Ceramic Jar

Minnesota-based artisan Ben Fiess makes the packed lunch alluring with his utilitarian ceramic jar, a beautifully designed portable container made from clay and glazes.

Interview: Richard Branson on Design

Our interview with the entrepreneur on the importance of design in building a brand

by Rod Kurtz When you board a Virgin America plane, distinct aesthetics—purple ambient lights, black leather seats and a flight crew smartly clad in Banana Republic uniforms—make it immediately clear this airline is different. Like the rest of Sir Richard Branson‘s properties, Virgin America launched in 2007 as a brash upstart in a traditional industry—an attempt to jostle the stalwart carriers and give air travel …

Jules Basement

Drawing designers and creatives alike, a new intimate bar illuminates Mexico City

by Carissa Wodehouse Though Mexico City is known for its size, a growing local creative class and influx of world travelers are carving out first-rate gathering spots in its nooks and crannies. Jules Basement, a speakeasy tucked under an unassuming taco restaurant in the high-end Polanco neighborhood, feels like an appropriate place for these conversations. Mexican designers, artists, and foodies are turning traditional creations, such …