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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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Buy: Sharon Jones + The Dap Kings "It's a Holiday Soul Party" LP

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:55:55 PST

While Sharon Jones sadly is no longer be with us, her vast repertoire of soulful tunes remains. A new limited edition pressing of her (along with the Dap Kings, of course) "It's A Holiday Soul Party," on green vinyl, offers the ideal opportunity to......

Cybex Priam: We road test the Eames-inspired car seat and stroller system

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:10:24 PST

Renowned for its sleek lines and handling, the latest German design that has our hearts aflutter, surprisingly, is not a car. It’s the Cybex Priam, an elegant, highly functional stroller and car seat system. The Red Dot design award-winning products......

Link About It: The Dark Historic Associations of Gingerbread

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:42:47 PST

From violent literary associations to war-driven distribution, the history of gingerbread cookies happens to be tinged with darkness. According to historians, ginger first entered the European world of baking in the Middle Ages, after centuries of......

Shinola's Jewelry and Watches for Women: The Detroit-based company joins forces with Pamela Love for thoughtfully designed delights

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:48:51 PST

Although women have been buying and wearing Shinola's watches for years, not long ago, head designer Daniel Caudill and the Shinola team decided it was time to create thoughtfully designed, high-quality accessories especially for women. “We noticed......

Link About It: Photos of Cuba Through the Lens of Its Youth

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:54:53 PST

Days before Fidel Castro died, National Geographic met with 21 young Cuban people (from students to professionals) and talked about what it means to them to be Cuban. The discussion was part of a National Geographic Photo Camp whose aim was "to teach......

Miami Art Week 2016: Sun Xun's "Reconstruction of the Universe" for Audemars Piguet: An immersive installation of epic proportions for Art Basel

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:44:42 PST

There's no denying the substantial perks of hosting Art Basel in the city of Miami during the month of December. Some of the most powerful works during the entire week can be found outdoors, but one such piece does more than bask in the Magic City......

Link About It: The Christmas Bauble Redesigned

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:03:36 PST

A frequent supporter of the art and design world, Bombay Sapphire has tapped six design firms to reimagine Christmas decorations for the modern age—all of which will be unveiled in the coming weeks on It's Nice That. The first, by Brooklyn-based Richard......

Buy: Swan Backpack

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:03:26 PST

Made in Canada with fabric sourced from a time-honored American mill, mimiTENS' waxed cotton backpack is a kid-sized version of a bag you’d carry yourself. The simple design keeps utility at the forefront by removing tricky zippers in favor of a pull......

Buy: Indigo Camo Bomber Jacket

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:03:20 PST

Made in a very limited edition of just 10, 3x1's indigo camo bomber jacket is a sophisticated take on the oftentimes casual print. Made from printed satin and with stretch knit banding on the collar, cuffs and waistband, the bomber remains faithful......

Interview: Volvo VP of Design, Thomas Ingenlath: Discussing the V90 Cross Country and why it's defined as a rugged wagon

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:04:05 PST

by Michael Frank After Volvo debuted the V90 earlier this year, its loveliest wagon in ages, it has been announced that it will come (in late 2017 in the US) with a slightly lifted version, the V90 Cross Country. It’s penned by the same hand that......

Link About It: Google's 30-Year Time Lapse

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:14:05 PST

From the astounding removal of trees in Whitesville, West Virginia, to make way for coal mining; to the depletion of the Aral Sea (between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) due to farming; and the Langhovde Glacier melting, Google's 30-decade time-lapse videos......

ListenUp: Temples: Certainty (Franz Ferdinand Remix)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:56:36 PST

British band Temples' track "Certainty" (their first release since a 2014 debut record) began its life as a synth-tinged, psychedelic tune, but has just been given a rework by Franz Ferdinand. The reimagining is more electronic—that's obvious within......

Link About It: The Stories Behind Iconic Record Covers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:49:40 PST

While art should (and does) speak for itself, there's no denying the thrill of learning the fascinating stories behind it. Record covers are no different, and NME has surfaced some interesting behind-the-scenes info regarding iconic cover art. From......

Buy: Glass French Press

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:49:35 PST

Taking a classic design and adding beautiful contemporary flair, Saint Augustine, FL-based Yield's Glass French Press is made from premium heat-proof borosilicate glass, so it can withstand super-high temperatures. Available in gray, orange or clear......

ListenUp: Justice: Fire

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:49:27 PST

From French duo Justice's third LP Woman (released this month) comes the video "Fire." Taking tips directly from the album name, the Pascal Teixeira-directed video stars one of America's favorite women, Susan Sarandon, in a retro-vibed clip that channels......

Miami Art Week 2016: MM6 Maison Margiela + Aaron De La Cruz: The brand's first-ever Design District pop-up shop features a striking, on-site only artist collaboration

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:50:02 PST

Across the street from their permanent Miami Design District boutique—which played host to a stunning glass and crystal installation way back during Miami Art Week 2013—luxury fashion innovators Maison Margiela have opened the doors to their MM6......

Link About It: Why the Concept of a Healthy Breakfast is Linked to Religion

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:49:17 PST

Did you know that John Harvey Kellogg (aka creator of the breakfast cereal brand) was deeply-religious and believed "masturbation was the greatest evil, which bland, healthy foods like corn flakes could prevent"? Weirdly, this is related to our fairly......

