Best of CH 2017: Interviews

A year's worth of discussions with individuals who are imagining our future

Throughout the year, conversations with artists, designers, inventors and more help to fuel our editorial impulses. It is from dialogue that we gain insight and understanding. And, fortunately, we’ve had access to plenty of extraordinary minds this year. From jewelry designers to those imagining the future of automotive and ceramic, we’ve learned about the processes behind invention and innovation. Through songwriters and marijuana entrepreneurs, we’ve …

Roadtripping From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

As part of a convoy of Toyota TRD Pro trucks, we tour the beautiful Southeast Asian nation

Its the smoke that first assaults the senses when stepping out of the airport in Hanoi. That, or the countless Samsung advertisements that seemingly stretch to the periphery of the eyeballs. In the van on the way to our hotel, crooners belt local love-ballads on the radio. The lamps illuminating the highway are a little different than the ones back home, everything adding up to …

Interview: Kevin Hunter, President of Toyota’s Calty Design Research

We talk cars and design process with the head of California's original car design center

For the last decade Kevin Hunter has been the president of Calty—Toyota’s design research center in Newport Beach—but he’s worked there for nearly 35 years. When Calty opened its doors in 1973, it was the first Southern California-based design center for any major auto manufacturer and the beginning of a deeper recognition that the California market is both important and distinctive. Calty employs 100 designers …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Inventing new products for women's health, driving a wooden concept car, photos of SoCal's modernist architecture and more in our look at the web

1. Whales Are Eating Our Trash A recent surge in whale beachings (over 30 cases in Europe so far in 2016) is causing major concern for researchers and marine biologists. Not long ago, a necropsy of a beached whale revealed huge amounts of car parts and plastic waste, including buckets and netting in its stomach. Though the ocean waste may not have been the primary …

Toyota’s Setsuna Concept Car is a Drivable Heirloom

Ahead of Milan Design Week, Toyota has built a stunning open-top, two-seater car from wood, rebuking the notion that innovative design must come from the latest technology. Called the Setsuna Concept, the drivable wooden vehicle highlights the heirloom qualities of natural materials and how products can be designed to age with grace rather than becoming obsolete. “Wood changes in color and feel in direct response …