Oda Brings the Intimacy of Live Performance Home

A pair of wooden speakers play seasonal shows with a subscription

Oda acts as the “two cans and a string” connecting at-home listeners to live performances by artists of all ages. Sold as a kit comprised of two flat wooden speakers, a controller and a seasonal membership (billed separately), Oda somewhat fills the void left by the cancellation of live shows—from stadium concerts to DJ nights at clubs and intimate gigs in bars and cafes. Interestingly …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Women shaping the design world, India's wine industry, the recipe for black concrete and more

Farewell to the Plastic Bags of NYC While the single-use plastic bag ban in New York (instated 1 March) is undeniably necessary, the bags’ kitsch designs have become synonymous with the city. Graphic designer Sho Shibuya collected more than 200 different types of bags over several years and photographed some of his favorite designs, sharing them with The New York Times. “In treasuring things other …

Canoo’s Subscription-Only Electric Vehicle

The company fills the middle ground between car ownership and ride-sharing by offering a design-forward vehicle with SUV capabilities

LA-based Canoo formally announced its first-ever model today, its eponymous “urban loft on wheels.” The company aims to apply the subscription model to car ownership—freeing consumers from monthly payments, maintenance and registration. This model will also compete with lease-to-own vehicles in regards to range and charging capabilities: the canoo’s range is 250 miles and it can reach 80% charge in under 30 minutes. “Cars always …