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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 May 2017 14:00:00 PDT

 



A First Look Inside NYC's Forthcoming PUBLIC Hotel: Ian Schrager guides people through his highly anticipated new LES high-rise

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:10:54 PDT

Hotelier Ian Schrager is a busy man. In December, we bore witness to the opening of his magnificent EDITION Hotel Sanya in the South China Sea. Today, we have news from one of the most anticipated hospitality additions to NYC in a long while......



60 Years of Sergio Rodrigues' Mole Chair: Espasso celebrates the Brazilian designer's iconic, comfort-first leather furniture

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:10:54 PDT

The Rio de Janeiro-born Sergio Rodrigues, who passed away just a few years ago, wasn't called the father of Brazilian furniture lightly. His penchant for comfort, and beautiful local woods like jacaranda, resulted in designs like his late '50s......



ListenUp: Magnus The Magnus feat. Seinabo Sey: Keep on Lovin'

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:42:16 PDT

Composer/producer Magnus The Magnus (aka Magnus Lidehäll) teamed up with fellow Swede Seinabo Sey for "Keep On Lovin'" and it's an unexpected, dynamically-layered track. Sey's lush vocals morph into a chopped-up and pitch-altered version—which hints......



Link About It: Maisie Cousins' Nudes- and Nature-Smothered Solo Show

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:51:17 PDT

We've long-been fascinated by Maisie Cousins' photography—blending nature, sex, nudity, beauty and celebrating sexuality. Her first-ever solo show, called "grass, peony, bum" has just opened at London's TJ Boulting Gallery and she spoke with Dazed......



Word of Mouth: Kyoto Cafés: Our favorite places to take a break in Japan's most picturesque city

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:47:10 PDT

When we were researching a visit to Kyoto we found Inside Kyoto to be an invaluable resource. It’s run by Chris Rowthorn, an American who has been in Kyoto for more than 20 years. Rowthorn is also the editor of the Lonely Planet guidebooks for Japan......



Buy: "Bros & Brosephines"

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:15:36 PDT

Exiled Russian photographer and artist Slava Mogutin explores traditional notions of masculinity and beauty in his new hardcover "Bros & Brosephines." Even more than that, Mogutin's images confront gender, sexuality, fetishes, youth, and style. From......



Link About It: Your Chance to Own a Bag of Moon Dust

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:59:04 PDT

One of the many items available in Sotheby’s inaugural space exploration-themed auction (occurring 19 July) is a bag of moon dust and rocks, collected by Neil Armstrong during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. The bag (labeled LUNAR SAMPLE RETURN) was forgotten......



Fujifilm's Instax Square SQ10: A hybrid instant film camera offering digital filters and traditional prints

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:11:05 PDT

Between the sheer ease of mobile photography and the plentiful options for quick or substantial modification, camera phones have muscled all other forms of consumer photography into the background.Yet, no one can deny a continued love of instant......



Buy: "Have a Good Time" Umbrella

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:26:46 PDT

Based in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Have a Good Time is a small design crew with big and bold style. With a very simple, optimistic message this patterned umbrella invokes the brand name and features "Have a good time" printed repeatedly, but looks abstract......



ListenUp: Chromatics: Shadow

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:47:49 PDT

While most who tuned into the Twin Peaks' season premiere last night were perhaps elated by the new Angelo Badalamenti scoring, a musical performance that closed out the spectacle delivered a very different sort of Lynchian experience. Portland's Chromatics......



Link About It: AI Invented Paint Colors With Silly Names

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:02:04 PDT

From a purplish blue color named "Sane Green" to a "Gray Pubic" sky blue, an artificial intelligence experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane saw a series of colors invented and named by a neural network. Through inputting 7,700 Sherwin-Williams......



Electricity-Powered Zero Motorcycles: Simple, sophisticated machines breaking milestones among electric vehicle

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:10:44 PDT

From their inception in 2006 to today's rapidly escalating sales, Zero Motorcycles have pioneered the aesthetic and technological worlds of electric motorcycles. These are, as the brand states, hand-built high-tech machines designed and produced in......



