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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...
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Letters of Note
Not so long ago—in the age before Twitter, email and Facebook—people wrote out their feelings, gripes, grievances and praise on hotel notepads, scraps of paper and personal stationary, and then mailed them. While some might argue that the art of...
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Cool Hunting Video: World's Largest Toy Car Collection
by Granny Cart Productions In a small building in Beirut, Lebanon sits the largest collection of toy cars in the world—that's over 30,000 model cars and 400 dioramas. On a recent trip to the region, we stopped by and spoke with owner and collector...
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Best of CH 2013: Cool Hunting Video
As people around the world prepare for the holidays and the new year, what better time then to look back on all of the standout Cool Hunting content from 2013. CH Video traveled from California to Georgia, met some memorable characters and got to go...
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Cool Hunting Video: The Lunchbox Museum
While recently rambling through the rolling hills of Georgia, CH ended up on the outskirts of Columbus at the world's largest Lunchbox Museum, situated in the back of the Rivermarket Antique Mall. Owner Allen Woodall is an avid collector of many...
DESIGN
Interview: Minna Kemell-Kutvonen and Sami Ruotsalainen
As the Helsinki-based brand gears up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Unikko (poppy) print, Marimekko is still very much the prolific and relevant design house that it was when it was founded by Viljo and Armi Ratiain in 1951. The...
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1xRUN
by Nicole Rupersburg When you picture an art collector, the image that comes to mind is potentially that of a snooty high-society type fawning over the latest million-dollar piece from whichever artist is currently in vogue, rather than a mustachioed...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: The Planetarium Projector Museum
There are many beautiful things to see on the drive into Big Bear Lake, CA but one of the more interesting and unknown is the Planetarium Projector Museum. In an unassuming building a stone's throw from the lake, owner Owen Phairis has managed to...
STYLE
Interview: Jona
Invoking an anthropological spirit and aesthetic, New York-based designer Jona transcends the landscape of couture through his avant-garde label, InAisce. Imbued in signature hues of nuanced greys and arctic neutrals, InAisce aims to illustrate...
DESIGN
Eight Emperors
Eight Emperors is a stunning new collection of handmade works from Ann Arbor-based husband-and-wife team Matthew Shlian and Thea Augustina Eck. Walking the line between art and design, the pieces range from intricately cut and folded paper sculptures...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: The International Banana Museum
There are many interesting and odd things to be found off the shores of the dying Salton Sea in southern California but maybe one of the most unique is the International Banana Museum. Recently transplanted from Culver City, the museum occupies a...
STYLE
Moss Fall/Winter 2012 Lookbook
by Janine Stankus Regular dudes strolling around Brooklyn with a couple of 40s, snapping pics with their iPhones—that may not be what you'd expect from a formal photo shoot, but that's exactly what streetwear brand Moss was going for with...
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents, a recently-opened concept shop in Portland, Oregon, is a quiet refuge within the bustling Old Town neighborhood. Located just off Burnside Street in Chinatown, Shu Hung and Joseph Magliaro's new venture is a welcome departure...
STYLE
Wrk-shp Spring 2013
Continuing to mine the world of architecture for inspiration, Wrk-shp designer Airi Isoda reveals a Spring/Summer 2013 apparel collection based on the Case Study homes built in Southern California in the 1950s. With the fourth collection, crisp lines...
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Bunny Yeager's Darkroom
In a time of rampant racism and sexism, before the word feminism had entered the American lexicon, there was a culture of taboo surrounding scantily clad pin-up girls that was dominated by men with cameras. In a scenario where women were always...
STYLE
Wolsey Fall/Winter 2012
With 257 years of brand heritage behind it, Wolsey's Fall/Winter 2012 collection remains fully modern in a marriage of robust fabrics and forward-minded design. Moleskin and mohair are everywhere in the coming season, as are old favorites like cable...
DESIGN
Made in Japan
American architect Naomi Pollock curates a selection of 100 products that embody contemporary Japanese object design in her new book, "Made in Japan." Her selections show what adherents of the Japanese aesthetic have known for some time—that...
STYLE
GANT Rugger Fall/Winter 2012
As the Creative Director of GANT, Chris Bastin took the unlikely realms of food and restaurant life and embedded it into the DNA of his upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Known for crazy dinner parties in Stockholm, Bastin weighs in on what we...
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Leather Head for Jeep and USA Basketball
Advertorial content: With a deep-seated love of sports and an intuitive attraction to leather, Paul Cunningham implements his old-world craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail into every Leather Head piece he creates. In our video, Paul...
DESIGN
Wendy Maarten Pulley Lamps
Dutch design duo Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon found inspiration for their latest collection in the industrial shipyards of Rotterdam that surround their office. Better known as Wendy Maarten, they came together in 2010 after successfully partnering...
DESIGN
Jean-Marie Massaud for FPM
Founded back in 1946, FPM-Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano is a leather goods brand that has come back in recent years with new captivating projects, with the mission to work "in the name of movement". With the aim to connect with the world of design...
DESIGN
Luna Seo
Seoul-born designer Luna Seo integrates prisms into her new collection, "That Piece of Time", capitalizing on both the symbolism and unique refractive qualities of the prism as a metaphorical reminder of small daily wonders. "The prism is a medium...
DESIGN
Dirk Westphal at Maison 24
Dirk Westphal has worked in several mediums throughout his career, putting images of goldfish on surfboards and creating copious volumes of collages, but he is probably best known for his photography, and his ability to combine of images and objects...
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"At Home I'm A Tourist"
For most of us, collecting toys is a hobby that can consume our youth, holding the excitement of adding to our bounty, finding the next big thing or forging relationships with other collectors. Few carry the pursuit into adulthood, becoming supercollectors...
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