SKINA Magazine Rack
SKINA celebrates copper's lustre in a simple, industrial contraption pairing pipes with a hammock of PVC canvas. Stash magazines, or anything you want, and put it somewhere prominent.
Peacock Feather Memento Mori
Across myriad religions and ancient myths, the peacock feather has always carried a positive symbolic meaning, especially that of renewal. Porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian crown, Nymphenburg, has incorporated the avian emblem into their works...
1920s German Light Bulb Voltage Tester Bar
Restoration Hardware has replicated a 1920s-era lightbulb tester found in Germany and turned it into a bar cart for the vintage-industrial-minded decorator with a penchant for booze. The Sputnik-shaped iron orb hinges open to reveal bottle shelves...
The Messograf is a lifelong friend for architect types. Part multi-tool, part writing instrument, the Messograf features a ruler, a metric thread scale, a tire tread gauge, a four-inch caliper gauge, and yes, a ballpoint writing tip. The click-to-open...
Neo F Q
German watchmaker MeisterSinger’s elemental watches are modeled after the original time teller, the sundial. Their single-handed character reduces time telling to its purest primordial essence. It forces us to view time moving more slowly, and as a...
Swiss artist, architect and designer Max Bill left behind a vast collection of ingenious and influential work, including a celebrated group of wristwatches for German luxury watchmaker Junghans. Originally produced in 1961, these elite mechanical timepieces...
The Sigman Gift and German Expressionism
Last night saw two compelling openings at NYC's Neue Galerie, a museum dedicated to German and Austrian art and design from the early 20 century. Highlights from collector Harry C. Sigman's recent gift to Neue—which total more than 100 works...
Union Sozialer Brushes
The Institute for the Blind in Berlin workshop produces a line of grooming brushes demonstrative of both their rich heritage and sense of humor, using the same materials and techniques passed down for the last 120 years. Housed in the former Home...
You can't spit in Berlin without landing on something of historic interest, and the site of Pauly Saal—the new restaurant opened by the team behind the well known Grill Royal—is no different. The former Jüdische Mädchenschule...
Papaya Playa Project
Touching down in the peninsular town of Tulum in southern Mexico, a collaboration of creative European service-industry innovators have launched Papaya Playa Project, a temporary hotel concept born from the pop-up retail model. The collection of...
Named for the diminutive island dwellers of Gulliver's Travels, Liliput is a petite new pen from heritage German pen-maker Kaweco. True to its name, the pen measures only 3.8 inches when closed, expanding to five when posed for writing. At first...
2012 Audi A6
Exhilaration, satisfaction, safety, a sense of control—these are the expected feelings associated with driving a luxury automobile. But being surprised by a car is rare. It's more rare still when you're somewhat familiar with the maker, like...
Herrlicht Wood Glasses
Shedding the chrome-cast cliché of futuristic style, many designers have turned to creating modern products from natural materials. A mix of high-tech techniques with artisan hand-craft has resulted in creative twists ranging from leather iPhone...
Describing their products as "perfectly handcrafted and strictly limited objects of art," Germany's Vandeyk Contemporary Cycles this fall will release the Nightstream, a retro-inspired mountain bike with a whopping €16,500 price-tag. The bike...
Test Drive: 2012 Audi A7
Where other sedans in its class swaddle their passengers in cloud-like comfort down to pillowy handling, Audi's A7 stands out for its adrenaline-revving performance and similarly bold design. First stepping into the car, the well-apportioned interior...
Borrowing its name 60 years ago from veritable German sports store Jooss and its Landau location, Joola is now synonymous with ping pong and standard for multiple world championship competitions. The brand also caters to amateurs as well, offering...
Known for inventing four-in-one and two-in-one zipper shoes, Munich's Nat-2 shows a simpler side of shoe design with their new desert boot-inspired line created just for girls. The suede Marais booties, named after the Parisian neighborhood, combine...
Floor to Heaven
Previously featured on Cool Hunting for their handcrafted, clever take on carpets, German brand Floor to Heaven continues to turn thoughts into pictures with a new collection of floor coverings. The German company—totally devoted to "custom...
The 2011 VW Jetta
On an extended drive through San Francisco, Marin County and Sonoma, I was able to put Volkswagen's 2011 Jetta to the test. Totally redesigned with careful consideration for the U.S. market, the new mid-sized contender is sleeker, roomier and cheaper...
Kelly Gorham: The Stones Have Memories
Commemorating the 9 November 2009 unifying of Berlin, photojournalist Kelly Gorham's newest show, The Stones Have Memories studies the wall, looking at the structure as a modern architectural ruin. While much of the infamous barrier has since...
Volkswagen Golf TDI
As "green" lifestyles become the norm, conspicuous environmentalism will hopefully give way to unpretentious examples like the new 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI, which subtly makes an eco-conscious statement by making their high-tech, cleaner...
Saskia Diez Accessories
As seductive as it is simple, Saskia Diez's jewelry strikes a perfect balance for an elegantly contemporary look. A trained goldsmith turned industrial designer, Diez's creations are a clear combination of those two talents. Her travel bag...
Nymphenburg x Patrik Muff: Essentials Jewelry
Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, the legendary porcelain factory based in Munich, recently launched "Essentials," a collaboration with the Swiss-born designer Patrik Muff. For the company's inaugural jewelry collection, Muff focused...
Graffiti Artist Tasso
Legend has it that Tasso's career started with some scrawlings on his grandmother's kitchen table. Every year he would sign and date the underside of the table and over the years would watch as the style and flow changed. Growing up in divided...