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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: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:55:00 PDT

 



Skagen's New Signatur Hybrid Smartwatch: Insight behind the design of the affordable brand's latest addition

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:11:17 PDT

Since its debut almost 30 years ago, Skagen's strength in watch design has been the presentation of minimal pieces that manage to captivate. Affordable pricing and attention to detail in manufacturing also propelled them forward. Recently, however......



ListenUp: Goldlink: Roses (Outkast Cover)

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:45:44 PDT

In a very brave move, Goldlink (aka D'Anthony Carlos) has covered OutKast's brilliant "Roses" from 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Accompanied by just a pianist, saxophonist and Hare Squead & Masego with back-up vocals and a theatrical verse, the......



Link About It: The 170-Year History of Food Photography

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:08:09 PDT

The first image of food wasn't avocado toast—instead it was a still life of fruit, shot by William Henry Fox Talbot (a British scientist and mathematician, best known as a pioneer photographer and the inventor of several photog processes). Influenced......



Summer Camping Essentials: From hammocks to sunscreen and a UFO-sighting notebook, products that accentuate adventures

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:11:47 PDT

It's not summer until you've made an escape to the great outdoors—and maybe cooked a S'more on an open fire. As we quickly approach August, those in the Northern Hemisphere are taking time out in the wilderness; floating in rivers, hiking, and swimming......



Buy: Luxe Aegean Cotton Blanket

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:11:25 PDT

Woven on old looms with pure Aegean cotton, this blanket is soft—and only gets softer with each wash, thanks to the high-quality Turkish cotton. This particular design can be used as a throw or a beach blanket (and is quick-drying). It measures 240cm......



Unsettle + Company's Commuter II Series: Three bags in one kit, for all your expected (and unexpected) activities

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:11:49 PDT

The idea for Unsettle + Company's Commuter II Series began with practicing yoga—specifically the desire to find a practical and well-designed way to lug around a yoga mat—but turned into a collection of bags for everyday commuters. The three-piece......



Link About It: Tracing the Evolution of Language

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:02:40 PDT

Michael Gavin, associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources at Colorado State University, and other researchers across six disciplines formed a unit (in 2010) with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and they're......



Interview: Songwriter, Producer + Multi-Instrumentalist Dan Wilson: Examining the illustrious career of a truly prolific pop penman

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:11:24 PDT

It's impossible to weave the accomplishments of Dan Wilson into a simple introduction. But his forthcoming album Re-Covered offers a nice snapshot of the sonic landscape. Wilson might not be a household name, but the works he's delivered as a singer......



Buy: Double Take Necklace

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:19:50 PDT

Designed by two NYC-based sisters, the brand Lizzie Fortunato produces a diverse number of accessories—running the gamut from eye-catching to delicate (and sometimes both). Our pick is the Double Take Necklace, available in white, brown or pink. This......



"Letters to Andy Warhol" Traveling Exhibition: Cadillac House sets up shop in the Deutsches Museum before moving on to Dubai

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:11:09 PDT

by Nicolas Stecher The Cadillac-produced, traveling "Letters to Andy Warhol" exhibition is now calling a small but opulent wing of the grand Deutsches Museum home, under the title of Cadillac House Munich. One of the more well-received private......



Link About It: TONL is Making Stock Photography Less White

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:28:21 PDT

While stock photography is meant to represent everyday lives of everyday people, it's overwhelmingly (and inaccurately) white. With the belief that diversity leads to innovation, Karen Okonkwo and Joshua Kissi founded TONL—a stock photography company......



Kibrono's Kimono-Inspired Outerwear For All Genders: Conceived from friendship, made in LA, and designed for various uses

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:04:56 PDT

by Rachel Ciandella Lucas Allen and Blake Landis, founders of Kibrono, traveled together not long after an introduction from mutual friends. While on the trip they found themselves enjoying loose, flowing garments ​which​ they’d borrowed......



