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Best of CH 2014: Cool Hunting Video
Highlighting our favorite videos of the year, from street magic to empathetic robots
by Cool Hunting Video
Cuddling up with friends and family to watch some home videos is a classic holiday pastime, and the CH family can't help but get nostalgic by revisiting some of our own greatest videos this year. With camera in tow, the CH video team had the fortunate...
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Best of CH 2014: ListenUp
Spaced-out synth solos, vocal experiments, emoji videos, exciting newcomers, legendary acts and so much more in the year's musical highlights
by CH Editors
As we bid adieu to 2014, we take a look back at the hundreds of new songs and albums (and even our own 4/20-themed playlist) we shared with our readers. While we said goodbye this year to a few music legends who have shaped today's contemporary sound...
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Best of CH 2014: Instagram
Art, architecture, autos and more from our team's myriad worldwide adventures
by CH Editors
As we traveled around the world this year, our team of writers and editors snapped images of the many inspiring, creative places and moments that caught our collective eye, and posted it all to Instagram. As part of our 2014 year in review, we looked...
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Aether Cone
A new simple, elegant speaker that focuses on a seamless listening experience
by Greg Stefano
In a market saturated with compact music players, it's refreshing to see a brand that stands out from the pack. With a focus on ease of use and elegant design, the Aether Cone promises to maintain its status as the sleekest container for tunes on...
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Sailing with Giants: TUDOR Heritage Black Bay
Setting sail from the city in search of migratory whales with the aid of the time-tested marine chronometer
by Largetail
Nestled in the shadow of the newly erected One World Trade Center on the shores of the Hudson River, lies the home of the often overlooked community of NYC sailors. The city is home to prime sailing conditions for much of the year and from late...
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Interview: Davis Smith of Cotopaxi
Inside the innovative social business combining global causes with outdoor gear that's built and designed to last
by Largetail
The desire to see the world, step outside one's own boundaries and see how others live is human nature. Davis Smith, founder and CEO of socially conscious outdoor company Cotopaxi, spent much of his childhood outside his native US in developing countries...
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Organizing With the Post-it Plus App
A digital tool turning paper and ink into easy-to-organize files for sharing across multiple platforms
by Largetail
In our constant quest to take handwritten material into the digital world, the brand new Post-it Plus App for iOS 8 delivers on a promise of easy organizing and sharing. Whether in collaborative sessions, or just for the sake of jotting ideas down...
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People Looking at Art
Mark Blower turns his camera on the audience, exposing the intimacy of the exhibition experience
by Cajsa Carlson
A lot of London-based photographer Mark Blower’s work centers on art; like his intimate portraits of contemporary artists, including Marina Abramovic and Grayson Perry, and his “Documentation” photos of art installations. For his latest series...
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World Clock by 11+
A rolling, interactive take on all 24 time zones around the world
by Hans Aschim
South Korean design house 11+ is quickly gaining a reputation for its elegant yet approachable modern take on home accessories. The World Clock is an interactive desk clock that stylishly masks its complexity in a simple, minimalist design. A cylindrical...
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Openspaces: Cornwall's Shores in Photos
A year's worth of surf-focused iPhone shots assembled into a clean and simple hardcover
by Hans Aschim
Recent years have seen England's surf scene earn more and more credit on an international level. With the growing popularity of cold water surfing (and the ability to quickly document and share one's sessions via social media) England's frigid yet...
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21st Century Schizoid (Wo)man: Tatiana Kartomten
The illustrator and tattoo artist talks inspirations, drugs and being a woman against authority
by Cajsa Carlson
Californian illustrator Tatiana Kartomten’s drawings are enchanting, mystical things, with enough details to keep the viewer endlessly captivated. The London-based artist’s intricate illustrations also have a spiritual, psychedelic vibe reminiscent...

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Cool Hunting Video: S. B. Foot Tanning Company
One of the last major American tanneries has been producing high-quality hides for over 100 years

Last year, our friends at Red Wing Shoes invited us out to explore their factory in Minnesota. And, right next door to Red Wing is S.B. Foot Tanning Company. Established in 1872 by the Foot family, the business was eventually purchased by Red Wing...

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Cool Hunting Video: S. B. Foot Tanning Company
One of the last major American tanneries has been producing high-quality hides for over 100 years
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...

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Cool Hunting Video: Penguin Enrichment
How an iPad keeps the naturally curious birds engaged at a California aquarium
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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...

