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EVAN ORENSTEN

Evan Orensten

FORD
MINDFULNESS
TRENDS
SHERYL CONNELLY
CONSUMER RESEARCH
SELF-IDENTITY
FUTURE
2016 Looking Further with Ford Trend Report
It takes three to five years to bring a new vehicle to market (like the 2017 Ford GT supercar pictured here), and changes in longterm planning require even more insight—will populations migrating to megacities want to buy cars in 20 years? Will...
SIHH 2016
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
RICHEMONT
CARTIER
PIAGET
SIHH
WATCH FAIRS
Six New Timepieces Pushing Innovation in Watchmaking
Innovation in mechanical watchmaking is alive and well—bursting at the springs in fact—as we saw at this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (often referred to as SIHH). Few people "need" a fine mechanical timepiece, though the desire...
INTERVIEWS
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
SIHH 2016
RICHEMONT
HORLOGERIE
SIHH
Interview: Watchmaker Kari Voutilainen
Kari Voutilainen made his first watch in 1994. In 2002, he would launch his eponymous watch brand for which nearly every component is made in-house. A brand that over the years would release firsts, from complications to finishes and beyond. Voutilainen...
BUICK
DETROIT AUTO SHOW
CONCEPT CARS
BUICK AVISTA
AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN
NAIAS
GENERAL MOTORS
Imagining the Buick Avista Concept Car
If social media acts as an effective indicator of an event's pulse then in many ways the Buick Avista represented the heart of Detroit Auto Show (officially known as NAIAS, or the North American International Auto Show). The striking concept car is...
IWC
SIHH
GENEVA
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
AUTOMATIC WATCHES
MECHANICAL WATCHES
SIHH 2016
IWC's New, Smaller Pilot's Watches
For almost 150 years now, IWC Schaffhausen has produced some of the most popular and well-received Swiss-made watches. Over the last few years, and simultaneous with a global consumer trend toward bigger-is-better, IWC began producing timepieces...
LINCOLN
LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
INTERVIEWS
DESIGN DIRECTORS
AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN
DETROIT
DETROIT MOTOR SHOW
NAIAS
DAVID WOODHOUSE
Lincoln's Director of Design David Woodhouse on the 2017 Continental
Less than a year after we previewed Lincoln's Continental concept, the brand announced that they're bringing the full-sized sedan to the market in fall 2016. It's a long awaited return of the flagship Continental nameplate and carries as indicated...
MBF
CLOCKS
ROBOT CLOCKS
SIHH 2016
LEPEE
MECHANICAL CLOCKS
MB&F's Sherman Robot Desk Clock
With each new release, luxury Swiss horological design house MB&F demonstrates a level of imagination uncommon in today's world of mechanical time-telling—especially when it comes to desk clocks. With Sherman (unveiled today at Geneva's annual...
COFFEE
DETROIT
INDEPENDENT ROASTERS
MICRO ROASTERS
CAFES
SPECIALTY COFFEE
ANTHOLOGY COFFEE
CRAFT COFFEE
CORKTOWN
Anthology Coffee, Detroit
While in Detroit for this week's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), we took a break from previewing Ford GT supercars and Buick's Avista concept coupe to get our dose of caffeine: a few bags of single-origin, freshly roasted Anthology...
YVES BEHAR
KODAK
SUPER 8 CAMERAS
FUSEPROJECT
CES
CES 2016
FILM
CAMERAS
ANALOG CAMERAS
Designing the New Kodak Super 8 with fuseproject + Yves Behar
It's safe to say that many filmmakers got their start on Super 8 cameras—grainy, film-shooting creative tools that were easy to use and fun to tinker with. While the category never died and old cameras are still highly in demand, they provide challenges...
SWEETS
CANDY
COFFEE
ARTISANAL CANDY
JAPAN
SHIZUOKA
IFNi Coffee Candy
We came across IFNi Roasting Co's coffee candy in Tokyo. The roastery and wholesale coffee sellers (who also have grand plans to develop their own, original coffee equipment) have a small café in Shizuoka where they are based. Made in collaboration...
CANDLES
COLLABORATIONS
DECOR
MINNESOTA
MINNEAPOLIS
ASKOV FINLAYSON
Askov Finlayson + Marvel Bar Candles
Minneapolis favorites—retailer Askov Finlayson and its sister Marvel Bar—launched their first candle collaboration in 2014 and it's graced the bar at CH HQ since. Inspired by the Marvel Bar's hand-crafted cocktails, the team collaborated with an...
COOKS ILLUSTRATED
TIME SAVERS
MONEY SAVERS
COOKING TIPS
RECIPES
Kitchen Hacks
Skip all the panicked calls to mom and save your laptop keyboard from sticky egg yolk and flour-covered fingers—solve your next cooking challenge with one of the most useful books we've come across in a while: "Kitchen Hacks." The book compiles...
CADILLAC
CARS
AUTO
CADILLAC XT5
CROSSOVERS
CAR DESIGN
Unveiling the New Cadillac XT5
Cadillac unveiled the all-new XT5 today, the first of four new crossovers that will bear the XT badge in the coming years. The XT5 replaces the current crossover, the SRX, with lighter and more efficient materials, more space, a new V6 engine, transmission...
