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Cool Hunting is a daily update on ideas and products in the intersection of art, design, culture and technology, and features weekly videos that get an inside look at the people who create them.



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ListenUp: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Shake It

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:42:46 PDT

The inimitable Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase) are set to reissue their 2003 debut album Fever To Tell and it will include nine unreleased tracks, eight B-sides and more. One such track is the previously unreleased "Shake It......



Buy: Queen of Hungary Face Mist

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:02:01 PDT

Purifying and hydrating, Hungarian brand Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary mist also smells divine. With notes of neroli and rose, this mist was inspired by the Queen of Hungary Water—the world’s first perfume on record. Made with mineral-rich water from......



Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World: A visual adventure through the cosmos via art, science and beyond

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:11:14 PDT

From ancient cave paintings to engravings from the 1600s, and modern-day animations to NASA photos, "Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World" is an investigation of space. With over 300 images, this hardcover spans all kinds of mediums and mindsets......



Link About It: McLaren's "Project Invincible" Human Armor

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:48:50 PDT

It may comes as a surprise to some that McLaren does more than release supercars and dominate Formula 1. Their fast-growing McLaren Applied Technologies sector tackles health and wellness, and the division's team of doctors and engineers have done......



ListenUp: Michael Cera feat. Sharon Van Etten: Best I Can

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:36:04 PDT

A truly delightful track, "Best I Can" by Michael Cera and featuring the vocals of Sharon Van Etten pops with digital wonder. Cera made the song for the upcoming film "Dina," and brought Van Etten (who he met by chance at a bar) in as a collaborator......



Interview: Jim Meehan on The New "Meehan’s Bartender Manual": The famed bartender talks about his new guide to opening and running a bar

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:12:01 PDT

Jim Meehan loves to read cocktail books. Respectively, cocktail enthusiasts are likely to have his 2011 PDT book. Now, Meehan debuts his long-awaited "Bartender Manual." With more than two decades of experience tending bar, Meehan addresses the art......



ListenUp: Charles Bradley: Changes (Black Sabbath Cover)

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:13:02 PDT

The incredibly talented Charles Bradley has passed away at 68 years old. Bradley, who found success as a later-in-life singer, was known as the Screaming Eagle of Soul thanks to his heart-wrenching, vulnerable vocals. His cover of Black Sabbath's 1972......



Buy: "Fuck Off" Slides

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:27:41 PDT

Made for Mondays is Montreal-based Raised by Wolves' "Fuck Off" collection. Perhaps the best item in the range, these printed slides tell it like it is. Available in several colorways, the blue and white is our pick. ...



ListenUp: Music from the inimitable Lizzo, Bibio, Blu & Exile, Ásgeir and more this week

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:11:18 PDT

Blu & Exile: Constellations A decade after the release of their acclaimed boom-bap debut album Below the Heavens, the glorious duo Blu & Exile have dropped a new tune. The boppy "Constellations" will appear on their new record (a prequel for their......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Boxing grandmothers, architectural pastries, beautified basketball courts and more in our look around the web

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:11:01 PDT

1. Beautifying Neglected Basketball Courts With Project Backboard Founded in 2014 by Daniel Peterson, Project Backboard refurbishes neglected basketball courts by commissioning artists to make them works of art. Initially in Memphis, the project......



KARA Launches Men's Bags: Expertly functional luxury backpacks and duffles, inspired by the designer's father and his Hong Kong racing days

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:11:34 PDT

Since we last spoke with designer Sarah Law, she's expanded her modern minimalist luxury backpack line KARA in very deliberately thought-out steps that emphasize individuality and functionality—rather than mindlessly churning out new designs to......



ListenUp: Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:19:21 PDT

The title track from Mavis Staples' forthcoming album (out 17 November), "If All I Was Was Black" confronts not only racism the singer faced in her eight decades of performing, but also the violence she witnesses today in racial conflict. Written in......



