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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: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:00:00 PST

 



Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed: Everything you've come to expect from a sleep-tracker, in an adjustable mattress

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:10:46 PST

For anyone who's spent substantial time adjusting a bed to their ideal position, Sleep Number's recently debuted mattress, the 360 Smart Bed, does the adjusting for you. But that's not all; this mattress tracks users' sleep and reports to Sleep......



ListenUp: Spoon: Hot Thoughts

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:10:35 PST

From their upcoming LP Hot Thoughts (set for release 17 March), Spoon has just dropped the title track and it builds up—like so many of the Austin-based band's songs do—entirely effortlessly. The dance-rock track is coupled with lead singer Britt Daniels......



Link About It: America's Last Disco Ball-Maker

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:38:47 PST

Starting with an aluminum sphere (some as large as a whopping 10 feet in diameter), Yolanda Baker makes disco balls by hand, a craft she has perfected over almost 50 years. While the disco ball boom dropped off—thanks to cheaper, overseas options becoming......



ListenUp: CocoRosie (feat. ANOHNI): Smoke 'em Out

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:02:40 PST

A stunning new protest song from CocoRosie and the exquisitely powerful ANOHNI, "Smoke 'em Out" carries political potency set to complex musicality. As the lyrics make clear, we've "got children and wives waving forks and knives" to greet injustice......



Six New Wristwatches Pushing The Craft Forward : Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève debut timepieces with extraordinary merit

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:11:41 PST

After years of uncertainty and dipping sales in the luxury watch industry, optimism appears to be running high again. The troubles faced by wristwatch brands—some triggered by smartwatches and wearables flooding consumer feeds—were due in no part to......



Link About It: NASA Selects Housing Designs for Mars

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:22:01 PST

To encourage design thinking for the next stage of space exploration (and potential settlement), NASA hosted the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge—tasking designers with imagining plans for homes on Mars. Every entry carried a distinct futurism and descriptions......



Buy: Hexapod

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:53:13 PST

With education as its primary function, STEMI's hexapod kit teaches users how to build a six-legged robot and then program its movements. Of the many brain-expanding elements, a better understanding of 3D models and electronics' technologies are applicable......



Comfort Food, Vintage Beers + Classy Cocktails at NYC's Maison Pickle: A new design-forward restaurant with hearty cuisine from Jacob's Pickles' Jacob Hadjigeorgis

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:12:05 PST

Beyond the already bustling environs and glowing, highly-organized decor, Maison Pickle succeeds at elevating American cuisine to great heights. The restaurant, which opened this past weekend on Manhattan's Upper West Side, is in no way to the......



ListenUp: Peter Silberman: New York

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:29:10 PST

Brooklyn indie band The Antler's frontman and lyricist Peter Silberman is already two track releases deep into his forthcoming solo album—Impermanence, out 24 February. The latest, "New York," recently debuted with an archival footage video celebrating......



Airbus Group's Self-Piloted Flying Car: A vision to reduce traffic congestion by taking to the skies

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:12:02 PST

A proposed benefit of the self-driving cars in development through numerous auto and tech companies is traffic reduction. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, however, wants to do one better—lift people off the streets and out of any potential complication......



Link About It: Confirming the Medical Benefits of Marijuana

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:32:30 PST

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine has released a whopping 400-page study on the clinical benefits of marijuana wherein they support almost 100 conclusions. The report features information from 10,000 scientific studies and......



Miami Beach's Faena District: A hotel, forum, shopping center and more for the cultured traveler

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:48:28 PST

Occupying a stretch of beachfront land from 32nd to 36th Streets in Miami Beach (and reaching from the Atlantic Ocean to Indian Creek Drive), the Faena District comprises a series of architecturally captivating buildings, each with its own carefully......



