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Way Out West With Nika Aila States

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Analog photos from the road

Travel is the main source of inspiration for Nika Aila States, a photographer and musician living in Oakland, CA. Whether abroad or in nearby states, alone or with friends, Nika's wanderings provide fodder for her work. Her picture-taking preference is analog. These film photographs, shot while on the road, capture landscapes of the American West in all their dramatic glory. Nice stuff. Check......read more

Hitting the Road with Nika States

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Terrific travel pics from Bay Area photog

With the end of the year approaching, we're starting to get the itchy feet we always get thinking about our next travel excursion. To denote the occasion, let's have a look at these fantastic road photos from Oakland's Nika States, which capture his friends and landscapes in epic fashion. On what drives his artistic impulse, States said this to I Love That Photo: Nearly two decades given......read more

Julia Holter & Jib Kidder, "My Baby"

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'70s aesthetics feature heavily in new vid for woozy, country-sampling collaboration

Following the release of her excellent Ekstasis LP, esoteric songstress Julia Holter linked up with Jib Kidder (aka Sean Schuster-Craig) to produce this  wobbly, country-sampling tune that we've had on repeat all day. "My Baby" takes snippets from Kidder’s "Ringtone Cowboy," off his forthcoming Steal Guitars album, adding Holter’s dreamy vocal to the country & western......read more

Monterey Pitcher by Bauer Pottery

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A made-in-California classic, available in fifteen colors $68.00

For classic American home style, it doesn't get any better than the Monterey Pitcher from Bauer, the Los Angeles pottery company whose heritage dates back to 1878. The perfect vessel for summer lemonade, the pitcher comes in no less than fifteen colors, so there is something to suit every taste. We are particularly feeling the brighter options, which feel both modern and traditional at the same......read more

Aurora Lamp by The Good Flock

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Versatile, US-made lighting solution available in a variety of woods $169.00

Here is a beautifully crafted lighting solution from The Good Flock in Portland, OR. The Aurora Lamp features a a conical shape that diffuses and maximizes light while highlighting the character of the wood base. The versatile design can be placed on a shelf or side table, or easily hung on a wall with a single screw. The lamp is built with a porcelain socket, in-line on/off switch, US cotton......read more

Move by NudeAudio

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Available in three sizes, these portable wireless speakers deliver crisp sound at a fair price $30.00

NudeAudio's Move speakers combine minimal aesthetics, rugged portability and top-notch sound quality. Co-founded by longtime IDEO designer Peter Riering-Czekalla, the brand fills a pricing gap in the premium speaker market. "If you look at the speakers that are successful, like Jambox or the Beats Pill, they are all $170-190 for a small little speaker," he told Cool Hunting. "We don't believe......read more

Mast Brothers Chocolate Bars

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Cult sensation chocolate bars available in packs of 5, 10, or 25 $40.00

If you prefer satisfying your chocolate fix with a Mars Bar copped at the corner store, feel free to turn the page. But if you appreciate sustainable ingredients and thoughtful packaging design, then Mast Brothers has your chocolate needs covered. The NYC-based duo have created some amazing buzz in foodie circles with their unique flavours wrapped in hand-printed and letter pressed labels. They......read more

Waste Methane Hits Car Fuel Market

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The first commercially distributed renewable biogas is now available in California

Landfills, dairy farms and sewage plants produce clean-burning, totally renewable methane as a waste by-product. Now, thanks to Clean Energy Fuels, that biofuel has entered the retail market. The company, backed by oil giant T. Boone Pickens, is the first commercial distributor of biogas for cars, trucks and buses. There are 35 public Clean Energy stations in California selling the fuel,......read more

Unearthed Clay Paints

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Non-toxic, biodegradable paints available in six earthy pigments $49.00

If there was ever a consumer product that was ripe for a sustainable shift, it's conventional paint. Standard latex house paints are not only energy-intensive to produce, but also come loaded with toxic chemicals that make disposal a nightmare. Enter Unearthed Paints, a company producing biodegradable, natural paints using ancient recipes. Unearthed Clay Paints come in six options that are......read more

Bean Bag Chair by Environment

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Available in recycled military fabric or organic cotton $575.00

Bring some retro-inspired comfort to your living room with Environment’s Bean Bag Chair, available in recycled army tent fabric and organic cotton....read more

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