MINI x Shanghai

Automotive, Living, Work, Fashion. On first glance, these sectors may seem detached or isolated from one another, however, together they are the core elements that build the foundation of urban life for the Creative Class. MINI has introduced a unique vision for a brighter city life, whilst keeping a small footprint. The MINI mission is to integrate design expertise with the spirit of experience—a radically new future of urban living.

Cityscapes characterised by density and scarcity are reconstructing inner-city spatial aptitudes into a modernised currency in the era of hyper-urbanisation. Growing urban populations, space utilisation, and demographic amalgamation are evoking a collision between the supply and demand of living space in the global metropolises. Innovative architectural concepts that "think outside of the box", and integrate space and time, have become a necessity, as the most relevant urban potentials lay the framework for a future focused on personal flexibility, experience, and inspiration—together.

The MINI Shanghai URBAN MATTERS EXHIBITION took place from October 27 to November 7, 2017. The event was a paramount catalyst to the MINI mission to curate, create, and reinvent solutions—connecting the past to the future for a brighter urban life. 

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MINI x NYC

MINI LIVING has designed the URBAN CABIN, a micro-house that acts as a research space for revolutionising urban living. The aim of the project is to create a pragmatic space inspired by local surroundings and bring light to relevant architectural solutions for urban needs and local identities, whilst keeping a small footprint upon Earth. The URBAN CABIN in Brooklyn camouflages into the landscape and illustrates New York for the vibrant city that it is—a blend of cultural influences from around the world.  

The URBAN CABIN façade flaunts iridescent acrylic glass in bright colours that change with every movement—a reflection of the bursts of inspiration and diversity in New York. In contrast, the back door—disguised as a hammock nestled in the a beautiful vertical garden—opens to the air for rest and restoration, a breath of calm and tranquility. The culture of the project meshes a spiked, humorous façade with a soft brightly coloured upholstered nestlike seat on its interior. “It’s basically St. Mark’s Place in the 80s: a bit punk, a bit kawaii...and close to John Hejduk,” states Peter Zuspan (principal of Bureau V), detailing some of the cabin's design references.

There will be a sequence of events and activities involving the URBAN CABIN through October and November 2017. 

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Water Journal 3º

From the moment my eyes fall upon its intricate texture and I inhale deeply, filling my lungs with the ambrosial redolence, I am carried away to another world and I fall gently into a field with tall grass, graceful flowers, and balletic leaves that dance with the wind. Lemongrass and verbena mingle blissfully with lavender, mint, and sage—a beguiling synthesis evocative of a summer grassland. Airy and inspiriting.  Urban Koi

This is an excerpt from a new piece that I wrote titled: Tea. It is published in Water Journal - Volume 3º, released in June 2017. I reveal an ancient legend and the unique history of tea, as well as the different phases and classes of tea: white, green, oolong, black, pu-erh, tisanes, and matcha. I touch upon a soupçon of science in tea, including some interesting health benefits and properties that make tea so special. 

Order Volume 3º on Water Journal.

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ONA Savannah

I recently had the pleasure of partaking in a profile with ONA, my favourite camera bag maker. I discuss a couple of my most loved books, music, and humble musings on life, while on a little film adventure with the Savannah, a spruce compact crossbody, perfect for those smaller film or mirrorless cameras—the newest member to my ONA collection. Take a gander, if you are keen. 

ONA bags have been at my side as my trusted travel companions for nearly five years now. ONA designs are not only elegant and pragmatic, but the breadth of the company's philosophy—the mission to foster community and empower creatives, is sincerely inspiring and deeply resonates with me. One collaboration with ONA that I am thankful for is the The Prince Street from two years ago. It has since ventured with me across the country from NY to LA to across the ocean to Europe and I look forward to creating many more incredible memories with ONA in the future.
 

In Swahili, the word ona (pronounced ō'na) means, 'to feel,' 'to believe,' and 'to experience with the eyes.' This is the essence of photography and style. — ONA Bags


THE STORYTELLING FUND

A few weeks ago, ONA launched See the World in a New Light, a new campaign aimed to showcase and bolster new voices. ONA will allocate $10 from every bag sold to their new Storytelling Fund, a new project to act as a support system to help cultivate the endeavours of photographers and independent artists. The Fund will partner with organisations like 100 Cameras and Women Photograph, who recently declared that their first three $2500 grants will be presented to budding female documentary photographers this coming summer. The Fund will further support several projects selected by the ONA community. When you support ONA, you help strengthen the creative community. For more information, please visit the ONA Blog

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Prospector Co.

