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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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Link About It: This Week's Picks: Freelance achievement stickers, Prince's own purple, the science of magic mushrooms and more

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:43:18 PDT

1. Understanding the Natural Chemicals Within Magic Mushrooms Since 1968, scientists have explored the enzymatic process in magic mushrooms that produces its active chemical, psilocybin. Not until a brand new study—published in the German journal......



ListenUp: The Dodos: Mirror Fake

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:29:38 PDT

As part of the compilation Philia: Artists Rise Against Islamophobia featuring Hamilton Leithauser, Mac DeMarco, Heems, and more, comes The Dodos' "Mirror Fake." It's a gentle tune full of melancholy, but there's a sense of hope that also permeates......



Link About It: How Kanye West Lyrics are Tricking Instagram's AI

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:42:06 PDT

As part of Wired's in-depth profile on Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, the 33-year-old discussed how he wants to clean up the internet—but it's proving difficult. The company is using DeepText (a word categorization system) to try to filter "good" words......



Peninsula Classics Best of the Best 2017: A 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta with coach-work by Pininfarina takes this year’s prize

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:51:51 PDT

The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best was created in 2016 by the Hong Kong-based luxury hotel group to add a layer of celebration on top of the world’s most important vintage car awards. It’s a complement to The Quail Motorsports Gathering which......



“Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique” at Mullin Automotive Museum: A comprehensive look at one of the most revered automakers in history

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:20:20 PDT

by Andrew Maness Tucked away in a nondescript warehouse in an industrial park 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Oxnard, California, is the Mullin Automotive Museum. The unusual location is rather fitting for the current exhibit filling the well......



Buy: Sasawashi Slippers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:49:41 PDT

Room shoes are Japanese home essentials and a tradition growing more common in the Western world. Crafted from Sasawashi fabric, these Osaka-made slippers from Rikumo absorb moisture (and odors) and won't pill. Best of all, of course, they are comfortable......



BlackTail's Gangsterismo Era Cocktail Menu: On their first anniversary, the "Best New American Cocktail Bar" introduces an engaging narrative-driven menu and drinks

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:12:07 PDT

At this year's Tales of the Cocktail—the largest and most prestigious spirits and cocktail trade show in the US—New York City's BlackTail at Pier A took home the award for "Best New American Cocktail Bar." It wasn't much of a surprise as the gentleman......



Link About It: Understanding the Natural Chemicals Within Magic Mushrooms

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:16:43 PDT

Since 1968, scientists have explored the enzymatic process in magic mushrooms that produces its active chemical, psilocybin. Not until a brand new study—published in the German journal Angewandte Chemie—has it been decoded. Scientists sequenced the......



ListenUp: James Holden + the Animal Spirits: Pass Through the Fire

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:33:56 PDT

An epic six-and-a-half minutes of sonic exploration, "Pass Through the Fire" marks a return for electronic artist James Holden. Here, he melds digital merriment with folk sensibilities in a psychedelic jam band swirl. Holden actually worked with a......



Link About It: Studio Ghibli Will Reopen For Hayao Miyazaki's New Film

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:48:53 PDT

Hayao Miyazaki—the beautiful mastermind behind "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle" and more—is coming out of retirement, which means that the animation house he co-founded, Studio Ghibli, shall reopen. Miyazaki hosted a ceremony last month during......



Upstate New York's The DeBruce Inn: A 14-room lodge and restaurant showcasing the best of the state's wilderness

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:11:29 PDT

For New Yorkers googling "Livingston Manor," the bar in downtown Brooklyn pops up first, before the hamlet in upstate New York. It's likely due to proximity but also maybe the search engine algorithm doubts interest in a town whose population clocked......



Buy: Limited Edition "DAMN" Vinyl

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:38:09 PDT

The red lettering on the album cover of Kendrick Lamar's fourth studio record DAMN now has a complementary limited edition translucent red vinyl pressing. With only 2000 copies, the two-LP record will surely sell out. One of the strongest music offerings......



