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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, 28 Mar 2017 08:50:00 PDT

 



Tens Sunglasses' 2017 Collection: Filtered lenses that beautify your surroundings

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:55:32 PDT

While Tens Filter Sunglasses have been on our radar for a few years, today the brand launched their 2017 collection on Kickstarter. In just a few hours, the Edinburgh, Scotland-based sunglass brand (founded by three friends) has already exceeded......



Link About It: IKEA's Art Event 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:30:40 PDT

Diverse, bold and colorful limited edition prints by 12 different artists will be available as part of IKEA's Art Event 2017. The likes of Amandine Urruty, Jean Jullien, Yasuto Sasada, Steve Harrington and more have contributed artworks—making it an......



The Drobo 5N2 Enables Secure, Fast and Private Data Storage: Mundane as it might sound, this networked storage device is super-useful in a post-cloud world

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:11:13 PDT

Among photographers and media-makers alike, Drobo is known for creating fast, reliable storage solutions. Their devices hold multiple hard-drives that are backed up to each other and hot-swappable. A redundant array of independent disks (RAID......



Buy: Syd: Fin

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:28:22 PDT

Syd (aka The Internet's frontwoman) released her debut solo record recently and it's sublime. In early April, it will be available on vinyl—and not a moment too soon. With production from MeLo-X, Hit-Boy and Steve Lacy, the 12-track record is sexy......



Street Artist Buff Monster's Air-Ink Mural and Gallery Show : This exhibition for Tiger Beer features work made using ink produced from air pollution

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:53:18 PDT

It seems almost impossible: ink and paint made from recycled air pollution. In fact, it's a reality known as Air-Ink, invented by Anirudh Sharma, the co-founder of innovation hub Graviky Labs. Their technology processes up to 95% of air captured......



Link About It: An Online Auction For Change

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:08:47 PDT

With all proceeds going to the ACLU, Run for Something, Sierra Club, and Campaign Legal Center, Sight Unseen's Design for Progress auction is online now. Furniture, decor items, jewelry, and artworks by the likes of Jonathan Zawada, Katie Stout and......



Link About It: Astronomy Rewind

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:43:27 PDT

The newly launched NASA-funded project called Astronomy Rewind calls on people to uncover old, lost cosmic images to create a public database. Hopefully, this will allow for astronomers to discover a great deal more about our galaxy, and shed extra......



Notes: Baselworld and Trade Show Life: The 100th installment of the watch fair and the weeks we spend as other people

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:11:17 PDT

I call it my week of suits. In actuality, it's my other life. Four years in a row now I've woken up in an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, dressed myself quite professionally, hopped on a tram and worked a nine to six or seven job—for one week each......



Word of Mouth: Golden, BC: The little-known treasure tucked away between the Rockies and Columbia Mountain ranges has plenty to offer

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:29:35 PDT

The town of Golden, British Columbia—in the picturesque Kootenay region tucked away between the Rockies and Columbia Mountain ranges—is a small historical logging town, and an appealing location for snow sports enthusiasts. Close to Banff, Glacier......



ListenUp: NJOMZA: Hear Me

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:20:04 PDT

From NJOMZA's upcoming EP Sad For You, "Hear Me" (produced by Papi Beatz) is a down-tempo synth-pop tune that adds glitter to balladry. About her teenage relationship falling apart, the song includes several "lost love" themes, but NJOMZA's tender......



Buy: Working Girls Cap

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:30:39 PDT

Paying homage to the 1988 movie and all bossed-up women, this 100% cotton, adjustable cap keeps it simple. Embroidered with the words "Working Girls," it's part of the eponymous Cincinnati-based label's spring 2017 collection. The brand—despite its......



ListenUp: The legendary Todd Rundgren teams up with Robyn, Mr Jukes calls on BJ The Chicago Kid, new Gorillaz and more in our week in music

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:10:56 PDT

Todd Rundgren feat. Robyn: That Could Have Been Me Premiering exclusively on Pitchfork, the legendary Todd Rundgren's newest track, "That Could Have Been Me" features none other than Swedish pop star Robyn. Rundgren (who initially garnered attention......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Aging wine under the sea, a better version of the Mexico border wall, and how Missy Elliott can save a life

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:10:49 PDT

1. Essential Chuck Berry Songs Widely known as a pioneer of rock'n'roll—if not the inventor of it—Chuck Berry passed away this weekend. Reworking rhythm and blues into what we now know as rock music, Berry was a true legend—a guitarist, singer......