How and Why Converse Redesigned Their Logo: We speak with Adam Cohn, VP Global Brand Design, about the subtle but significant update

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:11:11 PDT

It’s possible you haven’t seen the new Converse logo, but it’s also possible you’ve seen it and not even realized it’s new. That’s because the redesigned mark draws inspiration directly from the brand’s heritage and uses elements that have been in......



Buy: Kids' Balance Bike

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:14:02 PDT

For little ones just learning to ride, this bike is pedal-free—encouraging kids to figure out the balance of a two-wheeler before attempting the real thing. Made for children around the age of three and up, the Balance Bike comes almost completely......



ListenUp: Samatha Urbani, Nine Inch Nails, Ash Shakur and more in this week's music

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:11:15 PDT

Samantha Urbani: Hints And Implications From her highly anticipated debut solo EP Policies Of Power, Samantha Urbani's '80s-inspired jam "Hints And Implications" is utterly addictive. With plenty of retro touches (including power riffs and that drum......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Art made from garbage, a Star Wars hotel, Japan's cute drone and more in our look around the web

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:00:11 PDT

1. Mobile Architecture's New Radical Homes There's more to mobile housing units than the trailer category. As design writer Rebecca Roke notes in her new book "Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move" (published by Phaidon), everything from floating......



RHA Festival, Punta Mita: Mexico's newest boutique event adds luxury to the equation

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:11:01 PDT

by Nicolas Stecher With boutique music festivals now a booming business, Mexico's four-day RHA Festival organizers knew there had to be something more. Of course, the musical talent was carefully selected for the stunning location, but RHA......



Champagne Pommery's "Louis Meets Poppy": A short film and signature cocktail from the prestigious French house as they launch their first California sparkling wine

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:11:10 PDT

Maison Pommery's played an innovative role in the Champagne market since 1874—when Madame Pommery (wife of then deceased founder Louis Pommery) invented Brut Champagne. In more recent years, Pommery's graced guests of the estate with exemplary......



Buy: Kammok Roo Kit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:42:22 PDT

Two brands that love the outdoors and great design, Topo Designs and Kammok have teamed up for a seriously fun hammock kit. Included is the 500-pound capacity Kammok Roo, which is designed for comfort and easy set-up (and the all-important packing......



Arc Phone Case's Advanced Ergonomics: A multifunctional X-shaped wrap for iPhones, Androids and the Google Pixel

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:10:43 PDT

In the phone case product category, just about everything feels as if it's been addressed, from waterproof and indestructible to bedazzled and novelty. And yet, the Arc Case—on Kickstarter now—doesn't look like any other and incorporates the functionality......



Behind the Profile of Rémy Martin Cognac: Guiding 900+ growing partners toward the best eau de vie and ultimately a refined spirit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:45:48 PDT

With cognac consumption on the rise around the world—including key markets like the US and China—an exhausted image of snifters in the hands of grandparents has been shed. Many consumers look to celebrities for recommendations. Some may even look back......



ListenUp: Ash Shakur: Never Alone

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:28 PDT

London-based Ash Shakur shares a properly uplifting message in his new track "Never Alone," which is impeccably produced by Scf Beats. The glittery song is intended for listeners who feel isolated and lonely, "When it feels like everything is over......



Buy: Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:15 PDT

Written by Elaine M Hayes, "Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan" explores the jazz musician and human/women's rights activist's incredible—yet often looked over—existence and legacy. From her early life in Jersey, to the ways in which......



ListenUp: Vale, Chester Bennington

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:02 PDT

Linkin Park vocalist and clearly beloved human, Chester Bennington has died, leaving behind a legacy. The band's take on nü-metal-influenced rock, in their debut Hybrid Theory was grand and dynamic—with excellent, crisp production. (That record garnered......



TRNK’s Debut Furniture Collection: The NYC-based retailer has designed Truss, their own range of home goods

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:11:05 PDT

Self-described "home enthusiasts," TRNK's co-founders Tariq Dixon and Nick Nemechek believe that your home is about self-expression and should be a sanctuary. After years of TRNK blending storytelling, editorial and commerce online it makes perfect......