Link About It: The World's Largest Bicycle Parking Garage

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:20:05 PDT

Snagging the title from Tokyo’s Kasai underground station, the Central Train Station in Utrecht, the Netherlands will now house the world's largest bicycle parking garage. It launches with 6,000 spots but will expand to 12,500 by next year. As PSFK......



Roman and Williams for eBay Collective: Rare, inspiring pieces selected by the award-winning design firm

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:15:02 PDT

In October 2016, eBay Collective launched as a destination for fine art and interior design. An e-commerce platform with rigorous guidelines and harboring one-of-a-kind objects, it grew into a resource for both consumers and designers. Celebrated design......



Buy: Perfect Putty

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:39:13 PDT

Founded by Cutler Brooklyn's Tyson Kennedy—the hairdresser who doesn't look like a hairdresser, maybe due to his other life as a rock musician—the Fatboy styling line started with this creamy homemade putty that he created for his own hair. A casual......



Link About It: Yayoi Kusama is Opening a Museum

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:20:01 PDT

Known and adored all over the world, artist Yayoi Kusama is set to open her very own museum in Tokyo. The five-story museum will host a garden, reading room, materials archive and a shop—as well as some of Kusama's most famous and celebrated works......



The Native Hotel, Malibu: Design firm Folklor breathes new life into a charmed property

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:13:50 PDT

by Adam Robb The faint lettering of the former Malibu Riviera Motel's logo peeks out beneath the roadside signage now in use by The Native Hotel. The newest illumination in the sleepy coastal town's night sky, rising from a thicket of palm trees......



ListenUp: Shabazz Palaces feat. Thaddillac: Shine a Light

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:08:03 PDT

Dropping not one but two albums today, Shabazz Palaces' Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines seemingly condense the hip-hop duos' tremendous talents into a diverse sonic landscape. From the former LP, "Shine a Light......



Buy: "I Fought the Law" Photo Book

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:58:00 PDT

Part trivia, part photo book, Olivia Locher's new "I Fought the Law: Photographs by Olivia Locher of the Strangest Laws from Each of the 50 States" is both pretty and witty. Explore the weird and wild laws (some of which still stand) from all over......



Link About It: Vegetable By-Products Turned Into Waffles and Syrup

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:09:13 PDT

Food designer Chloé Rutzerveld's proposed a new way to confront our global vegetable waste problem (where by-products are tossed rather than used). No, it's not a soup. Rutzerveld has developed a recipe for sweet waffles derived from carrot, beetroot......



ListenUp: Jamila Woods feat. Chance the Rapper: LSD

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:17:49 PDT

Jamila Woods' soulful single "LSD," which features fellow Chicago native Chance the Rapper, has received an official music video—and the team behind the visually stunning spot happens to be aspiring filmmakers from Chicago Public Schools who entered......



Dusen Dusen Home Collection: A colorful, comfortable third collection of pillows, towels and more

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:11:59 PDT

Known for their bright, playful designs, Brooklyn-based Dusen Dusen has just released its third Home Collection and, as expected, it's bold but comfortable. Inspired by the brain's reaction to movement, color, and contrast, founder and designer......



Link About It: John Lennon’s "Imagine" Illustrated by Jean Jullien

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:07:10 PDT

Over 40 years ago, John Lennon released "Imagine" and now, as French artist Jean Jullien says, the song is as important as ever. Jullien has illustrated the lyrics for the first ever picture book set to Lennon's words in order to "inspire a new generation......



ListenUp: Wilco: All Lives, You Say?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:03:09 PDT

In response to Charlottesville and the use of "all lives matter," which ignorantly misses the meaning behind "Black Lives Matter," Wilco has released "All Lives, You Say?." All proceeds from the relatively straightforward acoustic track benefit the......



