Interview: Volvo’s Tisha Johnson

The Senior Director of Design tells us about the slick new 2018 V90 wagon and its Swedish details

by Steve Siler Beyond the mainstream S90 flagship luxury sedan, Volvo’s ostensibly more practical and definitely more interesting counterpart, the V90, is also expected to arrive stateside next year. On the road in Spain, we were impressed with the V90’s unflappable poise and tidy handling at the limit, especially with the Drive Mode selector in “Dynamic.” (Yes, it’s a Volvo wagon with a “Dynamic” mode, …

Nocs ‘Seconds’ Watch

The Swedish brand forays outside of audio for the first time with an affordable, minimalist timepiece

Stockholm-based Nocs established a name for themselves the good old-fashioned way: through positive reviews of their understated, considered design of consumer audio products. Their wireless NS2 Air Monitors V2 were a particular hit for its versatility (connecting via Bluetooth, AirPlay and Spotify), uncluttered look and surprising sound quality relative to its compact size—and they come in seven different colors. Using these years of experience, Nocs …

Five Heritage-Inspired Jackets for Spring

Timelessly styled outerwear that draws on classic outdoor design

Contemporary outdoor apparel is often measured by its worth in technical features, waterproof ability and breathability rating. Modern innovations in material and construction have seen water-resistance and breathability reach unforeseen sophistication—much to the pleasure of outdoor athletes the world over. And, as technical outerwear evolves, more casual pieces have seen a resurgence of heritage outdoor design aesthetics—think ’60s and ’70s mountaineering and coastal style. We’ve …