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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: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:00 PST

 



The House of Machines, Los Angeles: Community, culture, motorcycles and more in this new DTLA space

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:10:53 PST

by Andrew Maness The growth that Downtown Los Angeles and its Arts District just east of the iconic skyline has been rapid and fascinating. One of the busiest areas is around the intersection of Mateo and 7th Streets, making the arrival of The......



Link About It: World's First Ruby Chocolate

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:02:04 PST

In a world first, Nestlé Japan is launching a naturally pink chocolate: the ruby KitKat. The pink hue is the first new natural color since the 1930s (when white chocolate was created) and apparently tastes fruity. Teaming up with Swiss cacao processor......



ListenUp: Abhi The Nomad: Marbled

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:08:24 PST

In a true fusion of genres, Abhi The Nomad blends hip-hop, electronic, jazz and more on "Marbled" from his EP of the same name. The bop changes up in rhythm (while remaining super-catchy) as his flow remains effortless and flawless. Previous tunes......



Astrological Signs Glow On Van Cleef & Arpels' Midnight Zodiac Lumineux Poetic Complications: The stars aligned atop these new automatic watches also illuminate with the motion of one's wrist

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:12:06 PST

Once again, French jewelry and watch brand Van Cleef & Arpels demonstrates that there's a poetry to the stars. Among their latest pieces unveiled during SIHH (the prestigious Geneva-based watch trade sho) a series of poetic astronomy timepieces capture......



Link About It: A New Type of Battery Inspired by Electric Eels

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:42:02 PST

Electric eel power comes from cells, called electrocytes, that expel energy when needed. Eels can actually "synchronize the charging and discharging of thousands of cells in their bodies simultaneously," says Max Shtein, a chemical engineer at the......



Buy: Bullshit Candle

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:12:20 PST

Despite its name, IIUVO and Stefan Brüggemann's "Bullshit" candle smells divine. With notes of Sichuan pepper, grapefruit, lavender, musk, guaiac wood and more, the candle was inspired by the theory of bullshit. According to the makers, the scent has......



Link About It: "My Special Aflac Duck," a Robot Companion for Children with Cancer

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:02:11 PST

Insurance company Aflac and health research company Sproutel unveiled a robot duck companion at this year's CES, made for children going through cancer treatment. More than just a plush toy, the animated robot features a chest sensor with a chemotherapy......



"One Year of Resistance" Group Show: On display now, 80+ artworks inspired by the current administration

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:12:08 PST

On now at NYC's The​ ​Untitled​ ​Space​, coinciding with the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, the group show ONE​ ​YEAR​ ​OF​ ​RESISTANCE features the work of 80+ artists—each of whom created pieces that celebrate art as activism, but......



ListenUp: Cashmere Cat + Major Lazer + Tory Lanez: Miss You

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:36:52 PST

With plenty of reverb, "Miss You" is a minimal but tropical track by Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer and Tory Lanez—with props to Palmistry for the original beat. While it's certainly got an island-style vibe, the tune steers clear of becoming gimmicky—thanks......



Link About It: NASA's Make-Up Kits

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:31:32 PST

Astronauts take plenty of grooming products into space—soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and more—but back in 1978, NASA believed women would also want a full make-up kit. NASA's History Office shared an image of the kit, along with a quote from......



Mechanical Yet iPhone-Connected, The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown Concept Watch: A new development in the technology and artistry composing fine timepieces

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:11:55 PST

"It's more cyborg than it is hybrid," Benoît Mintiens, founder and designer at Ressence, explains to us at this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH). Here, Ressence has unveiled their latest concept watch and it falls in......



Buy: Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:23:56 PST

This cane sugar body polish can be used all year 'round, but it's invaluable during the winter. Gently exfoliating, REN's Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish doesn't leave skin feeling stripped or dry, rather it will feel silky smooth and nourished......



Winter Backcountry Snow Gear: Equipment and apparel to keep you warm and safe this season

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:56:32 PST

With early snowstorms hitting the east coast in the USA, it's clear that winter has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and people all over are enjoying the ever-growing sport of backcountry skiing. But backcountry conditions are variable, and sometimes......



Lamborghini Unveils the Urus SUV : The world's fastest SUV also offers a striking aesthetic

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:12:20 PST

by Jaclyn Trop Before Lamborghini revealed its long-awaited Urus SUV at a star-studded celebration inside its Sant’Agata, Italy headquarters last month, a crowd of 700 sat in the dark with the same question: What will it look like? A light show......



Link About It: Jay Wolke's Images of Casinos in the 1980s

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:46:41 PST

During the 1980s, the only places one could legally gamble in the USA were Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Reno. Photographer Jay Wolke was "fascinated by the intersections of people, artifice, architecture and landscape" and photographed the rapidly......



Buy: Ward Bennett Book

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:42:56 PST

With a career that spanned 50+ years, Ward Bennett's eye for elegance and minimal style was (and remains) undeniable. Known as a designer and artist who helped define an era, Bennett worked with clients including Sasaki, Japan, Chase, David Rockefeller......



