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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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David Dewane's Eudaimonia Machine at STORY: The NYC concept store's new Work/Space edition explores the future of the way we work

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:10:33 PDT

For its 40th installation, New York’s ever-changing concept store STORY is exploring work environments—and the future of work itself. The Work/Space edition is more than a shopping experience, it's also a co-working location and the first-ever space......

ListenUp: Czarface + MF DOOM: Bomb Thrown

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:59:19 PDT

Hip-hop supergroup Czarface (7L, Esoteric and Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck) have teamed up with masked rapper MF DOOM for the potent "Bomb Thrown" from their upcoming collaboration Czarface Meets Metal Face! Booming and gritty, the song makes......

Buy: Romeo Cap

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:07:08 PDT

Opening Ceremony teamed up with Carne Bollente for a collection of NSFW apparel and accessories that, at first glance are fairly innocuous, but look closer and you'll see couples engaged all kinds of sex acts. This cap is a little safer, with a topless......

The House of Harry Winston's San Francisco Salon: An iconic Union Square space reimagined with splendor

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:10:57 PDT

200 Post Street, a corner building in San Francisco's Union Square neighborhood, has long been a destination for the sale of fine jewelry. An architectural landmark, it housed retailers Shreve & Co until 2015. After 109 years at the site, the SF-based......

Link About It: Retail's Brick-and-Mortar Reasoning in the Age of Amazon

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:37:07 PDT

At Shoptalk retail conference, brands found themselves doing more than outlining next moves. Much attention has been given to redefining purpose and even defending their right to continue, in essence proving that Amazon doesn't have the might to close......

ListenUp: Twin Shadow: Brace

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:36:56 PDT

Featuring Rainsford, "Brace" appears on Twin Shadow's Caer—the first LP to be released since the band's tour bus accident, and frontman George Lewis Jr's subsequent reconstructive hand surgery. It may borrow those pulsing synths from Art of Noise's......

Link About It: IBM Reveals "The World’s Smallest Computer"

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:38:31 PDT

At IBM Think 2018, the tech company unveiled what they claim is the world's smallest computer. The machine (smaller than a grain of sea salt) cost less than 10 cents to manufacture and has the computing power of an old x86 chip. That's enough for it......

"Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts" at Schaulager Basel: Eerie, irreverent and at times uncomfortable, a career-spanning exhibition on the artist

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:10:36 PDT

"Get out of my mind, get out of this room," Bruce Nauman's recorded voice quietly, maddeningly implores over and over again. These words also function as the name of Nauman's piece which is nothing more than a room, the aforementioned recording and......

ListenUp: Book Club: Heartbeats

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:32:21 PDT

For all the genres in the music industry in flux, in development or getting overhauled, it seems like good old grungy hard rock hasn't been met with the same effort. And yet, this is what's at stake with Book Club, a Brooklyn-based band with gravity......

Buy: "March for Our Lives" Coin Pendant

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:03:52 PDT

After the Parkland shooting, NYC-based designer Sarah Magid decided to make something tangible that supports March for Our Lives. Inspired by ancient Roman and Greek symbolism, she created a recycled bronze coin pendant which reads "We Demand Change......

MB&F + L'Epée 1839's "The Fifth Element" Weather Station: An entirely mechanical UFO featuring a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:15:17 PDT

No one in the world of horlogerie understands the dual-force effect of science fiction with purpose quite like MB&F. On a broader level, every release from the imaginative design house emphasizes the power of artistic and technical exploration, and......

ListenUp: Lou Phelps feat. Jazz Cartier: Come Inside

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:01:29 PDT

Canadian rapper Lou Phelps joins forces with KAYTRANADA (who also happens to be his brother) and Jazz Cartier for the buoyant bop "Come Inside." Seemingly crafted for a summertime outdoor dance floor, the tune is bouncy and sunny. Phelps borrows some......

Link About It: Sustainable LEGO Blocks from Plant-Based Plastic

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:14:47 PDT

New LEGO blocks made from polyethylene (which is based on and sourced from sugarcane) are to be released this year, beginning a new sustainable direction for the iconic company. While the material is flexible and soft, the new blocks will be identical......

Road Trip: NYC to Baltimore: We use Silvercar's super-efficient service for a drive down to Charm City

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:14:31 PDT

California's coast offers so many types of adventure as it stretches from the warm Baha border through the crisp cutoff of Oregon's forests. Yet there's nothing quite so alluring as the lush, beachy mid-section of the state: California’s central coast......

Link About It: Farewell, Stephen Hawking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:02:46 PDT

Perhaps the world's most celebrated icon of contemporary science, physicist and author Stephen Hawking has died. At 76 years old, Hawking was an anomaly himself—expected to live just a few years after being diagnosed with ALS when he was 21 (while......

Buy: Cordura Hip Bag

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:51:26 PDT

Made from 100% nylon cordura (with a reinforced bottom and sides), NOAH's durable new waist bag includes plenty of practical features. Ideal for city commuters, the bag is water-resistant with a zip-closure to secure belongings. There's also a folding......

