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The Communal Oven

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Michael Pollan experiences the magnetic social power of the cob oven.

In some Mediterranean towns, communal "cob" ovens — primitive, domed cooking devices made of mud, clay, stucco, and straw — act as centers of social gravity where friends and family meet, greet, and eat. Last summer, a group of culinary enthusiasts gathered in a shady backyard in Napa, CA to give the traditional cooking method a try. The case included bestselling food......read more

Woven Society: SHFT Pop-Up

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SHFT and Woven Society team up to curate this selection of top-quality products for men

One of the best parts of doing SHFT is hooking up with like-minded folks working on their own inspiring projects. Among them are the good people behind Woven Society, the well-curated online retailer of quality products for guys. We linked with them to hand-pick this selection of WS offerings,  carrying the common themes of good craftsmanship and timeless design. Running the gamut from......read more

Southwest. Proven Here.

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From Craig Grant

The landscape of the American southwest is an ethereal place. The cathedral towers, deep canyons, and crushed red dirt produce terrain with endless riding possibilities. One is only limited by his efforts to push further. Pedaling along the sun drenched plateaus and in the shadowed canyons, all while sleeping below the stars in the cool night, you can start to feel displaced from the daily......read more

Heather Heron Laptop Sleeve

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Handwoven laptop sleeve combines vintage look and feel with modern function $120.00

It's been a while since we checked in with Heather Heron, one of our favorite California designers, known best for her work with reclaimed fabrics. From Shelter Half comes this lovely looking Heron laptop sleeve, which applies age-old weaving techniques to a totally contemporary product. Featuring antique brass snaps handwoven wool from Trujillo -- one of America's oldest weavers -- the......read more

Solar Stove by GoSun

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This portable, cylindrical solar oven is powerful enough to cook an entire meal $299.00

Solar stove technology has been revolutionized thanks to the GoSun Sport, a tube-shaped solar cooker that uses parabolic mirrors to concentrate sunlight and cook the contents inside. Where previous offerings were created for things like heating up beverages and boiling eggs, the GoSun stove acts as a portable convection oven that's powerful enough to cook an entire meal. The......read more

Chevron Stripe Baby Blanket by Bluebird

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Recycled cotton woven into cozy kids' blanket $60.00

Founded in 2012, Bluebird Blanket makes a full range of top quality blankets with a commitment to sustainable, domestic production. Included among the company's US-made output is this baby blanket, which not only meets the obvious requirement of soft, supple coziness, but is also made from 74 percent recycled cotton and comes handsomely decorated in a striped chevron pattern. The......read more

Rasymatto Teapot by Marimekko

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Hand-drawn, linked circle pattern inspired by woven rugs $98.00

Marimekko designer Sami Ruotsalainen found inspiration in traditional woven rugs to create this lovely, linked circle pattern for the Finnish brand's Oiva dinnnerware collection. Called Räsymatto ("rag rug" in Finnish), the hand-drawn pattern adds a human touch to a clean, simple teapot design. The three-piece porcelain teapot features a natural wood handle and a porcelain tea strainer......read more

Ana Kras: Shy Gestures

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The talented designer of woven objects reveals the origins of her inspiration

The latest episode of the excellent Avant/Garde Diaries features Serbia-born, New York-based designer Ana Kraš, who has earned a devoted following for her woven 'Bonbon' lanterns, which are as fun and playful as they are lovingly crafted. "Kraš's approach to design is refreshingly simple – to make user-friendly objects requiring minimal production," the description goes.......read more

Ecostasy Urutu Basket

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Beautiful utility basket handwoven in Brazil $50.00

This versatile, handmade basket brings traditional indigenous craft to the modern home. Featuring beautiful graphic patterns inspired by ancient petroglyphs, the Urutu basket is made in Brazil by Baniwa indigenous peoples, who have a rich history of basket weaving using arumã plant fibers. The intricately crafted baskets account for one of the few sources of regular income for......read more

Wonderful Woven Land Art by Patrick Dougherty

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Nature and art collide in these whirling, animated stick sculptures

The work of North Carolina-based artist Patrick Dougherty proves our theory that the most interesting things are the ones that are hardest to classify. Whatever you want to label the sweeping structures he makes from sticks and saplings -- Environmental art? Sculpture? Architecture? -- they are definitely entrancing. Springing from the earth in whirling animated forms, the sculptures inevitably......read more

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