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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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Link About It: The Ampersand's Storied Origin

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:39:30 PDT

Learning that the ampersand is a ligature of the letters E and T ("et" being the latin word for and) used by the Ancient Romans doesn't even begin to touch upon its storied history. With Roman global expansion, the ampersand made its way around as......

Link About It: 3D Renderings of Houses Drawn by Kids

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:37:30 PDT

When asked to draw the "home of the future," a group of British children unleashed their imaginations, incorporating everything from sails to rope ladders and even pyramidal architecture. As Atlas Obscura points out, these homes represent more than......

Road Trip: Alaska's Stunning Kenai Peninsula: Behind the wheel of the 2018 Chevy Cruze Diesel in one of America's most picturesque places

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:37 PDT

by Robert King Part test drive, part Alaskan adventure, the launch of the 2018 Chevy Cruze Diesel was nothing if not exciting. The rally took us around the Kenai Peninsula from Anchorage to Homer and back again, seeing as much uninhabited nature......

DU/ER's New Performance​ ​Shirts: Two tech-forward tops that resolve typical problems with activewear

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:11:17 PDT

Ever since crafting a near-perfect pair of commuter pants (the soft, flexible and breathable "No Sweat" pant) performance-wear brand DU/ER hasn't stopped making further technical developments. After years of producing tech-forward bottoms for all genders......

Buy: Wooden Coffee Scoop

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:44:44 PDT

Certainly better than plastic, and with a more nostalgic warmth than metal, this wooden coffee scoop is available in walnut or maple. It can be personalized on the underside of the bowl or on the handle, to elevate a morning coffee routine. Holding......

Over 100,000 Rose Petals Comprise Sarah Meyohas' "Cloud of Petals" Exhibition: A multi-sensory tactile installation, film and virtual reality experiences

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:11:29 PDT

To simply address the scope of Sarah Meyohas' first large-scale exhibition misses the point. There is, of course, the multi-sensory and multimedia components: a signature scent in the air, sculptures, a photograph, a film and virtual reality experiences......

Link About It: Airbnb Alternative for Architecture Enthusiasts

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:29:34 PDT

An Airbnb alternative for design and architecture enthusiasts, PlansMatter allows customers to explore new cities and places while staying in stunning modernist homes. Founded by trained architects Connie Lindor and Scott Muellner, the company has......

ListenUp: Ela Minus: a.r.p.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:21:05 PDT

In one improvisational take, Colombian singer and electronic musician Ela Minus (aka Gabriela Jimeno) filmed the video for a.r.p., out today. Minus used Critter & Guitari's ETC video synthesizer and created a series of lo-fi imagery "live." The shifting......

Link About It: The Most Funded App Campaign in Kickstarter History, Fluent Forever

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:42:57 PDT

Based on the bestselling 2014 book by Gabriel Wyner, the forthcoming Fluent Forever app (which has amassed a record-setting $507,495, or more than double its goal, and is still funding) approaches language lessons differently than everyone else. First......

Word of Mouth: Key West: An island escape with everything from design hotels to local rum, pottery classes and fine dining

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:32:18 PDT

by Leora Novick Located at the tip of the stretch of islands making up the Florida Keys, Key West is a destination in its own category. Known for its baby boomer population and party-fueled drag along Duval Street, it’s held a reputation as a bachelor......

The Best Reductionist Albums of 2017 (So Far): How contemporary artists are applying lessons across all genres

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:12:45 PDT

“Reductionism is about taking away excess in design,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, and the Range Rover Velar, the brand’s newest vehicle, delivers on that maxim. From its debut at the London Design Museum to our first......

Buy: Waffle Robe

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:39:06 PDT

Less formal, lighter and cooler (temperature-wise) than "hotel style" plush robes, this 100% Turkish cotton robe dries the body beautifully. Thanks to its woven waffle texture, it also feels like being wrapped up in a cloud. Parachute understands how......

ListenUp: A sexy new song by Fischerspooner, a bop from Shy Luv, an energetic track by Django Django and more

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:11:22 PDT

MEI: Steppin With "Steppin," London-based singer/songwriter MEI uses sometimes sweet, always compelling vocals to guide listeners through the track's twists and turns. Jazz-infused and driven by piano and a heavy bassline, the song's magnificence......

Link About It: This Week's Picks: NYC's changing drag culture, portraits of insects, the universe's missing matter and more

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:11:24 PDT

1. Ai Weiwei's New NYC Project "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" Ai Weiwei's latest NYC art installation is made up of some 300 pieces all over the city and makes a strong point about immigration and refugees. With a fence circling the Unisphere......

Forlane 6 Studio's Subaquatic Eco-Fiction: An exhibition, "This Side of Paradise," hosted under the sea and captured in photographs

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:11:07 PDT

With "This Side of Paradise," layer upon layer of creative exploration united for an underwater experience that lives on through photography. French-born artists Hortense Le Calvez and Mathieu Goussin (known as Forlane 6 Studio) built temporary wooden......

ListenUp: Fischerspooner feat. Caroline Polachek: Togetherness

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:13:46 PDT

Fischerspooner's super-seductive new track "Togetherness" (featuring vocals from Chairlift's Caroline Polachek) has an equally sexually-charged video—directed by Casey Spooner and Warren Fischer. The follow-up to SIR's "Have Fun Tonight," this track......

Le Labo's New Hair and Body Care: The cult fragrance-maker wanted simple-to-use, genderless products, from hand soap to shaving cream

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:29:22 PDT

Independent perfumery Le Labo, for the first time ever, is making the jump from niche fragrances to body, hair and face products. They're not just "lotion" versions of their signature cult scents, which is the route that many brands take. Instead......

