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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.



Last Build Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:30:00 PST

 



Link About It: Best Book Covers of the Year

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:46:54 PST

From the minimal to the delightfully overwhelming, the New York Times' selection of the year's best book covers is a feast for the eyes. Some favorites include the bright and busy cover for "The Mothers" by Brit Bennett, which was designed by Rachel......



Buy: Arc Tea For One

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:14:15 PST

British bone china specialist Richard Brendon is known for teacups, coffee mugs and saucers which perfectly blend traditional crafts with modern graphics. The art deco-inspired Arc Tea for One set is hand-painted by artisans in England's illustrious......



Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Musicality : Records, storage, books, instruments, tech gadgets, collectibles and more for the sound lovers

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:46:34 PST

The world may feel very divided this holiday season, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that music possesses a type of magical power that can unite, inspire and entertain us all. Whether punk rock or easy listening is your jam, there......



Link About It: 25 Powerful News Photos From 2016

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:45:21 PST

This has been a year of immense tragedy, dizzying highs and mind-boggling surprises. From the world's biggest refugee crisis since WWII to the US election, there's been plenty for us to think about—and perhaps more reason to act than ever before. Some......



Buy: The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen + Yayoi Kusama

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:45:06 PST

Despite being born over a century apart, and in Denmark and Japan respectively, Hans Christian Andersen and Yayoi Kusama are an ideal match in this version of Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Kusama's always beautiful illustrations—squiggly patterns......



CH Omakase 2016: Ember Mug: Control the temperature of your coffee or tea with this app-connected item

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:46:27 PST

A few degrees makes a big difference in the flavor and pleasure of your morning beverage, plus nobody wants to discard a coffee but when the last few sips are cold and stale, there's no avoiding it. With the CH Omakase Ember Mug this ceases to......



INFINITI Takes Their Q60 to Havana: Executive design director Alfonso Albaisa traces his roots in Cuba, while bringing the first US car to the country in 58 years

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:46:18 PST

Growing up in Miami, INFINITI's executive design director Alfonso Albaisa is Cuban, yet is also (in his words) a "product of the United States." Despite the tie to his homeland being built on his parents' and family's stories and photographs rather......



Buy: The Grateful Dead Original Poster

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:32:54 PST

The only work created by renowned psychedelic poster artist Victor Moscoso for The Grateful Dead, "Satanic Santa" celebrates the band's two-night residency at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom in December 1966, just a year after the band officially formed......



ListenUp: Electric Guest: Dear To Me

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:46:07 PST

It's three years since Electric Guest's LP Good America was released, and now the LA-based four-piece is back with "Dear To Me." The '70s-inspired tune features HAIM on guest vocals, and it's a dreamy, synth-y treat. With sweet lyrics including "When......



Buy: Born to Run

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:18:29 PST

Whether delivering his profoundly heart-wrenching lyrics in "Streets of Philadelphia" or recounting the joy of youth in "Glory Days," Bruce Springsteen has always been a masterful storyteller. 2016 sees The Boss fantastically tackle long-form writing......



CH Omakase 2016: Cole Haan GrandPrø Omakase Edition Tennis Sneakers: Made with vintage katazome fabric, these shoes were made in edition of 50 and no two pairs are the same

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:24:43 PST

It's no secret how much we love indigo here at Cool Hunting. We've worked with Cole Haan for many years, admiring their technical innovations, accessibility, comfort, and the great people behind them. The kinds of people who, instead of laughing at......



Link About It: Boo-Hooray's Post-War, Counterculture + Pop Auction

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:24:30 PST

An upcoming Sotheby's auction full of exciting collectibles, "Boo-Hooray Presents: Post-War, Counterculture & Pop," features all kinds of significant items from lesser-known movements and subcultures. With products from "the revolutionary May '68 protests......



