Interview: Eduardo Umaña of Classic Engineering

How the recent college graduate designed the affordable, luxurious and simple watch he wanted

This weekend’s Baselworld will include the latest innovations in luxury watchmaking—and with some of the price tags equivalent to wearing a mansion on the wrist, it’s always nice to remember there are awesome options for those of us with average paychecks. Enter Eduardo Umaña, the one-man team behind Classic Engineering and its first product, the clean yet robust VARIO watch. Umaña designed prototypes while at …

Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing

An exhibition at NYC's The Drawing Center focusing on methodologies, not finished products

In its own way, “Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing” is just as much a piece of educational performance art as it is an exhibition. A group of acclaimed designers will take turns producing works at a pop-up design studio, within the Lab gallery at NYC’s SoHo-based The Drawing Center. Equal attention will be placed upon the …

How Bang & Olufsen’s BeoLab 90 Became a Reality

We traveled to Denmark to learn what warranted the speaker's $39K price tag

Strange, beautiful, different. These aren’t the typical adjectives given to hi-fi speakers, and yet they’re the best words to describe Bang & Olufsen’s new contemporary masterpiece, the BeoLab 90 active loudspeakers. Years in the making, the finished product was unveiled to the public last week—and much of the resulting press focused on the price tag of $39,000 per speaker unit (and sold in a minimum …