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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: Sun, 28 May 2017 06:15:00 PDT

 



ListenUp: Twin Peaks-themed video by Chromatics, Elton John classics get new visuals and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 28 May 2017 07:12:35 PDT

Magnus The Magnus feat. Seinabo Sey: Keep on Lovin' Composer/producer Magnus The Magnus (aka Magnus Lidehäll) teamed up with fellow Swede Seinabo Sey for "Keep On Lovin'" and it's an unexpected, dynamically-layered track. Sey's lush vocals morph into......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Magic mushrooms, moon dust, nudes and nature in our look around the web

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:10:47 PDT

1. Chameleons of the Art World: The Humans of Frieze New York Frieze New York 2017 has ended but the visual treats keep coming. In a hilarious, sweet mockumentary by W magazine, the island-based art fair and its curious attendees are explored......



Link About It: Beautiful Mosques Around the World

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:34:18 PDT

26 May marked the beginning of Ramadan—an important time for around one-quarter of the world's population. Mosques (or "masjids" in Arabic) serve as places of worship for Muslim people, but also—much like churches and shuls—as places to learn, have......



Link About It: Best Space Books for Kids

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:25:00 PDT

It's important (especially for little girls and young women) to encourage our youth to engage with science, though this isn't always easy. The editors at Space.com are constantly on the hunt for great, entertaining and educational books about space......



Five Art + Design Destinations in Buenos Aires: Go beyond ArteBA to discover this dynamic city’s design scene

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:55:09 PDT

Many emerging design capitals have vied for the fleeting attention of the art world in the past decade. Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Berlin and others have all sought the position, with various degrees of success. Buenos Aires, the bustling......



Buy: Pocket Farmacy

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:59:39 PDT

Featuring some of our favorite oils from Saje, the Pocket Farmacy is a new travel essential for us at CH. The light, easily packable set includes Peppermint Halo (for headaches), Gutzy (for stomach pain) and more, so that many ailments and stresses......



ACLU Executive Director Anthony D Romero's TED Talk: An inspiring and fascinating take on art and the 2016 election

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:11:22 PDT

"The mother of all disruptions" is how lawyer and ACLU Executive Director Anthony D Romero described the 2016 US Presidential Election. "Once again," he said at this year's TED in Vancouver, "Politics is personal." And indeed, the election and......



Walking Around the BMW Concept 8 Series : A preview of the Bavarian manufacturer’s future yin and yang design language

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:12:16 PDT

First introduced in 1989, the 8 Series established a new design language for BMW by departing from upright and boxy forms in favor of a lower, wider stance and more angular nose. The full-size, four-seat coupe was immediately both iconic and curious......



ListenUp: Lion Babe: Hit the Ceiling

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:47:44 PDT

With a summertime swagger and brightness, Lion Babe's latest—"Hit the Ceiling"—is about staying up and being involved. Singer Jillian Harvey's soulful vocals emphatically soar while producer Astrow Raw brings nothing but positive vibes. This is their......



Link About It: Magic Mushrooms are the Safest Recreational Drug

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:09:22 PDT

According to this year's Global Drug Survey, magic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug. Of the 12,000 surveyed people who took mushrooms, just a minuscule 0.2% of them sought medical aid. More dangerous, drugs like LSD, cocaine and MDMA had......



"Men I Love and Other Things I Think About" at Amy Van Doran's Modern Love Club: Curator Gabrielle Sirkin turns one room into a study on humanity, emotion and interaction

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:11:58 PDT

When walking into the slender, shimmering jewel box that is Amy Van Doran's Modern Love Club, a contemporary art blitz strikes from all angles. When the East Village space opened last year as a hub for Van Doran's high-profile matchmaking work, she......



Buy: "Lid" Storage Container

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:04:49 PDT

Almost too pretty to use (though entirely functional by design), this storage container was made in collaboration by Melbourne studio-meets-store Third Drawer Down and Tom Dixon. Crafted from blue glass and white marble, it can be used to house almost......



