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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: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:00:00 PDT

 



RHA Festival, Punta Mita: Mexico's newest boutique event adds luxury to the equation

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:11:01 PDT

by Nicolas Stecher With boutique music festivals now a booming business, Mexico's four-day RHA Festival organizers knew there had to be something more. Of course, the musical talent was carefully selected for the stunning location, but RHA......



Champagne Pommery's "Louis Meets Poppy": A short film and signature cocktail from the prestigious French house as they launch their first California sparkling wine

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:11:10 PDT

Maison Pommery's played an innovative role in the Champagne market since 1874—when Madame Pommery (wife of then deceased founder Louis Pommery) invented Brut Champagne. In more recent years, Pommery's graced guests of the estate with exemplary......



Buy: Kammok Roo Kit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:42:22 PDT

Two brands that love the outdoors and great design, Topo Designs and Kammok have teamed up for a seriously fun hammock kit. Included is the 500-pound capacity Kammok Roo, which is designed for comfort and easy set-up (and the all-important packing......



Arc Phone Case's Advanced Ergonomics: A multifunctional X-shaped wrap for iPhones, Androids and the Google Pixel

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:10:43 PDT

In the phone case product category, just about everything feels as if it's been addressed, from waterproof and indestructible to bedazzled and novelty. And yet, the Arc Case—on Kickstarter now—doesn't look like any other and incorporates the functionality......



Behind the Profile of Rémy Martin Cognac: Guiding 900+ growing partners toward the best eau de vie and ultimately a refined spirit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:45:48 PDT

With cognac consumption on the rise around the world—including key markets like the US and China—an exhausted image of snifters in the hands of grandparents has been shed. Many consumers look to celebrities for recommendations. Some may even look back......



ListenUp: Ash Shakur: Never Alone

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:28 PDT

London-based Ash Shakur shares a properly uplifting message in his new track "Never Alone," which is impeccably produced by Scf Beats. The glittery song is intended for listeners who feel isolated and lonely, "When it feels like everything is over......



Buy: Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:15 PDT

Written by Elaine M Hayes, "Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan" explores the jazz musician and human/women's rights activist's incredible—yet often looked over—existence and legacy. From her early life in Jersey, to the ways in which......



ListenUp: Vale, Chester Bennington

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:02 PDT

Linkin Park vocalist and clearly beloved human, Chester Bennington has died, leaving behind a legacy. The band's take on nü-metal-influenced rock, in their debut Hybrid Theory was grand and dynamic—with excellent, crisp production. (That record garnered......



TRNK’s Debut Furniture Collection: The NYC-based retailer has designed Truss, their own range of home goods

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:11:05 PDT

Self-described "home enthusiasts," TRNK's co-founders Tariq Dixon and Nick Nemechek believe that your home is about self-expression and should be a sanctuary. After years of TRNK blending storytelling, editorial and commerce online it makes perfect......



Buy: Classic Silk Tie

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:50:15 PDT

There's nothing quite as dashing as the addition of a simple, black tie to a suit, and Australian label Mr Day offer two classics. The bow-tie and No. 58 Essential tie are both made from 100% silk and feature a delicate ribbed texture. Taking style......



COVE by Zaha Hadid Design for Boffi: A completely customizable sink and stovetop kitchen island

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:10:59 PDT

Even a quick glimpse at the late Dame Zaha Hadid's COVE kitchen for Boffi reveals the signature stylings of the acclaimed architect. The freestanding unit's smooth geometry makes reference to the curvilinear design of the MAXXI Museum of Art in......



ListenUp: Nine Inch Nails: This Isn't The Place

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:30:34 PDT

Hot off a riveting "Twin Peaks" cameo performance, Nine Inch Nails have released a second track, "This Isn't The Place," from tomorrow's forthcoming EP Add Violence. As the song's atmosphere thickens on piano progressions, an emotional climax (one......



Photographer Michael Hoerner's "Ilegal Pride" Exhibition: Powerful, celebratory images on display just blocks away from where they were captured

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:49:57 PDT

No image may ever be able to capture the complete sensations of NYC Pride—the ferociousness, liberated joy and unbounded togetherness—but photographer Michael Hoerner certainly comes close. In a series of vibrant images, punctuated by a large-scale......



