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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: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

 



Buy: Varvunraita Oven Mitten

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:28:26 PST

Featuring the pattern that Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi designed in 1958, Marimekko's "Varvunraita" oven mitten adds a little flair to the kitchen, without being too kitsch or cutesy. The polyester filling will keep your hands protected, and the outer......



ListenUp: Rhye, Austra, Schultz + Forever and more in this week's musical round-up

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:11:13 PST

Ezra Furman: Love You So Bad It's no small wonder to make a song that's altogether likable, relatable and admirable. Ezra Furman does this with "Love You So Bad," which has just been released in video form, directed by frequent collaborator Joseph......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: From flushable pregnancy tests to pizza awards and more, our look around the internet

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:11:41 PST

1. New Art Books for Kids The team at Artsy has put together a list of 11 new art books for children—that adults will certainly enjoy too. From biographical-style stories to illustration-driven narratives and even cookbooks, these creative titles......



Elegant, Powerful Airmega HEPA Air Purifiers: Well-sized, app-connected appliances for cleaner breathing

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:11:31 PST

In the quest for air purification at home, one has to shuffle through a lot of products before finding something that actually works well and looks good. Through an extended test of the Airmega 400S—one of four products the brand offers—we are......



Link About It: National Geographic's 57 Best Photos of 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:23:29 PST

From beautiful to devastating, National Geographic's 57 best photos of the year are stunning. Curated from 112 stories and two million images, the images that made the final cut range from fireflies in the Santa Clara Sanctuary to heartbreaking scenes......



On The Tequila Herradura Express From Guadalajara: Sipping cocktails on a luxury train passing through fields of agave into the heart of Jalisco

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:37:49 PST

With a golden sun rising in the horizon, guests walk through an uncommonly quiet train station (for a bustling Mexican city) and onto a platform dedicated to just one train, the Tequila Herradura Express. For all its shimmering whimsicality, the recently......



Buy: Greenwich Black Watch

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:30:04 PST

It all comes down to the details with Washington Square Watches' Greenwich Black, a 38mm square wristwatch in all black stainless steel with a coppery rose gold-like seconds subdial and indices. Still in the minimal design category, this watch distances......



ListenUp: Ezra Furman: Love You So Bad

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:02:04 PST

It's no small wonder to make a song that's altogether likable, relatable and admirable. Ezra Furman does this with "Love You So Bad," which has just been released in video form, directed by frequent collaborator Joseph Brett. There's a dramatic and......



Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Green Rush: From pastilles to pipes, gifts for all the cannabis enthusiasts in your life

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:59 PST

This has been yet another year for immense steps forward for the industry, laws and use of cannabis. From edibles to topicals, toking accessories and more, there's no doubt that services and products are becoming more sophisticated. As enthusiasts......



Buy: Camo 20" International Lightweight Carry-On

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:43:34 PST

Limited to 10 pieces, Zero Halliburton's polycarbonate and impact-resistant Camo 20" International Lightweight Carry-On weighs less than five pounds. The exclusive camo colorway makes a statement, but so do all the features found within, from multiple......



Temple Contemporary + David Lang's "Symphony for a Broken Orchestra" : A performance on damaged instruments to benefit public schools, from the acclaimed composer

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:11:46 PST

In the first week of December at the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, 400 or so instruments recovered from some 1000+ in a musical graveyard united in the hands of hundreds of professionals and students to perform a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning......



ListenUp: Schultz + Forever: Backwards

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:33:19 PST

With an '80s-style exuberance and a NSFW music video that starts with a statement-making shot, "Backwards" makes for quite the experience. The vision of Schultz + Forever's Jonathan Schultz and directors Glen Bay Grant and Ejner Seidelin, the music......



Buy: Big Sur Room Spray

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:36:14 PST

Made with 100% essential oils, this room spray was crafted to smell like California's lovely central coast—Big Sur. With balsam fir, citrus and birch tar, it's woody but fresh. Add a few drops to an oil diffuser or simply spray directly from the bottle......