Link About It: Playground for Adults at the Tate Modern

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:31:38 PDT

Featuring three-seater swings that encourage visitors to work together and interact, "One Two Three Swing!" at the Tate Modern is essentially a playground for adults. Created by Danish design studio Superflex, the show is colorful and very playful......

Buy: Customizable Ephemeris Watch

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:22:16 PDT

To honor the most important date of your life thus far—or one you deem truly worth commemorating—this ultra-slim Thomas Letourneaux-designed wristwatch features a customizable dial that displays the position of our solar system's eight planets on the......

Madison Reed's Color Bar in NYC: Not only satisfied with revamping at-home hair color, the start-up is making quick touch-ups as easy as possible

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:11:25 PDT

by Sun Bak For decades, at-home hair color has largely remained the same: making your decision at the drugstore largely based on the model's unnaturally shiny hair color on the box. The salon experience isn't too much more transparent: what......

Link About It: NYC's Old and New Drag Culture

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:58:42 PDT

Drag culture in NYC has come a long way since its beginnings; at this year's RuPaul's DragCon 35,000 people attended and weekend passes cost $60. Fans waited for hours to see their favorites. As Jesse Dorris writes, queens used to be "court jesters......

ListenUp: John Maus: Teenage Witch

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:23:08 PDT

From the forthcoming John Maus album Screen Memories, "Teenage Witch" makes for an eerie little pop number. Experimental and electronic, the track moves forward on almost celestial synths. The official music video, directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford......

Link About It: Remarkable Portraits of Insects

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:22:39 PDT

Photographer Levon Biss' new book "Microsculpture: Portraits of Insects" (a continuation of his exhibition) shows bugs in a very different light. Rather than appearing as pests, they're majestic. These detailed images are made by stitching together......

Bamford Watch Department's Official TAG Heuer Customization Partnership: A new level of personalization with the modification masters

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:40:18 PDT

Their expertise is evident though hard to define in summation. From design vision to technical customization, Bamford Watch Department has been punching up wristwatches for years. They do so with a refreshing sense of joy and liberty, oftentimes disrupting......

Buy: Hand-Stained Jigsaw Puzzle

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:55:12 PDT

Intended as an artist's edition (and not necessarily safe for kids), this lovely jigsaw puzzle by British artist Adam Higton has been made in a limited run of just 25. Each one is signed, hand-stained (therefore not identical) and comes in a screen......

True Botanicals' Non-Toxic Skincare: How the made-in-California brand goes one step further in proving results

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:52:05 PDT

by Sun Bak Out of the seemingly infinite number of natural skincare brands these days, most go over the top to painstakingly list every single ingredient used and how they're sourced, but few have anything to say about proven results. California......

Link About It: Locating Half the Universe's Missing Matter

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:04:43 PDT

We've long known that we could not account for all of the matter in the galaxy—with its evidence visible through gravitational force but its presence simply not observable. Now, two different groups have made a substantial discovery: half of it can......

Link About It: Ai Weiwei's New NYC Project "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:26:08 PDT

Ai Weiwei's latest NYC art installation is made up of some 300 pieces all over the city and makes a strong point about immigration and refugees. With a fence circling the Unisphere in Queens, a cage in Washington Square Park, and more "Good Fences......

ListenUp: Porches: Country

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:04:51 PDT

With a rippling, emotive surface underscored by an uncertain eeriness, "Country" is the latest release from Porches, aka Aaron Maine. The brief, potent track steps forward with considered escalation, adding backing vocals by Dev Hynes and Bryndon Cook......

Word of Mouth: Kauai Adventures: An island that's as free-range for humans as it is for its iconic wild chickens

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:41:14 PDT

Five minutes after landing on Kauai, you spot one: a colorful, carefree chicken that, strutting around aimlessly in the rental car parking lot, defines free-range. The sighting seems novel at first, but here the bucolic bird is almost as ubiquitous......

ListenUp: MEI: Steppin

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:21:09 PDT

With "Steppin," London-based singer/songwriter MEI uses sometimes sweet, always compelling vocals to guide listeners through the track's twists and turns. Jazz-infused and driven by piano and a heavy bassline, the song's magnificence is hard to define......

Buy: Wild Journey Champagne Backpack

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:09:56 PDT

For a third year, prestige champagne house Krug has partnered with Italian luxury brand Berluti on a bag. This year, the Wild Journey champagne backpack features Berluti's signature Venezia leather on the outside, finished with a dark cherry patina......

Link About It: Tamagotchis Return This November

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:08:26 PDT

Debuting this November for about $15 each, 20th anniversary Tamagotchis will be offered in six different colorways. This iteration of the famous digital pet—which needs feeding and cleaning among other things—will be 20% smaller than the original though......

Quiksilver's CO2-Powered Inflation Vest for Big-Wave Surfing: the Highline Airlift: Developed in collaboration with Peter Mel, Jamie Mitchell and dive company Aqua Lung

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:25:30 PDT

A safety vest unlike any other, Quiksilver's Highline Airlift vest—developed in collaboration with Aqua Lung and big-wave surfers Peter Mel and Jamie Mitchell—represents years' worth of research and development. Very much resembling a wetsuit......

ListenUp: Django Django: Tic Tac Toe

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:41:10 PDT

Like a third shot of espresso, mild electrocution or a punch to the chest, the music of Django Django offers a surge of delirious energy. The band's latest psychedelic rock number "Tic Tac Toe" comes complete with a rapid-fire, zany music video directed......

Link About It: IKEA Designs Furniture for Pets

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:36:11 PDT

With treehouse-hideaways, scratching mats, beds and more, IKEA's first-ever furniture range designed specifically for pets was created in collaboration with a vet, in order to make sure animals' needs were accounted for. Designed by Inma Bermudéz......