As the heir of an aromatherapist, Kyle Hinton established Prospector Co. in Savannah, Georgia, in 2010. The unisex bath, body, and grooming commodities are constructed in care with sensitive skin in mind, formulated with no additives, artificial fragrances, and colouring. To ensure highest quality, each clean-scented elixir is blended in small portions with great attention to detail and encased by hand in classic apothecary-inspired bottles. I have been using Prospector Co. for quite a few years now and I truly recommend their products for the individual keen on natural, less commercialised goods. Health and wellness begins with the ingredients we ingest, including ones we allow our skin to absorb on a daily basis. Presented here are a few personal favourites. 


COMPRESSED TOWEL TABLETS

These compressed cotton fibre tablets instantly decompress at the touch of water and expand into small facial towelettes for convenient personal care anywhere, anytime. They are brilliant for travel and in-flight relaxation when paired with your favourite soak and a few drops of essential oils. For a lovely touch, these little jars make a welcoming and refreshing gift for guests who have paid you a weekend visit. 

LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA CREAM
8 oz. Push Dispenser

This calming moisturising hand and body cream, infused with botanicals, was designed with pure relaxation in mind. Creamy, yet light and absorbent, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated, smooth, and replenished. The essential oil blend of lavender, rosemary, and cedarwood amalgamate into a scent of subtle broken flowers, overgrown gardens, and springtime freshness. 

ROSEMARY SAGE HAND WASH
16 oz. Push Dispenser

This gentle cleansing soap is a soothing fusion of herbal essential oils with a revitalising, garden-fresh scent. Eucalyptus and sage open the sinuses and breathe clean air into the kitchen or bath. Rosemary intermixed with tea tree offer anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and deodorising properties to the palms. Thyme, characteristic with its warm, spiced scent, bears additional disinfectant features as well.

SHAVING BRUSHES

Using only the highest quality materials and handcrafted detail, all of our brushes are manufactured in Germany, working with an 80-year-old, family-owned business. The superior performance and longevity gained from age-old techniques and modern engineering make for an heirloom-quality brush that “lifts” the shaving experience (Prospector Co.).

PURE BRISTLE SHAVING BRUSH 
Made in Germany

The Pure Bristle is a natural hair brush, a superb choice for wet shaving. Its anatomy includes a beechwood handle and economical boar hair, which gives a firmer, more rigid effect to the shave, that mellows beautifully with age. This makes for an exceptional entry brush for a new wet shaver. I have given this dapper brush as a gift to a comrade and he is quite pleased. 

ACACIA WOOD SHAVING BRUSH
Made in Germany, Vegan

The natural Acacia Wood brush, with its long-lasting durability and high resistance to water, is another excellent option. The bristle is made from a superior black fibre that exudes similar qualities of the badger hair. These fibres are long-lasting, tenacious, and produce a marvelous foaming lather—they prompt reliable softness even through the constant wet and dry periods of daily use. 

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Water Journal 2º

I am truly humbled to share that my writing and photography have been published in Water Journal - Volume 2ºa quiet exploration of all things water, celebrating its undeniable beauty and complexity.

Published in London, it features beautiful, honest stories from incredibly talented and inspiring creatives around the world. It is a stunning work of art dedicated to the experience and cultural significance of water. I fell in utter love with the Journal since Volume 1º and there are no words that would do justice to encapsulate Water Journal.

From the ethereal images that send one on a journey afar to the graceful curation of intimate stories, heartfelt poetry, and elegant design, one must feel the publication in one's hands to truly grasp and appreciate the intricacy of Water Journal

I wrote a short memoir paired with my photography about my connection to water titled: Chasing Fog. It is an absolute honour to be a part of the publication. A massive thank you goes out to Edvinas Bruzas, Editor & Founder.  

Order Volume 2º on Water Journal

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