Customizable, Human-Grade Dog Food from Ollie: Meet your pup's nutritional needs through a program developed with a specialized veterinarian

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:12:15 PDT

The dog food industry—almost all $30 billion of it—has been under the ownership of four conglomerates for years. Within, there have been options and advancements aplenty but that doesn't necessarily mean quality has been a centerpiece. In fact......



September Scotch: The Antique Blend-Inspired Shackleton Whisky: A brand new Highland blended malt Scotch referencing a legendary discovery

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:41:02 PDT

In 2007, one of the more significant discoveries was made in the world of whisky. While restoring Sir Ernest Shackleton's hut in Antarctica (used during his 1907-09 "Nimrod" Expedition, when he went further than anyone had ever before but was 97.5......



Buy: Basketball Papaya Towel

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:48:22 PDT

Made by Lilian Martinez's brand bfgf, this new beach towel brings papaya, basketball and plants together for an unexpected but delightful design. Bold and playful, this is one of bfgf's more contrasty designs—but just as eccentric as others from the......



Fitbit’s Ionic Smartwatch: The newest Android-compatible smartwatch could be the best yet

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:24:31 PDT

by Michael Frank Fitbit has had a simple formula for success: target women. Think about the average Fitbit wearer and it’s not only a woman, it’s a younger, gym-going woman. To make progress Fitbit needs men to care about its wearables......



Link About It: Topographic, Architectural Chocolate Tarts

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:42:48 PDT

In a tasty example of ephemeral art, artist José Margulis built topographic, perception-changing sheets of 3D plastic. Collaborator and architect-turned-pastry-chef Dinara Kasko used these designs to craft pastry components by way of various "cutting......



Link About It: South Africa's "Boxing Grannies"

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:34:40 PDT

Training twice a week with their coach Claude Maphosa, South Africa's "gogos" are older women who are learning to box for the benefit of their health. Dubbed "Boxing Grannies," these badass ladies are finding that many of their ailments are disappearing......



Four Cocktails Putting Drambuie to Work in Unexpected Ways: Some of NYC's best bartenders invent cocktails for the Scotch whisky and honey liqueur

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:40:10 PDT

With the onset of autumn, a range of flavor profiles and characteristics return to favor. After a recent competition between some of New York City's most expressive bartenders, the sometimes misunderstood Drambuie—a Scotch whisky liqueur from the Isle......



ListenUp: Sure Sure: Hands Up Head Down

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:34:08 PDT

LA-based band Sure Sure (aka Chris Beachy, Kevin Farzad, Charlie Glick and Michael Coleman) return with a super-catchy tune "Hands Up Head Down." A falsetto, staccato hook and an undeniable bop unite for electro-pop perfection. The lyrics explain a......



Buy: Mountain Printed Shirt

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:25:26 PDT

Reminiscent of vintage ski trail map illustrations, the pattern on Snowpeak's new Mountain Print shirt is delightfully retro. The camping scenes pictured on this button-down actually feature Snowpeak's own products—a clever detail. Made from soft and......



Helsinki Design Week: HDW HOP City Installations: Public art created with development and sustainability in mind

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:11:33 PDT

Helsinki Design Week is the biggest design festival of the Nordic European countries, with 250+ events all over the city. The 2017 edition was filled with talks, conferences, awards, trade fairs, exhibitions and temporary installations. The latter......



Link About It: Beautifying Neglected Basketball Courts With Project Backboard

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:06:11 PDT

Founded in 2014 by Daniel Peterson, Project Backboard refurbishes neglected basketball courts by commissioning artists to make them works of art. Initially in Memphis, the project has now spread across neighborhoods in the United States and features......



ListenUp: Bibio: Phantom Brickworks III (Edit)

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:12:58 PDT

With a soundscape that acts as a bridge to another world, English experimental electronic producer Bibio's "Phantom Brickworks III (Edit)" is an assemblage of mostly improvised musical pieces imagined throughout the years. The minimal, atmospheric......



Lensabl's Quality Prescription Lenses For Any Frames: An inexpensive, easy way to get replacement lenses online

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:43:03 PDT

Eliminating the need for one of the most painstaking, time-consuming and relatively expensive processes, Lensabl makes lenses for any pair of glasses you own. Unlike other online spectacle and sunglasses retailers, there are no frames for sale here......



