• Rejecting busy-ness, which goes so against the grain of our contemporary habits, starts with hitting the reset button. This recording of zen monks chanting in 1970s Paris does it for me every time. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 19 Nov 2014

Lauren Cerand is a public relations consultant for creative professionals. TWITTER

 
  • While two baths a day might sound like the height of indulgence, "the point of baths, foamy nothingness," that Chris Wallace takes up in his wonderful essay for Guernica, highlights the deep satisfaction that can be found in a simple pleasure. [2 of 3]
 
  • For years I have returned regularly to this short post by John Lidwell-Durnin on life lessons from Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, most notably the fact that, "We must cultivate a relationship with inactivity, and not become disoriented or panicked at how unlike work, or being at some task, our leisure actually is." [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 17 Nov 2014

VSL editor Alexa Jaccarino meets some behind-the-scenes makers.

food 14 Nov 2014

Valentina Rice cooks small-batch family-style.

design 10 Nov 2014

Claire Russo and Liza Serratore kick up their feet in China.

 


  • Irving Harper is known for his design work with American modernism founder George Nelson. Less publicly, he also created intricate paper sculptures, many of which had never left his studio until earlier this year. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 17 Nov 2014

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  • Who started the ALS #icebucketchallenge? When did "literally" come to mean "figuratively"? Trace the origin of these and all of your other favorite Internet memes on KnowYourMeme.com. [2 of 3]
 
  • ...and here, meet the maker of Pharrell's infamous hats. [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 14 Nov 2014

Valentina Rice cooks small-batch family-style.

design 10 Nov 2014

Claire Russo and Liza Serratore kick up their feet in China.

style 5 Nov 2014

Meet The Sabah Dealer, aka Mickey Ashmore.

 


 

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food 14 Nov 2014

Valentina Rice founded Many Kitchens, a curated online marketplace to promote small batch makers and help them reach the national audience they deserve! FACEBOOK  TUMBLR  INSTAGRAM  PINTEREST  TEDX

 
  • Siblings Ken and Toan of The Saucey Sauce Co. enjoy family dinners as a cornucopia of different flavors from around the world, like their recipe for Brown Sugar Glazed Acorn Squash. [2 of 3]
 
 
 

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design 10 Nov 2014

Claire Russo and Liza Serratore kick up their feet in China.

style 5 Nov 2014

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culture 31 Oct 2014

VSL Editor Alexa Jaccarino celebrates Halloween.

 


  • If walls could talk, there'd be 600 years' worth of chatter to fill your time at The Temple Hotel in Beijing. UNESCO-awarded conservation meets bursts of contemporary China in this gem. [1 of 3]
 

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design 10 Nov 2014

Claire Russo & Liza Serratore are the designers behind LuRu Home, a boutique home textile company championing Chinese craft. They split time between Shanghai, where they work with artisans, and New York, where they work with the trade. INSTAGRAM  FACEBOOK  TWITTER

 
  • Drifting through this Shanghai warehouse-turned-hotel, you may lose your sense of place. Don't fret, the Neri & Hu-designed Waterhouse celebrates blurred lines. [2 of 3]
 
  • See China undressed at this LEED-certified getaway nestled amidst the bamboo sprawl of Moganshan. China is more than its glitzy big cities; head to the mountains west of Shanghai for a comfortable wander. [3 of 3]
 
 

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style 5 Nov 2014

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culture 31 Oct 2014

VSL Editor Alexa Jaccarino celebrates Halloween.

tech 29 Oct 2014

Megan Wright invites you to meet the next billion.

 


  • Jed Foutz is a 5th generation art dealer who takes an old approach to business. Through long-standing relationships and with an amazing eye, Jed curates an incredible array of ancient and contemporary Native American textiles, ceramics, artwork, and jewelry at his gallery in Santa Fe. (Image) [1 of 3]
 

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style 5 Nov 2014

Mickey Ashmore is the creator of Sabah, a niche brand of handmade, high-quality leather slip-on shoes for men and women. Inspired by his travels and time living in Istanbul, Mickey sought to revive the traditional Turkish slipper for today's international traveler while maintaining the integrity of materials and craftsmanship. Mickey lives in the East Village and frequently travels to Gaziantep, Turkey, to meet with his craftsmen. INSTAGRAM

 
  • A secluded estate in South Austin, the Hotel Saint Cecilia has an eclectic and vivacious community of regulars for a reason: wonderful design, intimate and personal service, and irreverence for the norm. [2 of 3]
 
  • Born in the 1930s from the hospitality of the Deetjen family, the Big Sur Inn evokes a nostalgia for how simple you may imagine life once was. For accommodations or a meal, Deetjen’s is a true, untainted, and seemingly unchanged gem along the classic Highway One. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 31 Oct 2014

VSL Editor Alexa Jaccarino celebrates Halloween.

tech 29 Oct 2014

Megan Wright invites you to meet the next billion.

culture 27 Oct 2014

John Supko listens to a few generative music engines.