Robb Vices' Clase Azul Tequila: A limited edition, collector-worthy reposado, extra-matured in sherry casks

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:42:55 PDT

Some days it feels as if we are only at the dawn of tequila's golden age—from a growing global appreciation to avid collectors and an ever-developing roster of super-premium products unlike any other. A new 20th anniversary Clase Azul tequila joins......



Link About It: New Study Proves Art Can Help With Wellness

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:58:39 PDT

According to a British all-party inquiry, it's evident that involvement in the arts can "keep people well, aid recovery from illness, help people live longer, better lives and save money in health and social services." With case studies and research......



Buy: Grafted: Plants by Kohei Oda, Pots by Adam Silverman

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:34:17 PDT

With 160 pages of photography by Shuji Yoshida and Joshua White, "Grafted" was printed in an edition of 1250 copies. The book is the upshot of two exhibitions by LA-based ceramicist Adam Silverman and award-winning Japanese plant sculptor Kohei Oda......



ListenUp: Samantha Urbani: Hints And Implications

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:08:01 PDT

From her highly anticipated debut solo EP Policies Of Power, Samantha Urbani's '80s-inspired jam "Hints And Implications" is utterly addictive. With plenty of retro touches (including power riffs and that drum machine), it's a punchy track that manages......



Buy: Four Sauce Sampler Kit

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:00:52 PDT

Manhattan cooking school and cafe Haven's Kitchen has just released a selection of pre-made savory sauces that you can use at home. The sampler set includes four flavors—Herby Chimichurri, Peanut Lemongrass, Kale Walnut Pesto, and Red Pepper Romesco......



Link About It: Thirza Schaap's Plastic Ocean Photographs

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:08:35 PDT

Creating art that furthers awareness of ocean pollution, Dutch photographer Thirza Schaap collects trash from Clifton Beach, Cape Town and makes something quite pretty from it. Arranging various items (from straws to flip-flops) into sculptures, she......



Link About It: Mobile Architecture's New Radical Homes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:21:10 PDT

There's more to mobile housing units than the trailer category. As design writer Rebecca Roke notes in her new book "Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move" (published by Phaidon), everything from floating cabins to trampoline tents now exist—thanks......



The Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills: LA's newest hotel debuts with ambitious culinary offerings, luxurious amenities and a very pet friendly attitude

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:45:26 PDT

From the moment guests enter the dramatic Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills foyer, it's clear they're in a town known for Hollywood glamour. Co-designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon with Gensler and Perkins+Will, the hotel is a modern interpretation of Art Deco......



Buy: Perfect Styptic Balm

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:02:56 PDT

Packed in an easy-to-grip and retractable tube, Glyder's hygienic Perfect Styptic Balm works on fresh shaving cuts. Their patent-pending formula uses anti-hemorrhagic agents which decreases post-shave bleeding, and incorporates healing ingredients......



Samsung's Chef Collection: WiFi-enabled, high-tech appliances that make your kitchen smarter

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:10:58 PDT

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick It's likely that your kitchen can be a lot more sophisticated than it is right now. Sure, you can buy a fancy blender or smart tableware—but items like that are accessories in the creation of a kitchen. To really......



Link About It: New Study Claims T-Rex Couldn't Run

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:12:42 PDT

Forget everything "Jurassic Park" taught you: Tyrannosaurus Rex couldn't actually run. Using a computer simulation, scientists at University of Manchester have calculated that the large theropod probably got to top speeds of 20km per hour—thanks to......



ListenUp: Melina Mae: Time Off Work

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:52:21 PDT

Before heading out on her tour, Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) released a bunch of "impulsive songs" under the moniker Melina Mae, one being "Time Off Work." The hazy, psychedelic tune is perfectly frowzy—aptly matching the song's title. The lyrics are......