ListenUp: Burial: Young Death

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:49:07 PST

The notoriously public-shy electronic music producer Burial may have never performed a live set, but he knows how to appease loyal fans. His latest two-track record comes as a Christmas present for those who've been waiting since 2013's EP Rival Dealer......

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Solid Food: Delectable delights for cooking (and eating) enthusiasts

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:49:50 PST

As the holidays get closer and closer, we're launching our beloved Gift Guides—and while the season can get stressful, our aim is to make choosing presents a lot easier. While buying products for each other is the traditional route, make sure to consider......

lululemon men: Photographer Ryan Plett: Captivating imagery from the NYC-based portrait artist

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:10:28 PST

In the last year the number of men we’re seeing wearing lululemon has increased drastically. Known since its early days for making yoga clothes for women, the Vancouver-based brand added menswear in 2013, around the same time they broadened their athletic......

ListenUp: Unreleased music from Prince, Georgia collaborates with Caroline Polachek, a live Kate Bush video and more

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:51:02 PST

Prince: Moonbeam Levels Recorded in 1982 (during the time he was making 1999), Prince's "Moonbeam Levels" was live-streamed today for the first time ever. The track is classic '80s Prince—buoyant guitars, glitzy drum machines and the beloved musician......

Buy: Holiday Cookie Plate

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:20:19 PST

For all the baking ambition one may have at this time of year, sometimes it's just time-saving to buy well-made holiday cookies instead. Our friends at Mouth Foods have assembled a "best of" care package featuring some mouth-watering seasonal favorites......

Link About It: This Week's Picks: A missing Frida Kahlo painting found, where to stargaze at ancient places, what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers and more

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:10:38 PST

1. Embracing "Ugly" Food There are a bunch of US-based food-delivery companies (such as Imperfect Produce, Hungry Harvest and Perfectly Imperfect) that are encouraging us to embrace so-called "ugly" produce. From carrots with two legs to oranges......

Buy: Sync Platter

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:21:42 PST

Glass artist Kumiko Nakajima of design firm MONO and her furniture designer husband John Quan have united their skills to create a minimal platter ideal for wine and cheese dinner parties—and easy clean-up afterward. Crafted from Tasmanian Oak in the......

Link About It: Frida Kahlo Painting Found After 60 Years

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:53:25 PST

Frida Kahlo's painting "Niña Con Collar" (1929) has been missing for 60 years—in fact, the only reason it was known to exist at all is because of a photo of it. The artwork has been rediscovered, however, and now its history has been revealed. Since......

Buy: Atlas 150 Pasta Maker

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:56:38 PST

With over 80 years of experience, Italian homeware company Mercato knows a thing or three about pasta—and any noodle enthusiast knows that homemade iterations taste far superior to store-bought, dry versions. Not only does the hand-cranked Atlas 150......

Cooking with Bottarga Dell'Isola: This all-natural delicacy, known as the "poor man's caviar," makes for a dynamic ingredient or exceptional stand-alone hors d'oeuvres

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:10:30 PST

It's understandable if you haven't yet heard of bottarga, as there are many names around the world for this umami-rich epicurean delicacy. For those familiar with the dried, pressed and salted roe (or filled egg sack) of the grey mullet fish, it still......

Buy: Shell Case for iPhone

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:22:58 PST

While we traditionally shy away from branding on iPhone cases, there's something definitively charming about the embossed octopus on Nodus' new shell case. The slim top vegetable-tanned Italian leather item is otherwise visually minimal but there are......

ListenUp: Georgia feat. Caroline Polachek: Ama Yes Uzume

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:58:26 PST

Beyond the synth and strings, it's hard to place the exact sonic origins of what comes together in New York duo Georgia's stunning experimental track "Ama Yes Uzume." That is, of course, except for the magnificent guest vocals by Chairlift's Caroline......

Link About It: First We Feast's Guide to Thanksgiving Leftovers

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:07:45 PST

One of the greatest joys associated with the holiday of Thanksgiving happens to be leftovers. From second dinners the same night to breakfast and lunch the next day (and beyond), food continues to be consumed. The team at First We Feast has written......

Amsterdam's Raynsie High Performance Rain Gear: A full-body coverall that fights unsavory weather conditions with a positive spirit

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:05:14 PST

Amsterdam is known for many things, but cyclists and rain (with a whopping 250 rainy days a year) can be found pretty high up on the notable list. Aware of the latter, and wanting to give back to the city, Amsterdam-based creative agency 72 and Sunny......

Buy: Collection For A Cause Skincare Set

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:31:55 PST

A joint venture between Kiehl's and Brooklyn-based art collective FAILE (aka Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller), this collection of luxe skincare products sees 100% of net profits going toward non-profit Feeding America. The set includes Daily Reviving......

Link About It: Five Thanksgiving Playlists From The Washington Post

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:52 PST

As writer James David Jacobs reminds us, there's no established holiday music for Thanksgiving as there is for Christmas and even Halloween. With that in mind, Jacobs assembled an epic classical playlist, broken down for before dinner, during and after......

Buy: Kink Vinegar Bottle

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:10:24 PST

With a kink intentionally formed during a traditional glass-blowing process, Jam Factory's Kink Vinegar Bottle carries an extra bit of uncommon personality. The simple design flourish lends the bottle an ergonomic edge, allowing for a easy handling......