Snøhetta’s New “Peace Bench” at the United Nations

Officially named The Best Weapon, a “peace bench” installation designed by Snøhetta will take up a temporary position outside the UN Headquarters in NYC starting this Nelson Mandela Day (18 July). Fabricated with the assistance of Hydro and Vestre, the six-and-a-half meter-long arc (or smile) is composed of anodized aluminum. After NYC, the bench will move to its permanent location in Oslo—closer to its commissioning …

Cool Hunting Video: 21 Icons

Photographs of 21 iconic South African figures currently on view in Johannesburg

Returning to Africa for the second Cool Hunting Safari in Zambia, we made a stop in Johannesburg to scope out the up-and-coming design scene. A few of our guests have strong ties to the city, one being wildlife and portrait photographer Adrian Steirn, whose renowned exhibit “21 Icons” was being featured at Johannesburg’s Museum of African Design (MOAD) before beginning its world tour. Adrian gave …

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The historic Nelson Mandela anthem, Kirsten Dunst in anime costume, a lot of NTS radio and more in our look at music this week

It’s Nice That + NTS Radio’s Black Impulse Playlist Our creativity-championing friends over at It’s Nice That have let the folks from Black Impulse on NTS Radio hijack their weekly mixtape—resulting in two hours of music, most of which you’ve probably never heard before. Heather Weil focuses on prog, heavy psych, 1970s and ’80s punk and hardcore. She explains, “These are three really difficult genres …