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Azealia Banks slays, Maria Usbeck serenades in Spanish, Nosaj Thing's new EP and more of our favorite songs this week

Nosaj Thing: N R 2 The mostly enigmatic LA-based beatmaker Nosaj Thing (aka Jason Chung) has something for the fans. After three intensely personal albums, he’s releasing No Reality, an EP that finds the artist pushing himself to overthink less, flow more. “Most of these songs are new and were written within the last two months. I wrote one of the songs all on my …

Radio Ambulante

The new Spanish show that is overhauling Latin-American radio

In just a year Radio Ambulante went from being simply an idea of acclaimed Peruvian author Daniel Alarcón and cross-cultural consultant Carolina Guerrero, to a distinct program that broadcasts surprising and engaging stories for Spanish-language listeners around the world. To glean more insight about their thought-provoking podcast, we check in with Alarcón, who tells us about teaching their audience how to listen, their upcoming benefit …

Fontal Family Rattan

A contemporary take on the traditional seat of Spain by celebrated designer Oscar Tusquets Blanca for Expormim

Common in traditional Spanish furniture design, rattan is often overlooked by contemporary designers. Going against the stigma, famed designer Oscar Tusquets Blanca worked with Spanish furniture maker Expormim to create the rattan-based Fontal Family. After releasing a beautiful side chair earlier this year, the pair launched the Rattan 2012 collection this week at Feria Habitat Valencia 2012. To bring the age-old style up to speed, …

Carlos Ortega Design

Stackable, solid oak chairs debut at Feria Habitat Valencia 2012

We jumped at the chance to visit Spain for this year’s Feria Habitat Valencia to check out the latest in Spanish and global furniture design. Nestled among the booths of notable names and industry vets, we found Nude, a gem of an exhibition showcasing economical, purposeful design created by fresh new talent. Of the 31 studios and students selected, the traditional aesthetic of Carlos Ortega …

Antiatoms

Our conversation with the Spanish design group on rethinking common objects

by Matilde Angelucci Aránzazu Moreno B, Alejandra Salvatore and Sofía Uquillas are the founders of Antiatoms, a multidisciplinary studio located in Madrid. Since 2005, they have integrated their respective skills to develop projects focused on fashion and product design. Their works are conceived through a rigorous conceptual process which, along with their design synergy, serves as a fundamental prerequisite for creating beautiful, high-quality goods. According …