The Real Surprise of Jony Ive’s Exit From Apple Isn’t the Exit—Data Sheet

Sometimes a surprise departure isn’t much of a surprise. But the aftermath sure could be. Aaron in for Adam at week’s end, contemplating the “surprise” departure of Apple design chief Jony Ive. Although Ive joined Apple in 1992 while Steve Jobs was occupied elsewhere, the amiable Brit became one of the genius CEO’s most trusted […]

As More Products Are Made for Single People, a Waste Conundrum Emerges

Living alone is increasingly common. In 2018, 28% of U.S. households were home to just one person, according to the Census Bureau. That’s more than double the proportion of single-person residences in 1960, when the nuclear family peaked. For several years now, businesses in the real estate, home improvement, and jewelry sectors have been marketing […]

Rihanna’s Fashion Collaboration with LVMH Goes Live

Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty has arrived, again. Fenty, Rihanna’s new luxury clothing line with LVMH, debuted in Paris on May 24 and opened its doors to the online masses today. The multi-hyphenate star is now the first woman of any hue to launch an original brand at the fashion titan, and the first black woman to […]

Data Sheet—Why It Makes Sense To Charge for Online News

I have more than a passing interest in legacy brands defending their turfs against digital upstarts. With that in mind, I met last week in San Francisco with John Ridding, CEO of the Financial Times Group, publisher of the storied British newspaper that’s now owned by the Japanese financial news organization Nikkei. Ridding has presided […]

Data Sheet—How Apple, Facebook, and Oracle Compete For Best Silicon Valley Headquarters

Silicon Valley and beauty don’t typically go together. Sure, the hills surrounding the office parks are drop-dead gorgeous. But the buildings? The compound adjective “low-slung” is how I most typically hear them described. From the air, though. Ah, that’s where the mystery and what we used to call man-made majesty of the technology industry’s edifices […]

They’re the World’s Best Recyclers. Even They’re Confounded by the Scourge of Plastic 

Jillian York thought she knew how to recycle. After all, she had spent a childhood diligently recycling in New Hampshire, and was living in San Francisco. But when she moved to Berlin in 2013, she faced an urgent question. Where do the glass bottles go? The paper and plastic was simple enough: collect and sort […]

The Minimalist Design Wave Taking Over Classical Rome

While Milan might be known as Italy’s fashion and design capital, throughout the last decade, Rome has started punching well above its weight, embracing a unique marriage of old and new. The open-air museum that is the Italian capital is synonymous with chaos, winding cobblestone streets, and reminders of history at every turn. The Eternal […]