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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, 23 Jan 2018 14:00:00 PST

 



Ten Extraordinary New Timepieces : Unexpected, inspiring and innovative wristwatches from Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:31:36 PST

With eyes ever-wandering to the whizzes and bangs of the smartwatch world, traditional luxury brands have amped up the wonders defining their own timepieces. To be honest, there's nothing quite like a watch. Even though people generally look to their......



Link About It: The Brains Behind Toiletpaper are Rebranding OKCupid

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:12:26 PST

Officially launching last night in NYC, OKCupid's new ad campaign plays with the acronym DTF (down to fuck), all the while overhauling the dating app's identity. Attempting to reclaim DTF by replacing the F with various other activities—from the wholesome......



DJI’s Portable, Powerful Mavic Air High-Resolution Drone : The company's most dynamic three-axis gimbal device shoots videos in 4K

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:11:08 PST

by Michael Frank When DJI launched the Spark Drone last year, anyone who likes to take photos on the move went a little nuts. Past drones, even the reasonably small, 1.6 pound Mavic Pro (three by three by four inches) couldn’t touch the .6 pound......



Link About It: "Mudbound" Cinematographer Rachel Morrison Makes Oscar History

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:21:54 PST

The first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination, Rachel Morrison has shattered another glass ceiling in the film industry—one that's held for 90 years. Called out for her work on "Mudbound," Morrison has already won the New......



Sundance Film Festival 2018: New Frontier Immersive Works: VR, AR and more developments in the future of storytelling

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:10:45 PST

With more than two dozen virtual and augmented reality projects, as well as exhibitions and more traditionally formatted filmic work, New Frontier commenced last week at this year's Sundance Film Festival. In its 12th annual iteration, New Frontier......



ListenUp: Sam Gouthro: Down For This

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:53:22 PST

San Diego-based DJ/producer Sam Gouthro (who is signed to Majestic Casual Records) released the very mellow "Down For This" late last year and it's been playing on the CH office speakers non-stop. The tune combines elements of soul, funk, jazz and......



Buy: Essentials Skincare Kit

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:41:26 PST

Packaged in a box featuring artist Renee Phillips' painting "Vortex," this Peet Rivko Essentials Kit contains three lush products. With zero toxins and zero irritants (that means no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, silicones, petroleum......



Wolff Olins + Print All Over Me's #bandtogether Bandanas: A charitable initiative powered by superb art and using creativity for good

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:16:49 PST

It's been exactly one year since the shift in administration and if one good thing can be said of the erratic days, it's that there has been an outpouring of empathy, charity and protest from many. Aware that the organizations at the forefront defending......



Link About It: A Greener Way to Make Blue Jeans

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:04:13 PST

While the majority of blue jeans are dyed with synthetically produced indigo, researchers at the University of California have potentially discovered a way to make the process more eco-friendly—and the answer is bacteria. Instead of adding to the many......



ListenUp: SG Lewis feat. J Warner: Aura

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:01:13 PST

London-based DJ and producer SG Lewis is fast becoming a CH favorite, thanks to his atmospheric and laid-back style. His latest collaboration, with J Warner, "Aura" blends dance and soul seamlessly and the result is a funky dance floor-ready track......



Buy: "Leave and Return" Print

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:10:01 PST

Almost all Stephen ESPO Powers' works contain terms of endearment or sweet messaging in his immediately recognizable style. This "Leave and Return" print (in a signed and numbered edition of 50) centers on one of Powers' favorite themes: home. The......



Cartier's Mystery Clocks Exhibition: 19 time-telling art pieces with extraordinary history

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:24:08 PST

A rare treat awaited guests of this year's prestigious SIHH luxury watch trade show: 19 of Cartier's extraordinary Mystery Clocks. Hand-selected by Pascale Lepeu, curator of the Cartier Collection, these time-telling artworks were brought to life between......



Buy: The Essential Marilyn Monroe

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:24:00 PST

Some 20 years in the making, this lovely book of Marilyn Monroe portraits contains many never-seen-before shots—thanks to Joshua Greene meticulously restoring and preserving the photos taken by his father, photographer Milton H. Greene, who was a business......



ListenUp: Farewell to Dolores O'Riordan, a beautiful collab between Laurie Anderson + Kronos Quartet and more

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:11:17 PST

The Cranberries: Dreams Lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan has passed away at just 46 years old. The band was formed in 1989 by brothers Mike and Noel Hogan, and O'Riordan joined after responding to an advertisement for a singer to......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Batteries inspired by eels, make-up kits in space, naturally pink chocolate and more

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:36:26 PST

1. NASA's Make-Up Kits Astronauts take plenty of grooming products into space—soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and more—but back in 1978, NASA believed women would also want a full make-up kit. NASA's History Office shared an image of the......



