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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: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:53 PST

 



Link About It: Art Vinyl's Nominees for Best Cover Art, 2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:19:57 PST

Voting for Art Vinyl's yearly competition of best cover art has just opened, and the nominees are as impressive (some surprising) as you'd expect. From recent releases like Boneface's illustration for Queens of the Stone Age's Villains to Jimmy Turrell......



Inside the Brand New Louvre Abu Dhabi: From Da Vinci to Ai Wei Wei, in a stunning Jean Nouvel building that embraces the sea and sky

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:16:30 PST

While in Dubai for Design Week, we took the opportunity to take a quick tour of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, possibly the most anticipated architectural opening of the year. The museum, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, welcomed their first guests just......



Buy: Cuckoo Clock

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:11:10 PST

Partnering with German clockmaker Hubert Herr, Best Made Co has produced a limited edition, fully mechanical cuckoo clock (that must be wound once a day). It's been handmade in Germany's Black Forest, with fir and birch sourced from the country. Herr......



Piaule's Minimalist Ceramic Vessels: Mindfully made pieces, crafted painstakingly in the USA

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:11:27 PST

Only one set of dishware—a ceramic bowl and a plate—brings me joy daily. They were handmade for Piaule, an online-only brand that is painstakingly perfecting homewares one at a time; and as a testament to their work, I've never felt the need to......



Link About It: Sleep Through Anything with the New Bose Sleepbuds

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:56:12 PST

Two years ago, Hush created noise-canceling earbuds that could silence all types of sounds that disturb sleepers. With the help of a crowdfunded campaign on Indiegogo—reaching around $500,000—BOSE acquired the brand and its technology. The Sleepbud......



ListenUp: Björk: The Cover Mix

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:59:47 PST

With a track list that includes flute, various birdsong from Iceland and the music of Kelela, Kelly Lee Owens, Arca, Steve Reich and Serpentwithfeet, Björk's "The Cover Mix" is a mind-bending sonic adventure stretched across 46+ minutes. Assembled......



Dubai Design Week 2017: Global Grad Show: Design problem-solving from 43 countries across six continents

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:51:28 PST

Sometimes graduate shows can be a mixed bag. There are great ideas but poor output or beautiful products without much to say. That said, some such shows are exceptionally interesting, and this is the case with Global Grad Show. The international showcase......



Link About It: Farewell, Lil Peep

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:19:06 PST

Lil Peep, a musician who rose to prominence over the last two years—blending rap, emo, trap and pop—has passed away at just 21 years old. Peep (born Gustav Ahr) recorded most of his songs in his DTLA bedroom, many of which explored mental health issues......



Buy: Clip Clip Spoon

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:31:38 PST

HAY's minimalist, architecture-inspired designs continue to impress, this time with their multi-tasking Clip Clip Spoon. The clever kitchen utensil doubles up as a measuring spoon and a clip that can seal a bag—whether it's coffee, sugar or anything......



Veuve Clicquot Champagne Extra Brut Extra Old: A new cuvée made entirely from vintage reserve wines

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:11:09 PST

From the elegant packaging to the silky sips sparkling post-pour, Veuve Clicquot's forthcoming Extra Brut Extra Old champagne embodies the best of brand's capabilities. This is a wondrous, well-priced premium cuvée and the result of internal invention......



Link About It: Kickstarter Launches Drip for Artists Seeking Support

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:45:57 PST

Launching with 64 artists (including CH favorite Shantell Martin) Drip is Kickstarter's new artist support platform. The crowdfunding giant purchased Drip—originally a service for musicians—last year. Now, it will enable sponsors to invest in the careers......



ListenUp: Loma: Black Willow

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:56:03 PST

An introductory track and video, "Black Willow" more or less announces Loma, a band featuring Shearwater singer Jonathan Meiburg, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record. Together, they've produced eerie, mesmerizing soundscapes set to a......



Link About It: Finally, a Hijab-Wearing Barbie

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:11:03 PST

While Mattel's Barbie doll isn't generally known for being progressive (from her unrealistic body to the fact that the first black Barbies still had caucasian features), the doll has recently made a positive step forward. Inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad......



