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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: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:00:39 PST

 



Link About It: Design Impact on 2017's Forthcoming Products

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:15:03 PST

While much of the headline-grabbing announcements at CES focused on software, Fast Co's team dedicated time to discover the best of hardware design. From major names like Sony (who revealed speakers, screens, projectors and more) to smaller organizations......



Buy: Art Every Day Notebook

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:48:39 PST

Whether you're suffering from post-holiday blues or a case of the Mondays, usually the best treatment is to kickstart your creativity. One easy and affordable way to do that is a good old doodle or freewrite. This notebook from Poketo is especially......



ListenUp: KAYTRANADA remixes classic TLC, Bonobo and Rhye transcend and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:59:40 PST

Bonobo feat. Rhye: Break Apart In light of Friday's Migration album release, it's worth revisiting musician and producer Bonobo's exquisite track "Break Apart," featuring vocals by Milosh of Rhye. Its video, released last month, acts as an ideal counterpart......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Kodak brings back a classic film, how artists depicted Obama's presidency, Ms Senior America and more

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:11:56 PST

1. How Artists Depicted Obama’s Presidency Friday 20 January marks President Obama's last day in office, and while plenty of presidents before (and after) him are captured by artists in different ways, his presidency was incredibly significant......



Link About It: Insight on Snapchat's New Features

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:42:08 PST

As alluring as Snapchat can be, and liberating when it comes to sharing with spontaneity as opposed to belabored editing, it's been far from intuitive—especially regarding search. Today, the social media service unveiled their universal search feature......



Remixing Music + D'USSÉ Cognac Cocktails with Producer 9th Wonder: Sharing drinks and song samples at the iconic Electric Lady Studios

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:11:47 PST

One should never turn down an invitation to NYC's Electric Lady Studios, the legendary music recording facility built by Jimi Hendrix—where in the last few years David Bowie's Blackstar and Frank Ocean's Blonde were mixed, adding to a long list......



ListenUp: The Flaming Lips: Nigdy Nie (Never No)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:12:26 PST

The psychedelic alt-rock band releases their new album Oczy Mlody today—already streaming in full on Spotify—and it’s the softly sweet accompaniment to your afterparty comedown, as the sun rises. Wayne Coyne has explained the title, which means “eyes......



Link About It: Amazon's $5-a-month Anime Streaming Service

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:43:34 PST

For $5 a month, Amazon Prime members can bundle a new service to their streaming package: Anime Strike. Offering 1,000+ titles, the feature offers an array of classics as well as current anime shows. Amazon is offering a seven day free trial for those......



Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza: Updated talent and understated charm yield an unexpectedly good ride

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:15:57 PST

by Sue Mead If you didn’t know any better, you might think the Subaru Impreza is simply another five-passenger sedan, with a five-door hatch variant that slots into the crowded, entry-level segment of the compact class. But, if you've awaited the......



Link About It: Mario Video Game Inventor Shigeru Miyamoto on Design

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:17:19 PST

In a superb new Vox video, visionary Shigeru Miyamoto addresses what has made his games—Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros, Zelda and more—so powerful. Filled with insight and wit, the video explains Miyamoto's emphasis on storytelling before programming......



Buy: Pink Crystal Sunglasses

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:00:51 PST

Joining forces again, Australian brands POMS and Pared have created new sunglasses for 2017 and while they are decidedly retro, they are also present day-playful—thanks to some dangly details. Both arms of the new design come complete with a silver......



Link About It: Celebrating the Spontaneity of Disposable Cameras

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:44:30 PST

At Downtown LA's Think Tank Gallery, 30 professional photographers from varied backgrounds will be sharing 88 prints of work done solely on disposable cameras. The group exhibition, "Indoek 27 Frames," was devised by Matt Titone, founding partner of......