Sandwich vs Hunger T-Shirts: Raising money for Action Against Hunger one carbon-neutral top at a time

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:19:39 PDT

In a three-way collaboration, Sonic Sandwich, Continental Clothing Co and artist Rob Flowers have launched a 21-day campaign to sell as many T-shirts (and sweatshirts) as possible, with all 100% of proceeds going to Action Against Hunger—a charity......



Three Cocktails from Hong Kong Art Week's "Room Service": Artist João Vasco Paiva designs a tropical Absolut Art Bar at Potato Head

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:54:11 PDT

Now in its fifth year, Art Basel's Hong Kong installment has already impacted Asian artists' exposure globally, all while bolstering the sale of Western works in new markets. As Art Basel Hong Kong now triggers simultaneous showcases, activations and......



Link About It: Why Some People Aren't Moved by Music

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:11:52 PDT

While some songs might make you sob, others will have you tapping your toes or breaking into dance in the middle of the office, but some people aren't really moved by music—not even Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman." These people experience a phenomenon......



Link About It: A Look Inside Yves Behar's Home

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:16:21 PDT

Unsurprisingly, designer (and CH favorite) Yves Béhar's San Francisco home is a sight to behold. The Swiss-born creator (who is also a CEO and entrepreneur) takes Nowness on a tour of his house, while discussing his own design philosophies and beliefs......



Buy: Bat-Shaped Sleep Mask

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:18:29 PDT

Embrace your inner Batman with this bat-shaped sleep mask. Made from 100% silk (perhaps more Bruce Wayne's taste) it's incredibly soft and comfortable on the eyes and set into place with an elastic band. The embroidered mask comes with a carry pouch......



ListenUp: Gorillaz: Saturnz Barz

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:59:07 PDT

After rumors and teasers circulated for some time, Gorillaz—aka 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel; or Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and friends (depending on your imagination)—have released their first new music in six years. From the upcoming, long-awaited......



Link About It: Aging Champagne Under the Sea

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:42:11 PDT

Four years after tasting 170-year-old champagne found in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, Veuve Cliquot's cellar master Dominique Demarville launched Cellar in the Sea: a program for underwater aging. Demarville placed 350 bottles deep in the Baltic......



Buy: Palmeral Towel

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:55:53 PDT

House of Hackney's vibrant, vibey Palmeral Towel is made in collaboration with Feiler, and produced in Germany from 100% cotton. With a smoky blue '70s-influenced palm tree motif and a white border, it's just kitsch enough without being gimmicky. Use......



Wuu Reminds Us That Sharing Love is Better Than Getting Likes: The latest social messaging app comes from a place of good not greed

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:45:21 PDT

Though just released in the App Store, Wuu has been in a high-demand, closed beta for months. Invited users could invite their friends and that pass along quickly pushed the app to the 2,000 person limit imposed on pre-release iOS apps. This is great......



Link About It: Kosho Tsuboi's Magic Wall Calendar

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:19:15 PDT

As a part of Google's Android Experiments concept project series, industrial designer Kosho Tsuboi has proposed a hi-res, electronic, paper, wall calendar. Despite advances in calendar apps, many of us remain divided between our digital scheduling......



Baselworld 2017: New Fossil Q Smartwatches : Our exclusive look at the inexpensive Android Wear 2.0 and hybrid classic models

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:59:34 PDT

Forever on the quest to contextualize releases in the worlds of smartwatches and wearable tech we got all the advanced details on Fossil's forthcoming Q smartwatches. Revealed during the Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, the new Q pieces can be......



Buy: Hunting Chair

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:24:17 PDT

Børge Mogensen's Hunting Chair is a beautiful piece of design, though it comes at a price. Somewhat resembling a deck chair, this piece is more architectural and crafted from oak and leather. Brass is also used—with large but stylish buckles allowing......