Redesigning the 2018 Infiniti QX80: Alfonso Albaisa, Senior VP of Global Design for the company, addresses their new approach

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:10:34 PST

by Andrew Maness Sometimes a minor refresh goes a long way, and such is certainly the case with the recently debuted 2018 Infiniti QX80. CH got a sneak peak at the QX80 last month in Los Angeles and it's clear the subtle changes to company's flagship......



Depth Photography Apps and the New iPhones: Both the 8+ and the X capture detailed and editable depth data when shooting photos in portrait mode

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:11:25 PST

Apple introduced Portrait Mode awhile back utilizing the dual lenses on their plus model phones to map depth in an image and blur out the background, creating the effect of a fast lens with the aperture wide open. With both the iPhone 8+ and the......



Buy: Naughty + Nice Key Rings

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:03:30 PST

Philadelphia's Three Potato Four has a wide range of retro hotel-inspired key rings, but this year they have released a catchy, limited edition style just for the holiday season. Available in white on pink, or red on white, they say "Naughty" on one......



ListenUp: Ella Vos: I Know You Care

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:58:12 PST

With "I Know You Care," Ella Vos continues her string of beautiful, powerful electro-pop tracks. Once again, the LA-based songwriter and vocalist delivers sing-along lyrics of tremendous depth. Her highly anticipated debut album Words I Never Said......



Link About It: Unearthing Julia Gorton's Photos of '70s-Era CBGBs

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:52:48 PST

Perhaps not as well-known as the people she photographed, Julia Gorton was a common sight at NYC's infamous CBGBs. Photographing everybody from Blondie to Billy Idol, DEVO and Tom Verlaine, Gorton spent plenty of time with her Polaroid camera capturing......



Thoughtful New Insights from Jeff and Mark Bezos: Summit's first content release focuses on an intimate dialogue with predictions for the future

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:11:45 PST

For their first Sessions video release, the team behind Summit have shared a conversation from their most recent Los Angeles ideas festival, hosted back on 4 November. For it, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his TED talk-delivering brother Mark Bezos......



Link About It: Another Side of Grace Jones in New Documentary "Bloodlight and Bami"

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:49:43 PST

In filmmaker Sophie Fiennes' latest documentary, "Bloodlight and Bami," the auteur follows icon Grace Jones. For five years, Fiennes captured Jones' charm and power, but also insights into her rarely seen sides—for example, time at home with family......



Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Presents Under $25: Keep the spending to a minimum and the good times to the max

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:29:55 PST

The holidays can be expensive, but don't have to be. We've trawled the internet for feel-good gifts that are useful, entertaining or inspirational—from grooming products to games and toys, these presents won't cost more than $25. These days, perhaps......



Buy: MW60 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:03:10 PST

Master & Dynamic's flagship MW60 wireless over-ear headphones are now available in a few new colorways for their 2017 holiday capsule collection, including olive green, camouflage, and black on black leather. As expected, the high-quality headphones......



Oak & Oscar's The Jackson Flyback Chronograph Wristwatches: A hand-wound piece of exceptional merit from the Chicago-based brand

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:11:40 PST

In the watch world, brands like Oak & Oscar make it easy to be excited about boutique horological designers. Their latest piece, The Jackson, represents both ambition and cohesion. This limited edition 40mm flyback chronograph carries plenty of......



Link About It: Archivist Rick Prelinger's Filmic Glimpse of Demolished New York

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:05:19 PST

A captivating urban history lesson crafted from old home movies and even "process plates" from commercial films, "Lost Landscapes of New York" is an archivist's vision of a demolished NYC. Rick Prelinger has assembled a filmic piece that explores the......



ListenUp: Faith No More: We Care a Lot

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:20:57 PST

Former frontman of Faith No More, Chuck Mosley sadly passed away at 57 years old. During the mid '80s, when Faith No More was pioneering alt-metal (which ultimately made way for rap-rock), Mosley was the vocalist on the breakout hit "We Care a Lot......



Eric Junker's Road Trip: We speak with the artist about painting murals from Los Angeles to Louisiana

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:11:31 PST

After years working as a painter, performance artist, and creating installations, Eric Junker started an advertising agency with a friend. Their Hollywood office was just above one of their favorite restaurants, and this positioning led to a poster......



