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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: Glass monsters, plastic-eating enzymes, the story behind one of Prince's best songs and more

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:10:55 PDT

1. The Story Behind One of Prince's Most Famous Songs Almost exactly two years after Prince's tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" has been released by the musician's foundation. Paul......



Link About It: Lasvit's Little Glass Monsters Win the Milano Design Award

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:54:24 PDT

This year's best in show—or Milano Design Award winner—at Salone del Mobile happens to be Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit, who collaborated with 16 cutting-edge designers to develop little monsters and more. It was presented at Milan’s Teatro Gerolamo......



Daisy Harris-Burland Turns Recycled Materials into Couture Fashion : A glimpse at one of Tiger Beer's "Uncaged" artists and an opportunity to join in the program

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:11:30 PDT

"I want people to be stunned by my work before they realize what it's made out of," fashion designer Daisy Harris-Burland says. The co-founder of Dumpster Design (and "Radical Designer of The Year" according to the UK Fashion Design Council) Harris......



Link About It: Improvisation in Cuban Animation

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:22:21 PDT

Insufficient internet access and lack of equipment have not prevented some animators from continuing their filmic work after graduating art school in Cuba. From pirated software to technical improvisation, animated films have slowly appeared throughout......



Link About It: Airbus Plans to Offer Beds in the Cargo Hold

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:38:35 PDT

For those who don't have the luxury of flying business class, sitting with all your limbs contorted in an airplane seat is obviously one of the least appealing aspects of travel. However, Airbus is said to be building bunk beds into their cargo holds......



Celebrate 420 in Style: Some of our favorite innovative, creative and sophisticated cannabis-related products

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:36:40 PDT

Now that all but four states in the USA have legalized cannabis in some form, discussion around it continues at a never-before-seen pace. From its benefits (pain relief, easing anxiety and more) to racial/political issues (according to New York State......



Link About It: The Story Behind One of Prince's Most Famous Songs

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:36:05 PDT

Almost exactly two years after Prince's tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" has been released by the musician's foundation. Paul "St Paul" Peterson (who was a singer in Prince's band, the......



Buy: Calaveras Custom Hybrid Strain + High-Tech Pen

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:57:41 PDT

Socially responsible medical cannabis company Bloom Farms has partnered with Uncrate for a collaboration of epic proportions. First, there's the striking black pen with gunmetal accents. It features an integrated ceramic heating element for clean vapor......



Marcel Wanders Designs Home Fragrance Objects + Signature Scents For Alessi: A new category for the renowned Italian firm begins with five collaborative aromas

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:11:23 PDT

In the midst of Milan Design Week, Italy's charming, prestigious design house Alessi unveiled the unexpected: a line of home fragrances with objects to match. They are far from the first design brand to enter this sensory sector, but rarely have others......



Link About It: This "Inadvertently Engineered" Enzyme Could Help the Environment

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:34:02 PDT

"Inadvertently engineered" by scientists at the University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy, a new enzyme has been discovered (well, created in actuality) that might help the recycling process—therefore benefitting the environment. This......



Buy: Pre-Rolls

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:14:25 PDT

Made with super-thin paper, Pure Beauty's pre-rolls are very discrete—appearing like a regular cigarette, save for the cheeky side-eye motif. Available in each of the brand's signature strains, developed in California, each pack holds five .70g premium......



Link About It: Women Artists Lost to Museum Archives

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:01:01 PDT

With the artist Marisol Escobar as his first example, Washington Post writer Sebastian Smee argues that retrospectives in national and prolific establishments remind the zeitgeist of great artists—and women have been under-serviced. Marisol, who went......



Inside The Macallan's Sherry-Producing Partners in Jerez, Spain: Touring cooperages and bodegas for the sweet, spiced fortified wine

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:44:10 PDT

You may be one of the rare ones; a person occasionally taking a sip of sherry or using some to cook. Yet despite emphatic attention to detail and quality, sherry has more or less fallen out of favor. Gone are the days of Edgar Allen Poe's macabre tale......



