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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: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 PDT

 



Nelson Saiers' "Shortening: Making Irrational Rational" at Alcatraz: A site-specific installation questioning the duration of prison sentences for minor non-violent offenses

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:11:01 PDT

Every detail of NYC-based artist Nelson Saiers' current exhibition inside San Francisco's Alcatraz (the famous prison turned National Park) carries depths of meaning. Why would an artist string up football jerseys in the numerical order of Pi inside......



Link About It: NASA's Free Retro Mars Posters

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:02:10 PDT

NASA has taken a retro approach to promotion for its Journey to Mars program, and the results are enough to encourage you to sign up. Half recruitment posters, half travel advertising, the designs have an endearing, nostalgic vibe. Between NASA and......



Link About It: Solo Radio Matches Music to Your Mood

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:02:28 PDT

After reading your facial expressions, Solo Radio chooses music to play to match your mood. The device takes a photo of your face and then sends it to Microsoft, whose program analyzes it. Next, "Solo translates this information into a valence rating......



Four New Cook Books for Fall: From the non-traditional to vegetarian and scientific, these recipes will entice home chefs

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:43:17 PDT

While it's—for better or worse—known for pumpkin spiced everything, fall is also when some of our favorite ingredients come back in season and the weather cools down enough for us to consider using our ovens again. With that in mind, we have chosen......



Buy: Big Thank You Bag Planter

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:14:38 PDT

Handmade, a bit clever, and sure to brighten any room with positive energy, this planter is crafted to look like a "Thank You" shopping bag. Measuring approximately 10 by 6 inches, it comes with an airplant and Hello Happy Flowers even offers a discount......



ListenUp: KAYTRANADA feat. Syd: You're The One

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:24:51 PDT

Never-fail producer/DJ KAYTRANADA has released a video for his sparkly, soulful "You're The One," featuring lush vocals from Syd (aka Syd The Kid). Directed by Shomi Patwary (who also made Ty Dolla $ign's "Drop That Kitty") the video is based on the......



Link About It: Unlike Trump's Wall, Tecate Wants One Made of Beer

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:38:05 PDT

In time for the first debate and 41 days until the election, Tecate released a clever TV spot that's funny, but political. The commercial proposes a wall between Mexico and the United States, but unlike Trump's proposed wall, this one would encourage......



ListenUp: Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør: Never Ever

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:04:29 PDT

For five minutes, Röyksopp's "Never Ever" is a disco dream. The song (which features vocals from Susanne Sundfør) was released earlier this month, but now has a psychedelic, '70s vibed video to match. With some Tim-and-Eric-meets-Eric-Andre tinges......



Grundig and the Future of Food, Design and Interaction: The appliance-maker thinks about the home, but also the globe

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:10:45 PDT

When it comes to designing and engineering household appliances, one of the most significant issues is energy and water consumption. But the waste of other precious resources (like food) is also the driving force behind Grundig's most recent projects......



Link About It: Casper's Insomnobot-3000 Will Text You When You Can't Sleep

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:41:37 PDT

Casper wants to make us all sleep better with the help of their mattresses and linens, but evidently they understand that sometimes it's impossible to snooze—so they built Insomnobot-3000. The chatbot will keep you entertained while you can't sleep......



ListenUp: Ryan Hemsworth: 3AM O4W Mixtape

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:37:22 PDT

Canadian DJ/producer Ryan Hemsworth has just released his "3AM O4W" mixtape, and it's full of unreleased remixes and reworks of tracks by the likes of Kornél Kovács, Lucas, Kodak Black and more. (His take on Jazz Cartier's "Red Alert" is especially......



Link About It: Hangover-Free Alcohol

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:52:33 PDT

Created by Professor David Nutt, a synthetic alcohol called 'alcosynth' might be the solution to your hangovers. The professor and former government drugs advisor says alcosynth "mimics the positive effects of alcohol but doesn’t cause a dry mouth......