Lil Buck + AirPods: Stroll: Conveying the device's functionality through anti-gravity dance

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:12:08 PST

Anyone who has seen Lil Buck dance questions the artist's relationship to gravity. There's a surreal fluidity to his movement—both graceful and frenetic. To highlight the magical functionality of their recently released AirPods, Apple tapped Lil......



Link About It: Design Impact on 2017's Forthcoming Products

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:15:03 PST

While much of the headline-grabbing announcements at CES focused on software, Fast Co's team dedicated time to discover the best of hardware design. From major names like Sony (who revealed speakers, screens, projectors and more) to smaller organizations......



Buy: Art Every Day Notebook

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:48:39 PST

Whether you're suffering from post-holiday blues or a case of the Mondays, usually the best treatment is to kickstart your creativity. One easy and affordable way to do that is a good old doodle or freewrite. This notebook from Poketo is especially......



ListenUp: KAYTRANADA remixes classic TLC, Bonobo and Rhye transcend and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:59:40 PST

Bonobo feat. Rhye: Break Apart In light of Friday's Migration album release, it's worth revisiting musician and producer Bonobo's exquisite track "Break Apart," featuring vocals by Milosh of Rhye. Its video, released last month, acts as an ideal counterpart......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Kodak brings back a classic film, how artists depicted Obama's presidency, Ms Senior America and more

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:11:56 PST

1. How Artists Depicted Obama’s Presidency Friday 20 January marks President Obama's last day in office, and while plenty of presidents before (and after) him are captured by artists in different ways, his presidency was incredibly significant......



Link About It: Insight on Snapchat's New Features

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:42:08 PST

As alluring as Snapchat can be, and liberating when it comes to sharing with spontaneity as opposed to belabored editing, it's been far from intuitive—especially regarding search. Today, the social media service unveiled their universal search feature......



Remixing Music + D'USSÉ Cognac Cocktails with Producer 9th Wonder: Sharing drinks and song samples at the iconic Electric Lady Studios

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:11:47 PST

One should never turn down an invitation to NYC's Electric Lady Studios, the legendary music recording facility built by Jimi Hendrix—where in the last few years David Bowie's Blackstar and Frank Ocean's Blonde were mixed, adding to a long list......



ListenUp: The Flaming Lips: Nigdy Nie (Never No)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:12:26 PST

The psychedelic alt-rock band releases their new album Oczy Mlody today—already streaming in full on Spotify—and it’s the softly sweet accompaniment to your afterparty comedown, as the sun rises. Wayne Coyne has explained the title, which means “eyes......



Link About It: Amazon's $5-a-month Anime Streaming Service

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:43:34 PST

For $5 a month, Amazon Prime members can bundle a new service to their streaming package: Anime Strike. Offering 1,000+ titles, the feature offers an array of classics as well as current anime shows. Amazon is offering a seven day free trial for those......



Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza: Updated talent and understated charm yield an unexpectedly good ride

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:15:57 PST

by Sue Mead If you didn’t know any better, you might think the Subaru Impreza is simply another five-passenger sedan, with a five-door hatch variant that slots into the crowded, entry-level segment of the compact class. But, if you've awaited the......



Link About It: Mario Video Game Inventor Shigeru Miyamoto on Design

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:17:19 PST

In a superb new Vox video, visionary Shigeru Miyamoto addresses what has made his games—Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros, Zelda and more—so powerful. Filled with insight and wit, the video explains Miyamoto's emphasis on storytelling before programming......



Buy: Pink Crystal Sunglasses

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:00:51 PST

Joining forces again, Australian brands POMS and Pared have created new sunglasses for 2017 and while they are decidedly retro, they are also present day-playful—thanks to some dangly details. Both arms of the new design come complete with a silver......



Link About It: Celebrating the Spontaneity of Disposable Cameras

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:44:30 PST

At Downtown LA's Think Tank Gallery, 30 professional photographers from varied backgrounds will be sharing 88 prints of work done solely on disposable cameras. The group exhibition, "Indoek 27 Frames," was devised by Matt Titone, founding partner of......



