TODAY
COOL HUNTING /
TODAY

Read

All Articles
FOOD + DRINK
Biochemist to Barista: The New Scoops
Jack Benchakul's journey from science to specialty coffee, which he now serves up in LA's Chinatown
by CH Contributor
by Chérmelle D. Edwards Nearly three years ago, biochemist Jack Benchakul switched professions and became a barista. Applying science to the craft of specialty coffee, he’s popped up in in at least 10 Los Angeles locations since then. Under the...
TRAVEL
Interview: Wilbert Das on the UXUA Hotel
Sustainable building, creative collaborations and how his experience in fashion helped shape his boutique accommodation in Brazil
by CH Contributor
by Abby Morgan and Blake Whitman As far as designers go, Wilbert Das is something of a legend, creating some of the most provocative advertising in the '90s that turned Italian fashion label Diesel into a household name. In order to fully grasp...
FOOD + DRINK
Det Lilla Köksbryggeriet: The Little Kitchen Brewery
Make a delicious craft beer in your own kitchen with this simple home brewing kit
by Cajsa Carlson
Craft beers are well and truly taking over the bar scene in the US and Europe, as an ever-growing number of microbreweries continue to educate and delight people with unusual lagers, ales and porters. But for the true beer connoisseur, it might be...
DESIGN
Exploring Iceland: TUDOR Heritage Ranger
Keeping time with the beautiful watch while adventuring across cities, cliffs and the Blue Lagoon
by Largetail
For years now, Iceland has billed itself as the perfect stopover location for travelers roaming between North America and Europe—and, in fact, that's true. Whether it's the charm of the capital city Reykjavik or the many wonders lying beyond, travelers...
TECH
Lyve and the Future of Photo Management
We chat with the company’s founder and CEO about dealing with 100,000+ photos
by Largetail
In 2013, the people around the world took more photographs than ever before. Thanks to entities like GoPro, smartphones and even drones, this trend is only on the upswing as more and more people gain access to these technologies. Once reserved for...
TECH
Apollo Muse RSS App
A carefully selected news feed of the best art and design media sources at your fingertips
by Gabriella Garcia
If there's a single, surefire way to impress dinner party friends, it's by being on the very cutting edge of culture. The newly launched Apollo Muse app is making that easy by putting the most authoritative digital art and design publications right...
STYLE
Diane Inc's Larry David T-Shirt
Avoid awkward conversations with the "Anti-Social Club" top by the Melbourne-based brand
by Nara Shin
'Tis the season for holiday parties and spending time with work colleagues, immediate family, in-laws, second cousin's children, etc. The tidal wave of small talk can become too much for introverts and quiet types, so if you want to send a message...
TECH
ZANO, a Nano Aerial Drone
An intelligent, extremely small high flyer with HD-capturing and autonomous flight abilities
by David Graver
For everything from the film and recreation to action sport industries, personal drones have greatly stretched the limits of remote filming in recent years. And, now that they're getting smaller, more affordable and more nimble, they're even becoming...
DESIGN
Dirk Vander Kooij’s Diffuser Cabinet
The innovative Dutch designer mathematically stacks 1,000 pieces of wood to create a puzzle-like storage structure that optimizes sound
by Largetail
At first glance, Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij’s Diffuser Cabinet resembles a 110cm-high Jenga Tower. Disguised as a visually intriguing, textural and seemingly random pile of wooden blocks, the tower actually serves as a multifunctional object...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Edinburgh
Six must-stop spots in Scotland's exquisite capital city
by David Graver
A mythical city tucked beneath the gaze of a magnificent castle, Edinburgh draws hordes of annual visitors—be that for its position beside the whisky world, proximity to historic golf courses, or the acclaimed annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tucked...
DESIGN
Smartphone-Powered Portable Mood Lighting with Lampp
The candle-lit votive gets a modern day makeover
by Nara Shin
If you could somehow physically inflate the flat, glass screen of your smartphone into a glowing silicon bubble, it would resemble what Barcelona-based RCA alum and product designer Jordi Canudas has created with his new Lampp. By placing the organically...

Look

All Videos + Photos
TECH
Cool Hunting Video: Penguin Enrichment
How an iPad keeps the naturally curious birds engaged at a California aquarium

During a recent visit to Los Angeles, we stopped by the Aquarium of the Pacific after hearing about their interesting use of technology in the enrichment program for their Magellanic penguins. Experimenting with many objects to engage the naturally...