CH Global Spin: Hollow, Bristol: Artist Katie Paterson’s public installation at the Royal Fort Gardens combines 10,000 unique tree species to form a microcosm of Earth’s natural history

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:56:44 PDT

Kids understand it as a giant climbing structure of tricky proportions. Adults recognize it as an intriguing public sculpture and when inside, an opportunity for a moment of zen. Scottish artist Katie Paterson sees it as a miniature forest comprised......



Buy: The Girls: a Novel

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:20:46 PDT

A beautifully written book, Emma Cline's debut novel "The Girls" explores the secret lives of adolescent girls; the perils of the in-between. Set in the late '60s in Northern California, it's a story not just of young women, but an of era and a Manson......



Soxfords' Cheeky New Tie Collection: Deviled eggs, Hula girls and a party monster add some well designed fun to your look

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:11:25 PDT

In the limited world of men's accessories, ties (and bowties) are often given the mighty task of making a statement. Size, color options, material and patterning all allow for a bit more expression, but there's a slim space between dull and too......



Link About It: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:48:17 PDT

Though the museum was originally proposed a century ago, Washington DC's Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture finally opened its doors this past weekend. Telling important stories about black people, issues and culture......



Converse Essentials Collection: Launching the new range for all genders, along with a collaboration with Fragment founder Hiroshi Fujiwara

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:03:42 PDT

Diverging from the tech-heavy, '90s-influenced activewear and athleisure gear that's still saturating the industry, Converse announced its Essentials collection today. Comprised of super-simple, 100% cotton pieces, the range does have a retro tinge......



ListenUp: Francis And The Lights feat. Kanye West: My City's Gone

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:50:55 PDT

Francis and the Lights (Francis Farewell Starlite's project) has just released a gorgeous, minimal but still grand track called "My City's Gone." The song features Kanye West, but in a way that might not be obvious or expected: West's contributions......



Link About It: Snapchat's Video-Enabled Sunglasses

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:46:00 PDT

While Google Glass didn't take off, Snapchat evidently thinks there's still something in tech specs as they have announced their video-enabled sunglasses: Spectacles. Created to upload video to the "memories" section of Snapchat directly, the sunglasses......



Adam J Kurtz's "Pick Me Up: a Pep Talk for Now and Later": An activity book full of sound advice and existential, gallows humor

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:53:32 PDT

Brooklyn-based artist and designer Adam J Kurtz is launching his second book, "Pick Me Up: a Pep Talk for Now and Later" (the follow-up to "1 Page at a Time"), and it's very much an activity guide for grown-ups. Not only are there spaces for drawing......



Buy: "Not Now" Hoodie

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:35:02 PDT

Made for a Monday, Lazy Oaf's new "Not Now" hoodie is technically part of their men's range, but we think its boxy shape (and universal sentiments) means it's really unisex. With 3D embroidery on the front and back ("Lazy" and "Not Now" respectively......



ListenUp: Sexual innuendo from Tegan and Sara, new music by Dirty Projectors, a video from Bloc Party and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:11:06 PDT

Dirty Projectors: Keep Your Name After teasing us about new music for the first time in seemingly forever, Dirty Projectors (the project of producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist David Longstreth) has released a new track: the strange and wonderful......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: A new, intimate documentary about David Lynch; a functional 18-karat gold toilet; a clock made of trucks and more

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:11:11 PDT

1. "David Lynch: The Art Life" Documentary An intimate and fascinating look at the life of the brilliant filmmaker and artist David Lynch will premiere at next month's London Film Festival. The documentary, called "David Lynch: The Art Life......



The First Futurecraft Shoe from adidas' Speedfactory: The Made-For-Germany sneakers demonstrates the factory's sheer proficiency

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:10:53 PDT

Not only is adidas making a push toward decentralizing their manufacturing—a move that will make truly local products in record (robotically-powered) time—they've also unveiled the first-ever shoe from their flagship Speedfactory concept production......



ListenUp: Kehlani: CRZY

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:23:58 PDT

Kehlani's You Should Be Here was a gift that kept giving last year, and now she helps us cling to summer with her new video for "CRZY." The sun-drenched clip features Kehlani and a diverse bunch of dancers showing off moves choreographed by Antoine......



