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Iceland’s DesignMarch: Highlights From 2020’s Remote Festival

Repurposed stadium seating, lighting inspired by volcanic landscapes and a museum dedicated to the natural scents of Iceland Another remote event during the worldwide pandemic, DesignMarch (usually held annually in Reykjavík, Iceland) existed as a surprisingly engaging and beautiful website this year. Visitors were able to soak up all the dynamic sights,...

LYNEA Lamp

Available in black or white, Humanhome’s LYNEA lamp uses a standard North American outlet as its anchor and its flat powder coat aluminum neck runs upward against the wall from there. The innovative design renders any sort of internal wiring—like the type done to install a wall sconce—unnecessary. A brass hook provides added support. Though there are...

Tour the Remote Westman Islands with Hidden Iceland

Personalized experiences on the remote volcanic archipelago Amidst so much uncertainty over health, safety and their intertwined relationship with travel, a land of bombastic open spaces and nary a tourist in sight sounds like the dreamiest of destinations. Iceland has always been associated with dreams. And whether it’s their larger-than-life landscapes,...

Pantone’s Super-Fast Color Match App

With a pocket-sized card and an app, Pantone has made identifying colors incredibly easy and fast. Users simply download the Pantone Connect app (available on iOS and android), place the laminated card over the hue they want to match (with the card’s window exposing the selected color), and align their phone to the correct angle for the app to snap...

Nana Adjoa: No Room

Dutch-Ghanaian singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa’s new song “No Room” (from her upcoming debut LP, Big Dreaming Ants) feels at once mellow and spirited. Adjoa builds the energetic, dreamy tune upon delicate guitar, gentle handclaps, percussive back-up vocals and her lovely voice. Along with the sublime song, the video directed by Robbert Doelwijt Jr features...

The Altons: Over And Over

A track from “souldies” band The Altons’ new, double-sided vinyl release, When You Go (That’s When You’ll Know), “Over And Over” burns slowly, led by vocalist Bryan Ponce’s impressive range and vintage-sounding delivery. It’s altogether reminiscent of Smokey Robinson’s Motown-era outfit, The Miracles. Though the vinyl pressings have sold out—because...

Nine Exciting New Watches Between $100 to $100,000

From inspired collaborations to limited edition pieces and even a translucent watch from recycled materials As time passes, watch brands continue to release new models and styles to appease collectors and appeal to new consumers. The value of a wristwatch remains unchanged: more than a vessel for timekeeping; it’s also an expression of taste. In many...

Linen Sheet Set

Linen bed sheets promise to be cozy in the cold and breathable in the heat—making them ideal for those who run warm or colder. These 100% linen sheets from Linoto (a company founded in 2007 by fashion industry veteran and textile expert Jason Evege) are handcrafted in New York’s Westchester County. They’re also available in an incredible 13 sizes (for...

The History of the Firehouse Pole

During the 19th century, firefighters in the United States had two ways to make their way from their beds to their horse and buggy: “spiral staircase—installed to keep wayward horses from wandering upstairs—or through a tube chute.” That was until the ingenious David Kenyon installed a pole at Chicago’s all-Black firefighter Company 21 firehouse. Kenyon...

Raw Recycled Plastic Denim Trucker Jacket

Cut and sewn in NYC, this NICOLE ZÏZI STUDIO jacket resembles the classic boxy denim trucker, but is crafted from 19% recycled PET and 81% cotton. Bright blue buttons also add contemporary flair. Each jacket is made to order by employees who are paid a fair wage to work in safe spaces. It’s available from XS to XXL and intended for wear by all genders.

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