ListenUp: Laurie Anderson + Kronos Quartet: The Water Rises / Our Street Is a Black River

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:53:47 PST

The second release from Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet's forthcoming collaborative album Landfall, "The Water Rises / Our Street Is a Black River" is a video featuring two back-to-back tracks. The album marks a first collaboration from the two......



Link About It: We Are Evolving Away From The Y Chromosome

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:07:27 PST

Aside from the "master switch gene," SRY, the Y chromosome (only found in men) contains very few other genes. And it's the only chromosome not necessary for life. Right now, it's in a state of degeneration, shriveling up for males. This degeneration......



Link About It: Cancer Survivors Turn Radiation Masks To Art

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:08:48 PST

According to Artsy, groups across the United States (and other nations) have taken radiation masks—mesh pieces molded to patents' faces in advance of chemotherapy for head and neck cancer—and turned them into art. The groups are composed of artists......



Link About It: Emmanuelle Moureaux's Rainbow-Hued "Color of Time" Exhibition in Japan

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:47:31 PST

Tokyo-based artist Emmanuelle Moureaux's latest installation uses vibrant whimsy and an overwhelming scope in an attempt to express the passing of time. The vast concept materializes through 120,000 paper numerals and symbols, layered and each sporting......



Erotic Automation, Freak Vision + Damien Hirst from Ulysse Nardin: An installation and two new timepieces from the Swiss luxury brand all defy expectation

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:40:19 PST

If asked to picture a room housing millions of dollars worth of Ulysse Nardin Swiss watches, or Swiss watches in general, what does your mind see? It's unlikely that you, or anyone, immediately imagines a dark-walled booth in Geneva, with oscillating......



Buy: Razor Set

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:18:02 PST

With soft touch grip for a smooth gliding shave, the By Humankind razor feels like brand new—even when it isn't. While the short triangular-shaped handle moves as a natural extension of the hand—offering more control—the razor also stands upright......



The House of Machines, Los Angeles: Community, culture, motorcycles and more in this new DTLA space

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:10:53 PST

by Andrew Maness The growth that Downtown Los Angeles and its Arts District just east of the iconic skyline has been rapid and fascinating. One of the busiest areas is around the intersection of Mateo and 7th Streets, making the arrival of The......



Link About It: World's First Ruby Chocolate

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:02:04 PST

In a world first, Nestlé Japan is launching a naturally pink chocolate: the ruby KitKat. The pink hue is the first new natural color since the 1930s (when white chocolate was created) and apparently tastes fruity. Teaming up with Swiss cacao processor......



ListenUp: Abhi The Nomad: Marbled

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:08:24 PST

In a true fusion of genres, Abhi The Nomad blends hip-hop, electronic, jazz and more on "Marbled" from his EP of the same name. The bop changes up in rhythm (while remaining super-catchy) as his flow remains effortless and flawless. Previous tunes......



Astrological Signs Glow On Van Cleef & Arpels' Midnight Zodiac Lumineux Poetic Complications: The stars aligned atop these new automatic watches also illuminate with the motion of one's wrist

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:24:18 PST

Once again, French jewelry and watch brand Van Cleef & Arpels demonstrates that there's a poetry to the stars. Among their latest pieces unveiled during SIHH (the prestigious Geneva-based watch trade sho) a series of poetic astronomy timepieces capture......



Link About It: A New Type of Battery Inspired by Electric Eels

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:42:02 PST

Electric eel power comes from cells, called electrocytes, that expel energy when needed. Eels can actually "synchronize the charging and discharging of thousands of cells in their bodies simultaneously," says Max Shtein, a chemical engineer at the......



Buy: Bullshit Candle

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:12:20 PST

Despite its name, IIUVO and Stefan Brüggemann's "Bullshit" candle smells divine. With notes of Sichuan pepper, grapefruit, lavender, musk, guaiac wood and more, the candle was inspired by the theory of bullshit. According to the makers, the scent has......



Link About It: "My Special Aflac Duck," a Robot Companion for Children with Cancer

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:02:11 PST

Insurance company Aflac and health research company Sproutel unveiled a robot duck companion at this year's CES, made for children going through cancer treatment. More than just a plush toy, the animated robot features a chest sensor with a chemotherapy......



"One Year of Resistance" Group Show: On display now, 80+ artworks inspired by the current administration

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:12:08 PST

On now at NYC's The​ ​Untitled​ ​Space​, coinciding with the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, the group show ONE​ ​YEAR​ ​OF​ ​RESISTANCE features the work of 80+ artists—each of whom created pieces that celebrate art as activism, but......



ListenUp: Cashmere Cat + Major Lazer + Tory Lanez: Miss You

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:36:52 PST

With plenty of reverb, "Miss You" is a minimal but tropical track by Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer and Tory Lanez—with props to Palmistry for the original beat. While it's certainly got an island-style vibe, the tune steers clear of becoming gimmicky—thanks......