September Scotch: Three Times Distilled Auchentoshan Single Malts: How the process affects flavor, and why it's OK to use this whisky in cocktails

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:48:37 PDT

The distillery for single malt Scotch brand Auchentoshan (pronounced "AWK-EN-TOSH-EN") can be considered geographically distinct for an uncommon reason. Yes, it's a Lowland Scotch (as opposed to the Highland and Islay whiskies we've thus far explored......



Link About It: How Early Humans Migrated From Africa

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:15:42 PDT

Three recently published papers suggest that "modern non-Africans originate from a single out-of-Africa migration." This is believed because the three studies analyzed genomes from 787 people who come from over 270 populations all over the world—and......



Studio Visit: Reiko Kaneko: The Japanese-British ceramics designer discusses reactive glazes, her place in Stoke-on-Trent and her work outside the realm of pottery

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:43:14 PDT

At the softly sun-bathed studio of ceramics designer Reiko Kaneko, working with glaze is one big experiment. Occasionally, her steady process of trial and error includes herself, such as the first time she worked with a toxic raw lacquer and accidentally......



Take a Closer Look at These Instagrammers : From artists to designers and photographers, these people pay attention to detail

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:36:48 PDT

We all spend hours trawling though Instagram and—between the memes and celebrity style feeds—there are some incredibly inspiring, creative and thoughtful people who are making the platform better. We're taking the opportunity to shine a little spotlight......



Buy: Stegosaurus Stuffed Toy

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:54:57 PDT

Designed by Sabina Gibson, this peach-colored Stegosaurus is much smaller, cuter and cuddlier than the real thing. Made for kids aged three and up, the jurassic creature has a wool felt body and polyester filling—so s/he is snuggly. Available on its......



ListenUp: Dirty Projectors: Keep Your Name

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:24:56 PDT

After teasing us about new music for the first time in seemingly forever, Dirty Projectors (the project of producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist David Longstreth) has released a new track: the strange and wonderful deep cut "Keep Your Name......



Cacao in E Major: An Immersive Symphony of Chocolate Synethesia: An all-five-senses feast from composer and chef Ysanne Spevack

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:11:45 PDT

There's a tangible link between a great meal and the sensation of happiness. We are all aware of this. But what can one expect from a feast, or more accurately a food experience, dedicated to stimulating cross-modal happiness first and foremost......



ListenUp: Tegan and Sara: Stop Desire

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:34:12 PDT

Super-boppy "Stop Desire," from Tegan and Sara's fantastic Love You to Death is yet another pop gem off the record, that steers clear of being vacuous and formulaic. Rather, it's an '80s-tinged treasure (not unlike what we've come to expect from Carly......



Buy: VOGUE: Voice of a Century

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:15:45 PDT

VOGUE's "Voice of a Century" is a 448-page anthology for serious fashion experts and collectors. The leather-bound tome has been made to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the magazine, and includes iconic photographs, illustrations and interviews......



PAX Lab's Two Next-Generation Vapes: An entirely new vapor platform for cannabis concentrates, and a new dual-use system

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:50:33 PDT

Anyone familiar with PAX's previous range of vaporizers understands the impact they've had on the smoking community. Thus far, they've coupled a tech-forward vaporization experience with an elegant design-driven product. We've been fans forever......



AutoCamp, Russian River: Design-forward, luxury camping among the Redwoods just outside San Francisco

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:11:32 PDT

In a stunning native Redwood forest about an hour and a half from San Francisco, AutoCamp's latest location has just been unveiled—and it's unsurprisingly a feast for the eyes. For those who love getting outdoors, but not exactly "roughing it......



Link About It: Hillary Clinton on "Between Two Ferns"

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:14:58 PDT

Certainly a scarier interview scenario than appearing on Jimmy Fallon, a very brave Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the brilliantly weird and funny Zach Galifanakis on "Between Two Ferns." The results are just as awkward and thoughtful as fans of......



