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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The history of ghost stories, the tallest residential building in the world and more The Man Behind Modern Ghost Stories Born in 1862, Montague Rhodes James was an acclaimed intellectual who published a handful of stories (from short quips to long, academic papers) that are widely regarded as the basis upon which modern ghost stories are built. Not entirely for the narratives, but rather the …
Tags: Health, Books, Science, Design, Medicine, Sex, History, Reading, Meditation, Flying, Stephen Hawking, Palm, Ghost Stories, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Condoms


Moët & Chandon c/o Virgil Abloh™ Nectar Impérial Rosé Cocktails

Louis Vuitton's Men's Artistic Director hosts a multisensory dinner with delectable drinks To understand the radical, resplendent mixed drinks that Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh served at his multisensory dinner, inside NYC’s New Museum this week, one must first understand his latest collaboration. Abloh has unveiled his debut liquor partnership, and understandably it’s for Vuitton parent company LVMH’s world-renowned Champagne, Moët & Chandon. Through a striking …
Tags: Design, Alcohol, Cocktails, Lvmh, Food + Drink, Louis Vuitton, Rose, New Museum, Moet, Chandon, Vuitton, Louis Vuitton Men, Moet Chandon, Virgil Abloh, Abloh, Rose Champagne


Peppermint Charcoal Soap

When lathered in Oar + Alps’ Peppermint Charcoal Soap, one feels both clean and refreshed. This is thanks to their 100% natural, proprietary peppermint fragrance, as well as Witch Hazel and organic, fair trade Shea Butter. Activated charcoal pairs with spirulina for a deep cleanliness and the removal of dead skin cells, too. Made in the US, the soap also happens to be paraben-, phthalate-, …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Design, US, Grooming, Soap, Cleanliness, Hazel, Made In Usa, Oars + Alps, Peppermint Charcoal Soap, Oar Alps Peppermint Charcoal Soap


Prague’s Mesmerizing Signal Festival, 2019

Exploring the annual celebration of light art and emerging technologies Prague abounds with historic quaintness. Hotel lobbies are traditionally opulent and grand, established restaurants serve time-honored food paired with Czech dumplings and beer, streets bear the names of residents from times gone by, and the magnificent Prague Castle above the city speaks of the royalty that once presided over the country. It is with this classic …
Tags: Design, Tech, Culture, Czech Republic, Prague, Art Festivals, Art Shows, Installations, Prague Castle, Czech


Prague’s Mesmerizing Signal Festival, 2018

Exploring the annual celebration of light art and emerging technologies Prague abounds with historic quaintness. Hotel lobbies are traditionally opulent and grand, established restaurants serve time-honored food paired with Czech dumplings and beer, streets bear the names of residents from times gone by, and the magnificent Prague Castle above the city speaks of the royalty that once presided over the country. It is with this classic …
Tags: Design, Tech, Culture, Czech Republic, Prague, Art Festivals, Art Shows, Installations, Prague Castle, Czech


Tom Blachford’s “Midnight Modern IV” at NYC’s Toth Gallery

The final installment of the beloved Palm Springs photographic series In 2015, architectural photographer and artist Tom Blachford released Midnight Modern in Palm Springs during Modernism Week. For many (our editorial staff included) it was love at first sight. With this photo series, Blachford captured the desert city lit only by the light of the moon—documenting and defying time all at once. Blachford paused the sublime natural world and …
Tags: Photography, Design, NYC, Culture, Exhibitions, Photographs, Palm Springs, Tom Blachford, Bryant Toth, Blachford, Midnight Modern, Toth Gallery


Troye Sivan + Jónsi: Revelation

From the upcoming film Boy Erased, comes “Revelation” by Troye Sivan and Jónsi. A minimal and gentle ballad, the song blends the two familiar talents seamlessly and the result is hypnotic and powerful. Between its lofty strings, minimal piano, and Sivan’s pared-back vocals, the song ebbs and flows ethereally. Sivan also appears in the film (out in November) about a young man sent by his pastor …
Tags: Music, Design, Films, Culture, Minimal, Listenup, Collaborations, New Music, Troye Sivan, Jonsi, Sivan, Soundtracks, Boy Erased, Troye Sivan Jónsi