Audi collection : Showing your passion for the carmaker has never been as sophisticated

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:15:45 PST

Dress shoes act as an punctuation mark to a superb outfit. They're no longer just a necessity for formal and semi-formal attire; they're an opportunity to differentiate, let your personality shine and make a statement. New York-based Paul Evans understands......



Buy: Travel Perfume Case

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:20:03 PST

With silver letters reading "I ♥ U" hot-stamped directly onto leather, BYREDO's brand new travel case has been made in a limited edition just for Valentine's Day. The buttery leather is scratch-resistant, and the case's magnetic closure means it won......



ListenUp: New tunes by Jack White, Nadine, Karen O featuring Michael Kiwanuka and more

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:12:26 PST

Karen O feat. Michael Kiwanuka: YO! MY SAINT Written by the inimitable Karen O, "YO! MY SAINT" is a tune made for a KENZO short film that celebrates their spring/summer 2018 collection. Featuring vocals by English soul musician/songwriter Michael......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Photographing cannabis, ocean-friendly Jenga, self-flying helicopters and more

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:11:32 PST

1. How to Freeze Soap Bubbles in Winter Weather A craze transfixing photographers lately: capturing the freezing process of soap bubbles in winter weather yields orbs with glorious, unexpected patterning. No two bubbles are the same, and footage......



Chris Dorland's "CIVILIAN" at Lyles & King Gallery: Technology-infused artworks in an exhibition on a mission

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:11:37 PST

To step into the Lower East Side's subterranean Lyles & King Gallery right now means addressing a handful of questions. There, artist Chris Dorland has placed a series of works—eight on panels, four on video screens—that first address the role of machines......



CH Omakase 2017: Tea Drunk Private Sessions: A foray into top-quality bespoke Chinese tea, at the East Village cafe

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:12:00 PST

As journalists and explorers, we are drawn to many different types of people but experts and those profoundly passionate about what they do tend to top our list. Shunan Tang of NYC's Tea Drunk is the most knowledgable individual about Chinese teas......



Link About It: H. Moser & Cie. Pulls Their "Frankenstein Homage" Watch

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:42:00 PST

When the ever-so-clever Swiss watch brand H. Moser & Cie. announced their Swiss Icons Watch, the industry and watch lovers made a collective gasp. In one timepiece, Moser had combined signature elements from many of the world's most famous timepieces......



CH Omakase 2017: Joya Candle: Handmade in an edition of 100, each of these vessels is unique

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:11:51 PST

Founded by Frederick Bouchardy in 2006, Joya is an NYC design studio with a focus on fragrances and ceramics—a perfect pairing for our CH Omakase edition candles. Joya's philosophy is one of balance and beauty—they create elegant pieces, but also......



CH Omakase 2017: Sky Like Snow Indigo Hats: Made in an edition of three, beanies handmade in Vermont

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:11:51 PST

We actually met Hannah Regier through one of our CH Omakase customers. She has been knitting hats since she was a child and today marries that passion with a dedication to natural, ethical and sustainable fashion under the label Sky Like Snow......



Heimtextil, International Trade Show for Home Textiles: The leading producers of upholstery fabrics, wallpapers, ready-made products for the bed, bath and table

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:29:54 PST

Inside of Heimtextil, the exposition presents a must-see forecasting area for industry professionals. Here, design and lifestyle developments are brought to life by seven research and innovation agencies from around Europe. For the 2018 edition London......



ListenUp: Nadine: Pews

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:24:44 PST

With a thoughtful, percussion-driven oscillation, Nadine's "Pews" endears itself to eardrums, helped along the way by singer Nadia Hulett's warmth. It's the third track teased from the band's forthcoming debut—and it's a nostalgic wonder. Nadine's......



Buy: Sweet Shawl Neck Sweater

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:39:09 PST

Beyond the expected warmth and softness of a clothing article composed of 30% cashmere and 70% superfine merino wool, the Sweet Shawl Neck Sweater delivers a series of unexpected attributes. From the relatively new menswear brand Lords of Harlech......



CH Omakase 2017: Sabah + Fernanda Uribe Shoes: Handmade in Turkey, hand-painted in NYC, these slip-ons are otherworldly

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:01:51 PST

When living in Turkey, Sabah founder Mickey Ashmore developed a fascination with Turkish footwear, which led him to Gaziantep and a collaboration with the craftsmen of one of the oldest family workshops there. The result was a pair of hand-stitched......



CH Omakase 2017: AAA Design Collective Keychains + Totes: Limited edition leather accessories made in Fez, Morocco

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:13:36 PST

AAA is a design collective led by Alfred (aka Carmelo Tedeschi), an Italian designer and artist living in Fez. Tedeschi partners with fair trade local makers to bring to life his fashion-forward style within the world of Moroccan craft leather goods......



