Touareg Rare Beast

Volkswagen offers the first-ever supercharged hybrid SUV in a luxurious limited edition

Taking advantage of a sunny day in New York City, we recently put Volkswagen’s new 2011 Supercharged Hybrid Touareg to the test on a trip to Brooklyn for some of the best pizza in town. VW describes this limited edition Touareg as “a rare beast” that can be likened to the white buffalo—strong, silent, and few in numbers. With panoramic glass consuming almost the entire …

Oat Shoes

Biodegradable sneakers with looks good enough to literally wear into the ground

While sustainable shoes up until now tended to either look suited for Middle Earth or were limited to recyclable and repurposed options, Oat Shoes signals a welcome leap forward in the market with their cleanly-styled, fully biodegradable sneakers. Founder Christiaan Maats took on the seemingly-impossible challenge of designing and fabricating decomposable footwear as a continuation of his graduation project in product design. After over two …

Zero Waste Denim

An exhibit of student work centered around sustainable design and denim

Collaborating with eco-friendly fashion label Loomstate, students from the Parsons The New School for Design recently created a curriculum based on zero-waste design with a focus on denim. The course, mentored by Loomstate‘s Scott Mackinlay and Rogan Gregory, serves to educate students about sourcing, dyeing and employing sustainable denim from responsible sources. Culminating with the selection of Andria Crescioni’s winning design, the young designer used …

A+: The Young Designers’ Platform

Our favorite three emerging designers from the American Design Club's latest show

An opportunity for emerging designers to showcase their work, A+: The Young Designers’ Platform took place earlier this month during the Accent on Design event at New York’s International Gift Fair. The American Design Club curated the event, aiming to highlight raw new creatives and their recent contributions to the design world. Seven out of ten of this year’s winners also had a focus on …

Razor Pit

Extend the life of your razor with a simple sharpening device

Electric razors cut down on the waste and cost of blades that have only have a few uses, but nothing quite compares to the nice close shave of a razor. One very low-tech solution I learned about recently, called Razor Pit, dramatically extends the life of any razor blade cartridge. I’ve been using the same blade six days a week for more than three weeks—three …