Buy: Patron Package for Two

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:24:38 PST

Save the date for 12-14 May, 2017: a weekend to experience live music in one of the most unique settings—Paolo Soleri's experimental architecture built in harmony with the Arizona desert. Founded and run by musicians Hundred Waters, FORM Arcosanti......



Miami Art Week 2016: Chaotic Landscapes: Paintings and sculptures across a few fairs that dizzy with their complexity

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:11:04 PST

Landscape imagery has long factored into the world of art and captivated viewers either by way of accuracy or interpretation. While searching the halls of the numerous art fairs that compose Miami Art Week, an abundance of impactful, chaotic landscapes......



CH Omakase 2016: Electric Objects: A special cherry wood frame for the second-generation art display

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:05:57 PST

The more time we spend with the Electric Objects EO2 and its companion app the more impressed we are with it. Including it in our 2016 Omakase was an easy call—the second generation art display was just released and its optional frames new along......



Link About It: John Margaritis' Hoop Dreams

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:47:27 PST

Multidisciplinary artist John Margaritis' "Hoop Dreams" is a series that blends basketball with the beach—a combination that dreams are, indeed, made of. The surreal pieces were on display during Miami Art Week, and weren't just clever photos—the artist......



ListenUp: Raleigh Ritchie: Unicron Loev

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:34:42 PST

From his EP Mind The Gap, which is set for release 16 December, comes Raleigh Ritchie's "Unicron Loev." The British singer/songwriter (aka Jacob Anderson, aka Grey Worm from GoT) has made a departure from the R&B-influenced tracks on his debut record......



Interview: Joey Roth on His Ceramic Towers: Combining rich sound quality with sculptural, grand design

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:10:27 PST

Industrial designer Joey Roth has been thinking about his just-released, minimal ceramic towers for some time—even before his subwoofer, he tells us, which was over three years ago. The final execution is a grand, sculptural creation measuring......



Link About It: Three New Instagram Updates

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:21:28 PST

In a blog post this morning, Instagram announced three new updates: the ability to disable commenting on certain photos, anonymous reporting for self-injury posts and removing followers from private accounts. These changes that are all being made in......



CH Omakase 2016: Master & Dynamic MW50 Wireless Headphones: Buttery soft leather, durable components, lush sound-quality and functional design combine for this tech accessory

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:06:10 PST

One of the products that CH Omakase clients got early access to are the beautiful Master & Dynamic MW50 on-ear wireless headphones—which sound as good as they look. The Bluetooth-enabled headphones are crafted using the finest materials and are available......



New Products From Diabetes Management Platform One Drop: Helping users better understand the link between behavior and glucose levels

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:52:36 PST

For anyone not familiar with One Drop, it's a platform that's made addressing diabetes more transparent. The data-driven service allows users to connect the dots between their consumption habits and glucose levels, its app acting as a log of daily......



Buy: Mogees Play

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:21:33 PST

Combining a series of apps and a smart vibration sensor, East London-based Mogees has managed to create a tech accessory that transforms any object into a musical instrument. By plugging the device into your smartphone and initiating one of the apps......



Buy: Bill Viola: The Talking Drum

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:47:32 PST

Originally recorded in an empty swimming pool on the cusp of the '80s in Buffalo, New York, "The Talking Drum" is a previously unreleased sonic compositions by groundbreaking video artist Bill Viola. Newly restored by Viola's studio and pressed onto......



Buy: BeoSound 2

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:02:04 PST

Bang & Olufsen is forever on a mission to recreate the sound an artist hears in the recording studio and deliver it to the comfort of your living room. The 91-year-old Danish speaker company has proven themselves through various iterations, from compact......



CH Omakase: 3x1 Selvedge Denim Tote: Limited to an edition of 50, these bags are made with beautiful, discarded fabric

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:10:37 PST

Using the most unique selvedge denims from antique looms in Japan, Italy and the USA, NYC-based 3x1 makes some of our absolute favorite denim apparel. While we adore selvedge denim, we're aware that it oftentimes comes with some waste, and we hate......



