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NIKON
PHOTOGRAPHY
LOVE LETTERS
NEW YORK
OPEN LETTERS
PHOTO CAMPAIGNS
DIGITAL CAMPAIGNS
SOCIAL MEDIA
NYC
Nikon Love Letters to New York
When the core of a social media campaign is an authentic request to share love—of all types—even when it's neatly wrapped up in a brand message, it's hard to deny the importance. This is precisely what's drawn us to the new Nikon "Love Letters from...
KAIROS
KAIROS SOCIETY
KAIROS SOCIETY GLOBAL SUMMIT
ANKUR JAIN
TINDER
ENTREPRENEURS
INTERVIEWS
INCUBATORS
STARTUPS
INVESTMENT FIRMS
VENTURE CAPITAL
Interview: Ankur Jain, Founder of Kairos Society + VP of Product at Tinder
From the Innovation Board of the X-Prize Foundation to the World Economic Forum's select group of Young Global Leaders, Ankur Jain has proven to be more than a serial entrepreneur with an understanding of tech needs. In 2014, we spoke with Jain to...
CHUCK GEORGE
HENRY HARGREAVES
JIMMY PHAM
DISHES
FINE DINING
MRES
PHOTO SERIES
RESTAURANTS
MICHELIN STARS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Chef Chuck George Turns MREs into Michelin Plates
It's hard to deny the impact of food styling on our perception of a meal. The barebones packaging of MREs (military-issued meals, ready to eat) tends to indicate that what you'll find within is nothing more than essential. But when NYC-based chef Chuck...
JOSEPH GRIMA
SPACE CAVIAR
BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN SAINT-ETIENNE
PLAYER PIANOS
GROUP SHOWS
CURATORS
EXIBITIONS
ART EXHIBITIONS
TECHNOLOGY
KURT VONNEGUT
Interview: Curator Joseph Grima of Space Caviar
"Player Piano: A Subjective Atlas of a Landscape of Labour" was one of the most cerebral, engaging exhibitions we saw at this year's 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne. It was the final exhibition in the exploration of the Cité du Design...
NEW MUSIC
MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
THE ORIELLES
HEAVENLY RECORDINGS
ROCK
PREMIERES
TALK SHOWS
Premiere: The Orielles' "Sugar Tastes Like Salt"
Less than a month ago, Halifax, UK trio The Orielles released an epic, dizzying eight minutes of twisting rock music known as "Sugar Tastes Like Salt." It was the band's first single since signing with Heavenly Recordings, and to call the song...
JEAN NOUVEL
SINGULAR OBJECT
EXHIBITIONS
ART EXHIBITIONS
ROMAIN DAURIAC
JENNY MUSHKIN GOLDMAN
53W53
MOMA
THE MOMA TOWER
Romain Dauriac + Jenny Mushkin Goldman's "Singular Object" Exhibition
One can only imagine how daunting a feat it would be to select art for star architect Jean Nouvel or one of his projects. Even more daunting, perhaps, would be hosting an art exhibition in the gallery for 53W53—Nouvel's glorious new spire rising 1...
MUSIC
NEW MUSIC
BRIAN BATZ
DENMARK
DREAM POP
SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE
Premiere: Sleep Party People's "The Missing Steps" Video
Captivation stands as a mark of true, substantial dream pop. More than eerie instrumentation and delicate melodies, musicians working in this genre (and tangentially) must truly capture the listener before taking them inward or upward, to sleep...
STUDIO VISITS
XU ZHEN
SHANGHAI
CHINA
CHINESE ARTISTS
Studio Visit: Artist Xu Zhen
by Alessandro de Toni An hour drive out of Shanghai—far from the urban glitter and the lavish skyscrapers, into a land where Chinese cities tend to look all the same—lies MadeIn Company. Amid storage spaces and small factories, it’s a warehouse...
DANE RICHARDS
CONTRY
MONTREAL
POST PUNK
MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
PREMIERES
NEW MUSIC
ART BANDS
Premiere: Co/ntry's "Living in a Body"
Through a series of mystical and frequently grotesque still life character studies, art director Dane Richards (founder of lifestyle brand yard666sale) conjures a lasting visual tale for fellow Montreal locals Co/ntry. The exploratory, art-punk...
STREET ARTISTS
BUFF MONSTER
AIR INK
TIGER BEER
MURALS
PUBLIC ART
ANIRUDH SHARMA
GRAVIKY LABS
Street Artist Buff Monster's Air-Ink Mural and Gallery Show
It seems almost impossible: ink and paint made from recycled air pollution. In fact, it's a reality known as Air-Ink, invented by Anirudh Sharma, the co-founder of innovation hub Graviky Labs. Their technology processes up to 95% of air captured...
BASELWORLD
BASEL
SWITZERLAND
WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
NOTES
TRADE SHOWS
FAIRS
FESTIVALS
Notes: Baselworld and Trade Show Life
I call it my week of suits. In actuality, it's my other life. Four years in a row now I've woken up in an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, dressed myself quite professionally, hopped on a tram and worked a nine to six or seven job—for one week each...
ART
ITALY
EXHIBITIONS
MILAN
ITALIAN
ARTISTS
MOVIES
WES ANDERSON
EXHIBITS
PRADA
EXHIBITION OPENINGS
Fondazione Prada, Milan
With over 100 years of history, Prada has long been respected for originality and subtle contradictions—and finding a visually striking balance between dichotomies is what makes the fashion house unique. Milan's Fondazione Prada complex maintains the...
