America’s Last Disco Ball-Maker

Starting with an aluminum sphere (some as large as a whopping 10 feet in diameter), Yolanda Baker makes disco balls by hand, a craft she has perfected over almost 50 years. While the disco ball boom dropped off—thanks to cheaper, overseas options becoming available, Baker (known as Yo Yo) is America’s last disco queen. During the zenith of Studio 54, flares and doing The Hustle, …

Best of CH 2015: Studio Visits

A peek inside the workspaces of some of our favorite makers

While we will never be able to step into the minds or imaginations of artists, designers and artisans, we can enter their studios: little (though, sometimes not so little) windows into how they draw inspiration, execute ideas and ultimately make something unique. Throughout 2015, we ventured from Bangkok to Colorado, and much in between, to look inside the workspaces of sculptors and painters, designers and …

Story Presents: Creativity

The concept shop briefly turns into a design sanctuary, highlighting inventions from the Lexus Design Award alongside local innovations

New York concept retailer Story undergoes a head-to-toe transformation every four to eight weeks to offer a unique, editorialized shopping experiences—and their latest theme “Creativity” launches today for a month-long look at innovative design from emerging creators. The 10th Avenue store partnered with Lexus to highlight eight notable entries from the Lexus Design Award program, such as a lamp that evokes a soap bubble to …

Skateboards Made From Garbage: The Bucket Board

Brooklyn artist Mac Premo teams up with Sanford Shapes to turn trash into treasure

Despite a shift toward more environmentally conscious consumption habits, trash remains a pressing global pollution problem that threatens the habitats of humans and wildlife alike. To raise awareness for the World Wildlife Fund‘s upcoming Earth Hour (28 March 2015 at 8:30PM local time), the organization tapped Brooklyn artist Mac Premo to put his “stuff-making” skills to the test. The CH regular was tasked with taking …

The Robotic Future of Pour-Over Coffee: Poursteady

Behind the scenes with the makers of the machine that automates (and quickens) the coffee shop pour-over experience

The crowded premium coffee shop: on the one hand, it’s a lively communal living room where conservations mingle and the energy is palpable—all walks-of-life coming together in the common search for next level java. On the other hand (and often where the coffee is best), it’s a hellish struggle where lines are competitive and the wait for a pour-over is akin to watching the last …