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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: Vale Prodigy of Mobb Deep, a soulful tune from SG Lewis, new music by Fischerspooner and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:11:05 PDT

Mobb Deep: Give Up The Goods Prodigy, one half of the legendary hip hop duo Mobb Deep, passed away this week at just 42 years old. Known for their brooding, sometimes eerie sound, Mobb Deep is widely considered one of New York's most influential hardcore......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Role-reversing frogs sing, comfortable trips to Mars, a museum of failures and more in our look around the web

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:11:10 PDT

1. Art Basel's Best Instagram Moments If there's one thing we've all learned from art fair attendance, it's the unending opportunity for unique Instagram images one simply won't find elsewhere. With industry-leading Art Basel's 2017 Switzerland......



ListenUp: Parcels: Overnight

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:13:23 PDT

A five-member Australian group based in Berlin, Parcels received a production (and writing) assist from Daft Punk on their latest Kitsuné Music single, "Overnight." The disco-infused track grooves along—with sunshine extending from all angles. It's......



Sabah House, Venice: The brand finds a permanent home for their colorful leather shoes in California

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:11:16 PDT

A sun-dappled pathway from Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice leads to the newest Sabah House. They've filled the small white structure with vibrant, natural leather shoes stacked from floor to ceiling. The atmosphere feels so aptly “California” that......



Link About It: Dubai's Electric Autonomous Volocopter Coming in 2017

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:46:57 PDT

Between recognizing Dubai as a pioneer of urban innovation and understanding that the city is an ideal "extreme climate" testing ground for their autonomous electric multicopters, Germany's Volocopter will be launching a five-year-long test program......



Link About It: "NSFW Female Gaze" at the Museum of Sex

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:27:12 PDT

A new exhibition at NYC's Museum of Sex aims to analyze, present and promote the female sexual gaze through female-produced works with women as the subject. Titled "NSFW Female Gaze," it features a diverse range of body types, ethnicities and sexual......



ListenUp: The Technicolors: Reptilia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:31:12 PDT

One day after their riveting new single "Impostor!" released, The Technicolors return (or, lead singer Brennan Smiley does) with a powerful rendition of The Strokes' "Reptilia." Accompanied by the Atlas String Quartet—who deliver elegant, emotionally......



Test Drive: FIAT’s 124 Spider Abarth: This car boasts Japanese precision and Italian soul

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:02:46 PDT

by Justin Kaehler FIAT’s 124 Spider traces its history back to 1968, when the original Pininfarina-designed roadster of the same name first hit the world stage. This ’68 Spider was everything an Italian automobile should be: a stripped-down......



Buy: "Gay Power" T-Shirt

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:02:46 PDT

With 10% of all proceeds donated to the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Otherwild's boxy, unisex "Gay Power" T-Shirt is for anybody and everybody who believes in the sentiment. Also available as a black-on-black hoodie, the design was inspired by a balloon......



Six Expectation-Defying Summer Cocktails : Out of the ordinary tequila, whisky and rum drinks that impress the palate

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:11:09 PDT

Cocktails, much like characters, extend from archetypes. It's variations on the tried and true (and familiar) that primarily populate even the most innovative mixed drinks menus. Only once in a blue moon does a cocktail defy this logic and extend from......



ListenUp: Wu-Tang Clan: Don't Stop

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:39:55 PDT

Thus far in 2017, TV shows have had a profound impact on people's music consumption habits (Big Little Lies and the Young Pope included). Out tomorrow, the official Silicon Valley soundtrack has already graced us with new work from producer Hudson......



Link About It: Role-Reversal in Frog Mating Results in Singing

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:48:40 PDT

Documented for the first time ever, the Bornean frog (scientifically known as Limnonectes palavanensis, but more commonly called the singing frog) has made a serious evolutionary change. Usually, male frogs serenade a female and she chooses the suitor......



ListenUp: Arcade Fire: Creature Comfort

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:04:23 PDT

As anticipation reaches critical mass for their 28 July Everything Now album release, the Arcade Fire have just unleashed a hyper-active satirical video for the track "Creature Comfort." While the band, dressed in matching futuristic costumes, plays......



