A visual discovery of how global food habits are running some of our favorite ingredients into extinction

Nearly two hundred years ago, French lawyer Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es” (Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are) in the Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante (1826). It is often referred to as one of the earliest orientations of the proverbial saying ‘You are what you eat,’ which implies you need to eat well to be healthy. This period marked Europe’s fascination with food…

The legacy of a Chicago icon and pioneer of urban experiments

A pioneer of Midwestern architecture, Chicago-born Bertrand Goldberg redefined the Windy City’s skyline with his Marina City skyscrapers. The lessons learned during his time studying with, and working for, the legendary modernist Mies van der Rohe became a formative part of his architectural character. Allowing form and function to learn from one another, Goldberg moved fluently across a diverse range of scales and projects.

Goldberg worked steadily throughout his career to upend residential and institutional design conventions. Born on July 17, 1913, today marks the 108th anniversary of the…

Inside the new concept of off-road cycling and adventure

“Bikepacking is a fresh term, widely regarded as the minimalist, off-the-beaten-track evolution of traditional bike touring-a fusion of multiday backpacking and mountain biking that enables the ultimate freedom,” explains Stefan Amato in the preface of our eponymous title. He points to experienced traveler Frank van Rijn as someone who has managed to encompass this style of cycling: “Fast enough to cover a whole continent in a reasonable time but slow enough to see very many interesting things.”

Founder of travel company Pannier and a household name in the bikepacking world, Amato…

Dreamlike depictions from a Prix Pictet winning photographer

“My work helps me understand life better and understand myself. It allows me to heal and grow as a human being, and to connect with others without having to talk,” explains Joana Choumali. The Ivorian photographic-textile artist depicts life in African cities with embroidery, creating dreamlike scenes that allow her work to comment on mental health, trauma, and hope through a comforting guise.

Born in 1974 and based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Choumali began experimenting with photography as a child. She has always used the medium as a meditative and intimate form…

Pixelord on why these digital items are being endorsed by artists and creators from all spectrums

“Can’t Knock The Hustle,” was the phrase and acclaimed track on Jay-Z’s debut album that was recently used by Sotheby’s when announcing their NFT auction of a piece of art. At the start of the year, the acronym NFT (non-fungible token) swept through the world like a bat out of hell-creating a cryptocurrency rush and raising serious questions about the future of artistic creations and ownership. …

An architectural transformation reminiscent of childhood memories

Perched a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean Sea, architect Amelia Tavella’s Casa Santa Teresa gives a nostalgic nod to the coastal holiday homes of her childhood. This stylish retreat on the mountainous island of Corsica encapsulates a growing architectural and interior design movement that imbues a sense of wellbeing by the sea. Featured in Life’s A Beach, this rebuild is a tribute to its vestiges of the past: soul and spirit.

From our recent release with Courier, discover how this start-up rose through the ranks

Kyle Hoff lives with his wife Brooke and baby daughter Henni in a single-story cuboid home in Detroit’s Lafayette Park, the largest collection of residential homes designed by the great modernist architect Mies van der Rohe. The compact but light-flooded space is dotted with classic designs that coexist happily with a walnut platform bed and an L-shaped sofa in Ocean Dive blue from Floyd, the furniture brand that Hoff founded in 2014 with Alex O’Dell.

“I like design that is functional and timeless, but not elitist,”…

Writer Mónica R. Goya on how urban agriculture can increase access to healthy, locally grown produce if approached from an equity lens

The global peasant movement La Vía Campesina coined the term “food sovereignty” in 1996. Unlike food security, which in its basic form means to have access to sufficient, nutritious food, food sovereignty also covers people’s right to define agricultural strategies, including access to land, water, and other resources, prioritizing local, ecologically appropriate production, fair conditions for agricultural workers, and affordable access to seeds.

The world’s largest organic farming experiment took place in Cuba during the early 1990s. In…

A visual exploration into contemporary healing and rituals

The sacred symbolism of the Kalachakra mandala has been mistakenly misinterpreted over many generations, which even led to the Dalai Lama weighing in on the matter. More than just a piece of art, the Kalacakra is a Buddhist doctrine based on the concepts of time (kala) and cycles (chakra). Together they form a ritual known as the “Cycle of Time,” which was the origin for artist Himali Singh Soin and her partner, David Soin Tappeser’s film that they developed during the pandemic.

Rituals have always been inherent in environmental, social, and political…

A curated playlist by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mickalene Thomas, and other Tastemakers

The definition of a Tastemaker is “a person who decides or influences what is or will become fashionable.” In our latest release with Semaine, Jonny Mahon-Heap writes that this group “are the future of taste-those who have crowbarred into movements and stepped through them with us, those who have opened doors and left them for us to walk through, those who cross-pollinate crafts with joy and curiosity.” …


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