Florence Knoll's 100th Birthday: Celebrating the American icon and her designs

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:42:40 PDT

Today marks Michigan-born design and furniture icon Florence Knoll's 100th birthday. While no longer designing, she carries an incredibly important place in American design history—thanks to her thoughtful creations that were functional but sleek......



Link About It: Marc Newson's $12,000 Collaborative Hourglass for Hodinkee

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:39:28 PDT

Esoteric and mesmeric are two words industrial designer Marc Newson uses to describe his new collaborative product (with watch expert website HODINKEE) an hourglass. It's far more than these descriptors however. This time-counting apparatus documents......



Floyd's Attachable Birch Headboard: An affordable addition to the web-based brand's signature item

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:11:04 PDT

Over the past few years, a never-before-seen burst of interest in simple, well-designed bedroom items struck the direct-to-consumer e-commerce market. One of the brands leading this movement, Detroit-based Floyd, introduced a beautiful bed platform......



Buy: Spark Mini Drone

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:11:24 PDT

Two factors come into play when considering a drone purchase: size and capability. With the brand new Spark, tech firm DJI has struck an ideal balance—a palm-sized quadcopter that carries some of the best features available. As expected, there's a......



Samsung Gear 360 Camera: An incredibly smart gadget for filming and photographing the world in more ways

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:50:37 PDT

While unveiling the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 last month, Samsung announced another exciting product: the Gear 360 camera. An update from their original 360 camera, the intuitive device captures complete 360-degree images and video thanks to a pair......



ListenUp: Elton John: Bennie and the Jets

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:18:03 PDT

Musical legend Elton John just released three new videos for three old, iconic songs. An animation for "Rocket Man," a road trip-themed "Tiny Dancer," and our favorite "Bennie and the Jets." Made by Jack Whiteley and Laura Brownhill, the video is a......



Summer Weekender Essentials: From books to sunscreen, sneakers and more, some of our favorite things for little getaways

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:11:06 PDT

While warmer weekends in the city are special—allowing people to explore parks further, head to the beach, have picnics or even just sit outdoors—a getaway provides a true change in mentality. For those living in big cities, the sensation of escape......



Buy: UTOP/A Tote Bag

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:26:05 PDT

Made from heavyweight 100% cotton canvas, this PAM (Perks and Mini) tote is printed on each side—with "UTOP/A" on one, and a black screen-print of a surreal scene (complete with a pyramid and an eyeball) on the other. There's a large pocket inside......



A First Look Inside NYC's Forthcoming PUBLIC Hotel: Ian Schrager guides people through his highly anticipated new LES high-rise

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:10:42 PDT

Hotelier Ian Schrager is a busy man. In December, we bore witness to the opening of his magnificent EDITION Hotel Sanya in the South China Sea. Today, we have news from one of the most anticipated hospitality additions to NYC in a long while......



60 Years of Sergio Rodrigues' Mole Chair: Espasso celebrates the Brazilian designer's iconic, comfort-first leather furniture

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:03:58 PDT

The Rio de Janeiro-born Sergio Rodrigues, who passed away just a few years ago, wasn't called the father of Brazilian furniture lightly. His penchant for comfort, and beautiful local woods like jacaranda, resulted in designs like his late '50s......



ListenUp: Magnus The Magnus feat. Seinabo Sey: Keep on Lovin'

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:42:16 PDT

Composer/producer Magnus The Magnus (aka Magnus Lidehäll) teamed up with fellow Swede Seinabo Sey for "Keep On Lovin'" and it's an unexpected, dynamically-layered track. Sey's lush vocals morph into a chopped-up and pitch-altered version—which hints......



Link About It: Maisie Cousins' Nudes- and Nature-Smothered Solo Show

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:51:17 PDT

We've long-been fascinated by Maisie Cousins' photography—blending nature, sex, nudity, beauty and celebrating sexuality. Her first-ever solo show, called "grass, peony, bum" has just opened at London's TJ Boulting Gallery and she spoke with Dazed......