Buy: Classic Silk Tie

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:50:15 PDT

There's nothing quite as dashing as the addition of a simple, black tie to a suit, and Australian label Mr Day offer two classics. The bow-tie and No. 58 Essential tie are both made from 100% silk and feature a delicate ribbed texture. Taking style......



COVE by Zaha Hadid Design for Boffi: A completely customizable sink and stovetop kitchen island

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:10:59 PDT

Even a quick glimpse at the late Dame Zaha Hadid's COVE kitchen for Boffi reveals the signature stylings of the acclaimed architect. The freestanding unit's smooth geometry makes reference to the curvilinear design of the MAXXI Museum of Art in......



ListenUp: Nine Inch Nails: This Isn't The Place

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:30:34 PDT

Hot off a riveting "Twin Peaks" cameo performance, Nine Inch Nails have released a second track, "This Isn't The Place," from tomorrow's forthcoming EP Add Violence. As the song's atmosphere thickens on piano progressions, an emotional climax (one......



Photographer Michael Hoerner's "Ilegal Pride" Exhibition: Powerful, celebratory images on display just blocks away from where they were captured

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:49:57 PDT

No image may ever be able to capture the complete sensations of NYC Pride—the ferociousness, liberated joy and unbounded togetherness—but photographer Michael Hoerner certainly comes close. In a series of vibrant images, punctuated by a large-scale......



Robb Vices' Clase Azul Tequila: A limited edition, collector-worthy reposado, extra-matured in sherry casks

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:42:55 PDT

Some days it feels as if we are only at the dawn of tequila's golden age—from a growing global appreciation to avid collectors and an ever-developing roster of super-premium products unlike any other. A new 20th anniversary Clase Azul tequila joins......



Link About It: New Study Proves Art Can Help With Wellness

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:58:39 PDT

According to a British all-party inquiry, it's evident that involvement in the arts can "keep people well, aid recovery from illness, help people live longer, better lives and save money in health and social services." With case studies and research......



Buy: Grafted: Plants by Kohei Oda, Pots by Adam Silverman

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:34:17 PDT

With 160 pages of photography by Shuji Yoshida and Joshua White, "Grafted" was printed in an edition of 1250 copies. The book is the upshot of two exhibitions by LA-based ceramicist Adam Silverman and award-winning Japanese plant sculptor Kohei Oda......



ListenUp: Samantha Urbani: Hints And Implications

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:08:01 PDT

From her highly anticipated debut solo EP Policies Of Power, Samantha Urbani's '80s-inspired jam "Hints And Implications" is utterly addictive. With plenty of retro touches (including power riffs and that drum machine), it's a punchy track that manages......



Buy: Four Sauce Sampler Kit

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:00:52 PDT

Manhattan cooking school and cafe Haven's Kitchen has just released a selection of pre-made savory sauces that you can use at home. The sampler set includes four flavors—Herby Chimichurri, Peanut Lemongrass, Kale Walnut Pesto, and Red Pepper Romesco......



Link About It: Thirza Schaap's Plastic Ocean Photographs

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:08:35 PDT

Creating art that furthers awareness of ocean pollution, Dutch photographer Thirza Schaap collects trash from Clifton Beach, Cape Town and makes something quite pretty from it. Arranging various items (from straws to flip-flops) into sculptures, she......



Link About It: Mobile Architecture's New Radical Homes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:21:10 PDT

There's more to mobile housing units than the trailer category. As design writer Rebecca Roke notes in her new book "Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move" (published by Phaidon), everything from floating cabins to trampoline tents now exist—thanks......



The Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills: LA's newest hotel debuts with ambitious culinary offerings, luxurious amenities and a very pet friendly attitude

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:45:26 PDT

From the moment guests enter the dramatic Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills foyer, it's clear they're in a town known for Hollywood glamour. Co-designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon with Gensler and Perkins+Will, the hotel is a modern interpretation of Art Deco......



