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STREET ARTISTS
BUFF MONSTER
AIR INK
TIGER BEER
MURALS
PUBLIC ART
ANIRUDH SHARMA
GRAVIKY LABS
Street Artist Buff Monster's Air-Ink Mural and Gallery Show
It seems almost impossible: ink and paint made from recycled air pollution. In fact, it's a reality known as Air-Ink, invented by Anirudh Sharma, the co-founder of innovation hub Graviky Labs. Their technology processes up to 95% of air captured...
BASELWORLD
BASEL
SWITZERLAND
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
NOTES
TRADE SHOWS
FAIRS
FESTIVALS
Notes: Baselworld and Trade Show Life
I call it my week of suits. In actuality, it's my other life. Four years in a row now I've woken up in an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, dressed myself quite professionally, hopped on a tram and worked a nine to six or seven job—for one week each...
ART
ITALY
EXHIBITIONS
MILAN
ITALIAN
ARTISTS
MOVIES
WES ANDERSON
EXHIBITS
PRADA
EXHIBITION OPENINGS
Fondazione Prada, Milan
With over 100 years of history, Prada has long been respected for originality and subtle contradictions—and finding a visually striking balance between dichotomies is what makes the fashion house unique. Milan's Fondazione Prada complex maintains the...
TURNER CODY
MUSIC
FOLK MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
CHRIS TUCCI
ANIMATION
PREMIERES
Premiere: Turner Cody's "Death is the Friend You Never Met"
When met with a song about death, music video directors can go in innumerable directions for complementary visuals: undercut the sorrow, emphasize it, heighten the fear, obscure it. For folk singer Turner Cody's new track "Death is the Friend You...
MUSIC
MUSIC FESTIVALS
FESTIVALS
MOOGFEST
MIT MEDIA LAB
DR KATE SHAW
MICHAEL STIPE
NORTH CAROLINA
Moogfest 2017's Futurist Line-Up
Each spring in the United States you’ll find a flock of futurists from myriad disciplines migrating to North Carolina for discussions and celebrations surrounding boundary-pushing technologies. The gathering officially began in New York in 2004, when...
MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
PREMIERE
JACQUES GREENE
NIGHTLIFE
SYNTHS
ELECTRONIC MUSIC
MELISSA MATOS
Premiere: Jacques Greene "Afterglow"
From his just-released debut LP, Montreal-based Jacques Greene's "Afterglow" video is premiering exclusively on Cool Hunting. DJ/producer Greene has been making vibey, R&B-influenced, synth-heavy music for years—releasing his first EP in 2012—and...
JILLIAN MAYER
SHORT FILMS
VIDEO ART
BORSCHT CORP
BORSCHT FILM FESTIVAL
MIAMI
MIAMI ARTISTS
ARTISTS
DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
Jillian Mayer's Data Warping Art Series: IMPRESSIONS
Once again artist Jillian Mayer has managed to subvert and twist the fabric of culture in a way that's both comedic and clever. Rolling off the success of her sculptural series "Slumpies" on display at the Perez Art Museum Miami through January, Mayer...
DESIGN INDABA
DESIGN INDABA 2017
SOUTH AFRICA
MUSIC
MUSICAL ACTS
NIGHTSCAPE
IMPROV
Design Indaba 2017: Musical Highlights
The domino effect of each year of Design Indaba building upon the last is a welcome outcome indeed. Word is out among the creative elite and as we've noticed, it's not just the roster of speakers that's become increasingly stronger; the musicians performing...
MUSIC
SPOTIFY
PLAYLISTS
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY
IWD 2017
IWD
Holly Miranda's International Women's Day Playlist for Cool Hunting
In celebration of women almighty, all around the world, 8 March is a special day. Whether you're able to participate in A Day Without Women, donate to a women-focused organization, or have committed to a different way to take part, International Women...
JAUME PLENSA
SCULPTORS
SCULPTURES
INTERVIEWS
ARTISTS
SPAIN
RUINART
CHAMPAGNE
ART BASEL
Interview: Sculptor Jaume Plensa
Among the roster of international contemporary artists frequently positioning their art in public (and outdoor) settings, few bend the mind as much as Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. If his name isn't immediately familiar, his work most certainly will...
AISH
MUSIC VIDEOS
MUSIC
RASHAAD NEWSOME
POLITICAL MUSIC
PREMIERES
QUEER ART
Premiere: Aish's "Migrant"
With expressive, fantastical beauty SF-based music-maker Aish explores the depths of one of today's most pressing topics with his single "Migrant," premiering here. Partnering a diverse array of sounds—from electronic to historic instruments—with...
ART
ARTISTS
FIRE
ZIPPO
SPONSORED
ADVERTORIAL
INTERVIEW
Steven Spazuk's Impressive Fire Art
In a truly romantic tale, artist Steven Spazuk says that the idea to paint using flames came to him in a dream. After his first attempt—which resulted in a page burnt to a crisp—he became obsessed with perfecting the technique. From there, he started...
MUSIC
NINA SIMONE
PLAYLISTS
CHANCES WITH WOLVES
REMIXES
MIX TAPES
Chances With Wolves: Nina Simone Birthday Playlist
NYC-based DJ outfit Chances With Wolves (CWW) has long been a CH favorite (check out their Fourth of July playlist from a few years ago) for their musical philosophy, encyclopedic knowledge of tunes, and personal positive vibes. Nothing, however, outshines...
