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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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ListenUp: A song supporting Standing Rock, new music by Lana Del Rey, The Internet's youngest member and more

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:11:10 PST

Holly Miranda + The New Asylum Choir: Midnight Oil For her beautiful new track "Midnight Oil," singer/songwriter Holly Miranda has been joined by 28 other voices who unite under the moniker New Asylum Choir—including icon Ani DiFranco and Kyp Malone......

Link About It: This Week's Picks: A braille smartwatch, Google Doodle celebrating our new planet friends, color-changing hair dye and more

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:10:51 PST

1. New Planets Are a Google Doodle The news that NASA discovered an exoplanet system some 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) away from Earth—three of which are in the habitable (or Goldilocks) zone—was a big deal yesterday. Never a company to......

Vault by Vans Capsule Collection by Our Legacy: Sweden's minimal menswear brand unites hardcore spirit and monochromatic coloration for the footwear icon

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:10:48 PST

The latest from Vault, iconic footwear brand Vans' premium division where historic silhouettes are given a modern boost, happens to be a monochromatic wonder—yet has bright orange at its core. The 10-piece footwear and 12-piece apparel capsule......

ListenUp: Skaters: In Your Head

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:26:03 PST

With the same DIY spirit that propelled them onto everyone's radar three years ago, rock trio Skaters has released a new single, "In Your Head," off their forthcoming album. The song features Britpop aesthetics, a soaring chorus and emotive lyrics......

Introducing William Schwing: the First-Ever #LiveThem Award Winner : A serious passion (and plan) for fried chicken has paid off

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:39:14 PST

In a truly romantic tale, artist Steven Spazuk says that the idea to paint using flames came to him in a dream. After his first attempt—which resulted in a page burnt to a crisp—he became obsessed with perfecting the technique. From there, he started......

ListenUp: Holly Miranda + The New Asylum Choir: Midnight Oil

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:40:06 PST

For her beautiful new track "Midnight Oil," singer/songwriter Holly Miranda has been joined by 28 other voices who unite under the moniker New Asylum Choir—including icon Ani DiFranco and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio. A cover of an obscure Cris Williamson......

Link About It: The Dot Braille Smartwatch Ships Next Month

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:50:47 PST

South Korean start-up Dot will begin shipping their Dot smartwatch in March of this year to 100,000 customers (40,000 more are on the waitlist and can expect delivery in 2018). The timepiece has been under development since 2014 and the most recent......

Tom Blachford's "Midnight Modern" From PowerHouse Books: The Palm Springs modernist architecture photo series in hardcover form

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:25:57 PST

Since our introduction to a new body of work from Melbourne-base photographer Tom Blachford in 2015, we've been graced with new announcements in his acclaimed "Midnight Modern" series every year. Taken by the beauty of Palm Springs, CA and propelled......

Buy: Personalized Daily Vitamin Pack

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:51:52 PST

Made from the highest quality ingredients, Care/of vitamins and supplements are tailored to your needs and delivered to your door each month. All you need to do is take a quick survey online about your health, concerns and goals. This is a subscription......

Sapira Luxury Mattresses: Crafted from high-quality, 100% American-made materials, a bed component for easy sleeping

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:40:26 PST

While the one-kind-fits-all mattress isn't a new concept, getting it right is no easy task. Cool Hunting team members have tested several different versions and have, of course, found them to be of varying comfort and quality, but one certainly......

Link About It: Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms' More Accessible Option

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:08:16 PST

For the "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, a major addition has been made to the works, allowing even more people to experience their wonder. The ramps that enter......

ListenUp: Pale Waves: There's a Honey

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:42:52 PST

Manchester-based indie-pop outfit Pale Waves just released their debut single "There's A Honey" and it's an uncommonly catchy tune. With musical layers referencing The Cure and label-mates The 1975 (two of whom produced this track), and surprisingly......

Test Drive: Lexus LC 500: We get behind the wheel of the auto brand's new flagship coupe

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:21:50 PST

The Lexus LC 500 is the production version of the LF-LC (Lexus Future-Luxury Coupe) concept unveiled in 2012, and it looks even better (and still fresh) in street-ready form, busting out of any previously held design stereotypes. Striking outside and......

Chances With Wolves: Nina Simone Birthday Playlist: Celebrating the unrivaled talent, a selection of songs assembled by the NYC-based DJ outfit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:44:34 PST

NYC-based DJ outfit Chances With Wolves (CWW) has long been a CH favorite (check out their Fourth of July playlist from a few years ago) for their musical philosophy, encyclopedic knowledge of tunes, and personal positive vibes. Nothing, however, outshines......

Link About It: 3D-Printed Coral Could Save Our Endangered Reefs

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:44:23 PST

Jacques Cousteau's grandson Fabien Cousteau believes that synthetic, 3D-printed coral might be the thing to save our endangered reefs. According to CNET, "In nature, coral reefs are made up of calcium carbonate skeletons where tiny organisms called......

Buy: Flamingo Tassel Drop Earrings

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:44:15 PST

Handmade in Thailand from cotton and brass, Bloom + Grace's Flamingo tassel drop earrings contribute to social good just as much as personal style. The brand partners with local artisans across the globe, employing people in developing nations. Further......

Georg Jensen's "Manhattan" Collection: Bar and wine designs that blend minimalism, sophistication and function

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:11:09 PST

Inspired by Art Deco design from 1920s New York City, iconic brand Georg Jensen's new Manhattan Collection is made up of decadent yet sophisticated pieces for cocktail and wine enthusiasts. From a champagne bowl to a cocktail shaker and bottle......