Buy: Perfect Styptic Balm

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:02:56 PDT

Packed in an easy-to-grip and retractable tube, Glyder's hygienic Perfect Styptic Balm works on fresh shaving cuts. Their patent-pending formula uses anti-hemorrhagic agents which decreases post-shave bleeding, and incorporates healing ingredients......



Samsung's Chef Collection: WiFi-enabled, high-tech appliances that make your kitchen smarter

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:10:58 PDT

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick It's likely that your kitchen can be a lot more sophisticated than it is right now. Sure, you can buy a fancy blender or smart tableware—but items like that are accessories in the creation of a kitchen. To really......



Link About It: New Study Claims T-Rex Couldn't Run

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:12:42 PDT

Forget everything "Jurassic Park" taught you: Tyrannosaurus Rex couldn't actually run. Using a computer simulation, scientists at University of Manchester have calculated that the large theropod probably got to top speeds of 20km per hour—thanks to......



ListenUp: Melina Mae: Time Off Work

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:52:21 PDT

Before heading out on her tour, Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) released a bunch of "impulsive songs" under the moniker Melina Mae, one being "Time Off Work." The hazy, psychedelic tune is perfectly frowzy—aptly matching the song's title. The lyrics are......



Word of Mouth: Aix-en-Provence: Cézanne's workshop, a historic old town and some of the world's most magnificent light

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:52:32 PDT

A mention of the south of France often conjures visions of Slim Aarons-style grandeur, neatly positioned umbrellas stretching along strips of beach and perhaps a yacht or two. And yet, 30 minutes north of Marseilles (and easily accessible by an inexpensive......



Link About It: Japan's Cute Space Camera Drone

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:52:18 PDT

Japan's remote-controlled Internal Ball Camera (aka Int-Ball) is a camera drone that resides on the International Space Station—floating around taking footage that can be read in real time. Created completely with 3D printing, 2.2l-pound Int-Ball uses......



Buy: Mint Matcha

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:38:43 PDT

As matcha enthusiasts, we're certainly partial to a traditionally brewed green tea, but understand that there isn't always time for the full ceremony. Of all the bottled iterations we've tried, there's no doubt that MatchaBar's mint matcha is our favorite......



Maiden Home: Made-in-USA furniture in an unusually pain-free online shopping experience

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:10:48 PDT

Newcomer furniture brand Maiden Home sticks out from the well-known names we've grown up with, tackling a pretty difficult industry to enter. The e-commerce company offers made-to-order, customizable furniture built in the US at a price point you......



Link About It: Disney's Immersive Star Wars Hotel

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:54:41 PDT

Disney has announced that—along with the Star Wars-themed "Galaxy’s Edge" areas of their theme parks—they will be opening an immersive Star Wars hotel in Orlando, expected to open in 2019. Not only will guests dress up in themed clothing, but also......



Link About It: 22 Animators Create One Trailer

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:21:17 PDT

For anybody who watches Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty," the fact that the most recent trailer for the show is bonkers should come as no surprise. Some 22 artists contributed to the video, which is a "fantastic collaborative cocktail of animation techniques......



Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60: Scandinavian-influenced design meets high-tech safety and luxury in this new model

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:11:00 PDT

by Sue Mead Motoring along a two-lane roadway in Catalonia that coils through small Spanish villages, the views of Montserrat—a majestic, multi-peaked rocky range located near the port city of Barcelona—are dramatic. The Scandinavian-inspired interior......



Link About It: Advancing the Ancient Lettering of the New York Times Nameplate

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:36:10 PDT

Even before the Gutenberg printing press, Gothic (also known as Blackletter) was a well-known letterform—with roots dating back to the 700s. Gutenberg would make it the first-ever font. And, centuries later, Henry Jarvis Raymond would use it in the......



Buy: "NO" Cap

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:47:19 PDT

100% eco-friendly and fair-trade, this cap by Slow Factory is part of their Resist collection—and introduces a new, alternative voice in the politicized red hat movement. The cap is made in the USA and boldly embroidered "NO."—with that all-important......