Link About It: Photography App Predicts Where and When Natural Light Will Occur

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:34:41 PDT

An update to the much loved Photographer's Ephemeris sun-tracking app allows users, in essence, to watch a sunrise or sunset from the future—anywhere in the world. Known as the Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D, the photographic assistance tool predicts......



Interview: Jennie Maneri on Herman Miller's Consumer Experiences: We visit the recently reimagined retail store in NYC

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:49:12 PDT

We met Jennie Maneri at the Herman Miller NYC store on a recent morning before its opening hours. She greeted us with a cup of Earl Grey tea in-hand and, despite clearly setting foot in to a store, we kind of felt like we were in her home. And that......



Buy: Floral Darth Vader Keyring

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:14:21 PDT

Tokyo-based brand Anrealage's floral Darth Vader keyring gives the iconic villain a softer look, thanks to a smattering of tiny wildflowers. The resin accessory is a must-have for any Star Wars fan seeking something outside the ordinary. There's also......



Microsoft HoloLens + Rémy Martin's "Rooted In Exception" Mixed-Reality Experience: A tech giant and an iconic cognac brand join forces to educate about distilling

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:10:59 PDT

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Cognac is perhaps the most luxurious of brandies. It’s a wine that few would choose to drink before it’s twice distilled and matured in French oak casks, where it transforms into a nutty, smooth and refined spirit......



ListenUp: Kali Uchis feat. Jorja Smith: Tyrant

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:40:04 PDT

One of the most anticipated albums of the year, Kali Uchis' forthcoming full length will include "Tyrant," released today in vibrant video form, directed by HELMI. The singer, songwriter and producer's dual language track delights with layers of sonic......



WORLDZ Summit 2017 : Forward-thinking with some of the world's most successful brands and the people who run them

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:57:06 PDT

Gathering some of the brightest and most creative brains and brands in one place, WORLDZ is more than an event—it's also a community. With speakers ranging from Shiza Shahid (CEO of The Malala Fund) to Marc Mathieu (CMO of Samsung) to Brad Jenkins......



Link About It: Industrial Design's Museum of Failures

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:44:00 PDT

From a rejuvenation mask that shocked the face with electric current to rental DVDs that stopped working after 48 hours and dozens of poorly conceived mobile phones, Dr Samuel West has curated quite the collection at Sweden's Museum of Failures. His......



HODINKEE + TAG Heuer Limited Edition Chronograph Wristwatch: A rare Carrera Skipper design revived and upgraded

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:11:54 PDT

Leave it to the team at HODINKEE to find a vintage timepiece—of which only 20 known examples exist—and bring it to life with contemporary flair and relevance. The "Skipperera," reference 7754, debuted in 1967—a Tag Heuer commission following......



Link About It: Urine Converted to Electricity at Glastonbury Festival

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:38:44 PDT

Thanks to electro-active micro-organisms that feed on elements in urine and then produce electrons, bio-engineers at Bristol Robotics Lab have found a way to turn pee into electricity. A fuel cell pack developed by the scientists currently feeds on......



Ascending Cascade Mountain with Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides: Founder Patrick Jerome helps us up the iconic east side of the peak

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:11:47 PDT

As expected for mid-June, there are flowers on the Bow Valley floor in Alberta, Canada, but the surrounding mountains are covered in snow. Because of this recent snow fall, our climb will be a little more difficult, says our guide Patrick Jerome. The......



Buy: Internet Herstory T-Shirt

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:13:56 PDT

Manhattan's women-centric co-working and community space, The Wing, is about to expand to Brooklyn and DC. They've also stocked up their online store with an abundance of positive message-bearing items. One favorite is a recent collaboration with Inner......



Paddle8 + Sotheby's La Mer Wave Walk: 50 artists, including Dustin Yellin, Tali Lenox and David King Reuben, go to auction benefitting Project 0

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:11:17 PDT

For a month now, 50 works by 50 different artists—hailing from various artistic backgrounds—have been scattered throughout the iconic streets and important edifices of NYC. In the form of a circular wave (or, in the case of Julian Schnabel's contribution......



