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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...
DESIGN
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...
TRAVEL
Pauly Saal
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...
TRAVEL
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...
TECH
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...
STYLE
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...
DESIGN
The Nightstream
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...
TECH
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...
DESIGN
Joola
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...
STYLE
Nat-2
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...
DESIGN
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...
TECH
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...
CULTURE
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...
TECH
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...
STYLE
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...
STYLE
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...
CULTURE
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...
TECH
Volkswagen CC
A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to check out the new Volkswagen CC, the German auto maker's foray into the entry-level luxury market. Having been the passionate owner of two Volkwagens already, I was more than thrilled at the...
TECH
The Online Toaster Museum
While we consider toast itself to be one of the greatest snacks of all time (if not for its versatility alone), The Toaster Museum, an online archive of toasters through the ages, suggests that the method of production deserves some credit too. Browsing...
TECH
Vintage Terrycloth Stuffed Animals
Made from reclaimed cotton terrycloth dating back to the '50s, '60s and '70s, these stuffed animals are a worthy challenge to their classic plush counterparts. Each neo-Boho monkey, pig or polar bear is handmade in Germany and is one...
CULTURE
Sarah Lüdemann
Sarah Lüdemann is a German artist living and working in Cambridge, England. Of her work she says: "the connection point between all my pieces of work is the concept of identity. Initially I started exploring my own 'self' through...
CULTURE
Florian Maier-Achen
Florian Maier-Achen is a young landscape photographer born in Cologne, Germany, and now residing in Los Angeles. Maier-Achen's ability to convey dark, apocalyptic feelings in his work transform earthy landscapes and sweeping terrains into things...
CULTURE
Henrik Schwarz: DJ-Kicks
What do James Brown, Marvin Gaye, D’Angelo, and Pharoah Sanders all share with German techno? Surprisingly, on the upcoming richly eclectic DJ-Kicks mix, these and others from the soul archives get German minimal house and techno...
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