Link About It: Chameleons of the Art World: The Humans of Frieze New York

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:16:20 PDT

Frieze New York 2017 has ended but the visual treats keep coming. In a hilarious, sweet mockumentary by W magazine, the island-based art fair and its curious attendees are explored in a wildlife documentary style. Called "Chameleons of the Art World......



ListenUp: RAC teams up with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, previously unreleased Beach House, new Wovoka Gentle and more

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:10:35 PDT

Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun After playing a show in Detroit this week, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell sadly passed away at just 52 years old. Cornell—who was also the lead vocalist and songwriter for Audioslave—founded Soundgarden in 1984 with......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Designing apparel for people of all abilities, discovering the world's oldest computer, the quest for the Twin Peaks cherry pie and more

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:10:40 PDT

1. The Most Impressive Fossil Discovered To Date Looking through photographer Robert Clark's photo set for the June 2017 issue of National Geographic, taken at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, one cannot help but feel they're witnessing......



Buy: Shine Pomade

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:01:12 PDT

In the same way they brought a thoughtful refresh to the barbershop concept, the folks at Rudy's have done the same for hair products. Of their three pomades (which include a Clay and Matte option), we've been taken with the Shine finish. The medium......



Jonah Samson’s "Yes Yes We’re Magicians" Found Photography Book: A collection of tragicomic imagery weaving a narrative on the human condition

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:10:47 PDT

Artist and Cool Hunting contributor Jonah Samson collects vintage imagery—black and white relics that he refers to as his "new old photos." Scouring eBay and beyond, Samson does more than horde these little time capsules. He frequently modifies and......



Link About It: Kris Provoost Captures China's Architectural Icons

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:15:48 PDT

In an impressive photo study called "Beautified China," Beligan architect Kris Provoost has documented a bulk of the most extraordinary architectural phenomena in China. Provoost has been based in Shanghai for six years now, studying Asian megacities......



Akademi Bar, Bali: Cocktail legend Dre Masso uses indigenous ingredients from across the Indonesian archipelago for authentically tropical drinks

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:47:49 PDT

When Ronald Akili opened the very first Potato Head establishment, Jakarta was aswarm with boring replica restaurants from abroad and wine bars with snooty attitudes. This didn’t sit right with the well-traveled, good-vibes seeker, so in 2009 he set......



ListenUp: Shanti Celeste: Melbourne Deepcast Mix

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:30:13 PDT

MoMA PS1’s annual Warm Up series has always guaranteed a steamy summer Saturday dance affair in Long Island City, and they’ve pulled all the stops for their 20th anniversary on international names you need to know. Set the mood with longtime NTS fixture......



Buy: The Fourth BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:26 PDT

Written collaboratively by Silvia Anna Barrilà, Nicole Büsing, Heiko Klaas, and Christiane Meixner, The Fourth BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors features 256 private collections of contemporary art that the public can actually view. With collections......



Link About It: A 2000-Year-Old Brass Computer

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:30:43 PDT

In a 2000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera, scientists discovered the oldest known example of a computer—a complex, computational device that predicted astrological events along a calendar year. This ancient hybrid clock......



Link About It: A Quest for the "Twin Peaks" Cherry Pie

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:18:49 PDT

From damn fine coffee to the Log Lady, the Black Lodge, owls and One Eyed Jack's casino, David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" offered plenty of significant tidbits, characters, places, and—of course—metaphors that stuck with viewers over 26 years. Special Agent......



Buy: Talus Cashmere Hoodie

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:48:46 PDT

Made from super-lightweight and incredibly soft 100% organic cashmere (sourced from Mongolia) Naadam's hoodie is a luxurious take on a classic. While cashmere is usually viewed as a cold weather fabric, the lightweight nature of the Talus Hoodie means......



Hawaii's Kō Hana Agricole Rum: Manulele Distillers' pure cane sugar spirits draw from 34 heirloom varietals

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:59:38 PDT

In the middle of an aquaponics farm on Hawaii's island of Oahu, Manuele Distillers produce a very unique spirit: Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Here, farmers grow 34 different types of heirloom sugarcane plants that were meticulously collected over a three......