Designing the 2019 Audi A8

Symmetrical and smooth, much of this vehicle's appeal is in its subtleties Forget fine-grain leather and seamless connectivity—although the latest iteration of Audi’s A8 executive sedan certainly has that, too. But the next frontier in luxury, according to the German automaker, is mental clarity. The 2019 Audi A8, the brand’s fourth-generation flagship sedan, is fitted with a “brain-supportive” environment, an exercise in how design can …
Tags: Auto, Design, Interviews, Cars, Interiors, Audi, Car Design, Auto Design, 2019 Audi A8


Shinola Apple Watch Strap

Shinola, in collaboration with Detroit-based artist Eric Lowry, has released a line of hand-stitched and hand-painted Apple Watch compatible bands. The high-quality leather is painted over by Lowry, giving the classic strap a more modern look—one that matches the high-tech watch it’s attached to. This one in particular is a black leather band with brown and gold art deco adornments and space gray (brushed gunmetal …
Tags: Design, Leather, Watches, Apple Watch, Detroit, Lowry, Shinola, Custom, Watch Straps, Watch Design, Eric Lowry, Hand-Painted, Shinola Apple Watch Strap


LA’s Secret Project Elevates Underground Music Festivals

New DTLA festival offers a more mature musical palette with food and cocktails to match This past weekend in Downtown Los Angeles, Secret Project kicked off its inaugural multisensory experience. While a music festival by appearance, as the subversive name suggests, Secret Project aims to upend predictable, stale festival tropes. Most obviously, Secret Project strives to set itself apart from the bevy of LA musical …
Tags: Music, Design, La, Alcohol, Los Angeles, Culture, Festivals, Music Festivals, Cocktails, DTLA, David Chang, Majordomo, Secret Project, Apotheke, Cocktail Bars, Downtown Los Angeles Secret Project


Hedley & Bennett SK8-Hi Reissue UC

A recent installment in the Vans “Made for the Makers” series, these monochromatic navy blue Sk8-Hi sneakers were produced in collaboration with CH favorite Hedley & Bennett—apron and kitchen apparel brand of the future. Design and function-oriented details pop everywhere, from the rainbow-colored Vulcanized lugged outsoles to the Vansguard canvas uppers and comfort-yielding UltraCush H&B ampersand sockliners. Fans of both brands will find something to love …
Tags: Design, Clothing, Shoes, Clothes, Footwear, Sneakers, Collaborations, Bennett, Vans, Hedley, Hedley Bennett, Hedley and Bennett


Inside Chivas Regal’s Refurbished Strathisla Distillery

Designer Florian Dussopt brings interactivity to the oldest working distillery in Scotland Behind the ancient stone walls of Strathisla distillery in the Scottish town of Keith, something extraordinary occurs. As a guide describes to a group of guests the unique flavor combinations found in three of Chivas Regal’s most popular whiskies, a cluster of amber glass bubbles suspended from the ceiling glows in a pre-programmed …
Tags: Design, Scotland, Alcohol, Whisky, Food + Drink, Keith, Chivas, Distilleries, Chivas Regal, FDDS, Florian Dussopt, Strathisla


Alfie Templeman: Like an Animal

Its chemistry doesn’t just come from the fact that UK teen Alfie Templeman plays every instrument on “Like an Animal” (and all the other tracks on his just released, debut EP of the same name); it’s that the singer’s voice carries such soul. Templeman assembled the EP in his bedroom amidst school and a job in construction. There’s an honesty to its presentation—and the wisdom …
Tags: UK, Design, Diy, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Templeman, Slacker, Alfie Templeman, Solo Artist


Revolutionary Self-Lubricating Condoms

Other than gimmicky changes like colors, textures and flavors, condoms have remained relatively the same over the past 50 years—Lelo‘s efforts at a structural overhaul with HEX aside. However, a new self-lubricating condom, designed as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s competition, might just revolutionize the industry. Created to encourage safer sex, this condom remains lubricated for “1,000 cycles (scientific speak for thrusts), which …
Tags: Health, Science, Design, Medicine, Sex, Tech, Bill, Wellbeing, Condoms, Melinda Gates Foundation, LELO, Safe Sex


Finding Sanctuary in Camelback Mountain Resort + Spa

An aesthetic overhaul for the acclaimed wellness location The sun hasn’t even made its way over the mountains in the distance when a small group begins Thai Chi. Inside, the soothing sound of water flowing through a zen garden serenades the silent morning stretches of the Sensei therapists who are preparing themselves for the day to come. This scene, perhaps surprisingly, isn’t playing out in …
Tags: Travel, Wellness, Design, Health and Wellness, Arizona, Resorts, Paradise Valley, Spa Resort, Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, Lynne Beyer Design, Mountain Resort, Spa Service, The Sanctuary, Camelback Mountain Resort Spa


