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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, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:57 PST

 



Buy: Line Miner XM Harmony Fade Goggles

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:43:47 PST

Made with Oakley’s latest Prizm lens, the Line Miner XM Harmony Fade goggles enhance cyan and red to help best distinguish snow contrast in a stark landscape of white. The goggle shape has classic stylings, but features excellent peripheral vision......



Link About It: "Black Panther" Pays Homage to Several African Cultures

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:39:16 PST

Marvel's "Black Panther" costume designers Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler pay homage to several African cultures through their work in the film. It was a process aided by extensive research. The film's primary (and fictional) location, Wakanda is......



ListenUp: Alexis Taylor: Beautiful Thing

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:44 PST

Captivating but eerie, the choreographed travel of two individuals down suburban streets leads to a clandestine meeting. This is the crux of "Beautiful Thing," a new video for the latest solo track from Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. Taylor's forthcoming......



Word of Mouth: Buenos Aires: Cocktail lounges, craft coffee bars, the best meats and more in the bustling Argentinian city

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:01:15 PST

by Ari Bendersky A cosmopolitan city bustling with energy, Buenos Aires is a jewel in South America that not enough North Americans visit. It seems far—it is almost directly across the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town—but just a nine-hour overnight......



Buy: Cocoa Tamarind Mole Chili Paste

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:44:26 PST

There are 15 herbs and spices, and four varieties of chili peppers in Entube's Cocoa Tamarind Mole Chili Paste, as well as dark chocolate and tamarind. This all-natural, classically-inspired paste makes for a seasoning or sauce unlike any other. It......



ZsONAMACO 2018: The Universal Language of Angles: Exploring geometric abstraction at the Mexico City art fair

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:11:32 PST

Just over a century old, geometric abstraction has remained an enduring and continuously evolving movement in the Western art world. Leading to a number of monumental sub-movements (such as De Stijl, Cubism, Bauhaus), the use of the simplified Euclidean......



ListenUp: I’m With Her: Game to Lose

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:20:25 PST

In a collaboration that began as an impromptu performance in Telluride in 2014, I’m With Her has just released their first full-length studio album. When the folk trio of Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins combine the power of their considerable......



Link About It: Apple Watch Sales Beat Combined Swiss Watch Sales

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:27:55 PST

Throughout all of 2017, every Swiss watch brand combined outsold the Apple Watch—24 million units to 18 million. But the final quarter of the year marked a first-ever shift, wherein Apple took the lead with eight million sold versus about six-and-a......



ListenUp: Garden City Movement: Bitter Moon

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:26:34 PST

From their just-released album Appollonia, Tel Aviv-based electronic trio Garden City Movement's "Bitter Moon" was inspired by the 1992 movie of the same name. The group (made up of Roi Avital, Joe Saar and Johnny Sharoni) first made a splash in 2014......



Winter Hair and Skincare Essentials: Eight products used to hydrate, nourish and protect during the colder months

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:11:27 PST

All seasons require attention to skin and hair, but the winter months provide a certain type of duress. Colder air holds less moisture. Blasting indoor heat takes its toll. The results can be unsightly, more importantly they're uncomfortable and could......



Buy: "Believe Women" Postcard

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:17:27 PST

Simple design and an even more simple message: The Outrage's "Believe Women" postcards can't be clearer. Measuring 5.83 by 4.13 inches, these matte postcards are especially useful for writing to your reps. NARAL Pro-Choice America—an organization that......



ListenUp: Frank Ocean covers "Moon River," Dita Von Teese sings with Sébastien Tellier and more

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:11:25 PST

Frank Ocean: Moon River (cover) There have been hundreds of covers of "Moon River" since the original (performed by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's") but Frank Ocean's surprise version—released today—is certainly one of the most beautiful......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Computer-generated candy hearts, a dating site for gorillas, an LGBTQ+ plaid from Burberry and more

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:27:11 PST

1. Official Barack and Michelle Obama Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Today, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald became the first black painters to unveil commissioned presidential......