"Doctor's Orders" Skincare from Goldfaden MD: Four products that blend science and nature

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:11:41 PST

Before the holidays, we embarked on a "Doctor's Orders" skincare routine, thanks to Goldfaden MD (aka Dr Gary Goldfaden). After answering a few questions the doctor asked—about our skin's sensitivity, issues we'd like to fix, and more—a selection......



Link About It: SF's FOG Design + Art Fair

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:03:31 PST

Showing 12-15 January 2017 at SF's Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, the FOG Design + Art fair showcases 45 fine art and design exhibitors from around the world. Bay Area galleries are well represented and organizations like SFMOMA will be conducting talks......



ListenUp: Indiginis: GET UR FRK ON

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:22:40 PST

With new, warm layers of piano and percussion, Washington DC-based producer Indiginis lends Missy Elliott's classic "Get Ur Freak On" a solid refresh. Named "GET UR FRK ON," the recently released track rises with substantial synth work but stays jazz......



"Short Journeys" Film Series: Subtly branded films that highlight the car's features with universal, human stories

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:48:55 PST

Directed by Dutch-born Sam de Jong, a new film series entitled "Short Journeys" includes four shorts that each focus on very human relationships—with the world around us, our loved ones, and ourselves. In a first for Cadillac, these films were produced......



Four Flora Books : You don't have to be a green thumb to appreciate these works of verdant dedication

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:11:32 PST

Whether you're in the depths of a dreary winter, or enjoying the spoils of summer, any season is the right season to enjoy a little Mother Nature. While trickier in the colder months, one solution is devouring plant books (especially if you're a serial......



Link About It: Pizza ATMs are Coming

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:10:44 PST

Back in August, French company Pauline debuted its pizza ATM in the United States, and now it's set to roll out across the country. The self-serve slice machine stores dough, then when a user chooses their order, adds toppings, cooks it and dispenses......



Buy: Studio Wireless Headphones

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:02:14 PST

Joining forces for the second time, Beats by Dre and Alexander Wang have released a pair of super-functional, wireless headphones. These limited edition, over-ear headphones are foldable for easy transporting, and have chic, crocodile-embossed leather......



Fernet-Branca + Forbidden Root's "Fernetic" Beer: A limited-edition release deconstructing the herbs from the Italian digestif's family recipe

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:12:14 PST

As breweries have grown more exploratory, many curious products have hit the shelves in recent years—some poor, some excellent and the bulk somewhere in-between. With the announcement of Fernetic, however, one can't help but be excited. Here, Chicago......



ListenUp: Laura Marling: Wild Fire

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:40:08 PST

With an inherent grace to her storytelling, Laura Marling delivers another soulful folk wonder with "Wild Fire." The second single off the singer/songwriter's forthcoming album Semper Femina, out 10 March, the track rises with gentle power, driven......



Link About It: Omega's Social Media-Inspired Timepiece

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:39:09 PST

When the 2012 limited edition Omega #SpeedyTuesday Speedmaster watch sold out in four hours, 15 minutes and 43 seconds, the brand knew their social experiment was a success. In tribute to the popular #SpeedyTuesday hashtag used by watch enthusiasts......



Link About It: Kodak Brings Back EKTACHROME Film

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:25:07 PST

Photographers around the world rejoice: Eastman Kodak Company is bringing back one of its most iconic films, the classic EKTACHROME Film. Discontinued in 2012, the film is best known for its "extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts......



Link About It: Lowercase's NYC-made Sunglasses

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:30:34 PST

After founding the Lowercase sunglasses brand in 2014, Gerard Masci and Brian Vallario dedicated time to procuring the machinery and design knowledge necessary to construct acetate frames in their hometown of NYC. While the hinges are German and the......



Designing Hermès' Petit H Holiday Factory: A look behind the specialized brand's DML-produced interactive pop-up at the Madison Avenue shop

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:19:59 PST

For over a century, Parisian luxury brand Hermès' commitment to quality has meant that no imperfect product made its way to retail. In 2010, any piece with an imperfection (and remnant material from production) found its way to a new home: the petit......