Word of Mouth: Kyoto Cafés: Our favorite places to take a break in Japan's most picturesque city

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:47:10 PDT

When we were researching a visit to Kyoto we found Inside Kyoto to be an invaluable resource. It’s run by Chris Rowthorn, an American who has been in Kyoto for more than 20 years. Rowthorn is also the editor of the Lonely Planet guidebooks for Japan......



Buy: "Bros & Brosephines"

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:15:36 PDT

Exiled Russian photographer and artist Slava Mogutin explores traditional notions of masculinity and beauty in his new hardcover "Bros & Brosephines." Even more than that, Mogutin's images confront gender, sexuality, fetishes, youth, and style. From......



Link About It: Your Chance to Own a Bag of Moon Dust

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:59:04 PDT

One of the many items available in Sotheby’s inaugural space exploration-themed auction (occurring 19 July) is a bag of moon dust and rocks, collected by Neil Armstrong during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. The bag (labeled LUNAR SAMPLE RETURN) was forgotten......



Fujifilm's Instax Square SQ10: A hybrid instant film camera offering digital filters and traditional prints

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:11:05 PDT

Between the sheer ease of mobile photography and the plentiful options for quick or substantial modification, camera phones have muscled all other forms of consumer photography into the background.Yet, no one can deny a continued love of instant......



Buy: "Have a Good Time" Umbrella

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:26:46 PDT

Based in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Have a Good Time is a small design crew with big and bold style. With a very simple, optimistic message this patterned umbrella invokes the brand name and features "Have a good time" printed repeatedly, but looks abstract......



ListenUp: Chromatics: Shadow

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:47:49 PDT

While most who tuned into the Twin Peaks' season premiere last night were perhaps elated by the new Angelo Badalamenti scoring, a musical performance that closed out the spectacle delivered a very different sort of Lynchian experience. Portland's Chromatics......



Link About It: AI Invented Paint Colors With Silly Names

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:02:04 PDT

From a purplish blue color named "Sane Green" to a "Gray Pubic" sky blue, an artificial intelligence experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane saw a series of colors invented and named by a neural network. Through inputting 7,700 Sherwin-Williams......



Electricity-Powered Zero Motorcycles: Simple, sophisticated machines breaking milestones among electric vehicle

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:10:44 PDT

From their inception in 2006 to today's rapidly escalating sales, Zero Motorcycles have pioneered the aesthetic and technological worlds of electric motorcycles. These are, as the brand states, hand-built high-tech machines designed and produced in......



Link About It: Chameleons of the Art World: The Humans of Frieze New York

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:16:20 PDT

Frieze New York 2017 has ended but the visual treats keep coming. In a hilarious, sweet mockumentary by W magazine, the island-based art fair and its curious attendees are explored in a wildlife documentary style. Called "Chameleons of the Art World......



ListenUp: RAC teams up with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, previously unreleased Beach House, new Wovoka Gentle and more

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:10:35 PDT

Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun After playing a show in Detroit this week, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell sadly passed away at just 52 years old. Cornell—who was also the lead vocalist and songwriter for Audioslave—founded Soundgarden in 1984 with......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Designing apparel for people of all abilities, discovering the world's oldest computer, the quest for the Twin Peaks cherry pie and more

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:10:40 PDT

1. The Most Impressive Fossil Discovered To Date Looking through photographer Robert Clark's photo set for the June 2017 issue of National Geographic, taken at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, one cannot help but feel they're witnessing......



Buy: Shine Pomade

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:01:12 PDT

In the same way they brought a thoughtful refresh to the barbershop concept, the folks at Rudy's have done the same for hair products. Of their three pomades (which include a Clay and Matte option), we've been taken with the Shine finish. The medium......



Jonah Samson’s "Yes Yes We’re Magicians" Found Photography Book: A collection of tragicomic imagery weaving a narrative on the human condition

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:10:47 PDT

Artist and Cool Hunting contributor Jonah Samson collects vintage imagery—black and white relics that he refers to as his "new old photos." Scouring eBay and beyond, Samson does more than horde these little time capsules. He frequently modifies and......