Six "When Will Winter End" Cocktails : Concoctions with extraordinary stories to tide us all over until spring

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:11:32 PST

We are almost there. Those of us who have endured months of gray skies, erratic temperatures and unfriendly precipitation can perk up over the fact that we're now midway through February—sometimes considered the most demeaning of months in the Northern......



Link About It: Artists Awarded Millions in 5Pointz Case

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:57:36 PST

A victory for the group of artists whose work was painted over back in 2013, a judge has ruled in their favor in their case against real estate developer Gerald Wolkoff. Sadly, the $150,000 for each of the 45 pieces (a total award of $6.75 million......



Link About It: Pottery from Sonoma Wildfire Ash

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:11:59 PST

After the destruction of last year's Sonoma County wildfires, ceramicist Gregory Roberts launched the Sonoma Ash Project, wherein he turned ash into meaningful ceramics. Roberts asked his neighbors to donate ash from the wildfires they personally experienced......



Buy: Flight Kit

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:49:18 PST

Travel not only disrupts skincare routines but dries out flesh and eyes along the way. Austria-based Susanne Kaufman's flight kit aims to combat this, with six items oriented at moisturizing and replenishing. From a spray and mask to lip balm and a......



Fondazione Achille Castiglioni's Epic, Ingenious "100x100" Exhibition: 100 designers celebrate 100 years of Achille Castiglioni, with special gifts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:11:41 PST

Achille Castiglioni liked to play with objects. One of the greatest passions of the Italian master was collecting pieces of ordinary and anonymous design, objects without brand or precise author. Some of them became the inspiration for his own designs......



Word of Mouth: Sintra, Portugal: Laid-back but luxurious, this seaside town offers some of the best views, food and pampering in the country

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:52:59 PST

by Ross Belfer Staring out across the Atlantic from the westernmost point of Europe is a surreal experience only situationists can appreciate. Inspired by philosopher Guy Debord's 1950s artistic movement dérive, we set off for a three-day escape......



Buy: Archive CM1 Watch

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:09:55 PST

One of four heritage-inspired timepiece collection from adidas Originals, the Archive watch line embraces the digital time-telling pieces of the '70s. That said, there's a modern roundedness to the wristwatch, including the sculpted buttons (inspired......



Link About It: CSIRO's Membrane Makes Sydney Harbor Water Drinkable

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:09:42 PST

Still in the midst of a global drinking water crisis, new developments trigger excitement over the potential for saving lives. Australia's CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) has created a brand new filtration system......



Unisex Clothing, Accessories and Outerwear from thesalting: Made-in-America pieces from a new brand designing out of NYC

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:11:01 PST

When holding a garment from thesalting—not just carrying it but really analyzing it; running one's fingers along the lines, feeling the fabric—you begin to understand their commitment to old-world craftsmanship. From afar, this brand's debut is......



Link About It: Dating Site for Gorillas Might Keep the Species Alive

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:05:13 PST

From a studbook to a reproductive-management center, many advanced resources have been put into the protection of western lowland gorillas, a species that's considered critically endangered. One such component happens to be a dating site, built upon......



ListenUp: Dita Von Teese and Sébastien Tellier: Porcelaine

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:09:16 PST

For her debut self-titled album, Dita Von Teese has enlisted the sublime talents of Sébastien Tellier, who wrote and composed the entire record. Tellier says that the super-dreamy "Porcelaine" is about Von Teese's skin: "too perfect to be real." The......



ListenUp: Frank Ocean: Moon River (cover)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:11:07 PST

There have been hundreds of covers of "Moon River" since the original (performed by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's") but Frank Ocean's surprise version—released today—is certainly one of the most beautiful. Pared-back and relying mostly......