Spring Ski Gear: From breathable jackets to easily removed pants, everything you need when hitting the slopes during the warmer months

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:10:56 PDT

This week the equinox occurred, meaning—for the Northern Hemisphere—spring ski touring is right around the corner. Having comfortable no-fuss gear is key for an enjoyable trip during the warmer months. Like with all outdoor sports, it's best to......



Buy: Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:19:00 PDT

Written by Stockholm-based illustrator and architect Maja Säfström, this little hardcover book is as educational for adults as it is for children. Full of sweet and strange creatures (like the Opabinia, an ancient sea creature; and the Indriotherium;......



ListenUp: Mr Jukes feat. BJ the Chicago Kid: Angels / Your Love

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:58:45 PDT

Mr Jukes (aka Jack Steadman, the frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club) has just released his first solo offering—from the upcoming record God First, which is set to drop 9 June. The song, "Angels / Your Love" is a jazz-funk jam that is way more awesome......



Fondazione Prada, Milan: Complete with a bar designed by Wes Anderson, the arts complex is a beauty to behold

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:41:51 PDT

With over 100 years of history, Prada has long been respected for originality and subtle contradictions—and finding a visually striking balance between dichotomies is what makes the fashion house unique. Milan's Fondazione Prada complex maintains the......



Link About It: A Creative Alternative to a Border Wall

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:33:34 PDT

Malaysia's No-To-Scale Studio has suggested yet another clever alternative to President Trump's proposed Mexico/USA border wall. Certainly more fun (and more cost-effective) than a wall, the design outfit proposes a 1,954 mile-long dining table—at......



Buy: "Resist Persist Insist" T-Shirt

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:03:18 PDT

With all proceeds from the sale of this T-shirt going to organizations supported by Design for Progress (Planned Parenthood, Everytown for Gun Safety, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Human Rights Campaign, EarthJustice, and the National......



Game of Thrones and Westworld Travel Adventures with Black Tomato: Explore the locations behind the TV shows, or embark on other new adventure itineraries to Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Congo

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:10:52 PDT

For some, travel is a calculated obsession, satiated by a ticking of boxes that represent a location and the accompanying desire. For others, that's not enough. Travel requires reaching the ends of the earth and going beyond the realm of normalcy......



ListenUp: Todd Rundgren feat. Robyn: That Could Have Been Me

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:08:01 PDT

Premiering exclusively on Pitchfork, the legendary Todd Rundgren's newest track, "That Could Have Been Me" features none other than Swedish pop star Robyn. Rundgren (who initially garnered attention in the '70s) is an adept and highly influential singer......



Interview: Ma Yansong, Founder MAD Architects: Discussing perspective, nature and function in the wake of the PHAIDON book focused on the company's designs

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:45:54 PDT

by Alessandro De Toni When Westerners think about Chinese architecture, we oftentimes have two images in mind: old, grand pagodas settled on the top of a hill or titanic mega-projects breaking global records. Understanding the essence of Chinese......



ListenUp: Little Scream: Silent Moon

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:10:38 PDT

Existing within the crossing of eerie and sultry, the track "Silent Moon" by Little Scream now has a visual companion. The video, starring drag performer Neon Burgundy, emphasizes the ethereal with pool-side lip-syncing sequences. Off of the Montreal......



New American Menswear and Accessories at The Ensign: A hub for upscale items, designed and produced in the USA

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:12:26 PDT

With an eye on numerous factors that make fashion both wearable and desirable—striking images and editorials, forward thinking designers, ease of purchase, a defined identity—The Ensign has become an important new online shopping destination. The......



Link About It: How CPR and Missy Elliott Go Hand in Hand

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:13:02 PDT

Whether you're into Missy Elliott, Hanson or more of a Pink Floyd fan, thinking of their music while performing CPR might help you save a life. CPR (aka cardiopulmonary resuscitation) should be performed at 100 beats per minute, which is a pace that......



Buy: Bond Sunglasses

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:37:01 PDT

Blending an architecturally-framed shape with the classic aviator, these rose gold and blue Bond sunglasses by Haze will make your surroundings look extra vibey. Crafted from metal and titanium, and with mirror lenses, they offer 100% UV protection......