ListenUp: Mobb Deep: Give Up The Goods

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:18:12 PDT

Prodigy, one half of the legendary hip hop duo Mobb Deep, passed away today at just 42 years old. Known for their brooding, sometimes eerie sound, Mobb Deep is widely considered one of New York's most influential hardcore rap groups. Their second album......



ListenUp: Fischerspooner: Have Fun Tonight

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:33:07 PDT

The first track from NYC-based electro duo Fischerspooner (aka Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner) in some eight years, "Have Fun Tonight" is a dark, sexy electro track that encourages having romantic fun without your partner. The infectious dance tune......



Phaidon's "On Eating Insects" Guide + Matching Snacky Tunes' Playlist: A holistic approach to critter-nibbling with recipes from the Nordic Food Lab

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:45:14 PDT

Centuries of civilizations have relied on insects for sustenance or flavor. And yet, the gourmet-driven resurgence of critter consumption is a relatively new Western phenomenon. Phaidon's recently published "On Eating Insects: Essays, Stories and Recipes......



Link About It: Storing the World's Rarest Colors

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:29:13 PDT

When one thinks of valuable entities, commonly we lean toward precious stones, gold, or maybe even water. The Harvard pigment library, however, houses another priceless thing: rare colors, colors that people used to search the world to find. Narayan......



Buy: Ressence Type 1 MRP

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:28:30 PDT

Since their launch in 2010, Ressence—designer Benoît Mintiens's groundbreaking watch brand—has continued to release pieces that defy the ordinary, employing a unique disc-based mechanical system and a minimal, geometric aesthetic to match. In 2015......



NYC-Made West 32 Soju: A smooth take on the Korean alcohol

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:11:07 PDT

by Sun Pak Step into any Korean restaurant on a weekend night and you'll find similar set-ups at every table: a green bottle of soju perched next to plates of sizzling meats (or bubbling stews) and a collection of small vegetable sides. The......



Link About It: Art Basel's Best Instagram Moments

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:46:59 PDT

If there's one thing we've all learned from art fair attendance, it's the unending opportunity for unique Instagram images one simply won't find elsewhere. With industry-leading Art Basel's 2017 Switzerland iteration wrapped, the best way to look back......



ListenUp: SG Lewis feat. Toulouse: Times We Had

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:38:39 PDT

Producer SG Lewis has teamed up with NYC-based vocalist Toulouse for a genre-bending tune that's as sparkly as it is soulful. "Times We Had" takes tips from multiple genres including R&B, disco, soul and dark dance—with bright synths and a funky bass......



Link About It: Fun and Games on the SpaceX Interplanetary Travel System

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:16:22 PDT

As SpaceX works toward launching humans into space—first with astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years, under contract with NASA which will yield incredibly valuable information in return—founder Elon Musk's vision extends......



ListenUp: Moby + The Void Pacific Choir: In This Cold Place

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:45:22 PDT

Moby continues his string of surprise releases, after last week's new Void Pacific Choir collaborative album dubbed More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse. The latest drop is a clever, colorful animated video for "In This Cold Place." The vision of satirical......



Mel Stones and High's "That's a Crazy One" Photo Book: Images of kids in Washington and Tompkins Square parks in the early-to-mid 1990s

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:11:54 PDT

by Anne Kristoff In early '90s NYC, it seems that just about every sort of gathering featured a photographer with camera in hand. For a group of kids hanging out in Washington and Tompkins Square parks during that era, that role was filled by Mel......



Buy: Pronoun Pins

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:50:35 PDT

With they/them, she/her and he/him options, Gamut has made preferred pronoun pins that look more sophisticated than many we've seen. These black and gold pins politely request which pronouns the wearer identifies as, and 100% of profits are donated......



Link About It: India's Dr Seuss, Anushka Ravishankar

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:11:05 PDT

Today marks the last day of Children's Literature Week and while we can easily recall the milestone books of our own developmental years, authors continue to produce prose of exceptional merit. Anushka Ravishankar, commonly referred to as India's Dr......



