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Made by Hand

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Community Shop opens its doors at the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs.

Commune Design and the ACE Hotel & Swim Club, just announced the opening their second Community Shop - this one in Palm Springs, California. Featuring only “handmade products by real people,” the Community Shop carries items made by artisans and craftsmen in America. The shop stocks goods from Heath Ceramics, Kathryn Bentley, Tanya Aguiniga, Free City, Greybull Nation, Robert Lewis,......read more

April Bloomfield: Farm to Table

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Celebrated chef sources sustainable essentials in upstate New York.

As executive chef of beswarmed NYC hotspots The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, April Bloomfield has earned a reputation for creating simple, unpretentious dishes with meat playing the starring role. But, as we learned from Nowness, the celebrated chef is big into veggies too. “I love my veggies,” says the chef. “Sometimes I could just do without the meat.” Brazilian photographer Marcelo......read more

Mirrorcube

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Nearly invisible, mirrored tree house opens as part of Swedish "Treehotel."

A central tenet of eco-tourism is that it should keep disturbances to the local ecosytem to an absolute minimum. "Mirrorcube," one of the six rooms at the newly opened Treehotel just south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, takes that concept to the extreme. The structure is suspended on a tree and completely covered in mirrors, making it nearly invisible. As hotel owner Kent Lindvall......read more

A Secluded Treehouse Hotel Built By Peter Becker

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Guests Can Completely Unplug From The Outside World

Nestled within a forest in Hesse, Germany is Robin’s Nest Treehouse Hotels, a destination spot for those wanting a unique and rustic getaway. The gorgeous and scenic locale offers a host of housing options, with the most striking being its elevated structures. There, visitors can sleep among the treetops and leafy branches, admiring uninterrupted views of nature. Robin’s Nest is the......read more

Headland House

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'Sense of Place' Beautifully Articulated Down Under

Standing at the top of a hill overlooking the coastline in New South Wales, Australia, is ‘Headland House’, a great hulking mass of extraordinary cantilevered rooms designed by Sydney-based firm Atelier Andy Carson. The client, Beau Neilson (the daughter of art patron Judith Neilson and billionaire Kerr Neilson), and her partner required the house should be an......read more

America's Wildest Place Is Open For Business

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The Expansion of Oil and Gas Exploration in Alaska

By Christopher Solomon Several years ago a mapping expert pinpointed the most remote place in the Lower 48 states. The spot was in the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, 20 miles from the nearest road. Roman Dial read the news and wasn’t much impressed. To him, 20 miles — the distance a hungry man could walk in a long day — didn’t seem very remote at......read more

Berta Caceres, Honduran Indigenous Environmental Leader Assassinated

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She Had Won Goldman Environmental Prize

Honduran indigenous and environmental organizer Berta Cáceres has been assassinated in her home. She was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras. In 1993 she co-founded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). For years the group faced a series of threats and repression. According to Global Witness, Honduras has......read more

Drawings In Space

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From Janusz Grunspek

German artist, Janusz Grunspek celebrates the mundane and elevates the ordinary.  In the series, he's created scale replicas of everyday objects with little more than thin wooden dowels and a bit of glue. A MacBook, a candle chandelier and a room full of furniture are all formed from delicately cut and bent wooden pieces.  He calls this series "Zeichnungen im Raum" or Drawings in......read more

Nobody's Nobodies: Photos by Rogerio Reis

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Conceptual photos inquire into issues of image ownership and public space

Brazilian photographer Rogerio Reis offers a tongue-in-cheek look into image ownership with these photos shot on Rio de Janeiro's public beaches. In the series, called Nobody's Nobodies, Reis uses John Baldessari-esque dots to obscure the identities of his human subjects. "The use of colored dots over faces addresses the legal challenge of making candid shots of the bathers on Rio's beaches,"......read more

An Uncommon Place

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Supernatural landscape photos by Reuben Wu

Photographer/director/musician/Renaissance man Reuben Wu returns to SHFT [previously] with another selection of dreamy landscape images captured on his travels around the globe. The British artist, now based in Chicago, regularly finds himself on the road, whether on photo commissions or doing gigs with his band, Ladytron. He still finds time to pursue personal projects like An Uncommon Place, a......read more

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