic (as the work received heavy criticism upon its release in 1895). New …

Herb Williams’ Crayon-Based Busts + Sculptures

Nashville-based artist Herb Williams’ playful crayon sculptures address climate change in ways more palatable for children. Inspired by wildfires, extreme weather and deforestation, his works make statements embedded with complex references and calls for action. “The epic catastrophes, disasters, and pandemic are virtually impossible to navigate as adults, so I am trying to create works that will help children understand and eventually deal, most hopefully …

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers

$28

A handbook for those wanting to embark on a career in graphic design, Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers combines all types of publications to be part textbook, part comic, “zine, manifesto, survival guide and self-help manual.” Through essays, interviews, artwork, typeface and beyond, lesser heard voices at various stages of their careers are given a platform to share …

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Grid Pillow Cover

$180

Handwoven in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala from 100% cotton, this DittoHouse grid pillow cover combines contemporary design and traditional craft, with a brocade pattern and bold colors. 50% of the profits from its sale go to the Trama Textiles Almaya Fund, which works directly with Mayan artisans. The initiative aims to secure fair wages for women artisans working at 17 weaving cooperatives across several regions in Guatemala’s Western …

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Irish Coffee Kit

$40

From Teeling Whiskey and La Colombe, this limited edition Irish Coffee cocktail kit includes one 750ml bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey, two nine-ounce La Colombe Vanilla Draft Latte Cans, two whiskey glasses, two metal straws and grated nutmeg with a shaker. Together, the components produce an unconventional cold brew iteration of the cherished classic cocktail, but it’s unsurprisingly delicious.

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Block Party Set

$32

Designed by acclaimed artist Andy Rementer, Areaware’s Block Party toy series comprises seven characters (cat, duck, monkey, mouse, tiger and two humans) broken down into several pieces. Stack them anyway you like, or collect the set for mix-and-match options. Each has its own accessory—the monkey comes with a banana, while the woman has a soccer ball. Whether a collectable for an art enthusiast or a …

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KAKY: Voyage de nuit

From French recording artist and producer KAKY’s forthcoming debut EP, Room 404 (out 12 March), the dreamy track “Voyage de nuit” supports his signature vocal delivery with warm, emotional soundscapes. KAKY initially garnered attention through Instagram and YouTube, thanks to an original sonic series called KakySound, where the artist translates everyday sounds he captures on his Tascam field recorder into DIY tracks. His expressive material does …

Braids: Young Buck (DJ Python Remix)

It’s been a decade since Braids tantalized with their debut record, Native Speaker, and one year since we fell for the Montreal-based band’s electric ode to attraction, “Young Buck.” Today, they return with the hypnotic “Young Buck (DJ Python Remix)” and its steamy music video directed by Kevin Calero. Lead vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston dances herself through the visuals, surrounded by a choreography that heightens the …

Road Trip: NYC to Kenoza Lake

Exploring the towns of Sullivan County in the Catskills

Serapian + Azucena Refresh Luigi Caccia Dominioni’s Catilina Chair

Two historic Milanese maisons revive an icon with a legendary pattern and vibrant colors

Tudor Black Bay Bronze Bucherer Blue’s Exclusive US Debut at Tourneau

A special edition collaboration with a story to tell

Jansport J: See Me Through

From Jansport J’s instrumental EP Save My Soul II, “See Me Through” carries a distinct laidback feeling that’s reminiscent of ’90s underground hip-hop, specifically Dilla beats. Jansport J (aka Justin Williams) is a California-based producer who started making music in high school, and has since worked with Snoop Dogg, Freddie Gibbs and others.

Steady Sun: Truth is a Needle

New York-based band Steady Sun’s sonically rich, retro-tinged single, “Truth is a Needle,” provides plenty of psychedelic elements and the Slack Barrett-directed video was designed to match. Floating from your sound system “like lysergic vapor” (record label Daptone Records writes), the song enthralls listeners with its many layers. Simultaneously something to delve into or zone out to, “Truth is a Needle” warrants repeat plays.

Wear It With Pride

Though their most recent heyday was in the 80’s, pin badges (or buttons, or pins) have always had their place in certain street fashion sub cultures. They are making a come back, and now there’s a one stop shop for the neatest selection around. WEARITWITHPRIDE is a new website showcasing a unique collection of pin badges designed by some of the best Graphic Designers, Graffiti …

2005 Mustang

I’m not usually one for American cars, but the 2005 Ford Mustang is really hot! The design combines the shell of a late 60s muscle car with an ultra sleek and modern interior. There will be 2 models, a 300hp V8 GT and an under $20,000 V6. google for more

Sony LocationFree

Comprised of a 12.1-inch wireless touch screen LCD monitor and a base station, Sony's LocationFree personal TV system allows users to experience television, video, Internet browsing/streaming video, e-mail, and digital photos— all while mobile and without a PC. It can also be used to control most home A/V components. LocationFree is expected to be released later this year. Is convergence finally maturing? Sony seems to …