ListenUp: Lykke Li: Hard Rain

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:57:54 PDT

In 2015 Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li announced she was taking a break from performing and until recently it seemed she had all but retired. After hinting at new music, today she has released two songs from her upcoming album So Sad So Sexy. The......



Buy: Sweetleaf Crewneck

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:42:55 PDT

Continuing her Sweetleaf range, jewelry and apparel designer Jacquie Aiche has a line of sweatshirts and hoodies that highlight one's affection for the greenery. Our pick is the charcoal crewneck, with a black leaf on the chest and metallic blue flowering......



Root + Spring's Herbal Teas and Soups: A family company introducing traditional Chinese medicine to more mouths

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:50:13 PDT

by Sun Bak If you live in a metropolis big enough to have its own Chinatown, chances are, you'll know the feeling of walking through those streets, wondering what those boxes of ginseng and various powders in the herbal shops can really do for......



ListenUp: Mazzy Star: Quiet, The Winter Harbor

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:57:38 PDT

Set to release a new EP on 1 June (their first new music since 2013's Seasons of Your Day) Mazzy Star debuted "Quiet, The Winter Harbor" yesterday, and it's just as dreamy and ghostly as listeners might expect. While frontwoman Hope Sandoval's slinky......



Interview: Daniel Arsham on his Ethereal Coachella Installation: A mountainous work casting shade in unexpected ways at the Parker Palm Springs

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:19:21 PDT

by Mike Tommasiello Beyond the clichés at Coachella, there are plenty of genuinely impressive activations, installations and artistic endeavors. One such example is the pop-up at the Parker Palm Springs. The words “This is Just Fantasy” greet you......



Buy: STL II Nylon Sunglasses

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:19:13 PDT

A new take on their now-classic St Louis style, Krewe's new oversized STL II Nylon sunglasses feature super-flat nylon lenses that overlay the round shape. With frames hand-carved from plant-based acetate, 24-karat gold-plated hardware and 100% UVA......



Milan Design Week 2018: Google's Debut Installation "Softwear": A sensory show that explores the human aspect of our tech-drenched world

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:10:38 PDT

Envisioned by Ivy Ross, VP of Hardware Design at Google, "Softwear" marks Google's debut installation at Milan Design Week. The underlying concept is the brainchild of trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort (also the curator of the show) who, in 1998......



Link About It: Kiosks Serving Free Short Stories

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:36:47 PDT

With 150 kiosk machines worldwide, including one at Francis Ford Coppola's Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco, French community publisher Short Edition serves short stories for free. There are about 30 in the US, including some on university campuses and......



Dunhill London's British Automotive-Inspired Radial Collection: Technical nylon and grained calf leather compose a collection for the next generation

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:10:33 PDT

With a vibrance required of heritage brands looking to capture the attention of a new generation, dunhill's British automotive engineering-inspired Radial Collection steers their bags and accessories to the present day. Here, one finds more than......



ListenUp: Channel Tres: Controller

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:25:48 PDT

LA-based producer/vocalist Channel Tres has recreated some classic Detroit house music for "Controller," blending it seamlessly with gravelly hip-hop. The banger is smooth, while remaining just gritty enough—and the combination is entirely seductive......



The Lexus Design Award 2018: Creating a better world with products and concepts that encourage limitless co-existence

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:58:09 PDT

Since 2013, the Lexus Design Award has honored critical thinking by challenging emerging creatives to solve problems through design. This year's theme is "CO-" from the Latin prefix meaning togetherness or harmony. Harnessing the concept of limitless......



Buy: Cannabis-Infused Petra Mints

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:18:57 PDT

Kiva Confections' sugar-free Moroccan mints blend peppermint and a tad of Tahitian vanilla with California-grown cannabis. The precise 2.5mg micro-dosage per mint allows users substantial control over their experience. And, with the addition of green......