Link About It: 50,000 Vinyl Records Digitized for the Internet Archive

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:52:09 PDT

Working from 200,000 physical recordings received through donation, Internet Archive (archive.org) has already digitized 50K vinyl records—many of which hail from before the '50s. The organization is seeking to preserve genres that have received less......



Hair Oils for All Genders: After a summer of sun and sea, nourish your tresses with these products

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:06:11 PDT

No matter your gender or hair type, there's an oil out there for you. Chances are it's also better for your tresses than several other products that offer short-term benefits, but in the long run end up building up on your hair and leaving it drab......



Buy: Bush-Dyed Robe

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:36:04 PDT

Carefully bush-dyed by Anindilyakwa women living in the remote Groote Eylandt Archipelago—an island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 391 miles from Darwin—each North Home robe is unique. The process is one full of rich history and creativity—using......



Link About It: Electronics Sculpted from Biodegradable Materials

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:38:30 PDT

For his thesis project at Holon Institute of Technology, Shay Castel constructed a series of speakers, clocks and lamps from biodegradable materials. Each piece calls into question the amount of time consumers use products—here, allowing them to comfortably......



Link About It: Pantone's Purple Honoring Prince

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:32:08 PDT

Inspired by Prince's one-of-a-kind Yamaha purple piano, a new standardized custom color has been released by the Pantone Color Institute and the Prince Estate. Instead of a name and numeric value, as is standard for Pantone, the deep, regal color is......



Happy Hour Agency's Pop-Up Dining Art: Chateau Le Sploosh makes a splash with creative cocktails

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:11:42 PDT

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick At the edge of LA's Highland Park neighborhood, a group called the Happy Hour Agency has attracted a reputation for making good times by creating experiences that combine inventive cocktail-making with a pop art......



Link About It: Creepy Sounds From Twin Peaks Have Been Made Into an Album

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:37:29 PDT

"Twin Peaks: The Return" sound designer Dean Hurley has crafted some incredibly ominous drone noises that have been consistent throughout the series. Released by Sacred Bones, Anthology Resource Vol. 1: △△ gathers all the "rumbling bass, eerie wind......



Buy: 2.ZERØGRAND + Staple Design Sneaker

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:01:33 PDT

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Staple Design collaborated with Cole Haan on these 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite + Staple Design sneakers. Featuring a breathable knit upper on the comfy Grand.OS midsole, the dress shoe styled sneakers come in marbled......



ListenUp: M83: Do It, Try It!

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:37:10 PDT

After its Sundance Next Fest premiere, David Wilson's video for M83's "Do It, Try It!" has hit the web and it's a wondrous visual display. Following a young protagonist who feels at odds with his family and the depressing fast food restaurant surroundings......



Link About It: Freelancer Achievement Stickers

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:09:14 PDT

Anybody who has lived (or lives) the freelance life knows that it can be challenging, infuriating and disheartening at times. In order to keep freelancer spirits up, artist Jeremy Nguyen has created a series of achievement sticker illustrations that......



Tech-Forward Climbing Gear: New products that make your outdoor adventures easier and safer

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:00:11 PDT

Technology in climbing is nothing new—the industry is always evolving to assist humans with their mountain pursuits. That said, the tech keeps getting better. Gear is getting lighter, more durable, more functional and more fluid, giving climbers an......



Buy: Last Lolita Sunglasses

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:30:37 PDT

Designed in collaboration with Le Specs, Adam Selman's collection of sunglasses is nothing if not eye-catching and bold. The future-retro Last Lolita shades are sharp cat-eye shapes and come in five colorways. Crafted with quality, these sunglasses......



ListenUp: New tunes from The National, QUIÑ, Circuit des Yeux and DOOM in this week's musical wrap-up

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:11:33 PDT

QUIÑ feat. SYD: Sticky Situation From her upcoming second EP Dream Girl, LA-based QUIÑ's "Sticky Situation" features Syd (of The Internet) and is super-breezy and sultry. Complete with immaculate electronic production by Krys$hun, the track illuminates......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Icelandic folktales, bamboo basketball courts, mobile gardens and more in our look around the web

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:11:53 PDT

1. PIDO's Mobile Community Garden Designed by Beijing architecture firm People's Industrial Design Office (PIDO), there's a new community farm that goes further—quite literally. PIDO's mobile garden is built atop two bicycles, so the entire community......