ListenUp: Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:39:16 PDT

After playing a show in Detroit last night, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell sadly passed away at just 52 years old. Cornell—who was also the lead vocalist and songwriter for Audioslave—founded Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto......



Buy: Osmo Explorer Kit

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:00:49 PDT

The award-winning game system Osmo changes the way kids interact and learn while using an iPad. Making it less about swiping and more about hand-on play, the Explorer Kit includes different programs—some of which center on numbers, math, business......



Kong Lingxin's "Unit Time" in Beijing: Exploring the concept of time with artworks that take months to complete

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:48:19 PDT

by Alessandro de Toni In the Chinese art community, Kong Lingxin's work has been widely praised for its simplicity and elegance—characteristics rarely seen among the younger generations of artists in China. Kong's first solo show, "Unit......



Buy: Lowball 2: The Pinch

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:55:18 PDT

Upon first glance, Discommon's new Lowball 2: The Pinch already looks like a drastically different snifter. For starters, it's made from aerospace-grade aluminum which is then machined to create a striking texture, and not just for aesthetic reasons;......



ListenUp: Beach House: Chariot

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:51:26 PDT

From the upcoming album B-Sides And Rarities, dream-pop duo Beach House's "Chariot" is one of the previously unreleased songs from the "Depression Cherry/Thank Your Lucky Stars" sessions. The Baltimore-based band, which is currently on tour, crafted......



Link About It: From High School To Fashion Trade Shows And International Sales

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:45:15 PDT

From fashion design doodles in his high school notebooks to Japanese retailers carrying his wares, a lot has transpired in the life of Taofeek Abijako over the last year. One year ago, Abijako was still a senior in Albany when he tweeted out the first......



The Ned, London: A hub of accommodation that's more than a hotel, thanks to its size and intentions

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:52:14 PDT

Most hotels in big cities have a problem with maximizing space—but what does one do when the building-to-be-renovated is almost too massive? It requires more than one company, in fact. This month, The Ned finally opened its doors in London after......



Buy: Study of Perspective: The White House, 2017 Skate Decks

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:05:04 PDT

In response to the current American government, The Skateroom has collaborated with two political artists—Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey—on limited edition skateboard decks. Done in an edition of 666, "Study of Perspective—The White House, 2017" sees......



The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: Step into the legendary musician and spiritual leader's world through a special compilation release and NYC sunset show

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:24:17 PDT

The profound, transcendental music Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda composed at her Sai Anantam Ashram in California has become available to the wider public, with help from NYC-based (and world-music-embracing) label Luaka Bop. Originally, the......



Link About It: A Smartwatch For People With Parkinson's

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:08:01 PDT

With a mission to use technology to empower humans of all abilities, Microsoft's latest smartwatch aims to help minimize hand tremors experienced by people with Parkinson's disease. Known as the Emma Watch, the device uses "vibrating motors—similar......



ListenUp: RAC feat. Rivers Cuomo: I Still Wanna Know

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:04:50 PDT

From RAC's fifth LP EGO, "I Still Wanna Know" is a delightful slice of bubbly, indie-electric, summertime dance. RAC (aka André Allen Anjos) has joined forces with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo for the track, and his immediately recognizable tenor lends......



Buy: Limited Edition Robert Rauschenberg Sunglasses

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:18:01 PDT

Inspired by the colors Robert Rauschenberg used in his beloved ROCI project, these three new Warby Parker sunglasses are bright and playful—perfect for the summer months. The Primrose Crystal pink hue comes with brown lenses, while the Crystal Marina......



ListenUp: Wovoka Gentle: They Mostly Come at Night Mostly

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:04:20 PDT

With a beautiful, experimental edge and an eerie, colorful video to match, "They Mostly Come at Night Mostly" by London trio Wovoka Gentle pairs disembodied hands with meticulous harmonies. It's both a visual and sonic treat, as band members William......



