Staff Picks: Marleigh

Staff Picks: Marleigh

Need Supply Co. graphic designer Marleigh Culver is a plant whisperer. With a flat filled to the rafters with succulents, palms, banana and rattlesnake plants, she surrounds herself with organic beauty as stimulus for her prolific output. It seems to be working pretty well. Her designs and paintings all reflect her own naturalistic tendencies and […]

Introducing: Alex Mill

Introducing: Alex Mill

Mass production has long meant mass-indifference, as we’re generally left to fit generic, modular objects into the fine contours of our lives. But we run the opposite direction, and so are always happy to find headstrong, do-it-your-own-way types in blazing a better path where none existed before. Alex Mill is just such a company. Founded […]

The In Between: Culottes

The In Between: Culottes

It’s time again for the perennial in-between. When summer’s not quite gone and autumn’s not quite here. When layers are gained and shed throughout the day. When the search begins for the perfect transition pieces to carry you through both. Well, look no further than the culotte. It’s a far cry from the constrictive knee-length […]

Interview: Fiona Jane of Woman’s Hour

Interview: Fiona Jane of Woman’s Hour

Conversations, the newest album by London-based four piece Woman’s Hour, came out last week on Secretly Canadian which has left us even more curious about front runner Fiona Jane. Their moody sound that filters through new wave electropop sounds like a combination that’s been done before, and maybe it has. However, Woman’s Hour is able to […]

Icon: Arne Jacobsen

Icon: Arne Jacobsen

For both an object and its designer to achieve icon status is rare, indeed. Once designed, produced and disseminated, an object or building is handed over to the wider culture, where it is either embraced and appropriated or summarily used up and tossed out. But even when object becomes icon, its designer is quite often […]

Interview: Jung Kim

Interview: Jung Kim

Jung Kim cut her photographic teeth at Parsons before moving on to Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. But while her formative years were spent in fashion, her style is refreshingly unpretentious—straightforward, intimate, introspective. It’s this cultural sensitivity and ability to, as she puts it, “be a fly on the wall” that has made her into a skilled storyteller, and she’s […]

B-Boy

B-Boy

“The newsworthy transformations wrought by Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and Robert Mapplethorpe have been replaced by shiny ghosts. They are not news and they are not new. Some work is just more recent. The last new thing I saw was break dancing.” -Dave Hickey Breaking first emerged in the 1970s as one of the four original elements […]

Hear This: Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Hear This: Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

The Voyager will be Jenny Lewis’ first solo album in six years and is what could be her strongest work to date. This is the quality of album that will be played a month from now and then revisited three years down the road. The Voyager carries the tone and tempo that instantly puts me […]

Han Kjøbenhavn x Fritz Hansen at Need Supply Co.

Han Kjøbenhavn x Fritz Hansen at Need Supply Co.

In cooperation with Fritz Hansen, Danish fashion brand Han Kjøbenhavn has created an homage to to the beautiful and iconic Grand Prix™ chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1957. The result is a contemporary interpretation which, like the original, was created with a focus on craftsmanship, materials, and aesthetic quality. On Friday, August 1 from […]

Strange Plants!

Strange Plants!

Indie publishing house-slash-creative agency Zioxla has just released its inaugural publication, Strange Plants, a friendly peach ‘celebration of plants in contemporary art.’ The volume is a delightful photosynthesis of work from artists from across mediums—whose usual subject matter runs a gamut from plant-centric or generally not-so-plant-centric—to make for what certainly amounts to the most creative take on agglomerated […]

Mimicking Birds: Eons

Mimicking Birds: Eons

We first heard about Mimicking Birds while skimming through NPR’s All Song’s Considered. Their track, Bloodlines, stood out like an M&M in a pile of mixed nuts and we were happy to keep listening. Bloodlines, which can be found on the band’s second studio album, brings together the mood and tempo of The National with vocals […]

Eat Here: Sweedeedee

Eat Here: Sweedeedee

Even before a move to Portland I had heard buzz about Sweedeedee, a humble little joint on Albina that whips up amazing pies and hugs in the form of home made corn cakes and oven-baked bacon. Walking into the unassuming dwelling tucked away in cozy North Portland, one is welcomed by the quaint sounds of a record player. At […]

Interview: Karin Kellner

Interview: Karin Kellner

Multicultural illustrator Karin Kellner works mostly the old-fashioned way, wrestling valiantly with watercolor and India ink. She works across design, food and fashion and her signature style is heavy on effervescent tones and devoid of extraneous detail, making for works that straddle a magical line between rigorous and wistful. Her portraiture is breathtaking, especially on paper, and she’s […]

