Porterlight’s Customizable Cargo Bike

Unusually light, compact and durable, the Bringley design makes it easier for urban residents to say goodbye to cars

Young London-based company Porterlight has re-thought the cargo bike from scratch, and their debut model, the Bringley, is one that will have urban residents swapping out their car keys for bike helmets. Founder Lawrence Brand wanted to design a compact cargo bike that could seamlessly be incorporated into his city lifestyle—one that was light, durable, and could fit into small apartments. After testing his prototype …

Cannondale Bad Boy 1: Urban Performance

On the road with the agile yet street smart ride that's making us rethink hybrids

Hybrid bikes tend to attract unanimously negative connotations from purist cyclists—and often rightly so. Most popular with beginners or those who turn the pedals once a year, hybrids draw on design characteristics from purpose-built classes of bikes like road and mountain bikes to create an easy, smooth, if not performance-minded ride (think overly padded saddles and geometry that feels like it’s designed to constrain power …

Aether LA Motorcycle Ride

An urban adventure with the city's favorite outdoor apparel brand

The inaugural AETHERmoto ride in Los Angeleshosted by Aether Apparelwas an experiment in urban exploration. Both Aether founders, Jonah Smith and Palmer West, are avid riders and have gone on numerous excursions with RawHyde Adventures into the wilderness on the West Coast but neither had experienced any organized programs in a city. The duo teamed up with Jim Rawhyde and created a custom route to …

Off The Grid at Gallery R’Pure

A designer camping trip with Frederick McSwain and François Chambard's first collaborative collection

If glamorous camping is “glamping,” does that make designer camping “damping?” Whatever you call the pristine, outdoors-inspired objects in “Off the Grid”—the collaboration between designer François Chambard of UM Project and artist and designer Frederick McSwain—the exhibition playfully riffs on the title, from literal interpretations of grid-based design to more free-thinking explorations of what it means to take the design off the grid. For Chambard, …

(dis)location

Photographer Filip Dujardin's solo exhibit blurs the line between architectural fact and fiction

With his wonderfully imaginative architectural “photomontages,” artist Filip Dujardin addresses questions of what might have been and what’s still to come. Pulling solely from his extensive archive of his own photographs of buildings, urban spaces and landscapes, the Belgian artist dissects and meticulously reassembles images—with the assistance of computer retouching—to create an augmented reality of near-believable structures in bizarrely complementary environments. Dujardin’s second solo exhibition …