Test Drive: 2018 Maserati Levante: We put the luxury SUV to the test in the desert of the UAE

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:10:42 PDT

Until a couple of years ago, crossing the Sharjah desert in a Maserati would have been impossible. But in the Italian sportscar maker's new sport utility vehicle, it's both possible and pleasing. Maserati's first-ever SUV, the Levante, went on sale......

Link About It: Pritzker Winner Balkrishna Doshi's Work for the People

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:04:37 PDT

Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, the 2018 Pritzker Prize winner, certainly has a roster of showpiece commissions that demonstrate imagination. His greatest architectural development, however, might be Aranya—the low-cost housing projects he established......

Interview: Designer Es Devlin: Design Indaba 2018's keynote speaker on the process of creating a visual voice

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:53:40 PDT

Es Devlin played the violin while growing up in East Sussex. But, the British designer told the crowd at Design Indaba’s recent conference, she also drew pictures of her violin. With instruments, she was always curious about "what went into it visually......

ListenUp: Craig Mack feat. Notorious BIG, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes + Rampage: Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:45:04 PDT

Craig Mack—the first artist signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy label—has passed away at just 46 years old. First making waves when he was featured on a remix of Mary J. Blige's "You Don't Have To Worry" (1993), he rose to fame at the same time as Notorious......

Buy: Red Jacket Watch

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:37:40 PDT

This classic Swatch watch style gets a traditional update by way of a very British pattern. The "Red Jacket" design is old school hunting-inspired, with horses, hounds and more making their way across the dial and strap. With a silicone and plastic......

Artist Nacho Carbonell's Cocoon-Like Lamps at The Armory Show: An imaginative solo presentation at the NYC art fair from Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:11:05 PDT

When meandering through The Armory Show—one of NYC's strongest annual art events—visitors' eyes fall upon works both new and old, worn and wondrous. In that blitz of painting, sculpture, photo and VR, it's hard to find pieces that quietly impart a......

Link About It: Living Moss in Goodyear's Sustainable Tire Concept

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:55:02 PDT

A tire concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, Oxygene from Goodyear, proposes a ring of moss growing inside its sidewalls. Further, the entire tire will be 3D-printed from recycled tires. The goal here is to improve air quality for vehicles on......

Link About It: Farewell to Legendary Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:14:16 PDT

Founder and designer of the French luxury fashion and perfume house, Givenchy, Hubert de Givenchy has passed away at 91 years old. Famous for (among other things) the little black dress his muse and close friend Audrey Hepburn wears at the start of......

ListenUp: Rebounder: Japanese Posters

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:17:46 PDT

Anyone who's listened to "Japanese Posters" and looked into the act behind it, Rebounder, knows two things: the song's an utter delight and the band's anonymous. From the sharp lyricism to the compelling orchestration and tip-top production, the track......

Word of Mouth: Revelstoke, British Columbia: Dining, drinking and more off the mountain at this world-renowned winter destination

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:54:12 PDT

Somewhat an anomaly, British Columbia's Revelstoke is a top ski destinations with the highest number of mechanized ski operations in one area on the planet. With an average snowfall of 40 to 60 feet per year and easy access to backcountry skiing and......

Buy: Shoeshi Book

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:52:08 PST

Onigiri artist Yujia Hu makes wildly detailed sneaker-shaped sushi from iconic designs like Air Jordans, Chuck Taylors, Stan Smiths and more. First creating the little treasures in his family's restaurant Sakana Sushi in Milan, Hu is now sharing all......

ListenUp: A stunning song by serpentwithfeet, Mahalia joins forces with Little Simz, Sade returns and more in music

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:11:20 PDT

serpentwithfeet: bless ur heart Since serpentwithfeet's 2016 debut EP blisters, we've been entirely beguiled by the Brooklyn-based artist. Today, the Baltimore-born singer (aka Josiah Wise) releases the first track from his upcoming debut LP soil......

Link About It: This Week's Picks: Secret lives of tattoos, the underbelly of an iceberg, celebrating women artists and more in our look around the web

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 07:10:38 PST

1. Celebrating Artists on International Women's Day While we shouldn't only celebrate women artists one day of the year, It's Nice That is showcasing the work (and thoughts) of an all-star-cast of women artists for IWD 2018. Working with various......

Link About It: Designer Turns His Instagram Page into a Portfolio

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:40:27 PST

Designer Ji Le repurposed Instagram, turning it into his portfolio. Each post is tagged and linked to other account that Le also updates. Apart from the service being so easy and accessible, Le decided to use it as a portfolio because fewer and fewer......

Buy: Floral Slip-On Sneakers

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:40:21 PST

SeaVees has teamed up with Mr Turk for a playful, patterned collection of slip-on and lace-up sneakers. Designed in Palm Springs, the patterns are 1960s-inspired and statement-making. The slip-on style is available in two colorways: Greenhouse Floral......