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FOOD-DRINK
Counter Culture Coffee Holiday Blend
During the cold, dark days of winter, coffee becomes even more necessary than usual. While you can find a passable cup of Joe on nearly every corner in NYC, we at CH HQ prefer to brew our own, taking the opportunity to try the latest beans from our...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Building Block
The paradox of a minimalist black bag is the difficulty of making it distinguishable and memorable. However, Kimberly and Nancy Wu—the two sisters behind the young brand Building Block—have no trouble with this. For the past three years, the LA-based...
TECH
Studio 5 by NudeAudio
San Francisco-based newcomer NudeAudio debuted their affordable line of portable Bluetooth speakers just last fall, but they show no signs of being satisfied with the status quo. They recently announced their newest speaker, the Studio 5, which marks...
TECH
Move by NudeAudio
Why own a portable speaker that connects to your smartphone or computer over Bluetooth, when you are never compelled to move the speaker from its "spot"? Counteracting the current trend of premium wireless speakers that just tend to sit there, newcomer...
DESIGN
Normann Copenhagen's Kabino and Sko
Always a go-to for smart, accessible Danish design, Normann Copenhagen holds a spot on our must-see list each spring during Salone del Mobile, and their showing last week in Milan only further inflated our confidence in the clever brand. Of the...
DESIGN
Form Us With Love + Tid
"The wristwatch lost its essentiality when devices for showing the time moved into everyone's pocket," notes Petrus Palmér of design agency Form Us With Love on the impetus for its latest collaboration, this time with a new Swedish watch company...
DESIGN
Sleeper Projects Drum Kit
Sleeper Projects' full-size nesting drum kit's beautifully understated design features minimal hardware and maple shells with a handsomely subtle finish. Filled with clothes and belongings, the kit weighs under 50 pounds—enough to avoid extra...
STYLE
Marie Jo L'Aventure by A.F. Vandevorst
Belgian lingerie label Marie Jo L'Aventure breaks new ground this A/W 2010 when it launches an intriguingly minimalist collaboration with fellow countrymen, the fashion label A.F. Vandevorst. The six-piece collection,named Marie Jo L'Aventure by...
DESIGN
Brinca Dada
Shrinking Modernism to a micro scale, the sleek and minimal dollhouses by NYC-based Brinca Dada have kids and adults alike excited to play make believe. At the Dwell on Design show I got to hear about the toymaker's recently-completed Bennett House...
CULTURE
Swell
A love letter to the best of beach culture, the forthcoming exhibition "Swell" explores the heavy influence surfing has held on artists worldwide, with a particularly in-depth look at the major movements surfacing out of California's Venice Beach...
STYLE
Erik Schedin Relaunched Products
A CH favorite, Erik Schedin of Sweden makes a finely edited collection of essentials, accessories and products sharing a pared-down aesthetic. Proving his chops as a designer, standouts include items that Schedin created himself, which have just been...
DESIGN
Eva Zeisel at Room & Board
In 1999, James Klein and David Reid of ceramics design firm KleinReid approached living legend Eva Zeisel about a possible collaboration. The fruits of their labor—limited edition archival prints and vases—now sell from Room & Board...
STYLE
Giuliano Fujiwara Spring/Summer 2010
by Richard Prime Regarded as a key player in minimalist tailoring, Japanese label Giuliano Fujiwara presented an invigorated spring/summer collection at Milan earlier this month. A subtle, gray palette tempered by cherry red, acid yellow and bold...
CULTURE
James Worrell: A Day In the Life
Applying his skills as a still life photographer to tell a personal story, James Worrell recently pieced together the aspects of his day—from the schlepping to the shooting—in a video montage full of saturated hues and compelling compositions...
STYLE
DEFAKTO Watches
The just-released Defakto Eins watches from Germany might inflict some well deserved clock-envy among little handed friends. Designed by first time creator Raphael Ickler of Pforzheim, Germany, a young guy whose "idea is to display the time...
TRAVEL
Prague's Hotel Josef
The only thing better than a laid-back stroll around Prague during the winter holidays is to be able to come back to the Hotel Josef. Set on an ancient street a short walk from the Old Town Square and on the edge of the old Jewish Quarter, it'...
DESIGN
Muji Chronotebook
My favorite design from last year's Muji awards is the Chronotebook, a simple but effective daily planner. Rather than the standard columns, lines or grids, each page has an analog clock graphic. With time as the central structuring element, this...
DESIGN
Bagjack x Beinghunted Messenger Bag 1-B
Bagjack, well-known for their utility bags in Europe and Japan, collaborated with our friends at Beinghunted to create the 1-B Messenger bag back in 2005. This year, they reissued it for the holidays, but bigger! In fact, it fits a shoe box plus...
DESIGN
Muji Soho
For you New Yorkers who have been sneaking into the Moma store to get your Japanese minimalist design fixes or stocking up when abroad, your time has come. The full-blown Muji experience is opening in New York on Friday, 16 November 2007, in Soho...
DESIGN
Mirror Banquet Table
Lwindesign's Mirror Banquet Table would make a stunning addition to any dining room. Modular in design, the full layout seats 20, but can be reconfigured to seat 10. Impracticalities aside, the piece adds a whole new perspective to mealtimes...
STYLE
Andreas and Kostas Murkudis Meet Schiesser
Andreas Murkudis is yet another can't miss Berlin standby tucked in a courtyard in the Mitte district. It carries high-design objects and clothes and is one of the few places in the world to carry former Helmut Lang designer Kostas Murkudis...
CULTURE
Dwell Minimalist
Medium, the footwear designers who follow the simple modernist philosophy "less is more," have introduced a new sneaker model with that in mind once again. They teamed up with Dwell Magazine to bring us this limited edition sneaker the Dwell Minimalist...
DESIGN
Step by Step
Today might be turning in to a day of featuring new work from designers previously on Cool Hunting. Remember the SMS Chandelier by Moritz Waldemeyer and Ron Arad? Waldemeyer's latest piece, Step by Step, combines the precision of computer controlled...