Word of Mouth: Novi Sad, Serbia : A glimpse at the culinary, art and design scene of 2021's European Capital of Culture

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:43:17 PDT

by Leora Novick Named in advance the European Capital of Culture for the year 2021, there is no shortage of art, design, and culinary delights in Novi Sad—more than enough to tempt travelers away from Serbia's more frequented destination, Belgrade......



Buy: "Legalize It" T-Shirt

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:17:00 PDT

It's hard to believe that Peter Tosh's seminal song "Legalize It" was released back in 1976, and marijuana is still a criminal offense in so many US states (not to mention all over the world). Palm Angels are echoing Tosh, and so many others, with......



Buy: Marne Necklace

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:17:09 PDT

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Buy: "High Notes" T-Shirt and Candle

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:57:48 PDT

Just in time for 4/20, MALIN+GOETZ and NYC's La Ligne have teamed up for a cannabis-themed candle and T-shirt set that's for the sophisticated but playful toker. The candle's herbaceous fragrance blends with oakmoss, pepper, sandalwood, patchouli and......



Link About It: NASA's "Tess" is Searching for Alien Worlds

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:33:39 PDT

NASA's Tess (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) is going in search of some 200,000 of the brightest stars, in an attempt to find alien worlds. The satellite will hitch a ride with SpaceX's Falcon 9 and then spend two years floating around space......



ListenUp: Janelle Monae: I Like That

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:37:10 PDT

With her third LP Dirty Computer set to be released at the end of the month, Janelle Monae keeps dropping new tracks and music videos; heightening the already bubbling anticipation. Following last week's "Pynk" (and its awesome video) comes "I Like......



David Rockwell + 2X4's "The Diner" for Surface Magazine: A pop-up restaurant offering a comprehensive look at the iconography of American diners

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:43:26 PDT

Be it Edward Hopper or "Pulp Fiction," generations of art and artists have delved into the concept of the American diner. From greasy spoons to menu font, everyone has an idea of what diners mean and can contain. Honoring this iconography, Rockwell......



The Bail Project: Presented at TED, Robin Steinberg's bold plan is based on equality and the simple but essential importance of freedom

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:10:54 PDT

In a moving and ultimately educational talk, Robin Steinberg (public defender and CEO of The Bail Project) outlined her bold, ambitious and wildly important plan to combat the unjust mass imprisonment of low-income and at-risk Americans. The Bail Project......



Buy: Jetlag First Aid

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:17:18 PDT

From staying up late, drinking heavily, popping melatonin, sipping chamomile tea and more—there are countless theories on how to avoid jet lag. But this Jetlag First Aid (made from avenia sativa, ginko bilboa, skullcap and more) is a plant-based formulation......



Buy: Sex Essentials Kit 7

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:06:07 PDT

Emphasizing high-design and all-gender usage, Maude's reminding consumers that safe sex can be elegant while exciting. With their Kit 7, they've paired a 100% soft-touch, three-speed silicone personal massaging "vibe" with ultra-thin lubricated latex......



ListenUp: Saying farewell to Yvonne Staples, new tunes by Drake, Empress Of, Kid Cudi and more

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:10:53 PDT

Empress Of: Trust Me Baby Three years since her debut album Me, Empress Of (aka singer/songwriter, Lorely Rodriguez) has released two new songs: "In Dreams" and "Trust Me Baby"—both written, produced, engineered and performed by Rodriguez. The latter......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: The only private residence ever designed by Zaha Hadid, LEGO-compatible furniture, "affordable" space hotels and more

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 02:10:45 PDT

1. Luxury Space Hotel "Aurora Station" A new luxury hotel called Aurora Station is set to begin accommodating guests in 2022. The brainchild of start-up Orion Span, this is a hotel unlike any other—as it will be in space. Founder and CEO Frank......



Lee Broom's New Lighting Collection: Observatory : We speak with the designer about his new range unveiled at Milan Design Week

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:10:52 PDT

Unveiled at the 2018 Milan Design Week, Lee Broom's new lighting collection, called "Observatory," is as dreamy and luxurious as we've come to expect from the British design brand, while showcasing the designer’s maturation and skills. With signature......



