Robbie Thomson’s Spectacular XFRMR (Transformer)
Imagine the spectacle of a summer thunderstorm—with its smell of ozone, flashes of lightning and the charge of electricity in the air. What if you could somehow control the power of the lightning and harness it to create an artificial performance...
London’s Condocomplex Hybrid Exhibition
Going to an art gallery is an experience that skeptics thought would become less and less popular, as people increasingly use the internet as their main source for art discovery. Instead, the ease with which audiences—not to mention galleries themselves...
LONDON ART FAIR
London Art Fair 2016: Wood
Wandering the stands within the London Art Fair, which has returned to the British capital for its 28th edition this January, consistently delivers an eye-opening experience. As usual, the show features an abundance of contemporary and modern British...
Burds LDN Motorbike Apparel
Imagine a list of the most iconic styles of all times. Chances are biker apparel happens to be somewhere pretty high up. A new denim brand, Burds LDN, started in London by friends Ame Pearce and Tamara Bell, is made for women who want to balance...
Assemble’s Granby Workshop
Last year’s winner of the Turner Prize (the prestigious UK art award that's previously been given to artists including Gillian Wearing, Anish Kapoor and Wolfgang Tillmans) was a bit of a head-turner. The 2015 award went to Assemble, an architectural...
Johan Deckmann's Imaginary Book Titles
Much of Copenhagen-based artist Johan Deckmann’s work has the graphic (not to mention internet-friendly) appeal of text-based art, yet it manages to be both thought-provoking and poetic, as well as visually arresting. Most striking, his made-up...
"Joining the Dots" at Lumiere, London
Old mining town Durham, in northeast England, may perhaps best be known for its university and for the light festival that the city plays host to every other year. The festival, called Lumiere, is produced by Artichoke, an organization that specializes...
Annie Leibovitz's “Women: New Portraits”
It’s been over 15 years since Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag created the original “Women” project, featuring a selection of women from all sections of American society. Now, Swiss bank UBS has commissioned a follow-up to that seminal work: “Women...
Playful Illustrated Maps From Heretic and Kingdom Collective
With the saturation of Google Maps, Apple Maps and apps like Citymapper, the visualization of physical spaces is no longer much of an artistic process. Instead, it’s usually just a question of pure functionality. This leaves the field wide open...
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
Studio Visit: Charles Lethaby Lighting
British lighting designer Charles Lethaby’s cozy, high-ceilinged studio is located in Walthamstow. The east London area has become something of a creative hotspot, with plenty of emerging brands setting up shops or studios here. Lethaby is one of around...
The Daub Creative Workbook
When David Bennett’s son had to stay at the King’s College Hospital in London back in 2013, the British branding agency director began thinking about how he and others in the creative industry could help children admitted to hospital wards, and...
INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Brian Kanagaki’s Golden Persimmons
Brian Kanagaki’s exhibition was one of the highlights of the recent Independent Photography Festival in London. There, the US-based photographer and musician showed works from “Golden Persimmons,” his new book just out from Perryman Press. Kanagaki...
Camden Town Brewery’s Annual Beer, 2015
Once again, British microbrewery Camden Town Brewery has distilled the flavor of the year gone by into an annual beer. "It’s the third year we’ve done this and the second year it’s been a barrel-aged beer,” brand manager Zoe Wulfsohn-Dunkley tells...
The Dutch city of Rotterdam is perhaps the perfect place for an architect who wants to explore what can be done in the field of green housing. Rotterdam—which was bombed heavily during the Second World War—has little architectural heritage to protect...
Big Bang Data at London's Somerset House
Do you know where your cat lives? You probably do and, if you ever tagged it #cat in a publicly available photo online, chances are so does Owen Mundy. Mundy is the artist behind the project “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” and one of the people taking...
Jess Wilson + KITE Eyewear
Artist and illustrator Jess Wilson’s work is colorful, humorous and quirky, whether she’s writing out Manhattan street names to create a map of the island or drawing the best of British comedy shows for a poster. The British creative (who has previously...
ITS NICE THAT
Unmade + It’s Nice That Collection
In the two and half years since its founding, London’s Unmade Studio has already made an impact on the UK fashion scene. Unmade and its collaborators make original knitwear designs, using industrial knitwear machines and the studio’s own computer...
SideStory City Tours, London
It’s a freezing Monday morning in London and commuters hurry past, heading to the warmth of the Bethnal Green tube station, as Karim Samuels introduces the history of graffiti and the artistic legacy of East London by pointing out stickers covered...
INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Independent Photography Festival 2015, London
For the fourth year in a row, the Independent Photography Festival (IPF) has gathered a crop of fresh photographers to take an in-depth look at what’s happening on the indie photography scene right now. This year marks the Australia-based festival...
Creative Mess + Beach London's Artist-Designed Phone Cases
Cool Hunting favorite Beach London has worked with some of the most interesting illustrators in the UK today. Now, the gallery has teamed up with Creative Mess to give those artists a chance to test their creative skills on the tiny, functional...
Arthur Buxton’s "Colourstory" Show and App
At the recent Rooms Festival in Bristol, UK, one of the rooms was slightly hidden away from the others. Visitors had to wander down a long corridor and then up a winding staircase to get to the festival’s gallery space, which—unlike most of the...
The Rooms Festival, Bristol
There’s a sense that exciting things are happening in Bristol, the UK university city that CH visited last year for the “Shadowing” street project, which was the winner of Watershed’s 2014 Playable City award. Watershed is also one of the collaborators...
DUBAI DESIGN WEEK
Dubai Design Week: Aljoud Lootah’s Yaroof
In the middle of the hot sand at Dubai’s city beach, multidisciplinary designer Aljoud Lootha’s artwork “Yaroof” somehow manages to look both alien and totally at one with its surroundings. The Emirati designer has been involved in multiple projects...
DUBAI DESIGN WEEK
Dubai Design Week: Abwab
The inaugural Dubai Design Week—on this week in the ever-changing Gulf city—is proof of how important design has become in the UAE, a nation supporting and expanding its creative industries with great fervor. The ambitious event features plenty of...
DUBAI DESIGN WEEK 2015
Dubai Design Week: Interview with Cyril Zammit
There's not exactly a shortage of design weeks and festivals in the world, with more and more cities launching them to showcase local talent. Milan and Paris, London and New York—with their long backgrounds of innovative design—are obvious hotspots...