Read More
TECH
VIDEO
Cool Hunting Video: Penguin Enrichment
How an iPad keeps the naturally curious birds engaged at a California aquarium
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Icon Derelict
We return to LA to check out the latest in the auto shop's Derelict series of reborn automobiles

A few years ago, we profiled the ICON 4X4 Bronco on a trip to Los Angeles. For our Rare Discoveries Series with The Macallan, we returned to Jonathan Ward's exceptional shop to explore the journey of one of his newer projects: the Derelict Series...

Read More
DESIGN
VIDEO
Cool Hunting Video: Icon Derelict
We return to LA to check out the latest in the auto shop's Derelict series of reborn automobiles
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Thornwillow Press
From papermaking to printing and publishing, this upstate NY-based company does it all while keeping modern technology at arm's length

When upstate in Newburgh, NY recently, we visited Thornwillow Press headquarters. Founder Luke Ives Pontifell (who started the company in 1985 as a labor of love) guided us through his diverse collection of printing processes and presses, as well...

Read More
DESIGN
VIDEO
Cool Hunting Video: Thornwillow Press
From papermaking to printing and publishing, this upstate NY-based company does it all while keeping modern technology at arm's length

Travel

Explore Every City
New York City — North America
UNITED STATES
New York City
Limitless offerings in a city that does not sleep.
Explore the City
BRAZIL
CREATIVE DIRECTION
DIESEL
HOTELS
INTERVIEWS
WILBERT DAS
ECO-CONSCIOUS
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES
Interview: Wilbert Das on the UXUA Hotel
Sustainable building, creative collaborations and how his experience in fashion helped shape his boutique accommodation in Brazil
ALCOHOL
BARS
COCKTAIL BARS
COCKTAILS
DRINKS
EDINBURGH
SCOTCH
SCOTLAND
TRAVEL
WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: Edinburgh
Six must-stop spots in Scotland's exquisite capital city
FESTIVALS
LIGHT DESIGN
LIGHTING
FETES DES LUMIERES
LYON
TRAVEL
INSTALLATION ART
PROJECTION MAPPING
2014 Festival of Lights, Lyon
Highlights from the annual four-day event that transforms the French city into a luminous outdoor art gallery
BARS
CARNABY
FOOD + DRINK
LONDON
RESTAURANTS
TRAVEL
SOHO
WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: Food and Drink, Carnaby
From BBQ to six-course tasting menus, the best of the newly transformed London neighborhood
MANDARIN ORIENTAL
AMERICAN EXPRESS
HOTELS
RESTAURANTS
SPAS
SPONSORED
SUSHI
TOKYO
TRAVEL
Tokyo High Low
We put Amex Platinum to the test in the sky and on the ground in the future's city
BIODIVERSITY
LAKE MURRAY LODGE
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
REMOTE TRAVEL
TRANS NIUGINI TOURS
Papua New Guinea's Lake Murray Lodge
The new-this-year hotel offers a very special experience in a remote location
BELLROY
CASES
ACCESSORIES
LEATHER
PHONE ACCESSORIES
SMART PHONES
TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
WALLETS
WATER RESISTANT
IPHONE 6
The Elements Phone Pocket from Bellroy
Keep essentials safe, organized and dry in this no-frills, water-resistant leather wallet
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
CALIFORNIA
NAPA VALLEY
NEWTON VINEYARD
VINEYARDS
WINE
WINEMAKING
Napa Valley's Newton Vineyard
Spanning microclimates and elevation, a look at the heritage estate that puts fruit forward
ART BASEL
FAVD
MIAMI ART WEEK
TRAVEL APPS
TRAVEL GUIDES
TRAVEL TECH
IOS APPS
FAVD + The Miami Beach Edition Travel Guide
Explore Art Basel based on carefully selected recommendations from your social network
BOARD GAMES
CAFéS
EAST LONDON
KIDS
LONDON
GAMING
London's First Board Game Café: Draughts
Sip a coffee or pint and get lost in over 500 games
CREST CO
BAGS
HERITAGE
HISTORY
LUGGAGE
TRAVEL
MADE IN USA
Chief Trunk's Historic Luggage
Iconic American luggage brand Oshkosh Trunk Company is seen through new eyes, resurrecting the golden age of travel with a modern touch

Buy

Browse Goods
2014
Holiday
Gift
Guides
Anything and everything in our Buy section is great for gifting, but for this holiday season we developed several tailored guides to help you find the perfect present for your creative friends and family.
Our favorite clothes + accessories on Spring
Our favorite indie finds from Pitch Night
Our limited edition collaborations
Our favorite luxury gifts on Crest and Co.
Lalique
100 Points Champagne Glasses
$280

A collaboration with esteemed wine critic James Suckling and world renowned crystal maker Lalique, these glasses are made with the intention of serving champagne by the best means possible. Designed in a neo-classical style with engraved ribbing in Lalique’s signature frosted crystal.