PHOTO BOOKS
BOOKS
INTERVIEWS
PHOTOGRAPHY
CHINA
PHOTOGRAPHERS
TASCHEN
BOOK EDITORS
NSFW
"Ren Hang" Celebrates the Chinese Photographer's Work
Update 24 February 2017: tragically, it's been reported that Ren Hang has passed away aged just 29 years old. Shooting on film, photographer Ren Hang captures his friends in trees and rivers in the woods, in his apartment and on the roofs of buildings...
SIMON HAMMERSTEIN
THE BOX
THEATER
NO LIMITS THEATER
VAUDEVILLE
NEW YORK CITY
Interview: The Box's Founder + Creative Director Simon Hammerstein
There is a level of nightlife that extends beyond bottle service, flashing lights and dancing without regard for the forthcoming day. A rarefied New York City list (including Studio 54, Palladium and Limelight) saw uninhibited creativity, collaboration...
MUSIC
PLAYLISTS
MUSICIANS
KISHI BASHI
VALENTINES DAY
VALENTINES DAY 2017
Kishi Bashi's Valentine's Day Playlist for Cool Hunting
One of our favorite musicians Kishi Bashi kindly created a Valentine's Day playlist for us—and it's full of jazzy, sweet and alluring tunes. Kishi Bashi (aka Kaoru Ishibashi) tells us, about his Valentine's Day playlist, "Music is an extension of the...
INTERVIEWS
CANNABIS
CANNABIS CULTURE
BIOCHEMISTRY
STARTUPS
HMBLDT
MEDICAL MARIJUANA
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
PACKAGE DESIGN
Interview: Samantha Miller, Chief Science Officer at hmbldt
Launched last year, Anomaly, is crisp, tasteful and accessible. It includes specific information not only about the THC and CBD profiles but also the accessory cannabinoids that make up the formulation. Currently there are four I get the sense...
DESIGN
BROOKLYN
ADO DESIGN ACADEMY
GREENPOINT
MINI
DESIGN FESTIVALS
EVENTS
DESIGN TALKS
ADO
A/D/O Design Academy's "Utopia vs Dystopia"
We were quick to visit A/D/O's recently renovated Greenpoint space when it was unveiled, but our return this past weekend offered an opportunity to see it in action as the design community center it was always imagined to be. Attendees were eager...
ANDY WARHOL
VITO SCHNABEL GALLERY
BOB COLACELLO
THE FACTORY
ST MORITZ
SWITZERLAND
JEFF KOONS
THE AGE OF AMBIGUITY
Bob Colacello's Curatorial Debut at Vito Schnabel Gallery
For those familiar with the name Bob Colacello, it may come as a surprise that he hasn't curated a gallery exhibition until now. A close Warhol confidante—and the force behind Interview magazine through the 1970s until '83—Colacello's journalistic...
YOGA FOR BAD PEOPLE
YOGA
EDITION HOTELS
HEATHER LILLESTON
WELLNESS
HEALTH
KATELIN SISSON
Yoga For Bad People
Don't be fooled by the name, Yoga For Bad People (YFBP) isn't just for bad people; it's for everyone. Inclusivity is a key message from founders Heather Lilleston and Katelin Sission (the former having been teaching since 2003 and the latter 2008...
BAMFORD WATCH DEPARTMENT
FILMS
SHORT FILMS
THE SUPERMAN
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
WE ARE HALCYON
BAMFORD HERITAGE MILSUB
SUBMARINER
CANARY ISLANDS
Bamford Watch Department + We Are Halcyon's "The Superman"
"Your heartbeat slows down as soon as your face touches the water," explains celebrated freedriver (and marine biologist) Francisco Del Rosario in "The Superman." Created by We are Halcyon filmmakers Jack Pirie and Alex Hylands-White, the two-and...
MINNESOTA
THE GREAT NORTHERN FESTIVAL
SAINT PAUL
MINNEAPOLIS
WINTER FESTIVALS
WINTER SPORTS
TWIN CITIES
Minnesota's The Great Northern Festival
With average temperatures well below freezing during January and February, neither of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota may not seem like an ideal vacation destination. And yet, this couldn't be further from the truth as...
MERCEDES-BENZ
MERCEDES AMG
SUPER BOWL
ADVERTISEMENTS
COEN BROTHERS
PETER FONDA
COMMERCIALS
"Easy Driver" Commercial Features the Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster
For a German automaker to lean into the 1969 American classic film "Easy Rider" as a storyline promoting their new high-end roadster is risky, but Mercedes-Benz has done it justice with a balance of respect and humor thanks to a brilliant collaboration...
STUDIO VISITS
MARK PAVLOVITS
GLASS
GLASSBLOWING
GLASSMAKING
DECOR
LA
Studio Visit: Glass-Maker Mark Pavlovits
Molten glass, metal rods, burning furnaces, cold water, strength and patience are the tools of LA-based glass artist Mark Pavlovits' trade. Pavlovits found his way into the perilous world of glassblowing when he least expected it, but it was a serendipitous...
SUNDANCE
SUNDANCE 2017
JONATHAN KELTZ
TECHNOLOGY
FILMS
SHORT FILMS
Sundance 2017: "5 Films About Technology"
As the title implies, "5 Films About Technology" has more than one story to tell, though all the micro-vignettes within this short film address an overarching and ever-present concept. Five sharp contemporary tales of the mishaps associated with...
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