ListenUp: New music by MNDR + Scissor Sisters for Pride, Queens of the Stone Age produced by Mark Ronson, and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:10:42 PDT

MNDR + Scissor Sisters: Swerlk GLAAD, the Scissor Sisters and MNDR all joined forces for "Swerlk," a playful dance track that pays homage to the queer community and culture. "Swerlk" is a portmanteau of twerk, twirl, werk, swirl and swerve. Further......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Redesigning the Pride Flag, searching space, making the marijuana industry non-profit and more

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:10:57 PDT

1. A Pride Flag Incorporating LGBTQ+ People of Color First unfurled at a Pride Month launch celebration in Philadelphia, a new rainbow flag aims to recognize the POC members of the LGBTQ+ community. Part of the "More Color More Pride" campaign......



Thomas C Bradley's "Many Paintings of Sound Composition and Inoffensive Material" at Chinatown Soup: The Portland-based artist's first solo show opens tonight in NYC

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:10:46 PDT

When it opened a few years back, Chinatown Soup gallery in NYC's Lower East Side tapped Portland-based designer Thomas C Bradley to create their logo. It only makes sense that Bradley's first solo NYC show is at that very same gallery now—after......



Buy: Lustig Ring

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:16:59 PDT

Drawing upon the geometric "Swiss Style" which originated in Russia, Germany and the Netherlands in the '20s but became popularized by Swiss designers in the '50s, jewelry design firm Rabbitneck created their Lustig ring. In contrasting blue and neon......



ListenUp: Frankie Rose: Trouble

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:32:25 PDT

If there's one takeaway from singer Frankie Rose's new single "Trouble" it's that trouble will in fact follow you, even through trippy science fiction-like drama. This is experimental synth and drum beat-driven pop with likable lyrical repetition......



Blue Bottle, Bushwick: A study in quality control at the Bay Area coffee roaster's new Brooklyn facility

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:35:15 PDT

With 35 locations across California, New York and Tokyo, and with nine more hitting the East Coast this year, some coffee fanatics might wonder if Oakland, CA-based Blue Bottle isn't becoming Starbucks for the hipster generation. As we learned on a......



Link About It: New Zealand's Hidden Eighth Wonder of the World

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:50:07 PDT

It is commonly believed—and supported by a five-year-study—that New Zealand's naturally-forming pink and white terraces (once referred to as the eighth wonder of the world) were destroyed in 1886 when Mount Tarawera erupted. Volcanic ash filled Lake......



FAILE's Large-Scale Venice Beach Installation: Rancho V's Rocco Gardner commissions the Brooklyn artist duo for a meaningful mural

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:20:45 PDT

741 California Ave in Venice Beach isn't your average city corner. Here, Brooklyn art duo FAILE have installed, by hand, 16,000 custom tiles inspired by the city's iconography. It stretches across the home of Rancho V's Rocco Gardner, occupying a facade......



Link About It: Marijuana as a Non-Profit Industry

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:42:17 PDT

No longer a question of if, it's really a matter of when the US—like Canada—will legalize recreational marijuana use. As producers in states that have already embraced the bud can attest to, a commercial endeavor in the weed industry leads to competition......



ListenUp: Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used To Do

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:56:13 PDT

With production by the sonic wizard Mark Ronson, one might expect the forthcoming Queens of the Stone Age album Villains (out 25 August) to be a departure from their hard rock soundscape. But, if new single "The Way You Used To Do" hints toward greater......



Link About It: Hubble's New Galactic Finds

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:30:09 PDT

10,000 times more luminous than our Milky Way, a series of the universe’s "brightest infrared galaxies" have been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Using a natural phenomenon called gravitation lensing, the galactic imagery has been magnified......



City Guide: Hobart, Tasmania: A small capital city is brimming with history, modern art and a booming culinary and cocktail scene

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:42:33 PDT

Whether you're visiting Tasmania for Dark MOFO (on at the time of publish) or simply to see what life's like at the end of the world, there's a lot to do on this tiny Australian island. Hobart, the capital, has a rich history despite a sometimes forgotten......