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Studio Visit: Balint Zsako
Balint Zsako, whose work first caught our eye in 2007, disrupts the language of Old Master painting, with a vocabulary of modern symbolism and technique. In his view, "Everything changes, it's important to have things of your own time." Several...
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...
DESIGN
Poligon Foldable Sculptures
Anyone with a passion for design—or animals—will be a quick fan of Poligon's foldable magnetic sculptures. The clever British duo, Rodrigo Solorzano and Matthew White, met at the Royal College of Art and have made the perfect team for this project...
CULTURE
John Knuth's Fly Paintings
To create the paintings for his "Master Plan" series (on show now at Chicago's Andrew Rafacz Gallery), LA-based artist John Knuth feeds a mixture of sugar and watercolor paint to hundreds of thousands of common houseflies. As the flies eat, they...
TECH
Cool Hunting Video: NYU Fluid Dynamics Lab
The concept of flight has always held humankind's imagination captive—yet making that concept a reality continues to baffle even the most ingenious innovators. We recently got a few insights and a lesson in aerodynamics from NYU Professor of Mathematics...
TRAVEL
NobleCamper Dog Bed and Sleeping Bag
While most in urban areas of the Northeast continue to recover from winter's first fresh blanket of snow, many more outdoor-inclined individuals in the Northern Hemisphere are gearing up for cold weather camping season. To keep your four-legged companion...
TRAVEL
Birdbnb
Airbnb, a service just five years young, has rapidly become the largest lodging brand in the hotel industry and somehow, it's managed to fly under the radar for so many in the traveling world. The hugely successful, highly unconventional brand hosts...
CULTURE
Zee.Dog Leashes
While there's an impressive offering of high-quality leashes four four-legged friends on the market, like RESQ/CO's rope leash, sometimes a bit of attitude is what the dog park lacks. Recently launched Rio de Janeiro-based Zee.Dog creates high-quality...
CULTURE
RESQ/CO Rope Dog Leash
From print journals dedicated to dogs to digital sensors for monitoring your pooch's activity and health, we've seen some pretty spectacular products aimed at canine culture. And so, handmade accessories don't seem like that far of a stretch. Using...
CULTURE
Deedee Cheriel: Episodes in the Abundant Oasis
by Mya Stark Gods, monsters or something more enigmatically human, the animal-headed figures of artist Deedee Cheriel are set to grace LA’s Merry Karnowsky Gallery this weekend. In the new show, called "Episodes in the Abundant Oasis," Cheriel’s...
CULTURE
Interview: Becky Crew
Becky Crew spent her childhood in the picturesque Blue Mountains in Australia, with her (human) family and a menagerie that included dogs, cats, pigeons, crabs and all kinds of critters. Suffice to say she has always had a bit of a fascination with...
DESIGN
Fangblade by Stephan Alexandr
Continuing his curious exploration of alternative uses for animal bones, Portland's Stephan Alexandr recently released his latest artistic creation—the Fangblade. Carved from alligator jawbones, the handy letter-openers still sport vestigial teeth...
DESIGN
Kiyoshi Mino's Felt Menagerie
Made with only a needle and some carded wool, Kiyoshi Mino's large and small felt animals are delightful sculptures of farmstead companions. The colorful ducks, pigs and sparrows are born from a time-consuming process that boils down to a ball of...
CULTURE
Arrrgh! Monsters In Fashion
Like the scream of a frightened soul coming face to face with a monster, "Arrrgh!" is the title of a recently opened exhibition at Parisian gallery Gaité Lyrique, which deals with "monsters in fashion." Curated by Vassilis Zidianakis and Angelos...
CULTURE
Mount Your Maker by Stephan Alexander
When we last caught up with Portland-based artist and designer Stephan Alexander, he had just put the finishing touches on a stunning SS11 collection for Sticks & Stones accessories—a label he co-founded in 2009. While time hasn't changed his...
CULTURE
Veal
Opening tonight, 7 February 2013, at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, "Veal" is a multidisciplinary performance that marries unlikely traditions from opera to industrial design. Thematically, the show plays off of the notion of the "industrial animal...
DESIGN
Maximo Riera Toad Sofa
As an artist, sculptor and photographer, Maximo Riera has used his eye and craft of creating dramatic works across disciplines in his most recent project, The Animal Chair Collection. The ever-growing series of biologically accurate animals covers...
DESIGN
Charley Harper's Animal Kingdom
American artist Charley Harper's fascination with the natural world kicked off with a childhood spent on a West Virginia farm. In his professional work, Harper rendered natural subjects for "The Golden Book of Biology," Ford Times, the National...
DESIGN
Animal Farm
Making the rounds on the web this week, a charming set of light fixtures inject sleek design—and fun—into the realm of bottle lamps, which can run the risk of looking like DIY kitsch. Animal Farm, a series of abstract pig, giraffe, penguin...
DESIGN
Claire-Anne O'Brien's Knit Creatures
Inspired by the elusive little creatures native to the rugged, windswept mountains of Ireland's western coast, textile designer Claire-Anne O'Brien created three delightful knit animals to sell exclusively through the Emerald Isle's online design...
CULTURE
Charlotte Cory
When the Queen of England is among your collectors, you know you're doing something right. But British writer and artist Charlotte Cory doesn't let this distinction go to her head—that much is clear from the casual way in which she delivered...
CULTURE
Suriani
While marketing and mainstream communications campaigns have derived branding inspiration in the comic-like cartoon style of street art, and the values attached to its culture—freedom, community, transgression—the paradox still exists...
CULTURE
Art Basel: Animals
Whether the main subject of a taxidermy-inspired sculpture or an allegorical reference within a larger composition, animals are an evergreen source of inspiration among a diverse range of media and genres. The pivotal role creatures play was apparent...
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