Link About It: Kris Provoost Captures China's Architectural Icons

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:15:48 PDT

In an impressive photo study called "Beautified China," Beligan architect Kris Provoost has documented a bulk of the most extraordinary architectural phenomena in China. Provoost has been based in Shanghai for six years now, studying Asian megacities......



Akademi Bar, Bali: Cocktail legend Dre Masso uses indigenous ingredients from across the Indonesian archipelago for authentically tropical drinks

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:47:49 PDT

When Ronald Akili opened the very first Potato Head establishment, Jakarta was aswarm with boring replica restaurants from abroad and wine bars with snooty attitudes. This didn’t sit right with the well-traveled, good-vibes seeker, so in 2009 he set......



ListenUp: Shanti Celeste: Melbourne Deepcast Mix

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:30:13 PDT

MoMA PS1’s annual Warm Up series has always guaranteed a steamy summer Saturday dance affair in Long Island City, and they’ve pulled all the stops for their 20th anniversary on international names you need to know. Set the mood with longtime NTS fixture......



Buy: The Fourth BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:26 PDT

Written collaboratively by Silvia Anna Barrilà, Nicole Büsing, Heiko Klaas, and Christiane Meixner, The Fourth BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors features 256 private collections of contemporary art that the public can actually view. With collections......



Link About It: A 2000-Year-Old Brass Computer

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:30:43 PDT

In a 2000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera, scientists discovered the oldest known example of a computer—a complex, computational device that predicted astrological events along a calendar year. This ancient hybrid clock......



Link About It: A Quest for the "Twin Peaks" Cherry Pie

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:18:49 PDT

From damn fine coffee to the Log Lady, the Black Lodge, owls and One Eyed Jack's casino, David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" offered plenty of significant tidbits, characters, places, and—of course—metaphors that stuck with viewers over 26 years. Special Agent......



Buy: Talus Cashmere Hoodie

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:48:46 PDT

Made from super-lightweight and incredibly soft 100% organic cashmere (sourced from Mongolia) Naadam's hoodie is a luxurious take on a classic. While cashmere is usually viewed as a cold weather fabric, the lightweight nature of the Talus Hoodie means......



Hawaii's Kō Hana Agricole Rum: Manulele Distillers' pure cane sugar spirits draw from 34 heirloom varietals

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:59:38 PDT

In the middle of an aquaponics farm on Hawaii's island of Oahu, Manuele Distillers produce a very unique spirit: Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Here, farmers grow 34 different types of heirloom sugarcane plants that were meticulously collected over a three......



ListenUp: Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:39:16 PDT

After playing a show in Detroit last night, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell sadly passed away at just 52 years old. Cornell—who was also the lead vocalist and songwriter for Audioslave—founded Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto......



Buy: Osmo Explorer Kit

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:00:49 PDT

The award-winning game system Osmo changes the way kids interact and learn while using an iPad. Making it less about swiping and more about hand-on play, the Explorer Kit includes different programs—some of which center on numbers, math, business......



Kong Lingxin's "Unit Time" in Beijing: Exploring the concept of time with artworks that take months to complete

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:48:19 PDT

by Alessandro de Toni In the Chinese art community, Kong Lingxin's work has been widely praised for its simplicity and elegance—characteristics rarely seen among the younger generations of artists in China. Kong's first solo show, "Unit......



Buy: Lowball 2: The Pinch

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:55:18 PDT

Upon first glance, Discommon's new Lowball 2: The Pinch already looks like a drastically different snifter. For starters, it's made from aerospace-grade aluminum which is then machined to create a striking texture, and not just for aesthetic reasons;......



ListenUp: Beach House: Chariot

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:51:26 PDT

From the upcoming album B-Sides And Rarities, dream-pop duo Beach House's "Chariot" is one of the previously unreleased songs from the "Depression Cherry/Thank Your Lucky Stars" sessions. The Baltimore-based band, which is currently on tour, crafted......