Link About It: Compostable, Cannabis Coffee Pods

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:15:38 PST

San Diego-based company Brewbudz has announced it's planning to launch cannabis coffee pods, so Mary Jane enthusiasts can have an extra early morning buzz. Expected to cost $7 each, each pod will contain 10 milligrams of THC for those sipping recreationally......



Buy: David Bowie Portrait Plate

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:55:40 PST

LA-based artist Angela Rossi turns antiquated porcelain plates and other formal dining wares and turns them into modern works of art through clever mixed-media portraits. Our favorite features David Bowie, but music fans can choose from Prince, Janis......



Miami Art Week 2016: Theater + Virtual Reality Collide : From intimate, immersive drama to no-limits theater and geodesic dome dance performances, all in the Faena District

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:43:03 PST

One can expect many things from Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week as a whole—there's the frequent opportunity for Anish Kapoor selfies; plenty of Instagrammable, text-based statement pieces (some good, some really not); and unlikely collaborations......



ListenUp: Joe Goddard: Lose Your Love

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:31:49 PST

Joe Goddard (a solo artist and member of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears) recently released his track "Lose Your Love" which is a house- and pop-influenced, dance delight along with a a six-minute video directed by Fred Rowson. The piece emulates a low-budget......



Presenting CH Omakase 2016: Never-seen-before, limited edition, and collaboratively designed gifts to share or keep

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:24:49 PST

In June 2016 we announced our inaugural CH Omakase (a Japanese word meaning "expert's choice") holiday gift assortment promising a group of exclusive collaborations and early access to new products—each box curated for its recipient. We didn’t name......



Buy: Do Your Best Pennant

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:37:41 PST

Some of us need a little extra motivation to get out of bed on the best of days, so hanging this "Do Your Best" pennant somewhere you can see when you wake up isn't a bad idea. It's also a great reminder that your best can vary day to day, so it's......



Buy: "Before The Dawn" Live Album Vinyl Box-Set

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:39:50 PST

When singer Kate Bush took the stage for a 22-date residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo, fans around the world rejoiced. The sometimes reclusive songstress delivered a multi-media performance of epic proportions. Now, for those who were not able......



Buy: Korg iWavestation

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:48:44 PST

Most serious musicians spend an equally serious amount of time on the road, lugging around heavy equipment. While orchestra players may forever be doomed to carry weighty cases, electronic musicians can rest a little easier with Korg's iWavestation......



ListenUp: Sultry music by Bilal, a Susan Sarandon-starring music video for Justice, Burial's return and more

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:10:27 PST

Burial: Young Death The notoriously public-shy electronic music producer Burial may have never performed a live set, but he knows how to appease loyal fans. His latest two-track record comes as a Christmas present for those who've been waiting since......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Ethical shopping made easy, the dark history of gingerbread, time-lapse images of Earth and more in our look around the web

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:10:44 PST

1. Photos of Cuba Through the Lens of Its Youth Days before Fidel Castro died, National Geographic met with 21 young Cuban people (from students to professionals) and talked about what it means to them to be Cuban. The discussion was part of a......



Buy: Classic T-Shirt

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:52:48 PST

Founded by Belgian photographer-turned-DJ Francois Vaxelaire, The Lot Radio is Brooklyn's internet radio station housed in a shipping container complete with a coffee kiosk. More than just a place for discovering music, The Lot serves as a community......



Buy: Sharon Jones + The Dap Kings "It's a Holiday Soul Party" LP

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:55:55 PST

While Sharon Jones sadly is no longer be with us, her vast repertoire of soulful tunes remains. A new limited edition pressing of her (along with the Dap Kings, of course) "It's A Holiday Soul Party," on green vinyl, offers the ideal opportunity to......