Link About It: New Art Books for Kids

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:34:39 PST

The team at Artsy has put together a list of 11 new art books for children—that adults will certainly enjoy too. From biographical-style stories to illustration-driven narratives and even cookbooks, these creative titles can teach kids about Yayoi......



Buy: Sleeptracker

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:28:43 PST

Tracking your heart rate, breathing, movement and more, Tomorrow Sleep's Sleeptracker helps users make sense of their sleeping patterns. From there, it also offers personalized suggestions for better rest. The iOS/Android app can be synched with Alexa......



Link About It: Neapolitan Pizza Makers Added to UNESCO Cultural List

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:50:34 PST

Known as pizzaiuoli, the pizza makers of Naples, Italy have been added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity listing, by the organization's committee for safeguarding culture. Roughly 3000 pizza makers were added to the list, along with......



Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Bikes and Outdoors: For adventurers of all kinds—gear, accessories and more for all their exploits

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:27:08 PST

Many of us love to be outdoors and many others oftentimes need a reminder of the great joys nature and outside activities can provide. Hopping on a bike can be a liberating experience, be that in a city or down a country road. Tents and camping gear......



Link About It: Mexico's Tatiana Bilbao-Designed Mirrored Vacation Home

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:22:11 PST

With walls of reflective glass, Los Terrenos (or The Terrains) is a residence in the forests just outside of Monterrey, Mexico that wholly embraces its surroundings by mirroring them right back. Designed by Mexico City-based architect Tatiana Bilbao......



Buy: Dancing Ladies Tea Towel

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:48:53 PST

Frances Cannon's "Dancing Ladies"-themed illustrations have been a longtime favorite of Melbourne-based studio Third Drawer Down, and now they've put the artwork on a dish towel. Made from a cotton/linen blend, this pink towel celebrates all kinds......



Miami Art Week 2017: All The Colors of The Rainbow: ROYGBIV and unlimited variations of the prism throughout paintings and sculptures

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:12:53 PST

Infatuation with all the colors certainly isn't new—rainbows transfix, prisms delight. When the entire spectrum finds itself working together, there's something quite captivating. Color theory is an important element of so many works. Some artists......



Link About It: Lia, the World's First Biodegradable and Flushable Pregnancy Test

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00:14 PST

Developed by Bethany Edwards and Anna Simpson in 2015, who were then grad students at the University of Pennsylvania, Lia makes for a 99% accurate and environmentally friendly way to test for pregnancy. Known as Lia, it's not only flushable, but also......



Holiday Gift Guides 2017: On a Mission: Support underprivileged kids, women in crisis, National Parks and more—all while giving delightful presents

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:40:16 PST

As each year comes to a close, it's important to remember that we're all in this together. And, while buying presents for loved ones is enjoyable, spreading the love a little further abroad and effecting positive change is even better. With this in......



ListenUp: Avey Tare: Ms Secret

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:41:54 PST

With visuals "inspired by the coral and nautical motifs throughout [his 2017 album] Eucalyptus as well as this year's total eclipse," Avey Tare's new music video for "Ms Secret" moves forward with beautiful, thematically-linked animation. Directed......



Link About It: RIBA International List of World's Best New Buildings 2018

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:54:59 PST

A biennial selection featuring some of the world's best new—or recently completed—buildings, the RIBA International List 2018 comprises 62 individual buildings drawn from 29 countries. This list will get narrowed down to just four by a grand jury......



Buy: Silver Lake Candle

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:48:06 PST

More than hand-poured soy enriched with tropical fruit scents, the Silver Lake Candle from Raven + Lily is produced by women who have transitioned out of homelessness in the Los Angeles area. A lush mango and grapefruit profile arises from the eight......



