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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: Best of Iceland's 10th Anniversary DesignMarch

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:55:27 PDT

Now a mainstay at the global design festival circuit, Iceland's DesignMarch makes for a gathering point of Nordic nations and a celebration of Icelandic vision. The three-day festival includes international DesignTalks at the iconic Harpa Concert Hall......

Baselworld 2018: Futuristic Novelties from Rebellion Timepieces: Wristwatches that defy traditional time-telling language and function

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:11:44 PDT

If their name lacks recognition, it can be blamed on their youth (a spritely 11 years young in a landscape of centuries-old Swiss brands) or their limited production (just 300 watches per style), but Rebellion Timepieces is not a small brand. In fact......

Buy: The Barista Touch

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:13:44 PDT

Entirely foolproof, Breville's Barista Touch has an intuitive touchscreen display that means making your morning brew is super-simple. With a three-second heat up time, built-in grinder, automatic milk texturing, and a pre-programmed coffee menu, it......

ListenUp: Superorganism: Havana (Camila Cabello Cover)

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:13:36 PDT

The very multi-cultural eight-piece band Superorganism has members from England, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, and have just taken on a track named for Cuba’s capital city. The cover version of Camila Cabello's hit "Havana" featuring......

Link About It: Google Doodle Celebrates Japanese Geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:37:31 PDT

The first woman to get a PhD in chemistry in Japan, geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi would have been 98 today and Google has honored her with her very own Google Doodle. Saruhashi's research (measuring molecules in seawater) revealed the radioactive fallout......

Link About It: Bill Cunningham's Secret Memoir

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:58:09 PDT

Legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunningham left behind a somewhat secret memoir which is set to publish later this year. Titled "Fashion Climbing," the book has been drafted several times, as a few revised versions were discovered in his immense......

The New Speakeasy Hidden Inside Freemans Restaurant, Banzarbar: A meticulously designed program that surprises and delights

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:10:59 PDT

There's a certain exploratory sensation experienced when strolling down NYC’s Freemans Alley for the first time, angling for the glowing lights of Freemans Restaurant in the distance. For the quality of its food and the character of its design, the......

Buy: Suede Pen Holder

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:13:17 PDT

Elevate your desk game with this 100% cow leather pen holder by Canadian brand Maple. Made with two ply suede, it's soft but sturdy—and roomy enough for more than just pens and pencils. Made in Canada, it's a subtle desk accessory, available in two......

Buy: Perry Throw Blanket

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:13:05 PDT

Available now for pre-order, Slow Down Studio's Perry throw blanket is designed by Melbourne-based Claire Ritchie and woven with 100% cotton. Measuring 54 by 70 inches, the colorful rainbow motif throw can be used on the couch, as an outdoor beach......

Link About It: Malmö Upcycling Service's "Odds & Ends" Made From Recycled Materials

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:04:47 PDT

Using waste materials to create new objects, Malmö Upcycling Service's "Odds & Ends" collection includes pieces made from "brick, glass, acrylic, stone, and sheet metal." Unveiled at Reykjavík, Iceland's DesignMarch last week, the range includes a......

David Dewane's Eudaimonia Machine at STORY: The NYC concept store's new Work/Space edition explores the future of the way we work

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:54:14 PDT

For its 40th installation, New York’s ever-changing concept store STORY is exploring work environments—and the future of work itself. The Work/Space edition is more than a shopping experience, it's also a co-working location and the first-ever space......

ListenUp: Czarface + MF DOOM: Bomb Thrown

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:31:36 PDT

Hip-hop supergroup Czarface (7L, Esoteric and Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck) have teamed up with masked rapper MF DOOM for the potent "Bomb Thrown" from their upcoming collaboration Czarface Meets Metal Face! Booming and gritty, the song makes......

Buy: Romeo Cap

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:07:08 PDT

Opening Ceremony teamed up with Carne Bollente for a collection of NSFW apparel and accessories that, at first glance are fairly innocuous, but look closer and you'll see couples engaged all kinds of sex acts. This cap is a little safer, with a topless......

The House of Harry Winston's San Francisco Salon: An iconic Union Square space reimagined with splendor

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:10:57 PDT

200 Post Street, a corner building in San Francisco's Union Square neighborhood, has long been a destination for the sale of fine jewelry. An architectural landmark, it housed retailers Shreve & Co until 2015. After 109 years at the site, the SF-based......

Link About It: Retail's Brick-and-Mortar Reasoning in the Age of Amazon

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:37:07 PDT

At Shoptalk retail conference, brands found themselves doing more than outlining next moves. Much attention has been given to redefining purpose and even defending their right to continue, in essence proving that Amazon doesn't have the might to close......

ListenUp: Twin Shadow: Brace

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:36:56 PDT

Featuring Rainsford, "Brace" appears on Twin Shadow's Caer—the first LP to be released since the band's tour bus accident, and frontman George Lewis Jr's subsequent reconstructive hand surgery. It may borrow those pulsing synths from Art of Noise's......

