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Cool Hunting Video: Symbol Audio
We recently took the drive up from NYC into the beautiful Hudson Valley to check out fledgling audio brand Symbol Audio. Born from Blake Tovin's years as a furniture designer, Symbol's goal is to create elegant pieces for the home that also deliver...
STYLE
Cool Hunting Video: H E I D I L E E
by Granny Cart Productions When we imagine a hat-maker, a cigar-smoking old craftsman with steam presses and piles of felt make up the image that jumps to mind. Our recent visit with H E I D I L E E founder Heidi Lee turned that notion upside...
STYLE
Moda:ko iPad Cases
At this point you can find an iPad case made from just about anything, but it's nice to see a well-constructed collection in bright, quality materials. Focusing on the idea that a functional device case should serve as a fashionable accessory, the...
DESIGN
Folk Fibers Indigo Wholecloth Collection
Maura Grace Ambrose is known chiefly as a sage of 21st-century quilting. From her home in Austin, Texas, the young Savannah College of Art and Design graduate hand-sews gorgeous, oversized quilts from scraps and new materials, injecting the traditional...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Electric Love
Upon walking into the Brooklyn studio of Charlie Walker and Hitomi Matarese, the husband-and-wife founders of Electric Love, you feel an almost immediate calm, either from the gentle scent of patchouli and leather wafting through the air or the...
TRAVEL
Interview: Nabil Sabio Azadi
Nabil Sabio Azadi is interested in a specific form of intrepid, personally connected travel. His new book, "For You The Traveller," is a painstaking work that combines personal anecdotes with a list of local contacts from around the world, culled...
DESIGN
Handmade Towels: Jennifer's Hamam
The new year has us updating our old routines around the house, and fresh linens seem like one of the easiest ways to make a clean start. This week, we've gathered up five beautifully crafted towels to help spruce up the bath and get us going on...
DESIGN
Handmade Towels: Dar Gitane
The new year has us updating our old routines around the house, and fresh linens seem like one of the easiest ways to make a clean start. This week, we've gathered up five beautifully crafted towels to help spruce up the bath and get us going on...
STYLE
Moko Sellars
Just a few miles from where Thomas Frye first developed the composition for bone china in 1748, a modern tribute to the porcelain material is on view at Hackney's Wilton Way Cafe. The East London coffee shop and community gallery is currently showing...
DESIGN
Handmade Towels: Kara Weaves
The new year has us updating our old routines around the house, and fresh linens seem like one of the easiest ways to make a clean start. This week, we've gathered up five beautifully crafted towels to help spruce up the bath and get us going on...
STYLE
Emedemarta
by Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi The ethereal yet down-to-earth ethos behind Emedemarta—Dreamt. Made. Loved—guides Barcelona-based designer Marta Marginet in creating her enchanting line of hand-carved jewelry. Her simple aesthetic has garnered...
CULTURE
Best of CH 2012: Cool Hunting Video
With the holidays upon us it's once again that time of year when we look back at Cool Hunting Video content in 2012. This year was a real gem with some fantastic pieces ranging from the world's largest carnivorous plant nursery to the wacky International...
DESIGN
Below the Boat
Beneath the hull of every boat, there is a sprawling underwater landscape that one doesn't often get the chance to see. We can experience this nuanced world of ridges and rises, however, with the help of bathymetric charts, the watery equivalent...
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...
STYLE
Private White V.C. Factory
Advertorial content: Fast becoming a well-known name in the ever-evolving menswear market, Manchester-based Private White V.C. makes sturdy, military-inspired garments with a keen attention to detail. Named for company founder James Eden's great...
DESIGN
An ABC of Hermès Crafts
After almost two centuries of making iconic silks and bags, masterful watches and fine saddlery, what Hermès is still best known for is its dedication to craftsmanship. In "An ABC of Hermès Crafts," the French luxury label offers...
TRAVEL
SSCY Tack Bag
Designed to quickly convert from shopping-sized tote to bicycle-ready backpack, the Tack from SSCY bridges the gap between the two traditional bag designs. Constructed entirely by hand, the second multifunctional bag from the Brooklyn-based designer...
STYLE
Orley Ties
Dissatisfied with men's knitwear options that skewed drab or overly flamboyant, brothers Alex and Matthew Orley, along with their friend and partner Samantha Florence, launched Orley with a Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Orley's debut line of psychedelic...
DESIGN
Indoek Wax Kit
As stores like Saturdays Surf and Pilgrim Surf + Supply continue to influence the once conventional retail market, the carefree attitude and simple surf style has filtered down to other aspects of design culture as well. Case in point, the Indoek...
DESIGN
Aurora Lamp
By Elissa Hall Taking into account the lack of space in most urban dwellings, designer Marco Murillo of The Good Flock developed the brand's first home product to be both elegant and functional. The minimal Aurora Lamp, which launches as a Kickstarter...
DESIGN
L'uomo che Firma il Legno
Pierluigi Ghianda, known to many as the "poet of wood," has in his career left an indelible mark on the world of design. The master ebonist was born in Brianza, a region that is considered the real factory of the Milanese design—if Milan can...
FOOD-DRINK
Compartes Chocolate Bars
As soon as you walk into Compartes in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, you're hit with the intoxicating smell of chocolate from handmade, tattoo-topped truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit and a new line of bars. The recently redesigned space...
CULTURE
Red Clouds Collective
Offering a wide array of simple soft goods in leather and canvas, Portland, Oregon-based Red Clouds Collective is the brainchild of Jason Brown, Owen Johnson, Seth Neefus and Dan Weaver. "There's a bunch of us that come from the skateboard and hip...
DESIGN
Williams Knife Company
A master craftsmen, Chris Williams oversees the creation of his knives from the sheath to the blade. Working out of his studio in South Carolina, Williams dedicates himself to creating blades that are as functional as they are beautiful. By using...