Venice Biennale 2017: Thematic Highlights : A refreshing display of global works from artists celebrating art

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:45:17 PDT

Anticipation takes hold before we head to Venice for the Biennale Arte, as we consider (and wonder about) what topics will emerge. It's easy to experience the Biennale, now in its 57th iteration, as if you've never seen art before. Curator Christine......



Buy: LGBTQ Chechnya T-Shirt

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:42:45 PDT

In response to ​Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's statement that no gay people exist in the nation—and frequent reports that the region's queer community is under grave duress—NYC-based artist Paul Tuller created this LGBTQ Chechnya T-shirt. All 100......



Link About It: The Most Impressive Fossil Discovered To Date

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:30:23 PDT

Looking through photographer Robert Clark's photo set for the June 2017 issue of National Geographic, taken at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, one cannot help but feel they're witnessing a character study still life from Steven Spielberg......



Artist Sadie Laska Curates "Animal Farm" at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center: An engaging group exhibition of pretty, powerful pieces that conceal unforeseen depth

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:04:49 PDT

A little over an hour outside of New York City, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center sits atop sprawling acres in suburban Connecticut. Far from an unlikely artistic destination, the center—designed by Richard Gluckman—has long played host to riveting......



Link About It: Open Style Lab + Parsons Design Clothes for People of All Abilities

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:28:29 PDT

As the New York Times notes, nearly 40 million Americans have disabilities. That's almost 12% of the population, and a percentage that's severely under-serviced by the fashion and apparel industries. Through an academic partnership with NYC's Parsons......



ListenUp: A$AP Rocky feat. Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert + Quavo: RAF

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:59:03 PDT

Thanks to Frank Ocean's Apple Music Beats 1 show, blonded Radio, we've all been granted access to a slew of one off tracks over the last few months that feature the beloved vocalist. The latest, a fashion-themed lyrical whirlwind known as "RAF" and......



Link About It: This Invention Translates Colors Into Smells

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:17:55 PDT

An innovation that is reminiscent of scratch-n-sniff stickers of yesteryear, the Bouquet is a "synesthetic olfactory device" that essentially turns colors into smells. The cone-shaped invention is an ECAL project (from the Ecole cantonale d'art de......



Word of Mouth: Melbourne Wine Bars: Exploring the Australian city's best places to drink, with Momofuku's Richard Hargreave

Mon, 15 May 2017 07:11:05 PDT

For such a diverse city, there's one thing that almost all Melbourne locals agree upon: pride in their food and drink. While other cities in Australia have the beaches, the weather, and the scenery, Melbourne has a nightlife and culinary scene that......



Buy: Copper Letter Sorter

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:25:48 PDT

Not that long ago, decent-looking desk accessories were wildly expensive. Everything else was in the form of plastic tubs or looked like back-to-school gear. This gold wire letter sorter is a happy medium—not only will it help with organization, it......



ListenUp: A surreal offering from Perfume Genius, Amandla Stenberg's Mac DeMarco cover, a sparkly tune by Phoenix and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 14 May 2017 08:11:08 PDT

Perfume Genius: Die 4 U Last week, Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) released his fourth record No Shape and now, the video for "Die 4 U"—directed by the remarkably talented Floria Sigismondi. The song alone is a slinky, dark and minimal tune that......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: From an iconic chair's common inclusion in porn, innovations taking on climate change, Porsche's one-millionth 911 and more this week

Sat, 13 May 2017 07:10:55 PDT

1. New York Design Week's Exponential Growth Now stretching across almost the entire month of May, New York Design "Week" has positioned NYC in the global design circuit with force. As Artsy notes, "By the 24th of this month, more than 500 design......



Pierre Ferrand's Exemplary Double Cask Reserve Cognac: Alexandre Gabriel's latest spirit defies expectation and emboldens a historic category

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:10:32 PDT

Imaginative isn't the first word that comes to mind when sipping most cognac. In fact, it's fairly far afield from the traditional descriptors. And yet Alexandre Gabriel, proprietor of Maison Ferrand, continues to demonstrate a knack for unleashing......