Cybex Priam: We road test the Eames-inspired car seat and stroller system

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:10:24 PST

Renowned for its sleek lines and handling, the latest German design that has our hearts aflutter, surprisingly, is not a car. It’s the Cybex Priam, an elegant, highly functional stroller and car seat system. The Red Dot design award-winning products......



Link About It: The Dark Historic Associations of Gingerbread

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:42:47 PST

From violent literary associations to war-driven distribution, the history of gingerbread cookies happens to be tinged with darkness. According to historians, ginger first entered the European world of baking in the Middle Ages, after centuries of......



Shinola's Jewelry and Watches for Women: The Detroit-based company joins forces with Pamela Love for thoughtfully designed delights

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:48:51 PST

Although women have been buying and wearing Shinola's watches for years, not long ago, head designer Daniel Caudill and the Shinola team decided it was time to create thoughtfully designed, high-quality accessories especially for women. “We noticed......



Link About It: Photos of Cuba Through the Lens of Its Youth

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:54:53 PST

Days before Fidel Castro died, National Geographic met with 21 young Cuban people (from students to professionals) and talked about what it means to them to be Cuban. The discussion was part of a National Geographic Photo Camp whose aim was "to teach......



Buy: Prince Purple Rain Tribute Pin

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:54:55 PST

With hard purple enamel and gold plating, this tribute pin for the iconic musical mastermind Prince carries plenty of personality with a luxe edge—much like the man himself. Music fans have long sported pins and patches to show their dedication to......



Miami Art Week 2016: Sun Xun's "Reconstruction of the Universe" for Audemars Piguet: An immersive installation of epic proportions for Art Basel

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:44:42 PST

There's no denying the substantial perks of hosting Art Basel in the city of Miami during the month of December. Some of the most powerful works during the entire week can be found outdoors, but one such piece does more than bask in the Magic City......



Link About It: The Christmas Bauble Redesigned

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:03:36 PST

A frequent supporter of the art and design world, Bombay Sapphire has tapped six design firms to reimagine Christmas decorations for the modern age—all of which will be unveiled in the coming weeks on It's Nice That. The first, by Brooklyn-based Richard......



Buy: Swan Backpack

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:03:26 PST

Made in Canada with fabric sourced from a time-honored American mill, mimiTENS' waxed cotton backpack is a kid-sized version of a bag you’d carry yourself. The simple design keeps utility at the forefront by removing tricky zippers in favor of a pull......



Buy: Model 33 Record Storage

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:50:23 PST

Crate digging is fun, but not when you're in the middle of a passionate DJ set. Chicago-based Flipbin solves this problem with a handy aluminum display-and-storage unit designed to keep 33 of your favorite 12-inch records on deck and within easy reach......



Buy: Indigo Camo Bomber Jacket

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:03:20 PST

Made in a very limited edition of just 10, 3x1's indigo camo bomber jacket is a sophisticated take on the oftentimes casual print. Made from printed satin and with stretch knit banding on the collar, cuffs and waistband, the bomber remains faithful......



Interview: Volvo VP of Design, Thomas Ingenlath: Discussing the V90 Cross Country and why it's defined as a rugged wagon

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:04:05 PST

by Michael Frank After Volvo debuted the V90 earlier this year, its loveliest wagon in ages, it has been announced that it will come (in late 2017 in the US) with a slightly lifted version, the V90 Cross Country. It’s penned by the same hand that......



Link About It: Google's 30-Year Time Lapse

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:14:05 PST

From the astounding removal of trees in Whitesville, West Virginia, to make way for coal mining; to the depletion of the Aral Sea (between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) due to farming; and the Langhovde Glacier melting, Google's 30-decade time-lapse videos......



ListenUp: Temples: Certainty (Franz Ferdinand Remix)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:56:36 PST

British band Temples' track "Certainty" (their first release since a 2014 debut record) began its life as a synth-tinged, psychedelic tune, but has just been given a rework by Franz Ferdinand. The reimagining is more electronic—that's obvious within......