Buy: True Ribbed Solid Socks

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:40:39 PST

It seems that just about everyone wears zany socks nowadays, with wild colors or unexpected patterns all about. For those who don't want their personality to shine through their feet, Nice Laundry has a respectable new proposal: dynamic solids. This......



Miami Art Week 2017: Women Artists Address The Female Body: Eight statement-making works about empowerment and reclamation

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:12:06 PST

As the Guerrilla Girls made clear through their large-scale, statistics-driven mural at FAIR., women artists are still wildly underrepresented in the art world's institutions. And while the aforementioned fair (and others in Miami and around the globe......



ListenUp: Austra: Change the Paradigm

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:37:09 PST

A B-side from this year's Future Politics, Austra's "Change the Paradigm" slowly burns on an electronic fuse. Just after two-thirds of the way in, the track completely lets loose. It's a turbo-charged number ready for the dance floor. Before 2017 ends......



Miami Art Week 2017: Emerging Art Platforms: From the Faena's top-tier programming to powerful tangential fairs and festivals involving music performances

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:45:18 PST

It may have begun with Art Basel—and DesignMiami/ might be the most exciting, reasonable and selective show in town—but Miami Art Week continues to expand beyond control. This year, a few emerging platforms stood out, requiring a bit of extra attention......



Test Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang: A leaner, meaner and more athletic update to the iconic car

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:21:29 PST

By Sue Mead When it was first introduced in 1964, the Mustang quickly became a hero and inspired a new class of sporty coupe; the "pony car" was soon chased down the track by followers that included the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Pontiac......



Buy: Professional Enthusiast Cashmere Sweater

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:33:23 PST

Super-soft and made from 100% cashmere, Of A Kind's collaborative "Professional Enthusiast" sweater with Lingua Franca isn't just a luxe addition to your wardrobe. There's a positive message—or a phrase of encouragement—embroidered across the chest......



Buy: Boutique Hotel Gift Card

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:57:48 PST

Starting at $50, Mr and Mrs Smith's "Get a Room!" gift cards can be used at any Smith hotel. From Patagonia to Siem Reap, Karnataka to Fiji and beyond, there are 1105 hotels to choose from—each as appealing as the last. Choose from limited edition......



Link About It: Women To Look Up To Christmas Tree Toppers

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:26:06 PST

3D-printed with plaster, three updated takes on the Christmas tree angel have been created by Women To Look Up To—and the profits are then invested in women-centric organizations. Priced at £80, the options so far are Beyonce, Hillary Clinton and Serena......



Buy: L Train Bike

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:09:03 PST

Created with April of 2019 in mind (when NYC's L Train is set to shut down), Brilliant Bicycle Co's L Train Bicycle is a sturdy and sleek daily commuter. Bumps are smoothly absorbed and at high speeds it handles confidently. Perhaps most importantly......



Link About It: Saudi Arabia to End 35-Year Ban on Cinemas

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:26:18 PST

After 35 years, Saudi Arabia will be opening cinemas to the public. Citizens of the conservative nation have mostly welcomed the news, but it also has some concerned about censorship. This is just one of the several reforms announced by the Crown Prince......



ListenUp: Rhye: Count to Five

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:50:57 PST

An album that's been four years in the making, BLOOD by LA-based Rhye will be released early next year. From it comes the song "Count to Five." In their immediately recognizable style, the track is breathy and breezy, but with a disco and funk influence......



Bowers + Wilkins Bring HiFi Sound to Volvo: We visit the British audio brand factory and drive the 2018 V90 Cross Country

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:36:07 PST

by Andrew Maness It was at the New York International Auto Show a few years back that we developed a keen interest in the British speaker company Bowers + Wilkins. Since getting a quick demo of their system in the then new second generation Volvo......



David Stark Design's Whimsical, Unexpected Menorahs : Eight functional works of art incorporating everything from doughnuts to paperclips

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:42:18 PST

Known for elaborate gala dinner set pieces, table arrangements of extraordinary depth and creativity, as well as immersive event production and collaborative products, David Stark—founder and creative director of David Stark Design—has just unveiled......



