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John Fraser


The Michelin-starred chef has a story to tell you through his cooking

Pundy’s Picks for Conscious Travel


Six tips for considered and conscious travel

Genmaicha Martini Recipe


The classic martini plus the health benefits of green tea

The Spread Love Project by Nicholas Konert


How Nicholas Konert’s rainbow heart design became an international icon

Wade Davis


Anthropology is the antidote to today’s nativism says the scholar and author

Carla Sozzani


The future of retail according to the founder of legendary concept store 10 Corso Como

The Art of Migration


The power of art to inspire empathy and social action

John Pawson


Zen Buddhism and minimalist purity drive the celebrated architect

Amy Duncan


As the CBD line Mowellens expands into skincare, its founder shares the personal story behind her company

Sila Sveta


Moscow’s favorite media studio finds the perfect balance between art and commerce

David de Rothschild


In his calls for environmental awareness, the modern explorer finds harmony between man and nature

Can Fashion Be Sustainable?


Shaping a better world through what you buy – or don’t

Brendon Babenzian


Supreme’s former creative director wants to end the cycle of consumption with his new brand Noah

Lily Kwong


Nature invades the urban jungle in the landscape designer’s expansive projects

House of Yes


Behind the scenes with the Bushwick nightlife collective promoting inclusivity and consent culture

Chez Dede


A medium in which two world-traveling, adventurous spirits absorb the globe’s vast curiosities and share them freely

Jesse Israel


A meditation guide for extraordinarily large groups

Liya Kebede


The Ethopian model, activist, and entrepreneur uses her label Lemlem as a force for change
Genmaicha Martini Recipe
Genmaicha Martini Recipe
Wade Davis
Wade Davis

In design, sometimes the simplest things can have the most powerful impact. This principle is one the artist and designer Nicholas Konert understands well, as proven by his Spread Love Project by Nicholas Konert, which has turned a simple graphic into a viral worldwide phenomenon.

 

In the summer of 2016, Konert recalls being affected by a vivid sense of anger that seemed to permeate American society and culture. The Stanford swimmer Brock Turner had just received a distressingly lenient sentence for rape, hateful campaign rhetoric was nearing its peak, and every week brought new reports of police brutality. Then, in the middle of June, Omar Mateen walked into Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, and murdered 49 people. “I was just really rocked by it all and really upset,” Konert explains. “I’ve always been interested in and I’ve always tried to use design for social change and in a way where it can be a part of social impact projects.” Before heading to the Stonewall Inn, known as the birthplace of the gay rights movement, for a candlelight vigil, he designed a rainbow heart and printed off a hundred copies to hand out. “It was a sign of love and a symbol for spreading love,” he says, “in the wake of everything that was happening.”

 

In the three years since, the Spread Love Project by Nicholas Konert has expanded into a global visual icon, and Konert says he often finds himself surprised by the places the heart pops up, anywhere from the background of paparazzi snaps of Bella Hadid to the final episode of Broad City. Konert says he sees his project in keeping with public works by artists like Keith Haring and Robert Indiana, which have blended a uniquely American admixture of street art, activism, and branding.

 

More than just the heart stickers that have been popping up everywhere—Konertestimates he’s printed a hundred thousand by now—the Spread Love Project by Nicholas Konert has branched out into collaborations with West Elm, Marc Jacobs, the Times Square EDITION, and Tory Burch, with proceeds going to a range of LGBTQ causes including the Ali Forney Center and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. “I feel like the world needs love and symbols of love more than ever,” Konert says. “At least in my lifetime, I’ve never felt like people being reminded of love would ever be more relevant. What started the project is I was so upset by seeing all the hate and it only seems to be intensifying, which is unfortunate. But to me, the Spread Love Project really reminds me each day that my life experience is centered around spreading love and I see my heart opening up and other people’s opening up more and more.”