Octahedron Crayons

This set of 15 two-toned crayons are a playful take on the traditional version, thanks to their octahedron shape, which features multiple points and edges to allow for endless combinations and textures. Kid Made Modern has, of course, ensured that these are non-toxic and small enough for learning hands.
Tags: Design, Kids, Children, Crayons, Coloring, Chalk, Sidewalk Chalk


Lower East Side Art Week Debuts With a Spotlight on Women Artists

Over twenty galleries in the NYC neighborhood are welcoming visitors this week Several streets in New York City‘s Lower East Side neighborhood count handfuls of art galleries as occupants. Across decades, the community here—born of non-conformity—has witnessed its statements surpass those of other art movements and locations with the city. With all of this in mind, Lesley Heller of Lesley Heller Gallery and Bart Keijsers Koning …
Tags: Art, Design, NYC, Culture, Galleries, Lower East Side, David Behringer, New York City s Lower East Side, Essex Crossing, Art Weeks, Lesley Heller, Lower East Side Art Week, The Two Percent, Lesley Heller Gallery


Julia Holter: Words I Heard

With “Words I Heard,” Julia Holter embarks upon an almost seven-minute-long vocal stroll through a landscape of strings. Even as the lyrics beg for salvation, the song’s dark depths yield beauty. All of this is emphasized through the Dicky Bahto-directed music video–a montage of dizzying switches between forest scenes and live performances. The track will appear on Aviary, out 26 October on Domino Records. It’s Holter’s much anticipated …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, Julia Holter, New Music, Holter, Dicky Bahto


The Man Behind Modern Ghost Stories

Born in 1862, Montague Rhodes James was an acclaimed intellectual who published a handful of stories (from short quips to long, academic papers) that are widely regarded as the basis upon which modern ghost stories are built. Not entirely for the narratives, but rather the topics: his stories are unpredictable and based on haunted objects, unfamiliar beings and odd circumstances. Cynthia Zarin, of The New …
Tags: Books, Design, Writing, History, Culture, Short Stories, Authors, Ghost Stories, Linkaboutit, M.R. James, Montague Rhodes James, Cynthia Zarin


This Airline Wants to Calm Your Flying Nerves

Regardless of all the statistics about flying being the safest way to travel, the anxiety for many is unavoidable. Rather than drinking booze or taking a pill (or just enduring the nervous sweats), Virgin Australia wants its customers to start practicing mindfulness while flying. Starting next year, people can let the airline know they’re nervous travelers and they will be sent “calming communications before the flight …
Tags: Design, Meditation, Culture, Flying, Virgin Australia, Linkaboutit, Nerves


The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Embraces The Serengeti

A destination that celebrates its spectacular natural surroundings and Tanzanian culture On the Regional Air 13-seater Cessna Grand Caravan, looking out over the horizon, the view is stunning and uninterrupted until landing at Seronera Airstrip, Tanzania. The tiny airport—with its unpaved runway—is in the middle of the vast, beautiful Serengeti. Passengers disembark down a three-rung ladder and are immediately met by incredibly the warm and welcoming Four …
Tags: Travel, Design, Hotels, Africa, Tanzania, Safaris, Four Seasons, Serengeti, Cessna Grand Caravan, FDT Architects, Ori de Corti, Seronera Airstrip Tanzania


Turquoise Marble Teapot

In partnership with Parisian atelier Astier de Villatte, NYC designer and découpage artist John Derian has released a series of 19th Century-inspired tablewares. Each piece, handmade in Paris from glazed terracotta, features one of Derian’s images or patterns. Here, this nine-inch-tall teapot wears a striking Théière Marbre Turquoise Orange Noir print—that varies from piece to piece.  
Tags: Tea, Design, NYC, Paris, POTS, Homewares, Astier, Derian, Terracotta, John Derian, Astier de Villatte, Tablewares, Tea Pots, Théière Marbre Turquoise Orange Noir


Dominic Fike: 3 Nights

Dominic Fike, a recent Columbia Records signee and a Naples, Florida native, just released his debut EP, Don’t Forget About Me, Demos. A standout on the six track release is “3 Nights,” an acoustic guitar-backed alternative hit. It hums along to a recognizable, steady beat (with loads of personality). Fike displays his vocal ability and flexes a bit of his star-power potential here—which is impressive considering …
Tags: Design, Culture, Alternative, Columbia Records, Listenup, Naples Florida, Fike, Major Label Debut, Dominic Fike