Link About It: NASA's Make-Up Kits

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:31:32 PST

Astronauts take plenty of grooming products into space—soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and more—but back in 1978, NASA believed women would also want a full make-up kit. NASA's History Office shared an image of the kit, along with a quote from......



Mechanical Yet iPhone-Connected, The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown Concept Watch: A new development in the technology and artistry composing fine timepieces

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:11:55 PST

"It's more cyborg than it is hybrid," Benoît Mintiens, founder and designer at Ressence, explains to us at this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH). Here, Ressence has unveiled their latest concept watch and it falls in......



Buy: Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:23:56 PST

This cane sugar body polish can be used all year 'round, but it's invaluable during the winter. Gently exfoliating, REN's Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish doesn't leave skin feeling stripped or dry, rather it will feel silky smooth and nourished......



Winter Backcountry Snow Gear: Equipment and apparel to keep you warm and safe this season

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:56:32 PST

With early snowstorms hitting the east coast in the USA, it's clear that winter has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and people all over are enjoying the ever-growing sport of backcountry skiing. But backcountry conditions are variable, and sometimes......



Lamborghini Unveils the Urus SUV : The world's fastest SUV also offers a striking aesthetic

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:12:20 PST

by Jaclyn Trop Before Lamborghini revealed its long-awaited Urus SUV at a star-studded celebration inside its Sant’Agata, Italy headquarters last month, a crowd of 700 sat in the dark with the same question: What will it look like? A light show......



Link About It: Jay Wolke's Images of Casinos in the 1980s

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:46:41 PST

During the 1980s, the only places one could legally gamble in the USA were Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Reno. Photographer Jay Wolke was "fascinated by the intersections of people, artifice, architecture and landscape" and photographed the rapidly......



Buy: Ward Bennett Book

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:42:56 PST

With a career that spanned 50+ years, Ward Bennett's eye for elegance and minimal style was (and remains) undeniable. Known as a designer and artist who helped define an era, Bennett worked with clients including Sasaki, Japan, Chase, David Rockefeller......



Audi collection : Showing your passion for the carmaker has never been as sophisticated

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:15:45 PST

Dress shoes act as an punctuation mark to a superb outfit. They're no longer just a necessity for formal and semi-formal attire; they're an opportunity to differentiate, let your personality shine and make a statement. New York-based Paul Evans understands......



Buy: Travel Perfume Case

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:20:03 PST

With silver letters reading "I ♥ U" hot-stamped directly onto leather, BYREDO's brand new travel case has been made in a limited edition just for Valentine's Day. The buttery leather is scratch-resistant, and the case's magnetic closure means it won......



ListenUp: New tunes by Jack White, Nadine, Karen O featuring Michael Kiwanuka and more

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:12:26 PST

Karen O feat. Michael Kiwanuka: YO! MY SAINT Written by the inimitable Karen O, "YO! MY SAINT" is a tune made for a KENZO short film that celebrates their spring/summer 2018 collection. Featuring vocals by English soul musician/songwriter Michael......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Photographing cannabis, ocean-friendly Jenga, self-flying helicopters and more

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:11:32 PST

1. How to Freeze Soap Bubbles in Winter Weather A craze transfixing photographers lately: capturing the freezing process of soap bubbles in winter weather yields orbs with glorious, unexpected patterning. No two bubbles are the same, and footage......



Chris Dorland's "CIVILIAN" at Lyles & King Gallery: Technology-infused artworks in an exhibition on a mission

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:11:37 PST

To step into the Lower East Side's subterranean Lyles & King Gallery right now means addressing a handful of questions. There, artist Chris Dorland has placed a series of works—eight on panels, four on video screens—that first address the role of machines......



CH Omakase 2017: Tea Drunk Private Sessions: A foray into top-quality bespoke Chinese tea, at the East Village cafe

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:12:00 PST

As journalists and explorers, we are drawn to many different types of people but experts and those profoundly passionate about what they do tend to top our list. Shunan Tang of NYC's Tea Drunk is the most knowledgable individual about Chinese teas......



Link About It: H. Moser & Cie. Pulls Their "Frankenstein Homage" Watch

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:42:00 PST

When the ever-so-clever Swiss watch brand H. Moser & Cie. announced their Swiss Icons Watch, the industry and watch lovers made a collective gasp. In one timepiece, Moser had combined signature elements from many of the world's most famous timepieces......



CH Omakase 2017: Joya Candle: Handmade in an edition of 100, each of these vessels is unique

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:11:51 PST

Founded by Frederick Bouchardy in 2006, Joya is an NYC design studio with a focus on fragrances and ceramics—a perfect pairing for our CH Omakase edition candles. Joya's philosophy is one of balance and beauty—they create elegant pieces, but also......