Link About It: Artist Maxime Causeret Visualizes the Emergence of Life for Max Cooper's "Order from Chaos"

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:23:09 PST

From cell collisions to jellyfish adrift in the ocean, French artist Maxine Causeret's visual treatment for London-based artist Max Cooper's "Order from Chaos" track mesmerizes with color and form. Shifting shapes, merging and dispersing, occupy the......



Buy: Harlequin Raincoat

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:45:31 PST

Rather than donning a black or gray raincoat, or even the standard yellow version, why not bring radiance to the storm with one of Gorman's brightly colored offerings. Our pick is the Harlequin, with its rainbow hues and scribble-like pattern. With......



ListenUp: Alicia Keys: Sweet F'in Love

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:15:58 PST

With a glittery beat and a simple piano melody, Alicia Keys' new track "Sweet F'in Love" was revealed by her husband, producer Swizz Beats last night, but he doesn't seem to have had a hand in it. The familiar bounce is KAYTRANADA's doing, and while......



Link About It: How Artists Depicted Obama’s Presidency

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:15:43 PST

Friday 20 January marks President Obama's last day in office, and while plenty of presidents before (and after) him are captured by artists in different ways, his presidency was incredibly significant. The first black president has—for plenty of reasons......



Digitsole's Warm Series: Bluetooth-connected, app-controlled, heated insoles

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:11:41 PST

Many know the comfort and support benefits of insoles but French start-up Digitsole has gone above and beyond with their recently released "Warm Series." The brand's founder has been developing heated insoles for a decade, but this latest iteration......



Link About It: Humans Really Are Made of Stars

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:08:12 PST

It's long been believed by scientists, but a new study of some 150,000 stars has proven that humans really are made of stars—in fact, "humans and their galaxy have about 97% of the same kind of atoms." What this essentially means is that the six most......



ListenUp: Bonobo feat. Rhye: Break Apart

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:33:48 PST

In light of Friday's Migration album release, it's worth revisiting musician and producer Bonobo's exquisite track "Break Apart," featuring vocals by Milosh of Rhye. Its video, released last month, acts as an ideal counterpart to the song, pairing......



Inside Cadillac's Escala Concept Car: How the vehicle's interior design is influencing the future of the brand

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:24:34 PST

When it debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Élegance, Cadillac's Escala concept marked their third and final statement in a five-year trilogy of concept cars celebrating expressions of the journey (the Ciel), the drive (the El Miraj) and the......



Buy: Face Plates Set

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:10:55 PST

This set of six differently shaped plates, with six different faces, was made by the very talented French artist Jean Jullien for Case Studyo. Hand-cast in porcelain, the plates are also in an array of colors—from coral to mint green and pale yellow......



Link About It: Lucas Zimmermann's Extraordinary, Ordinary Traffic Lights

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:32 PST

When it comes to infrastructure, traffic lights aren't exactly the most exciting, but they are (of course) essential to our modern lives. German photographer Lucas Zimmermann has made the everyday traffic light something entirely extraordinary in his......



Surf with Amigas, Nicaragua: An all-women surfing camp that's all about positive vibes

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:11:42 PST

One of the fastest growing surf schools in the world is Surf With Amigas, based in Nicaragua and founded by former competitive surfer Holly Beck Obermeyer. It's an all-female surf camp with a mission for women to create connections, and support and......



ListenUp: KAYTRANADA: Flippin On You (TLC Remix)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:49:51 PST

Always on-point, KAYTRANADA (aka Louis Kevin Celestin) just released another glorious track—this time, a remix of TLC's classic 1994 song "Diggin' On You." This iteration (called "Flippin On You") is distinctively KAYTRANADA with that trademark ebullience......



ListenUp: The Visions: Oceans

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:57:45 PST

With a layer of spacious vocally-derived atmosphere atop funk stylings, "Oceans" by Brooklyn-based The Visions plays with listeners' ears. Brothers Ben and Michael Shugarman and friend Ryan Brooks dress their funky roots with pop and electro punctuation......