ListenUp: Steve Lacy: Dark Red

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:40:30 PST

The Internet member Steve Lacy has just released the track "Dark Red" from his debut solo project Steve Lacy’s Demo. The song is a groovy, alt-rock work with plenty of soulful tinges. The tune simmers away almost effortlessly and bodes very well for......

Link About It: Joynout's X-Shaped Daydreaming Seat

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:45:20 PST

Inspired by the infinity symbol, Daydream is an x-shaped seat designed by Tel Aviv- and Milan-based Joynout and produced in Italy. Employing minimalism, bright colors and sculptural sensibilities, the seat has been imagined to allow for one or two......

ListenUp: Lana Del Rey: Love

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:51:07 PST

After sharing her new track over the weekend, Lana Del Rey has just released the video for "Love." The visuals match the dreamy track, with the Rich Lee-directed clip utilizing lots of black and white shots as well as many washed-out moments—that's......

"Ren Hang" Celebrates the Chinese Photographer's Work: We speak with Taschen's Sexy Books editor, Dian Hanson, about what makes Hang's work so powerful

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:44:38 PST

Update 24 February 2017: tragically, it's been reported that Ren Hang has passed away aged just 29 years old. Shooting on film, photographer Ren Hang captures his friends in trees and rivers in the woods, in his apartment and on the roofs of buildings......

Buy: Set of Four Bath Towels

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:19:30 PST

Made from 100% terry cotton, these colorful and mismatched towels will make bath time fun for kids and adults alike. Measuring 28 by 52 inches, they're two-tone reversible as well. Each set of four comes with one white and gray grid print, one yellow......

ListenUp: Vale to two legendary funk and soul musicians, a new song from Little Dragon and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:11:14 PST

Little Dragon: High Along with a video for their glistening new track "High," Swedish band Little Dragon has announced a North American tour that will begin in April. The first release from the four-piece since 2014's Nabuma Rubberband, the song is......

Link About It: This Week's Picks: Cameras made from drinking straws, the possible return of a classic Nokia, the world's tallest atrium and more

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:11:05 PST

1. Royal Egyptian Scribe's 3,000-Year-Old Tomb Dating back to the Ramesside period, around 1200 BCE, a tomb has been unearthed on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt. Japanese archaeologists, led by Waseda University Professor Jiro Kondo, made......

Three Signature Cocktails from West Village Icon, Chumley's: A superb drinks menu factors into the NYC establishment's grand return

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:42:03 PST

For some of us who rushed to Chumley's for its reopening last year, the experience felt much like a great dream. When the venue closed a decade ago, New Yorkers lost a legendary watering hole. Before its closure, generations of individuals had been......

Buy: Cyril the Sloth Toy

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:53:59 PST

If you're not able to get a cuddle from a real sloth, this little guy from Jellycat is the next best thing. Measuring 17 inches tall, the sloth is soft and floppy—made for naps and hugs on days when they're need. And, if your child is a bit messy......

ListenUp: Ohio Players: Funky Worm

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:20:53 PST

Legendary funk musician, Walter "Junie" Morrison passed away at just 62 years old. The multi-talented Morrison was a producer, writer, keyboardist and vocalist—and was a founding member of the Ohio Players—making him a true pioneer of the funk movement......

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, NYC: Balancing luxury amenities with cutting-edge eco-consciousness, right beside the iconic landmark

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:29:57 PST

Most of the greatest Manhattan skyline vantage points are outside of the island. For a long while now, anyone hoping for a hotel room with a view selected midtown skyscrapers or committed to upper floors in downtown establishments. In the past few......

Buy: Panacea Prola Butterfly

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:35:56 PST

From the Netherlands' taxidermy and entomology hub, de Museum Winkel, comes a stunning array of stuffed butterflies—including this bright blue Panacea prola. Originating in Peru, this insect, known also as the red flasher or Prola beauty, stretches......

Red Stripe Brewery, Kingston: An inside look at the Jamaican beer brand's restored brewery

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:42:07 PST

Consumers place a premium on authenticity these days, especially when it comes to food and drink. So back in 2015 when a few avid Red Stripe Beer drinkers found out that the "Jamaican Style Lager" had been produced in Pennsylvania for three years......

Link About It: Sir Winston Churchill's Musings on Alien Life

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:54:24 PST

From a recently discovered essay, drafted in the 1939 by Sir Winston Churchill, it has been revealed that in addition to being kept up to date on all scientific research of the time, the revered politician also mused on the existence of extraterrestrial......

ListenUp: Jacques Greene: To Say

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:41:37 PST

From Montreal-based producer Jacques Greene's upcoming debut album Feel Infinite is the delightfully uplifting house jam, "To Say." With soulful vocals and an analog-sound, this track feels like an ode to the golden days of house music, all while remaining......

Link About It: Zaha Hadid's Spectacular Leeza SOHO Tower, Shanghai

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:11:06 PST

One of four projects underway by Zaha Hadid Architects and SOHO China, the Leeza SOHO Tower promises to be a striking addition to Shanghai's skyline. Currently under construction, when complete the building will reach 207 meters high, and boast the......

citizenM Takes London: The boutique hotel chain expands to three locations in the city, art collection in tow

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:50:11 PST

Boutique hotel chain citizenM hinted at world domination when we reviewed their first—and currently only—Stateside location in Times Square, New York City a few years ago; and they're getting closer to their goal with every opening (peek their map......

Buy: Protea Fabric Napkins

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:19:38 PST

Decorated with Protea (a bold flower native to South Africa), these fabric napkins will jazz up you next dinner party. The orange, white and green flowers—which represent growth and change—are printed on 220gsm cotton twill and are available in sets......