A Dreamy Journey Through an Undulating Rainbow: Per La Mente explores the Oakland Museum of California invites viewers into a meditative technicolor wonderland

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:11:50 PST

Open the doors to the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)'s Great Hall and you are enveloped in near-total darkness: a wide tunnel-like walkway with a pulsating color show glimmering on a screen at the opposite end. It's a little daunting, this darkness......



Buy: The Fraggle Rock Collection Chocolate Bars

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 02:33:54 PST

Inspired by Jim Henson's beloved television show "Fraggle Rock," a metaphor for diversity and cohabiting peacefully, Brooklyn chocolatiers the Mast Brothers have released five limited edition bars, each featuring a different character. The brand selected......



ListenUp: Little Simz, NE-HI with Jamila Woods, Nilüfer Yanya and more in our musical round-up

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:11:09 PST

NE-HI feat. Jamila Woods: The Times I'm Not There Two Chicago acts have joined forces for SocialWorks, a charity benefiting Chicago public schools. Rock group NE-HI's "The Times I'm Not There" was originally released in 2014—though this new version......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Naming space objects, a new design for Rockefeller Center Plaza, the history of pink and more in our look at the web

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 06:11:09 PST

1. Help NASA Nickname New Horizons’ Next Target A small, frozen world known as (486958) 2014 MU69 is the next flyby destination for NASA's New Horizons. Understandably, the space agency thinks it needs a snappier name. Some billion miles past......



Jameson's The Blender's Dog Irish Whiskey Reaches the US: It's butterscotch notes all the way in this second release from the brand's Whiskey Makers series

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:11:07 PST

One can gage from its name that The Blenders Dog is an homage expression from Jameson. That said, it's not an ode to a pawed pet. Rather, this second expression to be released from the Whiskey Makers Series, goes out to the brand's Head Blender......



ListenUp: Little Simz feat. Tilla: Poison Ivy

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:39:11 PST

London-based Little Simz released "Poison Ivy" last year, but now the chilled out tune with Tilla has its own video. The moody black and white video perfectly accompanies the tune about difficult, toxic love—with Simz alone, playing the guitar. The......



ListenUp: Breaking Forms: Carnival

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:35:07 PST

From Boston-based Breaking Forms' recently released second EP DOS, "Carnival" reflects developments in Chilean New Wave—or all New Wave for that matter. Husband and wife duo Nicole L'Huillier and Juan Necochea formed the band in Chile just prior to......



Ruvan Wijesooriya: Explore the Expansion of Space: The talented photographer takes a meditative approach to a series of abstract images shot around the Yucatán Peninsula

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:22:23 PST

If Mick Rock is the "the man who shot the '70s," consider Ruvan Wijesooriya the guy who snapped the aughts. You might know him as the official lensman behind the book “LCD” or the photographer who captures fashion editorials for major magazines, but......



Buy: "Tree House" Room Spray

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 03:29:03 PST

Of course the actual fragrances of BYREDO's new range of room sprays are the most important, but the oversized black glass bottles are so sophisticated that you'll want to have it on display. Available in Bibliotheque, Cotton Poplin and Tree House......



Link About It: Rockefeller Center Plaza's Radical Redesign

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:43:29 PST

Italian architects Citterio-Viel & Partners have been tasked with the future of one of NYC's best-known landmarks: Rockefeller Center Plaza. A rendering has been revealed, showing the planned redesign. It will add 35,000 square feet of retail space......



Lazy Oaf's New Line: G.E.M.: Drawing inspiration from Cyndi Lauper and Barbara Cartland, a flamboyantly fun and frilly collection

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 03:11:00 PST

by Sun Bak We've been longtime devotees of Lazy Oaf, the fun London-based label that truly lets you wear your (even most curmudgeonly) feelings on your sleeves. Founder Gemma Shiel launches new pet project G.E.M. today, and the statement pieces......