CH Global Spin: Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels: Sight and sound are of equal importance when visiting this fantastic trove of melodious artifacts

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:57:07 PDT

by Karen Day Do you know what a serpent chandelier sounds like? Or, perhaps more importantly, did you know that a serpent chandelier is a tuba-esque wind instrument? It's surprising encounters like these that make exploring Brussels’ Musical Instruments......



Buy: Lambwool Beanie

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:55:24 PDT

As those in the Northern Hemisphere start thinking about sweater weather, long-lost items like scarves and beanies start being remembered. Maison Kitsuné's simple ribbed beanie (available in burgundy or navy) is one way to enjoy winter a little more......



Culture Lab Detroit 2016: Walls: An actionable discourse on the tactile and metaphoric walls within the Motor City

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:46:36 PDT

A quick conversation with a Detroiter—one of those born and raised, or transplanted for school who stuck around after, and even the ones who sought out inexpensive real estate and a fresh start later in life—reveals (regardless of how bold or subtle......



ListenUp: Kishi Bashi: Honeybody

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:25:27 PDT

After months of sporadic track releases, it's a real treat to listen to Kishi Bashi's third LP in its entirety. One standout from Sonderlust (out now via Joyful Noise) is "Honeybody." With plenty of Kishi Bashi's trademark coos, romantic strings and......



Buy: Limited Edition Gold Daft Punk Vinyl

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:04:00 PDT

Toilet Paper Magazine, Daft Punk and The Vinyl Factory have come together for a highly covetable collectible. Made in an edition of 1000, the French duo's 1995 tracks "Da Funk" and "Teachers" (both from the iconic Homework album) have been rerecorded......



SproutsIO Hybrid Hydroculture Technology: A soil-free countertop personal farming system that even a novice indoor gardner can master

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:11:22 PDT

The best way to be close to your food is to grow it yourself, though many people can't keep houseplants or herb gardens alive in the best of times. With SproutsIO, funding now on Kickstarter after extensive product-testing, a self-moderating hybrid......



Link About It: "David Lynch: The Art Life" Documentary

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:49:40 PDT

An intimate and fascinating look at the life of the brilliant filmmaker and artist David Lynch will premiere at next month's London Film Festival. The documentary, called "David Lynch: The Art Life," was directed by Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm......



Link About It: Instagram Introduces a Draft Feature

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:44:12 PDT

In a move that will certainly please perfectionists, Instagram is rolling out a draft feature—meaning users will be able to edit their photos and save them for posting later. It sounds like a very pragmatic and easy-to-use tool, "to save a draft, simply......



The Virtual Reality Works of United Nations Creative Director, Gabo Arora: Immersive shorts and a dedicated app from a filmmaker holding an uncommon position

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:47:54 PDT

One might not be aware of the fact that the United Nations has a Creative Director. And yet, Gabo Arora, the first person to hold such a title, is doing everything in his power to change that. From immersive, film-festival quality content to a dedicated......



Buy: Dovecote Rug

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:14:52 PDT

Inspired by the dovecotes of India's Mughal architecture, this geometric rug is one of five just launched from Block Shop. The bold structure of the pattern is offset somewhat by the subtle gray and cream coloration, making it a piece that will standout......



Tiny Atlas Quarterly + Alite Designs' SOLAS Camera Bag: Lightweight and functional, this backpack-meets-tote is for experts and rookies

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:16:23 PDT

There are days when photographers (both novice and professional) simply do not need all their high-tech gear and a tech-heavy bag. For the casual adventure—whether heading to the beach or a hike—the new Alite Designs + Tiny Atlas Quarterly SOLAS......



ListenUp: Anderson Paak + Knxwledge: Lyk Dis

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:15:45 PDT

Anderson.Paak and Knxwledge simultaneously announced their first LP as a collaborative outfit called NxWorries and released a track from it. Having worked together on an EP last year, Paak (who recently collaborated with Mac Miller) and Knxledge (who......



Link About It: Scania's Clock Made of Trucks

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:49:16 PDT

In a deserted airfield, truck-maker Scania set up 14 of their vehicles (and 90 drivers) to create a clock made of trucks. The drivers kept track of every single second, minute and hour for 24 hours and the result is a mesmerizing real-life timepiece......