"Doctor's Orders" Skincare from Goldfaden MD: Four products that blend science and nature

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:11:41 PST

Before the holidays, we embarked on a "Doctor's Orders" skincare routine, thanks to Goldfaden MD (aka Dr Gary Goldfaden). After answering a few questions the doctor asked—about our skin's sensitivity, issues we'd like to fix, and more—a selection......



Link About It: SF's FOG Design + Art Fair

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:03:31 PST

Showing 12-15 January 2017 at SF's Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, the FOG Design + Art fair showcases 45 fine art and design exhibitors from around the world. Bay Area galleries are well represented and organizations like SFMOMA will be conducting talks......



ListenUp: Indiginis: GET UR FRK ON

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:22:40 PST

With new, warm layers of piano and percussion, Washington DC-based producer Indiginis lends Missy Elliott's classic "Get Ur Freak On" a solid refresh. Named "GET UR FRK ON," the recently released track rises with substantial synth work but stays jazz......



"Short Journeys" Film Series: Subtly branded films that highlight the car's features with universal, human stories

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:48:55 PST

Directed by Dutch-born Sam de Jong, a new film series entitled "Short Journeys" includes four shorts that each focus on very human relationships—with the world around us, our loved ones, and ourselves. In a first for Cadillac, these films were produced......



Four Flora Books : You don't have to be a green thumb to appreciate these works of verdant dedication

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:11:32 PST

Whether you're in the depths of a dreary winter, or enjoying the spoils of summer, any season is the right season to enjoy a little Mother Nature. While trickier in the colder months, one solution is devouring plant books (especially if you're a serial......



Link About It: Pizza ATMs are Coming

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:10:44 PST

Back in August, French company Pauline debuted its pizza ATM in the United States, and now it's set to roll out across the country. The self-serve slice machine stores dough, then when a user chooses their order, adds toppings, cooks it and dispenses......



Buy: Studio Wireless Headphones

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:02:14 PST

Joining forces for the second time, Beats by Dre and Alexander Wang have released a pair of super-functional, wireless headphones. These limited edition, over-ear headphones are foldable for easy transporting, and have chic, crocodile-embossed leather......



Fernet-Branca + Forbidden Root's "Fernetic" Beer: A limited-edition release deconstructing the herbs from the Italian digestif's family recipe

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:12:14 PST

As breweries have grown more exploratory, many curious products have hit the shelves in recent years—some poor, some excellent and the bulk somewhere in-between. With the announcement of Fernetic, however, one can't help but be excited. Here, Chicago......



ListenUp: Laura Marling: Wild Fire

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:40:08 PST

With an inherent grace to her storytelling, Laura Marling delivers another soulful folk wonder with "Wild Fire." The second single off the singer/songwriter's forthcoming album Semper Femina, out 10 March, the track rises with gentle power, driven......



Link About It: Omega's Social Media-Inspired Timepiece

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:39:09 PST

When the 2012 limited edition Omega #SpeedyTuesday Speedmaster watch sold out in four hours, 15 minutes and 43 seconds, the brand knew their social experiment was a success. In tribute to the popular #SpeedyTuesday hashtag used by watch enthusiasts......



Link About It: Kodak Brings Back EKTACHROME Film

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:25:07 PST

Photographers around the world rejoice: Eastman Kodak Company is bringing back one of its most iconic films, the classic EKTACHROME Film. Discontinued in 2012, the film is best known for its "extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts......



Link About It: Lowercase's NYC-made Sunglasses

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:30:34 PST

After founding the Lowercase sunglasses brand in 2014, Gerard Masci and Brian Vallario dedicated time to procuring the machinery and design knowledge necessary to construct acetate frames in their hometown of NYC. While the hinges are German and the......