Word of Mouth: Aix-en-Provence: Cézanne's workshop, a historic old town and some of the world's most magnificent light

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:52:32 PDT

A mention of the south of France often conjures visions of Slim Aarons-style grandeur, neatly positioned umbrellas stretching along strips of beach and perhaps a yacht or two. And yet, 30 minutes north of Marseilles (and easily accessible by an inexpensive......



Link About It: Japan's Cute Space Camera Drone

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:52:18 PDT

Japan's remote-controlled Internal Ball Camera (aka Int-Ball) is a camera drone that resides on the International Space Station—floating around taking footage that can be read in real time. Created completely with 3D printing, 2.2l-pound Int-Ball uses......



Buy: Mint Matcha

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:38:43 PDT

As matcha enthusiasts, we're certainly partial to a traditionally brewed green tea, but understand that there isn't always time for the full ceremony. Of all the bottled iterations we've tried, there's no doubt that MatchaBar's mint matcha is our favorite......



Maiden Home: Made-in-USA furniture in an unusually pain-free online shopping experience

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:10:48 PDT

Newcomer furniture brand Maiden Home sticks out from the well-known names we've grown up with, tackling a pretty difficult industry to enter. The e-commerce company offers made-to-order, customizable furniture built in the US at a price point you......



Link About It: Disney's Immersive Star Wars Hotel

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:54:41 PDT

Disney has announced that—along with the Star Wars-themed "Galaxy’s Edge" areas of their theme parks—they will be opening an immersive Star Wars hotel in Orlando, expected to open in 2019. Not only will guests dress up in themed clothing, but also......



Link About It: 22 Animators Create One Trailer

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:21:17 PDT

For anybody who watches Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty," the fact that the most recent trailer for the show is bonkers should come as no surprise. Some 22 artists contributed to the video, which is a "fantastic collaborative cocktail of animation techniques......



Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60: Scandinavian-influenced design meets high-tech safety and luxury in this new model

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:11:00 PDT

by Sue Mead Motoring along a two-lane roadway in Catalonia that coils through small Spanish villages, the views of Montserrat—a majestic, multi-peaked rocky range located near the port city of Barcelona—are dramatic. The Scandinavian-inspired interior......



Link About It: Advancing the Ancient Lettering of the New York Times Nameplate

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:36:10 PDT

Even before the Gutenberg printing press, Gothic (also known as Blackletter) was a well-known letterform—with roots dating back to the 700s. Gutenberg would make it the first-ever font. And, centuries later, Henry Jarvis Raymond would use it in the......



Buy: "NO" Cap

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:47:19 PDT

100% eco-friendly and fair-trade, this cap by Slow Factory is part of their Resist collection—and introduces a new, alternative voice in the politicized red hat movement. The cap is made in the USA and boldly embroidered "NO."—with that all-important......



ListenUp: New music from a jazz supergroup, 19-year-old Mahalia, Mount Kimbie, Mr Jukes and more

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:10:54 PDT

Mahalia: Sober Produced by Maths Time Joy, "Sober" is Leicester-born, Birmingham-based singer/songwriter Mahalia's most recent release and it's beautifully sleek and fluid. A little more R&B and boom-bap than her previous releases, it's a smooth and......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: A long-lost Maurice Sendak book, NASA's plans for power on Mars, Willy Wonka elevators and more in our look around the web

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:10:27 PDT

1. An Elevator That Goes Every Which Way ThyssenKrupp's Multi won't be your average elevator beholden to a life of ups and downs. To debut soon in a Berlin residential tower, the Multi forgoes cables for strong magnetic levitation (the same technology......



Watches of New York Fashion Week: Men's: Three new timepieces seen on wrists during SS18 previews, and well-timed exhibitions

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:10:54 PDT

With another fashion week passing through New York—this time dedicated to men—the city's cultural consciousness briefly shifted to runway shows and presentations. Dozens of menswear brands and designers unveiled their SS18 looks and from Raf Simons......



Buy: 2014 Roll The Bones Cabernet Sauvignon

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:08:10 PDT

If you're looking for a show-stopping wine to bring to a BBQ, Tank Garage Winery's 2014 Roll the Bones Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California (with a "kiss" of Napa Valley Merlot) has you covered in full-bodied, supple richness as well as......