Link About It: Hype Williams Changed Hip-Hop

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:25:46 PDT

The prolific, innovative and imaginative director Harold "Hype" Williams was honored at the 2017 VH1 Hip-Hop honors this week—and deservingly so. Hip-hop wouldn't be the same without Williams, whose flashy, weird and wonderful vision came to life across......



Buy: Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:16:16 PDT

From ancient cave paintings to engravings from the 1600s, and modern-day animations to NASA photos, "Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World" is an investigation of space. With over 300 images, this hardcover spans all kinds of mediums and mindsets......



Traktor's Multifunctional Magnetic Wood Blocks: A hand-carved cube for helping with organization

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:12:09 PDT

The simplest design items can lead to organizational clarity at home or in the office. That's exactly what Jan Van Look, founder of Antwerp-based design studio Kabinet Van Look, is offering with his TRAKTOR magnetized wood cubes, funding on Kickstarter......



ListenUp: Lizzo: Truth Hurts

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:17:54 PDT

Minneapolis-based Lizzo's newest track "Truth Hurts" just dropped, and as expected it's a banger chock-full of attitude. Opening with the line, "I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch," this song is badass. The music industry is......



Link About It: Susan Bennett Explains How She Became the Voice of Siri

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:17:03 PDT

Susan Bennett's voice has always been special. Back at the start of her career, she toured as a back-up singer for musicians like Burt Bacharach and Roy Orbison, while also singing jingles. In July 2005, however, she took on a recording project: recording......



Link About It: 5,000+ Objects Coming to the International Spy Museum

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:49:33 PDT

Spy Museum board member H Keith Melton is kindly offering up some 5,000+ personally collected objects to the collection. Since the 1970s, Melton has been gathering all kinds of trickery and tools used by spies—from a piece of a spy plane to "the axe......



ListenUp: Blu & Exile: Constellations

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:48:59 PDT

A decade after the release of their acclaimed boom-bap debut album Below the Heavens, the glorious duo Blu & Exile have dropped a new tune. The boppy "Constellations" will appear on their new record (a prequel for their debut) In the Beginning: Before......



A Very David Shrigley Playlist: Some of the artist's favorite songs right now, selected to celebrate his new collaboration

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:52:10 PDT

Multi-talented British artist (and CH favorite) David Shrigley has teamed up once again with Melbourne-based design studio and store Third Drawer Down for a playful collection of trinkets and treasures. While it's a relatively small collection, it......



Buy: The Check-In Suitcase

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:08:16 PDT

A new release after their much-loved Carry-On accessory, Arlo Skye's forthcoming Check-In suitcase features an elegant but durable micro-texturized polycarbonate shell with an aluminum-alloy trim. This also makes it lightweight, in addition to offering......



Helsinki Design Week: Yriö Kukkapuro's "Experiment": A show dedicated to the designer's most adventurous work

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:11:56 PDT

Designer Yriö Kukkapuro is a legend in Finland. Born in 1933, he dedicated his entire life to design and education. In the '70s he was professor at University of Arts and Design Helsinki, then rector; today specialist lecturer. During his career......



Link About It: YuMi the Robot Conducts Tenor Andrea Bocelli

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:26:35 PDT

In a program titled "A breath of hope: from the Stradivarius to the robot," YuMi the dual-armed robot made its debut as a conductor. Through the compositions of Verdi, YuMi directed none other than world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli in singing "La Donna......



Link About It: One Book, 100 Black Women Photographers

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:42:46 PDT

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn's new book "Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora" represents a much-needed testament to the power of black women photographers. The first of its kind since Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe's "Viewfinders: Black Women Photographers......



Applications are Open for the Lexus Design Award 2018: Individuals of all creative disciplines can apply for the prestigious honor and the opportunities it offers

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:11:36 PDT

Every year at Milan Design Week we're excited to see what creators and innovators of the future have to offer as part of the Lexus Design Award. And every year we are impressed. This isn't just a statuette and an honor for a resume, it's an opportunity......