One Hundred Poems from the Chinese

One Hundred Poems from the Chinese

In 1927, Kenneth Rexroth moved to San Francisco. An esteemed poet, essayist, translator, ex-communist, IWW anarchist, pacifist, and high school drop out, he was nothing if not eclectic. With markedly radical world view and an unstoppable body of writing which touched upon everything from jazz to ancient Chinese science to California mountaineering, medieval mysticism, erotic poetry […]

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

My introduction to the films of Richard Linklater took place in the back seat of a Jeep Cherokee that belonged to my best friend’s older sister. It was the summer of 2007 and California’s rolling blackouts had knocked out the power on our block hours earlier. Luckily she had a small TV with a built […]

Winner: Tanic Nakpresha

Winner: Tanic Nakpresha

8 cities, 6 continents and loads of good stories later, this year’s Go Explore has been a fantastic adventure. With warmest thanks to everyone who shared their epic shots from around the world with us, we’re very happy to announce Tanic Nakpresha as the winner of our Instagram contest. With a whopping 18% of the vote […]

Saturdays NYC + Tin Ojeda

Saturdays NYC + Tin Ojeda

When Argentinian-born Tin Ojeda was seeking out partners to make his newest surf film shot entirely on Super16, the encouraging people at Saturdays Surf NYC listened. They did more than listen, they came with support and backing. Saturdays Surf NYC has been doing this kind of thing for a while now, just look back this […]

Hear This: Woman’s Hour

Hear This: Woman’s Hour

This is something different, you don’t need to look far to see it. What might feel like a small arts and sound collective is really left in the hands of four amazing London-based artists lead by front woman Fiona Burgess. As a whole, Woman’s Hour, a name taken from the beloved female-focused news and culture […]

Standard: Peanut Butter & Jelly

Standard: Peanut Butter & Jelly

It’s pretty safe to say that American cuisine has turned a corner. No longer the stuff of Velveeta and Cambell’s-soup-based casseroles, the country’s regional, ethnic and populist midcentury dishes have been modernized, tarted-up and remixed for a new generation. Southern barbecue or New England clam chowder, made with care and rendered in quality ingredients, can […]

The Super Soaker

The Super Soaker

S-U-P-E-R S-O-A-K-E-R. For ’90s kids, no two words emblazoned in neon triggered the same joyous reaction. The TV ads were everywhere, a comically irate camp counselor screaming: “WETTER IS BETTER!” Summer days were spent outside, hiding behind minivans, lawn furniture, and tree trunks. And there were kamikaze missions—running around in tight combat formation, soaking everything until tanks […]

Interview: Mieke Verbijlen

Interview: Mieke Verbijlen

Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen shoots a different kind of interior. A far cry from the trappings of modern interior photography, which puts hollow architecture and aspirational furnishings on an impossibly burnished pedestal, her Apartments series serves as a document of interaction between people and their homes rather than a catalogue of curated objects or meticulously […]

City Guide: São Paulo

City Guide: São Paulo

Rio has the reputation and Brasilia has the Neimeyer, but Brazil would be a pretty tropical also-ran on the world stage if not for mighty São Paulo. The city is among humankind’s largest, and its metro is home to just over 20 million people. It’s also geographically enormous – people swear they can see it […]

Introducing: Spalwart

Introducing: Spalwart

If it ain’t broke, run with it. Or so says standout shoe label, Spalwart. Built by a group of rather romantic Swedes, the brand has made a winning game out of producing shoes in otherwise outdated factories around Europe – on all-original equipment. While a few of their models are faithful reproductions of mid-century designs, […]

City Guide: Sydney’s Northern Beaches

City Guide: Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Sydney has really come into its own lately, making major inroads as the southern hemisphere’s premier hub for technology, design, fashion and media. The world has at last realized that its cityscape is much more than a nifty opera house, and its retail and coffee scenes have exploded accordingly. Sydney has swag, too, and is […]

Scribe Winery

Scribe Winery

Despite the heated narrative surrounding wine and provenance, battles over DOP, and what can be called what, most winemakers today use chemicals and other non-natural processes to cajole and manipulate their grapes into submission. So, supposedly hallowed origins are likely far less critical than the pretty bottles might have you believe. It’s generally good business: more all-around drinkable wines […]

