Director: Christopher Hutsul
Director of Photography: Vinit Borrison
Producer: Nick Sorbara
Executive Producer: Jacinte Faria
Editorial: Melanie Hider, Bijou Editorial
Score: “Background Noise (Don’t Become)” by Solvent, Courtesy Ghostly International
Sound Design: Vapor Music
Online Artist + Colourist: Hardave Grewal, RedLab
Graphic Novelists: Chester Brown, Michael Comeau, Steve Charles Manale, Vicki Nerino, Michael Cho, Michael DeForge, Seth, Fiona Smyth + Britt Wilson.
A recent voyage to El Segundo, California, brought us to the doors of the Mattel headquarters. Inside, we were given the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Hot Wheels design studio, and spent some time with the head of design. We learned all about the brand's design ethos, new products and the never-ending joys of being a toy designer. Also on show was the brand's latest Car Maker product, which gives you the chance to mold custom Hot Wheels at home.
If you have meandered through Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, or any of the other major food-focused event in New York City in the last few years, you may have noticed some funky looking ovens pushing out delicious pizzas. The proprietors of these trailer-based mobile cookeries are Pizza Moto, the Brooklyn-based pizzaioli who have been slinging slices out of custom-made ovens throughout all the boroughs. For the latest iteration, Moto owner David Sclarow decided to take on the challenge of building an oven from start to finish. We spent a few days with Sclarow and his former welding instructor Ryan O'Connor to watch them grind, bend, cut and weld a monster steel oven from scratch.
In a secluded part of the quaint town of New Hope, PA, we came upon the nearly 70-year-old property of the Nakashima furniture company. The Nakashima's nine-acres of land houses every stage of the production process: From two massive lumber sheds, to the design studio, to the several workshops dedicated to the meticulous construction of each piece of furniture painstakingly executed by hand. Talking to Head Designer Mira Nakashima, we learned about the craftsmanship, history and the philosophy of her father George Nakashima, and how it laid the foundation for this iconic woodworking company.
When in Manhattan's Garment District recently, we toured a traditionally run hat factory that's dedicated to truly handmade, local products. Guided by owner and milliner Satya Twena—who raised enough money to save the factory from closing just a few months prior to our visit—we learned how each of her hats is made using old-school methods involving blocking, steam and rope.