Fragile Melodies

Chris Funk of The Decemberists is no stranger to snooping around for unusual, rarely heard sounds. When his trail led him to Williamsburg, Virgina in the USA he sought out Dean Shostak straighaway, one of the last true masters capable of playing the glass armonica – an enchanting instrument lost to time. First devised in…

Up and at 'Em

That everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time is a relatively new myth about equality. Undoubtedly, all men and women have always been created exactly the same, but long were the days when wealth discrepancy was stitched into every seam of our clothing. Long were the mornings getting ready, too. All those layers of…

Wedgwood White

Josiah Wedgwood, English potter extraordinaire, was born on this day in 1730. Perhaps dishware doesn’t seem super enthralling, but the pristine white porcelain which poured out of a humming Stoke-on-Trent factory and made Wedgwood’s fortune represents much more than one’s ability to host smashing dinner parties. The clean lines and smooth paleness of some of Wedgwood’s best-loved designs are in…