Master & Dynamic
MH 40 Over Ear Headphones
$399

Master & Dynamic designs headphones with the audiophile in mind and an obsession with the interaction between sound and creativity. The MH 40 headphones feature heavy grain leather and soft lambskin and a forged aluminum body, with top-notch audio technology for an immersive sound experience.

Barnaby Barford + Nymphenburg
Global Service Plate (Set of 14)
$15,200

Designed by RCA grad and UK artist Barnaby Barford as part of Nymphenburg's porcelain collection, the set of 14 Global Service Plates combine to produce a map of the world. Each set is handcrafted by the master artisans at Nymphenburg, the Munich-based manufacture with over 200 years of history.

Massif Central
Jonas Wood Silk Scarf
$350

Brooklyn-based Massif Central invites contemporary visual artists to consider the silk scarf as their canvas, and their just-released second collection features collaborations with Julia Dault, Peter Halley, Chris Martin and more. With each in a limited edition of 50, the scarves—like this one from Jonas Wood—look magnificent on the shoulders as they do framed and hung on walls.

Toast
Toast Magazine
$24

Readers won't find restaurant reviews, recipes or overly stylized food porn photos in UK print magazine Toast; the long-form editorial content is neatly focused on personal narratives, artwork, history and other creative celebrations food and drink. This is a magazine to savor in and of itself.

Lillet
Jean de Lillet 2010
$42

The latest limited edition from the acclaimed, elegant French aperitif brand, Jean de Lillet 2010 is created from a combination of the best Sauternes grapes from Bordeaux and an in-house orange liqueur made from the peels of sweet Spanish oranges. Aging in French oak barrels allows for a deeper, rounder taste profile of toasted vanilla in this magical vintage.

Hi Little One
Hi Little One Personalized Tee
$35

Born from designer Nell Lindquist's realization that most baby swag is pretty silly, Hi Little One brings together the sharp, type-driven aesthetic of Lindquist and her sister, Maggie Allen. Pick from thoughtfully personalized, high-quality cottons for babies looking to flaunt their new names, or throw a bone to older siblings who've just had the rug pulled out from under them—AKA, the OG babies of the family.

Bamford Watch Department x Lexdray
Watch Roll
$95

For those who travel with more than one watch this just-released watch roll travel accessory is a must. A collaboration from one of our favorite custom watch makers and one of our favorite bag/accessory makers it is both practical, functional and stylish. Holds up to three watches.

Huang Fei Hong
Hot Chilli Pepper Peanuts 6 Pack
$15

A favorite snack of ours at CH HQ, these spicy Chinese jumbo peanuts from ShanDong are flavored by hot chilli pepper flakes and Szechuan peppercorns.

Marvel Bar
Old Fashioned Scented Candle
$40

Marvel Bar, our favorite bar in Minneapolis, has just released the first in a line of candles inspired by classic drinks. The Old Fashioned candle, made in Minnesota, smells of bourbon and smoked orange peel and sits in a Marvel Bar glass used to serve the drink. Once the candle burns out you can use the glass to enjoy an Old Fashioned with the enclosed recipe.

Cool Hunting + byAMT
CH Editions: byAMT Strap Planter
$172

Plants adorn almost every desk at CH HQ, and when we came across byAMT's Strap Planter at ICFF last year we knew we needed to marry our interests. Our signature green hue is painted over the natural leather handle, adding a botanical touch to the the open weave construction. Designed to fit standard 10-inch terra-cotta pots, the planter features copper-plated hardware and is handmade in collaboration with LA-based Mimot Studio in limited quantities in byAMT’s New York City workshop.

Pilot
Varsity Fountain Pen 3 Pack
$9

When a refillable fountain pen isn't practical we rely on these affordable disposable fountain pens. A staple at CH HQ, they're available in a range of colors (including CH green).

Brett Lloyd
Scugnizzi
$25

Captivated by the vivacity of Neapolitan families frolicking in Italy's warm summer waters, photographer Brett Lloyd began snapping images of them, hoping to capture the carefree scenes playing out in front of him. Dashwood Books took notice of Lloyd’s work and commissioned him to further document his experiences, resulting in Scugnizzi, a photobook dedicated to the playful children found throughout the streets of Naples.

Lex Pott
Crown Jewels
$32

Rising Dutch designer Lex Pott explores real value versus nominal value with these Crown Jewel rings. Each is constructed from a coin reduced to its outside diameter, forever altering its original form and worth.

