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The Drive: Custom Cars and Their Builders
Focused on what is perhaps a niche topic, Gestalten's new hardcover tome, "The Drive: Custom Cars and Their Builders" is not just for custom car owners and lovers. Readers who aren't all that interested in the auto world will be surprised and thrilled...
WORLDS BEST EVER
Norberto Rodriguez's "ART, AMIRITE?" at Maitland Foley Gallery, LA
In a fascinating (albeit potentially difficult to understand via words) artistic endeavor, Cuban-born Norberto Rodriguez of NOR(BERT)O inc. has created "ART AMIRITE?"—a show at LA's Maitland Foley which is a collection of objects, artworks and artifacts...
Four Pillars Gin
Australia's world-class, award-winning gin-maker Four Pillars is pragmatically named. The superfecta for their incredibly drinkable small-batch gin is this: copper pot stills (made by Germany's CARL), fresh Yarra Valley water, botanicals (many of which...
Du Zen! Leather Bags
Founded by former industrial and graphic designer Samantha Rogers (née Duzenman), Australian label Du Zen! handcrafts high-quality leather bags locally in Melbourne, some of which come in unusual but wearable colorways. The brand also ignores traditional...
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Ari Seth Cohen's "Advanced Style: Older & Wiser"
Ari Seth Cohen's delightful and inspirational Advanced Style project exists in many forms—from a documentary to a blog, Instagram and now a second hardcover tome: "Advanced Style: Older and Wiser"—again published by Brooklyn's powerHouse Books. The...
Mushroom Lamp and iPhone Dock
While there's no shortage of iPhone chargers and docks in the world, not many combine extra uses, portability and a cute design. The Mushroom Lamp—currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter—promises to charge your phone and provide ambient lighting...
Nextbit + AIAIAI TMA-2 Headphones
Android smartphone-makers Nextbit have partnered with Copenhagen's AIAIAI for a special edition pair of headphones to befit its exceptional "cloud-first" phone, Robin. The recently released Nextbit + AIAIAI TMA-2 headphones boast a neodymium speaker...
There's no doubt Paris—lovingly known as La Ville-Lumière—is one of the most romantic, charming cities in the world. When visiting, there are globally recognized must-see spots for checking off the list; ascending the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre...
KREWE DU OPTIC
New Orleans-Inspired: KREWE du Optic Eyewear
Part entrepreneurial endeavor, part love letter to his hometown, Stirling Barrett's KREWE du Optic was founded three years ago in New Orleans, after Barrett's time away from home for art school refueled his love of the city's uniqueness. He tells...
Premiere: "Move and Shout" by Boulevards
In a super-funky video that's saturated in retro vibes, Boulevards and director Ramon Zubia create a dance party for the artist's buoyant track "Move and Shout," premiering on Cool Hunting today. Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) tells us, "The idea...
THIRD DRAWER DOWN
Interview: David Shrigley
When he was inspired as a child to make cover art for Adam and The Ants, Brighton-based artist David Shrigley could have never predicted that he would go on to create everything from larger-than-life-sized sculptures to music videos, flags, a mascot...
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Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance: 1945 to 1975
Even if you're not a gung-ho car enthusiast, the new hardcover tome "Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance: 1945 to 1975" (published by Skira Rizzoli) is a breathtaking, alluring book. The pages inside are full of the most rare, collectible...
Bruce Munro's "Field of Light" at Uluru, Australia
British artist Bruce Munro is set to unveil the latest and largest of his otherworldly "Field of Light" installations at Australia's Uluru—the sacred place that inspired the entire project back in 1992, when the artist visited. Much of Munro's work...
Hautlence's LABYRINTH Watch Doesn't Tell Time
Ahead of Baselworld 2016, Hautlence (a luxury watchmaker that was founded in 2004) has just released their newest product—and describe LABYRINTH as an "entirely essential yet fundamentally useless object." Designed to make the wearer slow down...
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY
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The F-Word at STORY
A shop delivered in issues like a magazine, NYC's latest STORY (which launches today at their Chelsea location) is "The F-Word." Opening on International Women's Day, the concept store's current collection was carefully selected in order to spark...
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
North Home Textiles
With a focus on celebrating Aboriginal Australian artists and the diversity of their skills and crafts, new Australian homewares company North Home offers striking products that not only look beautiful, but also empower and support indigenous communities...
The Fabric of India
London's Victoria and Albert Museum (aka V&A) boasts an incredible collection of handmade Indian fabrics and textiles—a collection they say is the greatest in the world. Though their exhibition "The Fabric of India" is coming to a close this weekend...
Art Brand BFGF
Lilian Martinez calls her creative endeavor BFGF an "art brand" since her ingenuous yet lush and compelling designs can be found on almost anything. From T-shirts to digitally printed rugs, Martinez's creations draw from pop culture (Nike swooshes...
Guy Bourdin's "Nature Magique" Book
Legendary French photographer and painter Guy Bourdin has a body of work that's taken on its own life since his passing in 1991. Bourdin's style of provocative, sensual and cheeky images are at once familiar and engrossing, and a new, highly covetable...
Art + Fashion: Collaborations and Connections Between Icons
Over its 224 pages, the stunning Art + Fashion: Collaborations and Connections Between Icons displays what occurs when high fashion and art collide. From the surreal lobster dress by Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí to the...
"Metal is The New Black" by Quiet British Accent
Taking something traditionally wholesome and making it a little subversive and much more playful, London-based design duo Quiet British Accent has recently unveiled their Metal is The New Black project. For the series, QBA—aka Sharon and Jason...
STEVE ESPO POWERS
Interview: Stephen ESPO Powers on Brooklyn Museum's Coney Island Extravaganza
Across an impressive three shows (opening today, 20 November 2015) Brooklyn Museum showcases the charm, spirit, strangeness and seediness that is New York's Coney Island. "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008" displays 140 diverse...
WELFE Jewelry's Solar Collection
Wales-born, New Zealand-raised, and now Melbourne-based Welfe Bowyer is essentially a self-taught jeweler; yet his previous life studying architecture means that he's always been interested in creating three-dimensional entities and experimenting...
Fuseproject's Three-Port Zolt Charger
Launching today, the Zolt Laptop Charger aims to make powering all your devices faster, easier and much less cumbersome. The charger—designed by fuseproject—is a sleek, lightweight device with three USB ports. This translates to charging three...