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Cool Hunting Video: Icon Derelict
We return to LA to check out the latest in the auto shop's Derelict series of reborn automobiles

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Mercy Supply + MadCap Coffee Kit
Handmade from sturdy waxed canvas with everything you need for the perfect cup on the road—just add water
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Interview: Wilbert Das on the UXUA Hotel
Sustainable building, creative collaborations and how his experience in fashion helped shape his boutique accommodation in Brazil
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Word of Mouth: Edinburgh
Six must-stop spots in Scotland's exquisite capital city
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2014 Festival of Lights, Lyon
Highlights from the annual four-day event that transforms the French city into a luminous outdoor art gallery
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Word of Mouth: Food and Drink, Carnaby
From BBQ to six-course tasting menus, the best of the newly transformed London neighborhood
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Tokyo High Low
We put Amex Platinum to the test in the sky and on the ground in the future's city
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LAKE MURRAY LODGE
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Papua New Guinea's Lake Murray Lodge
The new-this-year hotel offers a very special experience in a remote location
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Keep essentials safe, organized and dry in this no-frills, water-resistant leather wallet
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Napa Valley's Newton Vineyard
Spanning microclimates and elevation, a look at the heritage estate that puts fruit forward
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FAVD + The Miami Beach Edition Travel Guide
Explore Art Basel based on carefully selected recommendations from your social network
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London's First Board Game Café: Draughts
Sip a coffee or pint and get lost in over 500 games

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Holiday
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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.
Bowers & Wilkins
P5 Series 2 Headphones
$300

Bowers & Wilkins' recently updated P5 Series 2 headphones present a perfect blend of sleek and sexy with audiophile-level performance. The plastic-free, on-ear, noise-isolating design features polished steel and supple leather for aesthetic superiority, while upgraded drivers akin to Hi-Fi speakers deliver precision sound.

Wearable Planters
Bike Planters
$45

Using a 3D printer, Atlanta-based designer Colleen Jordan creates small planters that you can wear around your neck or strap to your bike, allowing you to take your favorite succulent on a little adventure.

Crispin Finn
The Bar Is Open (Glow-In-The-Dark Print)
$102

Forget neon—Crispin Finn's three-color silkscreen print shines just as bright when the lights are off. The glow-in-the-dark sign serves as a beacon for those who love a little tipple, and each is hand-printed, dated and embossed.

Abigail Brown
Abigail Brown Textile Art
$473

Made entirely by hand by UK designer Abigail Brown, this sweet little creature will make a colorful addition to any home. Bird watchers, artists and crafters alike will delight in this small ornament made from a mix of recycled and new materials.

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.

NFL
Mitchell & Ness Title Holder Vests
$100

Mitchell & Ness have been purveyors of high quality sporting goods since opening up shop in Philadelphia in 1904. Their Title Holder Vests are a throwback to earlier times, with a retro-styled emblem of your favorite team embroidered across the front. Classy, stylish and sporty all in one.

No Starch Press
If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript
$20

In Twitter engineer Angus Croll's new book "If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript," he imagines how well-known literary figures from James Joyce to J.D. Salinger to Tupac would write JavaScript code. It's a fun, creative exercise that reminds programmers of the similarities between Javascript and natural language—and pushes them to be expressive and elegant in their own way.

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.

Alexandra Llewellyn
Pheasant Edition Backgammon
$4,410

An exceptional tribute to the oldest recorded board game in existence, this backgammon set features a hand-lacquered photographic feather playing field encased in Zebrano wood. Duel using pieces made of antique gold and black aluminum, with laser-cut dice that ensure fair play.

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.

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EDITORIAL
Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends (Live at Woodstock)
The world lost one its most distinct voices today with the passing of Joe Cocker. The 70-year-old Sheffield, England native was known for his raspy, bluesy style. His breakthrough came with a cover of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends...
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EDITORIAL
Red Bull Music: 20 Before 15
Red Bull Music Academy has drawn together 20 tracks from artists they've worked with over the past year. Spanning genres and notoriety, the list represents the diversity evident in today's music scene where the line between mainstream and underground...
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EDITORIAL
Mr Twin Sister: Lonely Disco Dancer Mix
Five-piece New York band Mr Twin Sister had a pretty crazy 2014: a name change, an album release, and opening for Julian Casablancas. As an end-of-year gift, they've put together an uplifting hour-long mix that shows off their music tastes (which involve...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...