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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...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: 27 Robots
Not unlike the laboratory of a mad scientist, Josue Maldonaldo's gadget-filled studio on the outskirts of Detroit is full of odd and fascinating creations. By day, Maldonaldo sculpts life-sized model cars for Ford, but by night, he creates his very...
CULTURE
The Seafoam Palace, Museum of Curiosity
The Seafoam Palace is part restoration project and part creative endeavor. The interdisciplinary project is currently spearheaded by a group of artists, writers, filmmakers, sociologists, engineers, historians and more (including Burning Man co-founder...
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Cool Hunting Video: The Heidelberg Project
There's plenty to see in Detroit, MI right now. With a wide array of new businesses reinvigorating the economy and an influx of creatives, some may overlook aspects of the cultural and artistic history in the city. One of those is The Heidelberg...
STYLE
Cool Hunting Video: Shinola Leather Factory
During a trip to Detroit's Shinola headquarters, we got a first-hand look at its recently opened leather factory and design studio—another step in their continued quest to revive American manufacturing. The brand has commenced operations with the...
DESIGN
Charged: Redesigning an Icon
Since its founding in 1902, Cadillac has stood as an American icon of automobile design that hails straight from the heart of Detroit. When the future-facing brand unveiled its sleek, modern new insignia design on the 2015 ATS Coupe earlier last...
FOOD-DRINK
Burnside Farm, Detroit
If you're curious to see what a $600 property investment looks like in Detroit, Burnside Farm stands as an exemplary case—a true reflection of the depths of creativity and community amid the sprawling city. This eight-lot urban farm, in Detroit's...
CULTURE
Interview: My Brightest Diamond
Long before attending the filming of My Brightest Diamond's La Blogotheque video for "Whoever You Are" at this year's Sundance, we were impressed by her lush vocals, theatricality and mystic lyricism. Detroit-based Shara Worden (the musician behind...
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Culture Lab Detroit
Detroit has more than the makings of a contemporary cultural capital; the city holds a rich history as a pioneer in music and industrial innovation. But there's no shortage of current programs that continue to encourage artists to foster, evolve...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2014: Filson's First Watch Collection
The momentum at Filson is palpable and exciting. Our Cool Hunting Video visit to Seattle in June 2013 captured the brand’s new headquarters the week it opened and the company has continued to evolve their core products, launched a bicycle, a customized...
CULTURE
Shinola + Bruce Weber
Bruce Weber's work—renowned for its powerful and iconic imagery that has graced gallery walls, billboards and the finest fashion magazines around the globe—is largely an extension of the way he sees the world. And when the first few images from the...
DESIGN
Highlights from the North American International Auto Show 2014
The North American International Auto Show, Detroit (known as NAIAS) always serves as a major platform for American brands, as well as for foreign brands who sell a lot of a specific model or manufacture them in the USA. The showcase also stands as...
DESIGN
The Floyd Leg
by Emily Bihl Furnishing a new home can be a daunting task for anyone, but for those who tend to regularly relocate, it's an even greater challenge. Furniture shopping oftentimes inspires a special blend of dread and guilt at the thought of having...
FOOD-DRINK
Joseph Wesley Black Tea
The Motor City is producing much more than cars these days, with brands like Shinola leading the way, Detroit's future is looking bright. On a recent trip there, CH came across an unlikely local product, Joseph Wesley Black Tea. While studying in...
DESIGN
Shinola Runwell Di2
In less than two years, Detroit-based consumer goods manufacturer Shinola has raised the bar in quality and innovation for American-made goods. While the Detroit-based company's watches and retail spaces continue to impress, their bicycle program...
TRAVEL
City Guides Spotlight: Detroit
Sponsored content: Detroit is known for many things; from the revolutionary sounds of Motown to the hum of the American automotive industry, but it's no secret that the city has fallen on hard times. While the surface may appear bleak, there is...
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Announcing Lexus Stand Out City Guides
Sponsored content: It's no secret that the staff at Cool Hunting are fans of seeking out new experiences. From our own backyards to cities across the globe, we're always on the lookout for the best food, shops, museums, culture and outdoor activities...
STYLE
Interview: Max Schmidt
A quality, individually tailored suit is perhaps one of the few things to have escaped the tsunami of online shopping. Although, according to Max Schmidt and Tom Daguanno, the Detroit-based duo behind 1701 Bespoke, men will soon be able to experience...
DESIGN
Interview: Ford Atlas Designers Gordon Platto and Aileen Barraza
We've admired the 2013 Ford Atlas Concept truck since its debut at Detroit's 2013 North American International Auto Show earlier this year. The Atlas makes a big statement about design, capability, fuel efficiency and technology that's certain to...
STYLE
Levi's Vintage Clothing and Made & Crafted Fall 2013
While we're enjoying the warm weather here in NYC, we've been thinking about fall fashion since seeing the heavily textured FW13 collections for Levi's sub-brands Levi's Made & Crafted and Levi's Vintage Clothing earlier this past spring. And now...
STYLE
Shinola Limited Edition 40mm Runwell
After witnessing Shinola's dedication to quality manufacturing in Detroit first hand last July, we backed the brand by pre-ordering their first watch, the 1,500 piece limited edition 40mm Runwell (which shares a name with their flagship bicycle...
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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...
DESIGN
Shinola Bicycles
Launched less than a year ago, Detroit's consumer goods company Shinola is still picking up speed, as well as worldwide recognition. In July 2012 we had the opportunity to visit their expansive HQ in midtown Motor City, where we witnessed first...
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