Brown + Black Trancoso Beach Bat Set

Founded by Harry Brantly and Max Leese, Frescobol Carioca crafts artisanal sports equipment that honors Brazilian beach culture and the popular regional sport frescobol (aka beach tennis). Their bats—including this brown and black set—are all handmade using off-cut wood from Brazil’s furniture industry. Not only are the bats crafted to accentuate the natural beauty of the wood, but they are also made with function in …

Recording Artist Yndi’s Playlist for COOL HUNTING

As with her compelling debut album "Noir Brésil," this 10-track playlist is an emotional excursion

Franco-Brazilian trans artist, composer and producer Yndi (formerly known as Dream Koala, from 2012 to 2020) released a debut LP this May, entitled Noir Brésil, that sets her beautiful, dynamic vocals within transfixing orchestral complexity. To celebrate the ravishing release, Yndi generously assembled a playlist of tracks that have garnered her attention in the way that her powerful album captured ours. “These tracks are songs that I’m …

The US Air Force Leans on Biomimicry for New Body Armor

The US Air Force plans to research whether or not body armor can replicate the strength of an arapaima’s exterior. This Amazonian fish, native to places like Brazil, Peru, and Guyan, is capable of fending off deadly piranha with its scales. This natural self-defense system is courtesy of evolution over millions of years, and has made the fish’s body protective and incredibly flexible. Naturally, the …