Link About It: COS + Snarkitecture's Huge Marble Run in Seoul

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:58:46 PST

Suspended from the ceiling of Seoul's Gana Art Gallery is COS and Snarkitecture's latest collaboration: a huge, lilac-colored marble run. The installation (titled "Loop") has four tracks on which every five seconds, a glass marble is released and travels......



Studio Visit: The Herman Miller Archive: We speak with Amy Auscherman about how looking back helps the brand move forward

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:42:16 PST

On a recent visit to Herman Miller's headquarters we explored their impressive corporate archive. There we found many expected things like correspondence, old catalogs, sketches, swatches and rare pieces of furniture, along with unexpected treasures......



The World's First Ceramic Mug With Temperature Control, From Ember: An easy-to-use app moderates the heat of the liquid within

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:11:06 PST

Employing the same technology as their wildly successful Travel Mug, Ember's new Ceramic Mug impresses with its sheer simplicity. While it feels like an everyday ceramic mug, it allows users to moderate the temperature of the beverage within. There......



Buy: Bison Quilted Throw Blanket

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:16:54 PST

Made in the USA, United by Blue's Bison Quilted Throw Blanket features B100 insulation, drawn from 60% Bison fiber and 40% regenerated polyester. It measures 50 by 70 inches, and an eight-inch baffling reflects classic design. Adaptive warmth is key......



Olivia Wendel's Handpainted Scarves: Why the Brooklyn-based artist finds wool and silk to be the fitting canvas for her work

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 01:11:23 PST

The last time we wrote about Olivia Wendel, it was back in 2014—her stained silk tapestries were a notable highlight in that year's annual RISD graduate thesis exhibit. Armed with an MFA in textile design, the now-Brooklyn-based painter has since......



Link About It: A New High (Note) at the Met Opera

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:40:46 PST

In 137 years, NYC's The Metropolitan Opera has played host to many firsts. And yet, only with their new opera production, Thomas Adès' "The Exterminating Angel," has the venue heard an A above high note. Soprano Audrey Luna delivers the masterful moment......



Link About It: Help NASA Nickname New Horizons’ Next Target

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:58:26 PST

A small, frozen world known as (486958) 2014 MU69 is the next flyby destination for NASA's New Horizons. Understandably, the space agency thinks it needs a snappier name. Some billion miles past Pluto, MU69 is located in the Kuiper Belt and is now......



ListenUp: NE-HI feat. Jamila Woods: The Times I'm Not There

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:58:05 PST

Two Chicago acts have joined forces for SocialWorks, a charity benefiting Chicago public schools. Rock group NE-HI's "The Times I'm Not There" was originally released in 2014—though this new version features the beautiful vocals of Jamila Woods and......



Mean Streets: NYC 1970-1985: Black and white photos from when the sidewalks were open-air stages

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:57:03 PST

by Sun Bak In a time when people seem to pause only to snap the picturesque, new photo book "Mean Streets: NYC 1970-1985" is an important reminder to take off the smartphone-induced blinders. The book is compiled of largely never-before-printed......



Buy: Magic Hour Photo Club Snapback

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:19:54 PST

To kick off Magic Hour Photo Club, Booooooom's forthcoming series of photography projects, they've launched with a 100% cotton snapback hat. The limited edition item features a woven label, small camouflage tag, and front and side embroidery. For photographers......



Previewing the 2018 Winter Olympics' Holland Heineken House: Why the Dutch organize a national house open to the public for every Games

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:11:11 PST

There are fewer than 100 days to go until the opening ceremonies at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea—the second time the country has hosted the Olympics, with the last being back in Seoul in 1988. There will be 102 medals up for grabs......



ListenUp: Nilüfer Yanya: Baby Luv (ALASKALASKA Remix)

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:32:51 PST

A remix that shakes the core of the original track, ALASKALASKA's take on Nilüfer Yanya's Baby Luv truly sparkles. The six-piece London group has turned the track into a synth-pop wonder—morphing it from its striking grunge origins. The original debuted......



Link About It: The History of the Color Pink

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:28:30 PST

Known in Chinese as "foreign color," pink has a rich and interesting history—in nature, art and culture. From its use in the 1700s in fashion and decor, to the 18th century Rococo movement, and today's "millennial pink" craze, it's a hue that has plenty......