Link About It: The Internet is Saving Culture

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:40:47 PDT

In an New York Times article brimming with hope, author Farhad Manjoo argues that while it may have appeared the internet was being detrimental to culture, in fact, it's saving it. First, he makes clear that a series of new formats have led to low......



ListenUp: Wild Nothing: Begin Again

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:46:15 PDT

Another release in the now 60-strong list of songs for the Our First 100 Days digital album, Wild Nothing's "Begin Again" released today. The 100 Days record is made up of tunes written by dozens of different bands and musicians, all resisting the......



Word of Mouth: Basel, Switzerland: Food, drink, art and more in the center of cultural fairs and trade shows

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:56:44 PDT

Basel, Switzerland doesn't draw the traditional tourists for Swiss outdoor sports or the après-ski lifestyle. In fact, a large influx of internationals can be tied to the fairs, conferences and trade shows taking place in the city's epic Messeplatz......



Link About It: Essential Chuck Berry Songs

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:56:35 PDT

Widely known as a pioneer of rock'n'roll—if not the inventor of it—Chuck Berry passed away this weekend. Reworking rhythm and blues into what we now know as rock music, Berry was a true legend—a guitarist, singer/songwriter who also had some incredible......



Buy: "Good Mood" Socks

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:01:28 PDT

Made from 100% cotton, these ribbed socks lend a little positivity to the day—thanks to their "Good Mood" embroidery. Available in white (with black lettering) they feature non-slip rubber under the sole. They measure approximately 23 to 27cm and are......



ListenUp: Summer vibes by Weezer, a smooth tune by Mabel, sad farewell to Joni Sledge and more in our weekly musical round-up

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:11:08 PDT

Flying Mojito Bros: Rodeo Cósmico Mix Get your lava lamp out and enjoy this trippy, psychedelic mix from DJ outfit the Flying Mojito Bros (aka producer/musician Ben Chetwood and DJ Jack Sellen). Aptly named "Rodeo Cósmico," this '70s-influenced, spaced......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Britain's first female tattoo artist, Gaymojis, how your dog might be a liar and more in our look around the web

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:10:36 PDT

1. Underrepresented Voices on Show at Zinister Zine Fair Opening today at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, as part of the BAAD! Ass Women 2017 festival, the Zinister Zine Fair focuses on self-published works by people of color and/or those......



Link About It: The Most Extraordinary Museums in the World

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:32:11 PDT

Those who frequent galleries and museums are probably aware of "art fatigue," but the sense of exhaustion and guilt-ridden boredom surely isn't possible at more uncommon institutions. National Geographic selected 10 museums from around the world that......



Bvlgari's New Manifattura: Europe's most significant jewelry workshop opens its doors

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:11:30 PDT

We spent two days at Bvlgari’s new state-of-the-art Manifattura—the most significant jewelry making workshop in Europe—located between Milan and Turin in Valenza, one of Italy’s largest and most historical gold-making capitals. On a property once owned......



ListenUp: Katy Perry: Chained to the Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:53:27 PDT

Full disclosure: we weren't the biggest fans of Katy Perry's recent "Chained to the Rhythm," but this unexpected remix, courtesy of CH favorites Hot Chip, morphs it into a delightful, purring house track that will have you boogying in your seat. The......



Montblanc's Google-Powered Summit Smartwatch: Android Wear 2.0 custom designed inside the luxury brand's 1858 collection case

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:11:00 PDT

The wearable technology boom began with many pieces foregoing traditional watch design aesthetics. Since, however, Samsung and Apple (and many more tech companies) have adopted attributes belonging to horological language, hoping to lure in the traditional......



Six Next-Level Hot Toddy Recipes: From a flaming Hot Spice Grog to a Yuzu Toddy Cocktail and more to warm things up

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:05:39 PDT

While we can't (scientifically) attest to the famed Hot Toddy being a cold remedy, we can stand behind its warm deliciousness. Traditionally composed of whisky, hot water, honey and lemon (or spices), this simple hot cocktail has been around for a......