Oxygenated Water's Benefits: Natural energy boosts and quicker recovery from OXiGEN bottles and shots

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:12:25 PDT

Nobody can deny the value of oxygen, but breathing isn't the only way to get it into our bodies. Drinking oxygenated water offers an easy-to-use way to get a lot of oxygen into your system quickly—great for endurance and recovery. OXiGEN water......



Link About It: Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Formations

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:43:47 PDT

Dating back to the 12th century, some of Iceland's folktales are more than the average fairytale. In fact, many are still held in such high regard that some recent "construction projects, including a proposed road development through the ancient G......



Eclipse Essentials: All the products and tips you need to get the best from of this year's special cosmic event

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:11:07 PDT

Eclipses aren't really uncommon, but this year on 21 August, the United States will have a special view. For the first time since 1918, a total eclipse will cross from the East to the West Coast. That said, not everywhere will have the perfect view......



Buy: Things Are What You Make of Them

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:28:51 PDT

From CH favorite Adam J Kurtz comes another book of positive vibes: "Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives." Entirely handwritten on perforated tear-and-share pages, the book is full of advice, inspiration and empathy for creatives......



Tile's Pro Series of Device Trackers: Two new editions of the handy locator

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:18:35 PDT

by Paul Armstrong Tile—now selling in over 200 countries and locating around two million items per day—wants out of the shadows and into the light. Thus, the tracking brand has created premium lines of their already popular locator, that little......



Link About It: Thailand's Bamboo Sports Hall

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:33:09 PDT

Panyaden International School's new 8,417-square-foot sports hall happens to be made entirely from bamboo. The school commissioned Chiangmai Life Architects to construct the center, with a design based on the lotus flower. Inside, it can comfortably......



ListenUp: Cut Copy: Standing in the Middle of the Field

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:20:52 PDT

The opening track of Cut Copy's forthcoming album Haiku From Zero, "Standing in the Middle of the Field" rises up to big, bright modern disco vibes after a charmed introduction. As the song spins out electronic beauty, lead singer Dan Whitford's vocals......



North Home Sleepwear Collection: A beautiful range of goods bush-dyed by artists living in remote communities in Australia

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:11:37 PDT

North Home continues celebrating Aboriginal Australian artists—and the beauty and diversity of their traditions, skills and crafts—with their new sleepwear collection, which launches today. Made up of just three pieces, the range is lush, textured......



Link About It: Tampon Alternative Flex is Made for Sex

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:11:21 PDT

SF-based The Flex Company has created a "tampon alternative" that is disposable and leak-free—intended to be used during sex. Born from many people (of all genders) being embarrassed or grossed out or ashamed of menstruation, Flex was created to "spark......



Buy: Phytoactive Cleansing Balm

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:32:37 PDT

Royal Fern's Phytoactive Cleansing Balm is unlike any other we've used. The soft gel-like balm feels at first like a regular face cleanser, but once applied it doesn't foam or become milky. Made with green tea extract, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C from......



Heath Newsstand, San Francisco : A new space to nourish minds, built to inspire and unite a community

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:12:03 PDT

Best-known for their gorgeous pottery, CH favorite Heath Ceramics now has a new space attached to their Mission district, San Francisco showroom. The recently opened Heath Newsstand was created with the aim to inspire and unite the community; the......



Link About It: Fire Island Artist Residency's Origins

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:55:22 PDT

From mid-July to mid-August since 2011, artist Chris Bogia's Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) welcomes five LGBTQ+ artists to the island. In exchange for lending work to an exhibition, a 10-minute community talk about their processes and participation......