ListenUp: Mr Jukes feat. Charles Bradley: Grant Green

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:23:22 PDT

Featuring the sensationally soulful Charles Bradley, Mr Jukes' "Grant Green" is our pick from his album God First, which officially released today, 14 July. Aptly named after the jazz musician the track samples, the song is spirited and uplifting......



Interview: Daniel Arsham on His Multi-Faceted Collaboration with adidas Originals: We talk to the artist about his first wearable work and the hurricane that changed his life

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:52:52 PDT

About two minutes into the first segment of Daniel Arsham’s trilogy, "Hourglass," we see a brief shot of a TV screen showing the colorful swirl of a hurricane barreling toward Miami—an image that has been burned in to my head since seeing it first......



Interview: Hennessy's Former Master Blender Yann Fillioux: Insight from the masterful cognac producer who has stepped down after 50 years

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:16:53 PDT

by Elva Ramirez In the spirits world, there are master blenders and then there is Yann Fillioux, who has been with cognac powerhouse Hennessy for 50 years. On his first day of work (3 October 1966) he was just 19 years old. A seventh-generation......



Link About It: Hillary Clinton's Unused Confetti is Now Art

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:09:20 PDT

On view until 12 August, "Bunny Burson: And Still I Rise" (taking its name from Maya Angelou's book of poetry) is an installation that has made the unused confetti from Hillary Clinton's election night into a work of art. Burson tracked down the unused......



Buy: Turkish Towel + Carrier

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:42:38 PDT

This black and white handwoven Aegean cotton towel can handle all summer beach and picnic needs. Moreover, it's easy to carry on all your adventures thanks to a leather carrying harness. With antique brass hardware, the carrier makes it easy to throw......



N-p-Elliott's "Intersection" Collection at New York Fashion Week: Men's: A runway debut embracing the interconnected nature of social categorizations

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:10:58 PDT

When Nicholas P Elliott launched his namesake label in 2013, striking the balance between the avant-garde and accessible made for a propellant mission. Over the last four years, the N-p-Elliott brand's grown in acclaim, maintained a commitment......



ListenUp: Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds: Mama D/Leimert Park

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:36:28 PDT

From the lush record Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1, by Terrace Martin's supergroup The Pollyseeds, comes "Mama D/Leimert Park"—on which Martin (who produced Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly) plays all the instruments, as well as the vocoder-aided vocals......



Link About It: Radiohead's Reissue of "OK Computer" Has a Hidden Treasure

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:33:17 PDT

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of OK Computer, Radiohead has released a £100 special edition box of the record—with a hidden treat. As well as an art book and notes from Thom Yorke, the commemorative edition comes with a C90 cassette—on which is......



Buy: Keith Haring Voyage Poncho

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:22:16 PDT

Herschel's newest collaboration (released today) is with the estate of the beloved iconic pop artist Keith Haring. Our pick from the bag and outerwear collection, a cute and practical poncho features a wind-resistant and water-repellent coating, as......



ListenUp: 2 Live Crew: Banned in the USA

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:03:39 PDT

Fresh Kid Ice aka Chris Wong Won of hardcore rap outfit 2 Live Crew has passed away. The Miami-based group drew plenty of controversy for their wild, sexually explicit lyrics—many of which were remarkably misogynistic—but this also made them poster......



AREA4 + Architect Suchi Reddy's Prospect Park Pinwheel Flower Garden: An installation of epic proportions, "Connective Project" breathes life into a natural nook

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:28:01 PDT

As Brooklyn's Prospect Park celebrates its 150th anniversary, an underused patch of land in Frederick Law Olmsted's sprawling wonder now contains a temporary public work of wonder. Situated in the 2.5-acre Rose Garden, 7,000 flower-like pinwheels......



Buy: Scented Travel Candle Collection

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:47:11 PDT

Handmade in Sweden, Ann Ringstand's delicious candles fill your home with calm, alluring scent. For those who want to take that away with them, it's easy: the brand now offers a set of three candles in travel-sizes. A little larger than a tea light......