TURNER CODY
MUSIC
FOLK MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
CHRIS TUCCI
ANIMATION
PREMIERES
Premiere: Turner Cody's "Death is the Friend You Never Met"
When met with a song about death, music video directors can go in innumerable directions for complementary visuals: undercut the sorrow, emphasize it, heighten the fear, obscure it. For folk singer Turner Cody's new track "Death is the Friend You...
MUSIC
MUSIC FESTIVALS
FESTIVALS
MOOGFEST
MIT MEDIA LAB
DR KATE SHAW
MICHAEL STIPE
NORTH CAROLINA
Moogfest 2017's Futurist Line-Up
Each spring in the United States you’ll find a flock of futurists from myriad disciplines migrating to North Carolina for discussions and celebrations surrounding boundary-pushing technologies. The gathering officially began in New York in 2004, when...
MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
PREMIERE
JACQUES GREENE
NIGHTLIFE
SYNTHS
ELECTRONIC MUSIC
MELISSA MATOS
Premiere: Jacques Greene "Afterglow"
From his just-released debut LP, Montreal-based Jacques Greene's "Afterglow" video is premiering exclusively on Cool Hunting. DJ/producer Greene has been making vibey, R&B-influenced, synth-heavy music for years—releasing his first EP in 2012—and...
JILLIAN MAYER
SHORT FILMS
VIDEO ART
BORSCHT CORP
BORSCHT FILM FESTIVAL
MIAMI
MIAMI ARTISTS
ARTISTS
DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
Jillian Mayer's Data Warping Art Series: IMPRESSIONS
Once again artist Jillian Mayer has managed to subvert and twist the fabric of culture in a way that's both comedic and clever. Rolling off the success of her sculptural series "Slumpies" on display at the Perez Art Museum Miami through January, Mayer...
DESIGN INDABA
DESIGN INDABA 2017
SOUTH AFRICA
MUSIC
MUSICAL ACTS
NIGHTSCAPE
IMPROV
Design Indaba 2017: Musical Highlights
The domino effect of each year of Design Indaba building upon the last is a welcome outcome indeed. Word is out among the creative elite and as we've noticed, it's not just the roster of speakers that's become increasingly stronger; the musicians performing...
MUSIC
SPOTIFY
PLAYLISTS
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY
IWD 2017
IWD
Holly Miranda's International Women's Day Playlist for Cool Hunting
In celebration of women almighty, all around the world, 8 March is a special day. Whether you're able to participate in A Day Without Women, donate to a women-focused organization, or have committed to a different way to take part, International Women...
JAUME PLENSA
SCULPTORS
SCULPTURES
INTERVIEWS
ARTISTS
SPAIN
RUINART
CHAMPAGNE
ART BASEL
Interview: Sculptor Jaume Plensa
Among the roster of international contemporary artists frequently positioning their art in public (and outdoor) settings, few bend the mind as much as Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. If his name isn't immediately familiar, his work most certainly will...
AISH
MUSIC VIDEOS
MUSIC
RASHAAD NEWSOME
POLITICAL MUSIC
PREMIERES
QUEER ART
Premiere: Aish's "Migrant"
With expressive, fantastical beauty SF-based music-maker Aish explores the depths of one of today's most pressing topics with his single "Migrant," premiering here. Partnering a diverse array of sounds—from electronic to historic instruments—with...
ART
ARTISTS
FIRE
ZIPPO
SPONSORED
ADVERTORIAL
INTERVIEW
Steven Spazuk's Impressive Fire Art
In a truly romantic tale, artist Steven Spazuk says that the idea to paint using flames came to him in a dream. After his first attempt—which resulted in a page burnt to a crisp—he became obsessed with perfecting the technique. From there, he started...
MUSIC
NINA SIMONE
PLAYLISTS
CHANCES WITH WOLVES
REMIXES
MIX TAPES
Chances With Wolves: Nina Simone Birthday Playlist
NYC-based DJ outfit Chances With Wolves (CWW) has long been a CH favorite (check out their Fourth of July playlist from a few years ago) for their musical philosophy, encyclopedic knowledge of tunes, and personal positive vibes. Nothing, however, outshines...
PHOTO BOOKS
BOOKS
INTERVIEWS
PHOTOGRAPHY
CHINA
PHOTOGRAPHERS
TASCHEN
BOOK EDITORS
NSFW
"Ren Hang" Celebrates the Chinese Photographer's Work
Update 24 February 2017: tragically, it's been reported that Ren Hang has passed away aged just 29 years old. Shooting on film, photographer Ren Hang captures his friends in trees and rivers in the woods, in his apartment and on the roofs of buildings...
SIMON HAMMERSTEIN
THE BOX
THEATER
NO LIMITS THEATER
VAUDEVILLE
NEW YORK CITY
Interview: The Box's Founder + Creative Director Simon Hammerstein
There is a level of nightlife that extends beyond bottle service, flashing lights and dancing without regard for the forthcoming day. A rarefied New York City list (including Studio 54, Palladium and Limelight) saw uninhibited creativity, collaboration...
MUSIC
PLAYLISTS
MUSICIANS
KISHI BASHI
VALENTINES DAY
VALENTINES DAY 2017
Kishi Bashi's Valentine's Day Playlist for Cool Hunting
One of our favorite musicians Kishi Bashi kindly created a Valentine's Day playlist for us—and it's full of jazzy, sweet and alluring tunes. Kishi Bashi (aka Kaoru Ishibashi) tells us, about his Valentine's Day playlist, "Music is an extension of the...
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