Word of Mouth: Chinatown, Los Angeles

Exploring and celebrating the past, present and future of the historic downtown neighborhood

To celebrate LA’s Chinatown, it’s crucial to understand and appreciate its dynamic past. In the 1870s, the original Chinatown began in downtown LA between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia St and expanded east. In 1931, a California Supreme Court decision upheld the construction of the new Union Station on the site of Old Chinatown, leading to the formation of the Los Angeles Chinatown Project Association …

David Shrigley for Flying Tiger

Super-colorful and playful, the new collaboration between Flying Tiger Copenhagen and David Shrigley—called “Strong Messages”—includes everything for heading back to school or work. From pencils and totes, to tablet sleeves, notebooks, and iPad and iPhone cases, the products are useful for any office. Beyond desk work, the line offers up a few bonuses: a towel, shower curtain, and even bathroom scales. Our favorite, however, is …

Maison & Objet 2015: be-poles’ L’Article Collection

The typography-loving French studio makes everyday items appealing

Graphic design studio be-poles—founded in 2000 by architect Antoine Ricardou and with offices in Paris and New York—has worked with the likes of Colette, Diptyque and The Nomad Hotel, among many others. And, like many creative companies, the studio has evolved into a multi-disciplinary endeavor and now has its own product line. It all started eight years ago, when be-poles first branched out into product …