Link About It: IBM Reveals "The World’s Smallest Computer"

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:38:31 PDT

At IBM Think 2018, the tech company unveiled what they claim is the world's smallest computer. The machine (smaller than a grain of sea salt) cost less than 10 cents to manufacture and has the computing power of an old x86 chip. That's enough for it......

"Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts" at Schaulager Basel: Eerie, irreverent and at times uncomfortable, a career-spanning exhibition on the artist

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:10:36 PDT

"Get out of my mind, get out of this room," Bruce Nauman's recorded voice quietly, maddeningly implores over and over again. These words also function as the name of Nauman's piece which is nothing more than a room, the aforementioned recording and......

ListenUp: Book Club: Heartbeats

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:32:21 PDT

For all the genres in the music industry in flux, in development or getting overhauled, it seems like good old grungy hard rock hasn't been met with the same effort. And yet, this is what's at stake with Book Club, a Brooklyn-based band with gravity......

Buy: "March for Our Lives" Coin Pendant

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:03:52 PDT

After the Parkland shooting, NYC-based designer Sarah Magid decided to make something tangible that supports March for Our Lives. Inspired by ancient Roman and Greek symbolism, she created a recycled bronze coin pendant which reads "We Demand Change......

MB&F + L'Epée 1839's "The Fifth Element" Weather Station: An entirely mechanical UFO featuring a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:15:17 PDT

No one in the world of horlogerie understands the dual-force effect of science fiction with purpose quite like MB&F. On a broader level, every release from the imaginative design house emphasizes the power of artistic and technical exploration, and......

ListenUp: Lou Phelps feat. Jazz Cartier: Come Inside

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:01:29 PDT

Canadian rapper Lou Phelps joins forces with KAYTRANADA (who also happens to be his brother) and Jazz Cartier for the buoyant bop "Come Inside." Seemingly crafted for a summertime outdoor dance floor, the tune is bouncy and sunny. Phelps borrows some......

Link About It: Sustainable LEGO Blocks from Plant-Based Plastic

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:14:47 PDT

New LEGO blocks made from polyethylene (which is based on and sourced from sugarcane) are to be released this year, beginning a new sustainable direction for the iconic company. While the material is flexible and soft, the new blocks will be identical......

Road Trip: NYC to Baltimore: We use Silvercar's super-efficient service for a drive down to Charm City

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:14:31 PDT

California's coast offers so many types of adventure as it stretches from the warm Baha border through the crisp cutoff of Oregon's forests. Yet there's nothing quite so alluring as the lush, beachy mid-section of the state: California’s central coast......

Link About It: Farewell, Stephen Hawking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:02:46 PDT

Perhaps the world's most celebrated icon of contemporary science, physicist and author Stephen Hawking has died. At 76 years old, Hawking was an anomaly himself—expected to live just a few years after being diagnosed with ALS when he was 21 (while......

Buy: Cordura Hip Bag

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:51:26 PDT

Made from 100% nylon cordura (with a reinforced bottom and sides), NOAH's durable new waist bag includes plenty of practical features. Ideal for city commuters, the bag is water-resistant with a zip-closure to secure belongings. There's also a folding......

Test Drive: 2018 Maserati Levante: We put the luxury SUV to the test in the desert of the UAE

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:10:42 PDT

Until a couple of years ago, crossing the Sharjah desert in a Maserati would have been impossible. But in the Italian sportscar maker's new sport utility vehicle, it's both possible and pleasing. Maserati's first-ever SUV, the Levante, went on sale......

Link About It: Pritzker Winner Balkrishna Doshi's Work for the People

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:04:37 PDT

Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, the 2018 Pritzker Prize winner, certainly has a roster of showpiece commissions that demonstrate imagination. His greatest architectural development, however, might be Aranya—the low-cost housing projects he established......

Interview: Designer Es Devlin: Design Indaba 2018's keynote speaker on the process of creating a visual voice

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:53:40 PDT

Es Devlin played the violin while growing up in East Sussex. But, the British designer told the crowd at Design Indaba’s recent conference, she also drew pictures of her violin. With instruments, she was always curious about "what went into it visually......

ListenUp: Craig Mack feat. Notorious BIG, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes + Rampage: Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:45:04 PDT

Craig Mack—the first artist signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy label—has passed away at just 46 years old. First making waves when he was featured on a remix of Mary J. Blige's "You Don't Have To Worry" (1993), he rose to fame at the same time as Notorious......

Buy: Red Jacket Watch

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:37:40 PDT

This classic Swatch watch style gets a traditional update by way of a very British pattern. The "Red Jacket" design is old school hunting-inspired, with horses, hounds and more making their way across the dial and strap. With a silicone and plastic......