Indoek Wax Kit

An artful case and comb for carrying a surfing essential

As stores like Saturdays Surf and Pilgrim Surf + Supply continue to influence the once conventional retail market, the carefree attitude and simple surf style has filtered down to other aspects of design culture as well. Case in point, the Indoek Wax Kit. The wooden wedge’s body is designed to hold a round bar of wax while serving as a comb at the same time. …

Torre David / Gran Horizonte

Caracas' 45-story slum examined at the Architecture Biennale in Venice

Torre David is an abandoned 45-story skyscraper located in Caracas, Venezuela. After the death of the developer in 1993 and the collapse of the Venezuelan economy a year later, the office tower was almost complete, but the construction was suddenly and inexorably interrupted. Today Torre David is a real vertical slum occupied by a community of more than 750 families. The residents of the tower …

The Beautiful Cliché

The lens of a native captures Venice in poetic new form

Italian photographer Renato D’Agostin creates haunting black-and-white portraits that capture a city’s essence in serenely abstract form. The budding lensman began shooting these fragmented narratives in 2001, and has since published two books, “Metropolis” and “Tokyo Untitled,” before taking his approach back to his home town of Venice, the subject of his latest series, “The Beautiful Cliché.” D’Agostin’s images are emotional without seeming preciously nostalgic …