Buy: Papa Papa Charlie

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:50:32 PST

From a high-temperature production process that renders each bowl extra-sturdy (and slightly different from one another), Miwak Junior crafts ceramic smoking bowls and pipes in their California studio. The Papa Papa Charlie iteration features a large......



Buy: One Hitter

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:36:29 PST

Available in polished gold-plated steel, matte black or stainless steel, Love + Destroy's 3D-printed one hitter is a simple, minimal and travel-happy piece. With space for 18 characters, it's also free to customize with almost any word or name you......



Buy: GroBox

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:27:43 PST

One no longer has to have a green thumb to grow their own greenery. With Cloudponics' automated GroBox hydroponic system, which comes complete with LED light and nutrient dosing, plant growth can be overseen through an app—while the box itself does......



ListenUp: Nicolas Jaar's new deep cut, a beautiful piece of synth-pop by SHERPA and more in our musical wrap-up

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:12:04 PST

Nicolas Jaar: Coin in Nine Hands From a deluxe version of Nicolas Jaar's 2016 album Sirens comes an excellent, previously unreleased track called "Coin in Nine Hands." Beginning with a dark and sexy pulsating beat and spoken word lyrics, the song......



Buy: "Keep Going" Tote

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:57:59 PST

According to Everytown's research, an average of 93 Americans die because of gun violence every single day. This "Keep Going" tote bag from the independent, non-partisan organization is a reminder that despite the setbacks faced there's no way we can......



Link About It: This Week's Picks: From celebrating failure to Miami Art Week, supermassive black holes, weird animal stories and more

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:12:37 PST

1. NASA Discovered The Most Distant Black Hole The farthest known supermassive black hole has just been discovered—and the "matter-eating beast" is some 800 million times the mass of the Sun. Because it grew to an immense size just 690 million......



Buy: Gold Eyelet Tamper

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:36:36 PST

Made in Portland, Oregon, this 24k gold-dipped brass piece has a double use: a roach-holder and a tamper. Minimal in its design and three inches long, it can even be worn as a pendant. ...



Link About It: NatGeo's Weirdest Animal Stories of 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:54:05 PST

End of year lists can sometimes be predictable or simply dull, but that's never the case with National Geographic's Weird Animal Stories, which amazes and delights every year. From a lioness nursing a baby leopard in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation......



Lars Jan's "Slow-Moving Luminaries" for the Third Audemars Piguet Art Commission: Bridging the Miami skyline and ocean, a large-scale kinetic installation that commands attention

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:51:36 PST

No piece featured at Art Basel Miami Beach embraces its surroundings quite like Lars Jan's "Slow-Moving Luminaries." The third annual Audemars Piguet Art Commission, Jan's sculptural work carries tremendous complexity as it toys with the ideas of crisis......



Link About It: Es Devlin's Surreal "Room 2022" Exhibition for Miami Art Week

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:47:43 PST

An immersive multi-room artwork that made many publications' must-see lists for Miami Art Week even before anyone had experienced it, artist and stage designer Es Devlin's "Room 2022" actually delivers in a myriad of unexpected ways. While initial......



Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Travel Bug: For the wanderers in your life, a bunch of products that will make every vacation and adventure a little easier

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:53:49 PST

There's no doubt that one of the most exciting delights in the world is traveling. From the feeling of freedom to the tastes, scents, sights and (of course) the people—visiting a new place can be a remarkable adventure. While the experience is of the......



Link About It: Vinyl Factory's 50 Best Albums of 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:08:06 PST

In a diverse and potentially surprising list, the Vinyl Factory's favorite 50 albums of 2017 traverses all genres, tastes and continents—the only common thread is that they need to have appeared on vinyl within the past 12 months. From well-known names......