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 …