Maira Kalman
My Favorite Things
$22

Much-loved NYC author and illustrator Maira Kalman curated an exhibit for the long-awaited reopening of the Cooper Hewitt design museum, where she highlights some of her favorite things from the Smithsonian Institution's collection—from Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch to a 1934 zig-zag chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld. Complementing that is a beautifully handwritten and illustrated book "My Favorite Things." Kalman's humorous words and personal memories place each object in a new context that will have you eager to revisit your own journal.

Cool Hunting + Crave + AYK
CH Editions: Vesper Vibrator
$199

Founded by Stanford product designer Michael Topolovac and RCA grad Ti Chang, Crave has set a new standard in wearable pleasure tools. The limited CH edition of 50 pieces features their 24K gold Vesper vibrator, and industrial designer Angie Kim of AYK joined in the fun to create a hand-dyed gradient leather sleeve, adding even greater mystery and allure to this provocative piece.

Tocca
Florence Candela
$38

Named for sophisticated scent of centifolias, old European roses, Tocca's Florence candle possesses a familiar but fresh floral aroma. Delight in the richness of one of their most classic scents as it slowly burns, emitting a sensual, feminine energy into the air.

Troll
Tongue Pipe
$45

Stick your tongue out at the haters while lighting up in freedom (in some US states). These cheeky weed pipes are each handmade by the artistic duo behind Troll, Aine Vonnegut and Maia Ruth Lee.

Hudson Beach Glass
HBG Grey Stack
$253

This sculptural five-piece bowl set is created by Beacon, New York-based studio Hudson Beach Glass. With a range of sizes in striking smokey grey, there's a bowl for occasion.

Aether
Aether Cone
$399

The simple and elegantly designed Aether Cone combines the best features of portable home listening into a compact package. With adaptive technology and voice commands the more tunes you play the better the Cone learns your taste, and you can speak your choices instead of fumbling with your smartphone to make a selection.

Listen

Browse Music
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Joan Jett: Bad Reputation
Joan Jett is undoubtedly the queen of rock and roll. And while her tribute-turned-bar-anthem expressing her love for the genre might be her most popular song, "Bad Reputation" is arguably her best. This week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
D'Angelo and The Vanguard: Black Messiah
Fourteen years since his last record, D'Angelo has finally released his incredible new album, Black Messiah. Not only is it a beautiful, thoughtful and soulful album (as always expected from the singer/songwriter/instrumentalist), it's also poignantly...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Dent May: I'll Be Stoned For Christmas
"Tis the season to be high / So fill my cup to top / Light me up till I'm hot." A true indie alternative to the Mariah Carey, Wham and Frank Sinatra that takes over department store PA systems during the holiday season is Mississippi-based Dent May...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Top 100 Vinyl Releases of 2014
London's The Vinyl Factory has published their Top 100 Vinyl Releases of 2014, and as expected from this annual treat, it's a penetrating look at the year's 7”s, 10”s, 12”s, EPs, LPs and box sets. Many of the artists we've covered throughout our year...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Baby Alpaca: Roller Coaster
In advance of next year's forthcoming EP, Brooklyn duo Baby Alpaca has released a beautiful new (and sexually charged) track, "Roller Coaster." It's been almost a year since the band dropped a new track, and this is well worth the wait, as melody meets...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Babe Rainbow: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong
Nearly seven years after their last collaboration, experimental music label Ghostly International and Cartoon Network’s weird cousin [Adult Swim] are set to release their second free album, Ghostly Swim 2. Ghostly describes the upcoming 13-track compilation...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Taxie: Rock Don't Stop
As announced during a recent NTS Radio set with Four Tet, UK producer Floating Points (aka Sam Shepherd) is launching a new record label in the new year. Called Melodies, the Eglo Records sub-label will focus on some of the disco, funk and boogie tunes...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Twin Shadow: Turn Me Up
In 2010 George Lewis Jr released his first album as Twin Shadow. Seemingly pulled out of the '80s New Wave scene with startling accuracy, Lewis captivated audiences with his 2012 follow-up Confess, along with a string of noteworthy, memorable performances...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Model 500: Neptune
Before releasing his upcoming album Digital Solutions in January 2015, esteemed Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins is reminding fans of his 35-years-strong legacy with a remastered reissue of his seminal Model 500 album Sonic Sunset. The original 1994...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Her Habits: Fast Than Sound
A promising first release from Brooklyn-based Her Habits—aka Joanie Wolkoff—"Faster Than Sound" is low-fi dance pop at its best. Decidedly pared down and simple, the vocal-forward track relies on an instantly catchy melodic hook rather than dense production...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Re/ly: Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake cover)
The debut album Bilateral from modern jazz duo Re/ly demonstrates not only the technical skills of keyboardist and vocalist Bryn Bliska and drummer Jamie Fried, but their ear for original composition. The two met while playing in various jazz combos...