Highlights from Stockholm Furniture + Light Fair 2018: Exemplary textures, materials and forms at this year's event

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:11:21 PST

Design’s new year began this week as Stockholm’s Furniture + Light Fair kicked off the international show calendar. Under the shadow of the recent passing of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, it seemed almost as if many of the homegrown companies and designers......



ListenUp: Makeness: Stepping Out of Sync

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:20:04 PST

With joyous dancing on the streets mixed up by side-swipe cuts and sequences of blended time, the video for "Stepping Out of Sync" toys with a relatively normal concept and timeline, elevating it into dizzying conceptual territory. It's fun—as is the......



Buy: "The Woman" T-Shirt

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:35:32 PST

Made to celebrate International Women's Day, this slightly slim fit ALC T-shirt is made for all genders. The boxy white top comes in extra-small through large sizes and features a handwritten-style font. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from sales......



ZsONAMACO 2018: Design with Life: Designers look toward the organic for inspiration at this year's fair in Mexico City

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:10:58 PST

Though dwarfed by the festival’s main contemporary art event, ZsONAMACO Design is a lively world of its own, featuring a remarkable selection of fashion, jewelry, interior decor and furniture. The category was an obvious success, with attendees enthusiastically......



Buy: Walnut Hand + Foot Scrub

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:25:06 PST

For a thorough and thoroughly refreshing exfoliation experience, NY-based Beau Brummell's Walnut Hand + Foot Scrub delivers. Using pulverized walnut shell, pumice, oat flour and a variety of natural oil, the grainy powder removes dead skin and cleanses......



Buy: Men's Powder Hoody

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:25:30 PST

With a tough wool outer matrix, Duckworth's pullover delivers surprising warmth and durability. Produced from Montana-grown merino wool, the hoodie—called the Powder Hoody—offers plenty of insulation (and wicking) for challenging outdoor temperatures......



ListenUp: JB Dunckel: Love Machine

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:24:50 PST

An electro-pop love song from JB Dunckel of AIR, "Love Machine" is a hazy, almost sci-fi number. One can easily find innate beauty in the dreamlike orchestration and lyrical repetition. It's not Dunckel's first foray into solo material; he released......



Link About It: Fiat Chrysler Launches In-House Classic Car Restoration Program

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:23:44 PST

Fiat Chrysler has announced a new program, "Reloaded by Creators," aimed at restoring and selling classic cars from their historic roster. Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Abarth are among the brands included. And a certificate of authenticity......



Sunflower Bean's Valentine's Day Playlist for Cool Hunting: Love-themed songs that span the platonic, romantic, familial and more

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:40:11 PST

New York trio Sunflower Bean is finishing up their tour just in time for the release of their new album Twentytwo in Blue, out 23 March. To celebrate the record, and Valentine's Day, the band (aka Julia Cumming, Jacob Faber and Nick Kivlen) created......



Buy: Roland Kiyola Piano

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:35:20 PST

Equal parts luxuriant oak furniture and technically-advanced musical keyboard, the Roland Kiyola Piano is a MoMA Design Store exclusive. Handcrafted in Japan by furniture-maker Karimoku, the minimalist instrument features unique grain patterns, with......



Preview: MC Escher Wallpaper Collection by Jannelli & Volpi: Take a first look at the artist's impossible explorations of infinity turned into home decor

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:11:27 PST

The name Maurits Cornelis Escher (more commonly known as MC Escher) is intrinsically linked to the concept of infinity. An exploration of repetition and impossibility permeates his artwork—derived from science—creating worlds that are as surreal as......



Buy: Activator 7 Oil

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:57:35 PST

Free from harmful additives, Sans Ceuticals' products are small-batches from 100% naturally derived ingredients. Their three-in-one Activator 7 Oil is incredibly nourishing and can be used on the face, hair and body to stimulate cell repair and increase......



Buy: Wave+ Tool

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:37:16 PST

17 tools in one, Leatherman's Wave has been one of the most popular multi-tools ever released—with 10 million being sold since its launch in 1998. Now, they've unleashed an upgrade, the Wave+ and it's updated with a set of removable and replaceable......