The Pulse of the City: Culture Lab Detroit 2018

Insight into the Motor City's future with consideration for the past This past week signaled the onset of Culture Lab Detroit—the annual series of events that magnify the pulse of the city. Organized by Jane Schulak, the organization’s director, and led by community-engagement specialists Ingrid LaFleur (former mayoral candidate and current artist and activist) and Bryce Detroit (entertainment justice activist and founder of Detroit Recordings …
Tags: Design, Future, Culture, Detroit, Motor City, Doug Aitken, Peter Weller, Senate Theater, Anicka Yi, Ingrid LaFleur, Eyal Weizman, Jane Schulak, Culture Lab Detroit, Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Bryce Detroit


NYC’s Central Park Tower to be the Tallest Residential Building in the World

Topping out at a 1,550 feet, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture‘s forthcoming Central Park Tower will set a new precedent for Billionaires’ Row, aka West 57th Street in NYC. 179 two-to-eight bedroom residences will start on floor 32. Designed by Rottet Studio, they’ll range from 1,435 square feet to over 17,500 square feet. It’s the ‘Central Park Club’ that may be most appealing however, as it offers …
Tags: New York, Design, NYC, Skyscrapers, Towers, Linkaboutit, Adrian Smith, Rottet Studio, Adrian Smith Gordon Gill, Central Park Tower, Gordon Gill Architecture, NYC 's Central Park Tower, Central Park Club


Angelo De Augustine feat. Sufjan Stevens: Time (Live at Reservoir Studios)

From lyrical lacework to a whistling hook, Angelo De Augustine’s “Time” acts as a powerful introduction to the singer/songwriter’s forthcoming album Tomb. Both the track and album were produced by Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, and his complex warmth once again blankets listeners. De Augustine has released two videos for the track—an official music video, directed and filmed by Jess Calleiro and a live version from Reservoir Studios, with …
Tags: Music, Design, Sufjan Stevens, Culture, Listenup, Songwriters, Singers, New Music, Doveman, Angelo de Augustine, Thomas Bartlett, De Augustine, Reservoir Studios, Jess Calleiro


Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead with Gene-Editing

American scientist Ben Novak has spent the past six years working on a process referred to as de-extinction—with the goal of bringing back the passenger pigeon species that died off in 1914. In Melbourne, Australia Novak has used gene-editing to weave the Cas9 gene into the reproductive organs of common pigeons. Cas9 enables the use of CRISPR, a tool that acts as molecular scissors and …
Tags: Design, Tech, Conservation, Melbourne, Extinction, Crispr, Linkaboutit, Novak, Gene Editing, Ben Novak


The Shanghai EDITION Hotel Opens Near The Bund

A new lifestyle and hospitality destination in the heart of the Chinese city The latest EDITION Hotel has officially opened its doors, this time in Shanghai. The Shanghai EDITION is the cherry on top for a city that has seen its powerful growth manifest into becoming one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in Asia. It’s also a milestone along Shanghai’s path to becoming a global …
Tags: Travel, Asia, Design, Hotels, China, Shanghai, The Bund, EDITION Hotels, Nanking Road


U-2/51-JET Wristwatch

With design inspiration taken from the Royal Air Force’s 100 Squadron—the first UK military division formed for night bombing, back in 1917—Bremont’s U-2/51-JET features the brand’s trademarked “51” lume, heat treated steel blued hands and a hardened, stainless steel DLC Trip-Tick case. On there back there’s an exhibition caseback revealing the modified calibre 11 ½”’ BE-36AE automatic chronometer inside. It’s a striking new timepiece from the English …
Tags: UK, Design, Watches, Royal Air Force, Squadron, Limited Edition, Timepieces, Bremont, Wristwatches, Watch Design


A DIY Smart-Home Built with Smartians

Triggers, hubs and trinkets to build your own smart-home Thus far, the terms “smart-home” and DIY haven’t been synonymous.  Consumers are able to purchase products that make mundane tasks around the house a bit easier, but the process of bringing a home into the 21st century is generally costly and pre-designed. However, Smartians, from Amsterdam-based FROLIC Studio, is a set of motorized knobs and switches …
Tags: Design, Diy, Tech, Amsterdam, Smart Home, DIY Kit, Home Appliances, Smart Tech, Kitchen Appliances, Andrew Spitz, Creative Reuse, Frolic, FROLIC Studio, Smartians