GROOMING
SKINCARE
SKIN
CLARISONIC
HARRYS
WELLBEING
AESOP
THE MOTLEY
GOLDFADEN MD
BEARDS
New Men's Skincare Products for Fall 2015
Prompted by the introduction of the Clarisonic Alpha Fit, we collected our favorite new men's skincare items, guaranteed to start your day off right. While some of these products bend gender classification, the guys on the Cool Hunting staff have grown...
SONOS
STEREOS
WIRELESS MUSIC
HOME AUDIO
WIFI AUDIO
MUSIC
STREAMING MUSIC
Sonos Play:5 Redesigned and Reengineered
Today Sonos, the wireless HiFi company, announced two significant releases: The new Play:5 speaker and Trueplay, a feature in the Sonos app that easily helps most Sonos speakers sound the best it can in whatever environment you've placed it in...
INFINITI
CARS
AUTOMOBILES
TEST DRIVE
CROSSOVERS
SUVS
Test Drive: 2016 Infiniti QX50
Infiniti invited us to visit San Diego, CA to get behind the wheel of the 2016 QX50 crossover and to check out their recently opened design studio. At the studio—which is one of four global design centers dedicated to Infiniti, and not their...
DESIGN
WHISKY TUMBLER
DISCOMMON
ALUMINUM
Discommon Goods Lowball Glass
Fresh off the launch of their Watch Wallet, Discommon Goods announced today, 15 July 2015, their ergonomically designed aluminum Lowball Whisky Tumbler and it’s different from any other whisky glass you’ve seen. Unlike traditional glass...
TRAVEL
CUBA
HAVANA
BIENAL DE LA HABANA
COOL HUNTING EDITION
HAVANA BIENNAL
Cool Hunting Edition: Cuba 2015
Right after visiting Cuba in June of of 2013, we started planning Cool Hunting Edition: Cuba. We knew that any trip to Cuba would be special, but when dates were finally announced for the 12th Bienal de la Habana for May 2015, we committed to exploring...
CAR DESIGN
AUTO DESIGN
MASERATI
ITALIAN DESIGN
DESIGN DIRECTORS
LORENZO RAMACIOTTI
Interview: Maserati Head of Design Lorenzo Ramaciotti
How does Maserati translate Italian power, performance, luxury and sex appeal into sheet metal? We sat down with the man behind the mystique, Lorenzo Ramaciotti—Maserati's head of design—to understand his inspirations, influences, and how he leads...
CHAMPAGNE
BARCELONA
FERRAN ADRIA
DOM PéRIGNON
CHAMPAGNE PAIRINGS
EL BULLI FOUNDATION
29 Snacks by Ferran Adrià
For 10 years, Ferran Adrià's restaurant elBulli carried the most commanding reputation for food expression and innovation. While its doors closed in 2011, the restaurant's visionary chef has applied his intellect and curiosity toward the development...
CHOCOLATE
INDONESIA
BALI
FOOD AND DRINK
COCOA BEANS
CACAO BEANS
ENERGY FOODS
Cacao Beans from Big Tree Farms
Chocolate lovers know that there's nothing quite like a tasty cocoa bean. The only thing that could make them better: if they came pre-shelled. And that's exactly the case with Big Tree Farms' Cacao Beans. Yes, they offer up plenty of all-natural...
DESIGNERS
CADILLAC
SEDANS
AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN
CT6
NY AUTO SHOW
GM
Six Design Details from Cadillac's New CT6
For the last time Cadillac has to leave its headquarters in Detroit to attend the New York Auto Show. By this time next year the brand will be fully situated in their new NYC headquarters, marking a very big shift in company's desire to be a global...
LUXURY
CONCEPT CARS
AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN
LINCOLN MOTOR COMPANY
CONTINENTAL
Lincoln Reveals the Continental Concept
Unveiled today the Lincoln Continental Concept is an impressive work of automotive design that deftly balances heritage with bringing the brand into the future. This modern swagger is the kind of momentum we've been waiting to see from the brand...
TEST DRIVES
MERCEDES-BENZ
2015 MERCEDES-AMG C63
2015 MERCEDES-AMG C63 S
2016 MERCEDES-BENZ C450 AMG SPORT 4MATIC
Test Drive: The New Mercedes-Benz C Class AMG Models
How do you improve on the best selling performance car at Mercedes-Benz? First you add two new models to the AMG lineup to provide drivers more choice. Then you make each of them stand out in their own way. Faster, substantially more fuel efficient...
ALCOHOL
GIN
SPIRITS
UTAH
DISTILLERIES
BEEHIVE GIN
DISTILLERS
Utah's French Oak Aged Beehive Gin
When Beehive Distilling opened its doors in August 2013, it became the first gin distillery in the state of Utah since 1870. After nearly a year of tweaking the recipe these first time spirit-makers released their inaugural batch in June 2014. Since...
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