Link About It: The Very Charming Ms Senior America Beauty Pageant

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:11:36 PST

Photographer Brian Finke's series focused on the fabulous contestants of the Ms Senior America beauty pageant doesn't only celebrate the older women, it also challenges traditional (read: boring) notions of beauty and aging. With staged and candid......



Link About It: Reactions to the iPhone Release 10 Years Ago

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:59:44 PST

Somehow the 10th anniversary of the iPhone has crept up on us. There's perhaps no better way to celebrate its tech longevity thus far than by looking back at some of the initial reviews that greeted its debut. From complaints that there was no "real......



Ski and Snowboard Kits for Big Mountain and Backcountry: The best gear to ensure you never have a bad day on the mountain

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:11:42 PST

by Sasha Barkans Nothing can spoil a great snow day like bad gear. Puffy jackets in wet conditions will shut your days down early, uncomfortable and heavy backcountry equipment will slow you down on the up-track, and that poorly shaped split board......



Buy: Stand With Planned Parenthood Tote

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:20:44 PST

More than a regular bag to tote your goods around (though it will do that), this bag from Power & Light Press donates all proceeds to Planned Parenthood. Listing all the services that PP offers—perhaps for those who believe it exists purely to provide......



ListenUp: Peanut Butter Wolf pays tribute to those we lost in 2016, The Avalanches tease a demo, Dan Deacon delights and more

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 07:11:12 PST

Peanut Butter Wolf: RIP 2016 On the first day of 2017, Peanut Butter Wolf (aka Chris Manak, the founder of Stones Throw Records) began releasing his RIP 2016 mixtape in parts. Just a few moments ago, Part 3 appeared on Soundcloud and—like the previous......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Reasons to watch the stars in 2017, how to unleash your creativity, new electric cars, historic science illustrations and more

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:11:27 PST

1. Tricks To Help You Keep Your Resolutions According to Statistic Brain, just eight percent of Americans will succeed in keeping their New Year's resolutions. Considering most of them focus on self-improvement, many are worthwhile attempts at......



Julbo Reissues Their Timeless Vermont Classic: The French company brings back their classic mountaineering glasses

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:11:10 PST

French eyewear company Julbo began making protective glasses for the crystal-hunters of Chamonix back in 1888 and in 1950 released classic mountaineering glasses, The Vermont. The latter were worn by mountaineers and rockstars at the beginning......



Link About It: Dry January Drinking Options

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:11:19 PST

One of the most daunting elements of a dry January happens to be finding options beyond non-alcoholic beer or tonic and bitters when one chooses to go and about with others who are not participating. While not a new article, Buzzfeed provided a substantial......



Star Wars Propel Battle Drones: One of the holiday season's most popular gifts still has plenty of force behind it

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:11:09 PST

It's safe to say that the last few weeks have been very good for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and, entirely unrelated, drone sales. Images of and from the latter filled up social media post-holidays as new owners tested out what can be called......



Link About It: Fluorescent Bio-Art at MU Artspace, Eindhoven

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:26:02 PST

"Fluid Matters," an exhibition running at Eindhoven's MU Artspace through 26 February presents the vibrance of bio art by way of a diverse array of award-winning pieces. All artworks were projects from the Netherlands' Bio Art and Design Award 2016......



Link About It: Make Your Apple Watch Look Like a Tiny Macintosh 128K

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:54:11 PST

If you rely on innovative tech but are also partial to nostalgia, Elago's W3 Stand for the Apple watch has you covered. The very cute charger (which has been available for a few months) looks very similar to the Macintosh 128K, which was released way......



ListenUp: Khodara: Billie

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:16:23 PST

At times sultry, at times soaring, "Billie" by NYC- and London-based singer Khodara finds its power through beauty. The single, off a forthcoming EP to be released 17 March, diverges from the dancey, disco-dazzling work Khodara released late 2016 but......