Interview: Ike Edeani

Interview: Ike Edeani

Capturing the essence of a person in a portrait can be a huge challenge for some photographers, but for the Nigerian-born and now San Francisco-based Ike Edeani, it’s his forte. Ike (pronounced I.K.) is a former architect-turned-photographer. He’s yet another example that a person’s “career” is really just a fluid, ever-changing journey. Edeani’s journey brought […]

Edible Beauty: Nasturtium

Edible Beauty: Nasturtium

Alas, the yearly May-June scramble for foraged ramps has finally tapered off. Luckily, there’s not much of a wait for the next hot-ticket ingredient, as the July heat brings with it the blossoms of another beloved culinary pleasure: nasturtium. A member of the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family, edible nasturtium is one of a genus of seven […]

City Guide: Cape Town

City Guide: Cape Town

When the New York Times decides you’re the #1 city to visit, you’re definitely doing a few things right. Following in the lofty footsteps of Helsinki, Seoul and Turin, Cape Town is this year’s World Design Capital and is home to the influential Design Indaba conference, which has long been a major voice in design for […]

Introducing: Mociun

Introducing: Mociun

With a background in textiles and a penchant for Bauhaus-inspired design principles, Caitlin Mociun’s line of accessories is informed by an ahistorical use of textile and pattern traditions. She explores new technologies in order to create environmentally healthy products, too. We talked to Ms. Mociun about how she got into handmade jewelry and what’s next on her […]

City Guide: Bangkok

City Guide: Bangkok

On first gloss, Bangkok’s frenetic energy makes it seem like a chaotic mess—the Asian antithesis to tightly laced Tokyo and sober Singapore. But look beyond the willy-nilly traffic and indecipherable map into its rich and sprawling marketplaces, extraordinary cuisine and long spiritual tradition and it becomes clear that it is one of the most culturally significant […]

Interview: Form Us With Love

Interview: Form Us With Love

The Swedish design studio Form Us With Love is on a roll. In their less-than-a-decade of existence, they’ve worked with rarefied, holy design grail manufacturers like DePadova and Cappellini, as well a range of scrappy upstarts and big names from around Scandinavia. Beyond the obligatory lighting and chairs (which they, of course, do particularly well), […]

Fireworks: For Patriot and Pyro Alike

Fireworks: For Patriot and Pyro Alike

The heart of even the most resolute curmudgeon can be melted by a firework or two. At a spry 14 centuries old, they’ve come to stand in as humankind’s definitive emblem of shared revelry and celebration. Whether on Boxing Day, Bastille Day, or every single day at Disneyland, there’s really nothing a few fireworks can’t […]

A Brief History: Backgammon

A Brief History: Backgammon

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games in the world. But despite its age, it’s plenty more than a relic in grandma’s attic: it’s a tabletop mainstay of the Mediterranean, a test of skill and strategy, and our new addiction. Backgammon is literally played everywhere. Evidence of the game’s proliferation have been found by […]

City Guide: Vancouver

City Guide: Vancouver

Vancouver is the synthesis of all that is fuzzy and good about Canada. It is cosmopolitan, progressive, welcoming, dynamic and tidy and is nestled into one of the most brilliant natural backdrops of any major city on earth. And compared with its eastern siblings, this sparkling city is less about maple everything and home-baked niceness […]

Staff Picks: Eric

Staff Picks: Eric

Senior Designer Eric Gilkey is a stalwart of the Need Supply Co. creative team. With a razor sharp eye and particularly judicious tastes, Eric works through each assignment in search of the clearest solution, creating systems as elegant as they are visually powerful. A Richmond native, Eric likes to do things his own way. He […]

City Guide: London

City Guide: London

If Paris is pretty and New York is powerful, London nails the bullseye. From posh Chelsea in the west to hardy Hackney in the east, no other A-list city on earth can match its mix of fine cultural institutions, idiosyncratic charm and out-and-out quality of life. While it will always be endearingly rickety in spots, […]

Artist Interview: Jay Riggio

Artist Interview: Jay Riggio

The artist generally has total control over brushstrokes, line and even the photographic manipulation of light. But a collage is the product of the skilful agglomeration of disparate, found elements, which makes the form both a constant hunt and a delicate process of editing. With titles like “Roaming Charges Inside the Cathedral” and “What You […]