Designing Hermès' Petit H Holiday Factory: A look behind the specialized brand's DML-produced interactive pop-up at the Madison Avenue shop

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:19:59 PST

For over a century, Parisian luxury brand Hermès' commitment to quality has meant that no imperfect product made its way to retail. In 2010, any piece with an imperfection (and remnant material from production) found its way to a new home: the petit......



Link About It: Artist Maxime Causeret Visualizes the Emergence of Life for Max Cooper's "Order from Chaos"

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:23:09 PST

From cell collisions to jellyfish adrift in the ocean, French artist Maxine Causeret's visual treatment for London-based artist Max Cooper's "Order from Chaos" track mesmerizes with color and form. Shifting shapes, merging and dispersing, occupy the......



Buy: Harlequin Raincoat

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:45:31 PST

Rather than donning a black or gray raincoat, or even the standard yellow version, why not bring radiance to the storm with one of Gorman's brightly colored offerings. Our pick is the Harlequin, with its rainbow hues and scribble-like pattern. With......



ListenUp: Alicia Keys: Sweet F'in Love

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:15:58 PST

With a glittery beat and a simple piano melody, Alicia Keys' new track "Sweet F'in Love" was revealed by her husband, producer Swizz Beats last night, but he doesn't seem to have had a hand in it. The familiar bounce is KAYTRANADA's doing, and while......



Link About It: How Artists Depicted Obama’s Presidency

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:15:43 PST

Friday 20 January marks President Obama's last day in office, and while plenty of presidents before (and after) him are captured by artists in different ways, his presidency was incredibly significant. The first black president has—for plenty of reasons......



Digitsole's Warm Series: Bluetooth-connected, app-controlled, heated insoles

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:11:41 PST

Many know the comfort and support benefits of insoles but French start-up Digitsole has gone above and beyond with their recently released "Warm Series." The brand's founder has been developing heated insoles for a decade, but this latest iteration......



Link About It: Humans Really Are Made of Stars

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:08:12 PST

It's long been believed by scientists, but a new study of some 150,000 stars has proven that humans really are made of stars—in fact, "humans and their galaxy have about 97% of the same kind of atoms." What this essentially means is that the six most......



ListenUp: Bonobo feat. Rhye: Break Apart

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:33:48 PST

In light of Friday's Migration album release, it's worth revisiting musician and producer Bonobo's exquisite track "Break Apart," featuring vocals by Milosh of Rhye. Its video, released last month, acts as an ideal counterpart to the song, pairing......



Inside Cadillac's Escala Concept Car: How the vehicle's interior design is influencing the future of the brand

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:24:34 PST

When it debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Élegance, Cadillac's Escala concept marked their third and final statement in a five-year trilogy of concept cars celebrating expressions of the journey (the Ciel), the drive (the El Miraj) and the......



Buy: Face Plates Set

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:10:55 PST

This set of six differently shaped plates, with six different faces, was made by the very talented French artist Jean Jullien for Case Studyo. Hand-cast in porcelain, the plates are also in an array of colors—from coral to mint green and pale yellow......



Link About It: Lucas Zimmermann's Extraordinary, Ordinary Traffic Lights

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:32 PST

When it comes to infrastructure, traffic lights aren't exactly the most exciting, but they are (of course) essential to our modern lives. German photographer Lucas Zimmermann has made the everyday traffic light something entirely extraordinary in his......



Surf with Amigas, Nicaragua: An all-women surfing camp that's all about positive vibes

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:11:42 PST

One of the fastest growing surf schools in the world is Surf With Amigas, based in Nicaragua and founded by former competitive surfer Holly Beck Obermeyer. It's an all-female surf camp with a mission for women to create connections, and support and......



ListenUp: KAYTRANADA: Flippin On You (TLC Remix)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:49:51 PST

Always on-point, KAYTRANADA (aka Louis Kevin Celestin) just released another glorious track—this time, a remix of TLC's classic 1994 song "Diggin' On You." This iteration (called "Flippin On You") is distinctively KAYTRANADA with that trademark ebullience......