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DESIGN
Collection Two: Uganda From The Citizenry
Following a successful first release, incorporating materials and craftsmanship from Peru and Argentina, socially conscious design house The Citizenry presents Collection Two: Uganda. Partnering with artisans throughout the country to source materials...
TRAVEL
Cool Hunting Video: Q&Q SmileSolar Watches on CH Edition Zambia 2014
When we first saw the colorful SmileSolar watches from Japanese brand Q&Q we felt they were the perfect partner to work with on our CH Edition trip to Zambia. Fortunately, they loved the idea of joining us on safari and, more importantly, helped...
TRAVEL
Le Comptoir General, Paris
by Meghan Sebold For any travel enthusiast, the best venue to visit is often one that requires processing time to absorb the scene—a place that makes you wonder, "What on earth is going on here?" Le Comptoir General (LCG) in Paris’s 10th arrondissement...
STYLE
The Bone Collection
Designer Vayshalee Naran's Bone Collection has made a potentially grim object—the rib bone—into a beautiful bracelet that weighs with meaning. As the delicate rib cage literally protects the heart (and lungs), Naran's elegant bangle signifies love...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Video: Dabl's Bead Museum
There's no short supply of eclectic public art in Detroit, MI, but none quite match the magnitude and message of MBAD's African Bead Museum, more commonly known as Dabl's Bead Museum—named for visionary founder and artist Olayami Dabls. Large-scale...
TRAVEL
Cool Hunting Video: CH Edition Zambia 2014
After hosting our first successful Cool Hunting Edition trip to Africa in summer 2012, the CH team was eager to design another trip and revisit Zambia with a new group two years later. Embedded in the wilderness of South Luangwa National Park, our...
CULTURE
Guns & Rain Brings African Art to the World
Creativity exists throughout the world. Global centers like Paris, London and New York have long served as geographic and cultural gatekeepers for the fine art world, but the internet is gaining momentum on democratizing the international scope of...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting c/o Quarterly Co: Shipment Nine
We created this edition of Cool Hunting's Quarterly with Africa on our minds. Inspired by the sun's potential to power our world in ways both big and small, we partnered with two innovative brands implementing solar power in inventive, intimate ways...
STYLE
Asiyami Gold's A.Au Collection
by Chérmelle Edwards Spending much of her childhood in Nigeria and then moving to Atlanta, Georgia, designer Asiyami "Gold" Wekulom injects traditions from both cultures into her work. For her label Asiyami Gold, she blends aesthetics from Nigerian...
CULTURE
Dakar Biennale 2014: Highlights From Dak’Art
Though less famous than its siblings in Venice and Berlin, the Dakar Biennale (on until 8 June) is a world-class art show worth the attention of international art experts and enthusiasts. This year’s Dak’Art is the 11th edition of the Biennale and...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp: Brownbook Magazine
This week, we check in with Dubai-based Brownbook magazine in celebration of the mix of "legends and underground heroes" included in their current music issue. In addition to a pull-out songbook featuring sheet music from classic Egyptian songstress...
DESIGN
Koffi & Diabaté
Urbanization has gone from global phenomenon to the source of increasingly vital environmental, social, political and economic issues. In Africa, movement to urban centers has skyrocketed in the past decades with central planners unable and sometimes...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting c/o Quarterly Co: Shipment Eight
The most recent iteration of Cool Hunting's Quarterly Co. will be reaching mailboxes soon, and it's one we're especially excited about. CHQ8 is born from our 2012 trip to Africa—an experience that educated, shaped and changed us. In Zambia the...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: L’ArcoBaleno
Helmed by Design Miami co-founder Ambra Medda, L'ArcoBaleno is an extraordinary online marketplace for the cultured design enthusiast. To provide further insight on the often laboriously handcrafted objects they purvey, the well-informed...
DESIGN
Design Indaba 2014: The Expo
Each year that we attend Cape Town's brilliant Design Indaba conference, the subsequent Expo seems to infinitely grow and improve—a testament to the design world's increasing fascination with the opportunities abounding in the vibrant continent. Now...
STYLE
Oliberté
After spending several years working in the international aid community around Sub-Saharan Africa, frustration set in for Canadian Tal Dehtiar. Money intended to stimulate struggling economies seemed to dissipate with little to show for it in terms...
CULTURE
Free World Reader
Political, historical and academic texts rarely offer captivating graphic design and artwork to accompany—and do justice to—the information they hold. The newly minted quarterly Free World Reader presents a holistic view of the war in the Democratic...
TRAVEL
Blue Train: Pretoria to Cape Town
by Laura Feinstein One of the most iconic symbols of luxury in South Africa, the famous Blue Train line has spent the last 67 years taking visitors on an adventure through the country’s stunning and diverse scenery. Starting in Pretoria, the Blue...
DESIGN
Dikokore Designs
by Veronica Menendez Heather Schultz and Juan Lujan were inspired by the people of Dikokore (pronounced "dee-ko-ko-ray"), while living and working near the village in the nation of Benin. Working in realms spanning education, gender development...
CULTURE
Stocktown
The Web 2.0 era has allowed unprecedented access to self-publishing in music, writing and videos. While this democratization of communication has both drawbacks and benefits, it's safe to say the amount of content to sift through is staggering...
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