ListenUp: Kid Cudi: The Rage

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:07:04 PDT

With a chorus drawn from the Smashing Pumpkins' classic "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," Kid Cudi's "The Rage" makes for a genre-smashing, mash-up-like banger. All things considered, the sum is greater than the parts. Once again the rapper delivers lyrics......



Link About It: 60+ Years of Tom of Finland

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:19:11 PDT

For 60+ years, Tom of Finland (aka Touko Laaksonen) has inspired and empowered viewers, while pioneering expressions of gay desire through his art. While certainly erotic, much of his artwork wasn't overtly sexual, rather playfully suggestive—making......



Omakase-Style Cocktails Served Inside an Art Installation at Straylight: Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe's colorful works set the stage for Dorothy Elizabeth's exemplary drinks

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:07:42 PDT

It's certainly not uncommon to sit at a bar and ask the bartender for a recommendation. From the prestigious bars at The Ritz in Paris to Attaboy on the LES, bespoke cocktail offerings continue to manifest internationally. But there's something different......



Buy: Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:55:13 PDT

With some 350 images of as many products, this new hardcover explores design in the USSR from 1950 to 1989 in an interesting peek behind the Iron Curtain. From kids' toys to posters and electronics, these everyday items each have a tinge of kitsch......



Buy: Rainbow Papers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:17:26 PDT

Embrace the psychedelic days of yesteryear with these deadstock rolling papers from Sweetflag. The vintage design, full of swirling rainbows, is from Spain—and each showcases a slightly different pattern. Measuring 1.4 inches wide, they're ideal for......



Link About It: Moscow Home Designed by Zaha Hadid

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:19:30 PDT

Located just outside of Moscow, a retro-futuristic home built for Vladislav Doronin is the only private residence Zaha Hadid ever designed. With the only brief being that Doronin wanted to "wake up in the morning and just see blue sky," Hadid created......



ListenUp: Okkervil River: Don't Move Back To LA

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:24:33 PDT

Another clever, compelling work dedicated to thoughts of moving west, "Don't Move Back To LA" offers Okkervil River's laundry list of reasons to stay east—or anywhere else. Will Sheff's lyricism—cast out through his recognizable gravelly vocals—toes......



Computer Scientist and Visual Artist Jaron Lanier's TED Talk: A philosopher for the digital generation on the urgent changes we must make online

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:10:37 PDT

One of the brightest minds in computer science, Jaron Lanier's titles and accomplishments are many. Whether you primarily consider him the founder of virtual reality, a visual artist, an author or philosopher, his ideas and their execution......



Tom Blachford's "Noct Angeles" Photo Series: A collection of haunting LA images at night by the talented Melbourne-based artist

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:10:02 PDT

Perhaps one of the most photographed cities in the world, there aren't many angles LA hasn't been viewed from. But in his new series "Noct Angeles," the Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford has managed to capture a side of the city not as often......



Buy: Patchwork High-Tops

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:54:10 PDT

A cute take on a Vans classic, the new patchwork Sk8-Hi sneakers are perfect for spring with contrasting navy suede, denim and canvas. The textured sneakers feature a supportive, padded ankle and vulcanized outsole, so they're durable and comfortable......



Port of Mokha's Coffee Subscription Service, Mokha Monthly: Beans from Yemen, roasted in Oakland and delivered to doorsteps across the States

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:10:32 PDT

With centuries of coffee history rooted in Yemen, Port of Mokha tapped into the nation's extraordinary terrain for growing coffee and helped educate farmers to grow coffee instead of other crops for a world reintroduction. Since its launch a few......



ListenUp: Empress Of: Trust Me Baby

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:23:40 PDT

Three years since her debut album Me, Empress Of (aka singer/songwriter, Lorely Rodriguez) has released two new songs: "In Dreams" and "Trust Me Baby"—both written, produced, engineered and performed by Rodriguez. The latter (co-produced by LA's Cole......