Test Drive: 2018 Audi TT RS and RS3: We drive both models on the track at Lime Rock Park

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:12:22 PDT

by Sue Mead Driving around Lime Rock Park, we think we’re fast. But then we sit with Hans-Joachim Stuck. He’s fast. The Le Mans racer knows how to push the five cylinders of the new 2018 Audi TT RS coupe and RS 3 sedan to carve the edges of sweeping......



ListenUp: Ásgeir: I Know You Know

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:03:27 PDT

With delicately triumphant electronica fortifying vocals rooted in folk, Ásgeir's "I Know You Know" invokes ethereal images of the natural world, from light to the ocean and rivers flowing. Its brand new music video, directed by Baldvin Albertsson......



Buy: Fabulously French Cooking

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:04:27 PDT

Paris-based trained chef Cathleen Clarity fell in love with French food and cooking with the seasons after moving there, and now has released a cookbook with photographer Kathrin Koschitzki. With 12 menu suggestions and 70 dishes, "Fabulously French......



ListenUp: The xx gets remixed, new music by Gavin Turek, a gorgeous tune by Burial and more

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:11:18 PDT

The xx: On Hold (Jamie xx Remix) The incredibly talented Jamie xx has taken the lead single from The xx’s latest album I See You and reworked it into a six-minute techno jam that's made for the dance floor. With minimal vocals included, the "On Hold......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Pleasure toys, foldable phones, Basquiat's personal style and more in our look around the web

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:11:22 PDT

1. Places to Have a Timeout From Helsinki Design Week Helsinki Design Week is on now, and Dezeen asked local interior designer Joanna Laajisto for her list of favorite spots when a little time out from the event is necessary. Laajisto's picks......



Diamond Supply Co + Dogtown's Collaborative Collection: We speak with Nick Tershay about teaming up with the iconic skate brand

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:12:38 PDT

As the iconic skate brand Dogtown celebrates its 40th anniversary, a younger company has also reached a milestone: Diamond Supply Co is quickly approaching their 20th year. To celebrate, the Californian brands have come together to pay homage to......



Link About It: Jean-Michel Basquiat's Unconventional Personal Style

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:32:49 PDT

The incredibly talented Jean-Michel Basquiat has been studied for his art for decades, but in a new Guardian article, his sense of style nabs the attention. An important part of his life, fashion was central to Basquiat—in fact, his mother designed......



ListenUp: Björk: the gate

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:31:53 PDT

Unsurprisingly, Björk's new track "the gate" is stunning. The song will appear on her upcoming LP, which she has been calling "a Tinder album." Across more than six minutes, the song builds dramatically and luminously. ...



Link About It: The Lightest Form Of Water Yet Discovered: Gel-like Ice

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:24:57 PDT

It may come as a surprise to most that there's not just one type of ice. In fact, there are 17—varying substantially in structure and weight—and an 18th "in development." Only two types appear naturally on Earth, the common hexagonal version and upper......



September Scotch: The Maritime Malt Old Pulteney: Wick, Scotland's award-winning Highland single malts, found in a rather distinct bottle

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:40:21 PDT

Anyone who's taken a sip of Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch can attest to the fact that it's a memorable one. This includes everything from the gentle hints of salt in the liquid to grasping the peculiar bottle. The Old Pulteney distillery dates back......



Buy: Classic Logo T-Shirt

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:00:58 PDT

Europe Co's classic T-shirt is exactly that. Plain black on the front and made from 100% cotton, it's a simple piece. On the back though, is a surprising retro-inspired, pyramid logo. ...



Allbirds Hits the Ground Running in NYC: The cult Silicon Valley comfort sneaker opens a concept shop in SoHo, with a new city-inspired colorway

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:11:43 PDT

by Sun Bak Newcomer Allbirds breaks a lot of shoe rules. Their $95 shoes, which come in only two styles (runner or lounger), are logoless, machine washable, made from sustainably sourced merino sheep wool, and meant to be worn without socks......