The Mighty Michelada

The Mighty Michelada

On paper, the michelada is an affront to good taste. A spicy, salty beer that quite often contains a dash of clam juice? ¡Pero que asco! But somehow magically, impossibly, the combination of its disparate and contradictory ingredients make for something of an eminently drinkable elixir that goes down easy like summertime sweet tea. Like […]

Travel: Do the Charleston

Travel: Do the Charleston

Few places embody the soul of the new South like Charleston, South Carolina. This handsome and hospitable crossroads of buttery foods, humidity and high style has been making quite the impression as of late, and some pretty cool kids are taking note. Southerners and their cities all too often remain hidden behind nostalgia, married to […]

Virginia is for Bacon Lovers

Virginia is for Bacon Lovers

Do you smell that sweet salty aroma? What is it? Does it fill your heart with glee and sadness all at once? Does it make you feel glorious, like being in one of those old Folgers Coffee™ commercials? If so, give a big “hell yeah!” because that smell you smell is BACON.

City Guide: Los Angeles

City Guide: Los Angeles

Los Angeles is absurd and fast and beguiling and ugly and untamed and cosmopolitan and beautiful and even today feels like it’s on the cultural frontier. The California mega-metropolis built over bulldozed fruit groves remains the undisputed king of entertainment, with generations of unwavering preeminence in music and film. But beyond its cultural clout, it […]

Introducing: Jasmin Shokrian

Introducing: Jasmin Shokrian

No matter how perfect and clear early summer is in the South (where we’re at), it always undoubtedly evolves into oppressive heat and swampy humidity. It is these times that our minds turn to Los Angeles, the land land of milk and honey (and clear sunshine and endless juice bar options). Los Angeles-based designer Jasmin Shokrian […]

City Guide: Copenhagen

City Guide: Copenhagen

There’s probably no place on the planet as effortlessly cool as Copenhagen. The city seems to climb to the top of pretty much every Monocle survey ever, its residents are devastatingly stylish and it is by all accounts a haven for hygge. Bikes and fantastic coffee abound, and the vibrant food scene—underpinned by the plucky New […]

Style Icon: Dad

Style Icon: Dad

Sartorially speaking, we have much to thank our dads for these days: the resurgence of New Balance, socks with Teva sandals, and perfectly crisp white sneakers. But while “dadcore” is having a serious moment, the life lessons our fathers taught us will never go out of style. So in honor of pops, we gathered snapshots […]

The Sunday Guide to (Maybe) Catching Fish

The Sunday Guide to (Maybe) Catching Fish

While it’s only just begun, summer always seems to slip away so quickly. Before you can say “heatwave,” the backyard barbecues, ballgames, and outdoor concerts have come and and gone. But fret not: there’s nothing quite like fishing for making those summer days last (and last). So, here’s our Sunday guide to kicking back, slowing down, and […]

Licorice Love

Licorice Love

If you live in North America, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t exactly enjoy the taste of licorice. In fact, it’s likely that you hate it. And in that case, the simple thought of licorice ice cream, licorice breads and pastries, and licorice marinated meats—all washed down with an ice cold licorice beer or […]

Playlist: 32 World Cup Fight Songs

Playlist: 32 World Cup Fight Songs

It’s time once again for a spike in self-imposed nationalism, fueled by face paint, pints and jingoistic pundits. For those of us stateside (because we seem to be immune to winning), this generally means the mining up of tenuous international connections to forge temporarily unbreakable allegiances. Because, if your great grandmother was from Antwerp, you […]

Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo, Hawaii

Our friend Celeste Rodero, the designer behind DIGDOGDIG jewelry, talks about her life split between Virginia and the bucolic beach town of Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. No matter where you might call home, her story is a lesson in the power of community and hard work.  For almost twenty years, I have been […]

Pink Wine: The Case for Rosé

Pink Wine: The Case for Rosé

Pink wine is a touchy subject, understandably so. We’ve long shuddered at the thought of saccharine, syrupy zinfandel and sugar blends that proliferated the American wine markets in the 70s and 80s—iced down to-go containers of glorified grape juice, celebrated and pilfered by teenagers everywhere, thirsty for a first taste of inebriation. But while wine snobs, buffs, […]

Remembering Massimo Vignelli

Remembering Massimo Vignelli

Last week the design world lost a hero. On Tuesday, May 27th, Massimo Vignelli, the renowned and highly influential graphic designer, died at the age of 83 in his Manhattan home. While his timeless designs will survive him in the public consciousness, he will forever be remembered for the values he imparted to the design […]