Link About It: L'Oreal's Tiny UV Sense Tracks Your Sun Exposure

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:35:45 PST

Another beneficial development to debut at CES, L'Oreal's UV Sense tracks the sunlight exposure of its wearer. It's a battery-free wearable that connects by NFC to an accompanying iOS or Android app. It's also quite tiny: fit for a thumbnail, at 9mm......



CH Omakase 2017: Richard Clarkson Spoke Bowl: In an edition of 10, a brass bowl featuring our signature pattern

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:59:20 PST

With a focus on minimalism, NZ-born, Brooklyn-based designer Richard Clarkson experiments with products, lighting and furniture at his studio—blurring the line between art and design in a captivating way. His work is multidimensional, often mixing......



Link About It: David Brandon Geeting’s Cannabis Photography

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:40:44 PST

With plenty of sparkles, smoke and mystical tinges, Brooklyn-based photographer David Brandon Geeting has created a lush collection of images for cannabis brand Pure Beauty. The still-life photographs are subtlety colored and atmospheric—much more......



CH Omakase 2017: Walter & Moretti Shade Lamp: A first edition of 15, made in France, from a company reborn

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:12:15 PST

CH founders Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten found an original Shade lamp in Stockholm in 2000. They tried for years to learn more about the brand, which produced a small number of objects in limited quantities between 1968 and 1973. Fast forward many......



Chewton Glen Country House, Hampshire: Boutique treehouse accommodation that makes you feel hidden away from the world

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:57:06 PST

by Joel Porter If you ever dreamt of having a backyard treehouse as a kid then Chewton Glen, a luxury hotel set on England’s south coast, is exactly the right place to live out your dream, albeit in a far superior fashion. While the main hotel......



ListenUp: Karen O feat. Michael Kiwanuka: YO! MY SAINT

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:56:58 PST

Written by the inimitable Karen O, "YO! MY SAINT" is a tune made for a KENZO short film that celebrates their spring/summer 2018 collection. Featuring vocals by English soul musician/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, it's a slow-burning and haunting track......



ListenUp: Jack White: Respect Commander

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:31:59 PST

The second track to be released from Jack White's forthcoming Boarding House Reach album (after the profound, dynamic and epic lead single "Connected by Love"), Respect Commander flips over listener expectations. After minutes of layered, genre-defying......



Link About It: Unveiling (Part Of) Bell Helicopter's Self-Piloting Air Taxi for Uber

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:15:46 PST

Texas-based aviation experts Bell Helicopter had a CES unveiling pertaining to the passenger drone they plan to supply Uber with, for self-piloting flights. For those paying close attention to the developments, this reveal wasn't quite everything one......



Link About It: Lost Horizons: On The Day You Died

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:13:00 PST

It's been two years since the loss of David Bowie, and works like "On The Day You Died" by Lost Horizons continue to be released, honoring the inspirational artist. Entirely instrumental, the track was produced in the wake of Bowie's death as Simon......



CH Omakase 2017: Slow Factory Moon Selfie Bandana: Italian silk printed with a NASA image, in an edition of 48

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:59:33 PST

Best known for printing high-resolution NASA images on the highest quality natural Italian silks, Slow Factory blends old-world luxury with new technology. Further, each collection they release explores stories about human rights and environmental......



Link About It: The Necessity of Free Arts and Culture

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:10:03 PST

Many people have been upset by the announcement from NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art, wherein they instate an admission fee of $25 for out-of-state visitors. It's easy to understand why. In a city filled with struggling artists—and every other type......



CH Omakase 2017: John Arsenault’s "FOR YOU!" Book + Exclusive Print: Two pieces of a photographic study on love between a couple, through flowers

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:12:35 PST

John Arsenault is an accomplished photographer, creator, retailer and long time friend of CH. His latest book, "For You!" captures flower arrangements he makes for his husband, designer and retailer Raf Swiader. The photos, shot using an iPhone......



Premiere: "Exquisite" by Holly Miranda feat. Kyp Malone: The TV on the Radio member directs a gently psychedelic music video for a collaborative track

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:12:35 PST

One would be remiss to say that Holly Miranda's greatest asset is her voice. Of course, the unearthly power it conveys can quickly capture a listener, but there's always more at play behind it. Her forthcoming album, Mutual Horse out 23 February......



CH Omakase 2017: Pansy Ass Ceramics Vessels: Several limited edition pieces from the subversive Toronto designers, one G-rated and some that are NSFW

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:59:42 PST

Toronto-based Pansy Ass Ceramics is a CH favorite for their humor, playfulness and quality creations. The company—made up of Kris Aaron and Andrew Walker—explores gay male identify and culture via ceramics that are oftentimes subversive, and always......



CH Omakase 2017: Aurora Clock: A blacked-out update of the timepiece, handmade in an edition of 10

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:16:56 PST

More than a standard reissue, our blacked-out Aurora Clocks for CH Omakase are the marriage of nostalgia and imagination. This type of magical clock illuminated the childhood homes of both CH founders Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten in its traditional......