Link About It: The Development of Burberry's Check

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:56:57 PST

As ubiquitous as the brand name itself, Burberry's plaid check dates back to the late 1910s, when it first lined their trench coats. It was trademarked in 1921. As chief creative officer Christopher Bailey steps down after 17 years with Burberry—a......



ListenUp: Mount Kimbie feat. King Krule: Turtle Neck Man

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:03:55 PST

Recorded during the sessions for Mount Kimbie's Love What Survives last year, "Turtle Neck Man" is a previously unreleased tune featuring frequent collaborator King Krule. Set on a loping synth soundscape, King Krule (aka Archy Marshall) offers a stream......



ZsONAMACO 2018: Women on the Verge: Artists and art collectives commanding attention around the Mexico City art fair

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:01:03 PST

Alongside its main event, ZsONAMACO hosts a series of parallel activities which invite attendees to explore Mexico City's fortuitous gallery scene and meet those who set the local standard for art and design throughout the rest of the year. It's a......



Buy: Rejuvenate Restorative Facial Oil

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:35:38 PST

Argan oil, chia seed, and rosehip oil are only some of the featured botanical ingredients in Naked + Thriving's rejuvenate facial product. Application of this gentle, 95% organic oil feels both light and nourishing. Active hydrating components do everything......



Buy: Keratin Recovery Treatment

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:16:04 PST

Free of all kinds of harmful ingredients like alcohol, parabens, sulfate, pthalate, and sodium chloride, CONTEXT's recovery treatment is full of organic proteins that protect and hydrate hair. Not only focusing on tresses, this product also nourishes......



Buy: Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:39:54 PST

Intensely rich and thick, Aesop's Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm is made for parched skin. An application leaves skin feeling soft and supple, and ultimately nourished thanks to macadamia and sandalwood oils. The fragrance blends citrus and vanilla......



Stoneleaf Retreat's Open Call for Women Artist Residents: An idyllic escape in the Catskills offers inspiration, dialogue and artistic guidance

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:10:59 PST

Across 20 acres of land in the Catskill Mountains, Stoneleaf Retreat provides space for thought, inspiration, guidance and collaboration. The location plays host to the Stoneleaf Residency, wherein cycles of women artists can settle in, produce......



Buy: Patrol Gloves

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:28:57 PST

Made for the coldest and wettest climates, The North Face's high-tech Patrol Gloves offer protective comfort. Whether skiing, snowboarding or exploring Antarctica, these technical accessories preserve dry coziness, while guaranteeing plenty of dexterity......



Experience Designer Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun's "Homo Sapiens, I Hear You": Dissecting Maslow's hierarchy of needs in a series of workshops at Brooklyn's A/D/O space

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:11:19 PST

In her continual quest to bridge narratives, future-thinking and science in unconventional settings, the extraordinary experience designer, Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun is unravelling Maslow's hierarchy of needs in a year-long series of workshops at Brooklyn......



Link About It: Official Barack and Michelle Obama Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:33:39 PST

Today, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald became the first black painters to unveil commissioned presidential portraits from and at the museum. Wiley's portrayal of a thoughtful, sitting President......



Link About It: Computer-Generated Candy Heart Messages

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:16:44 PST

From "SWEAT POO" to "TIME HUG" and "HOW U HOT," research scientist Janelle Shane's computer-generated candy heart messages are unlike any we've seen before. Shane (who runs the fascinating blog AI Weirdness) says she collected all the legitimate candy......



Amenia, New York's Design Hotel Troutbeck: From its historic manor and grounds to farm-to-table restaurant and more

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:55:01 PST

With a facade that alludes to a 250-year-history, Troutbeck's stone and shingled Manor House greets visitors with coquettish grandeur. This centerpiece of the sprawling 45 acre estate embraces guests with warmth—tucking guest rooms around and above......