Cool Hunting Video Presents: Lou Nasti

Our behind-the-scenes video of Brooklyn's animatronic master

For our latest video we trucked deep into Brooklyn, NY to explore Mechanical Displays, Lou Nasti’s fantastic studio. Nasti is the animatronic mastermind responsible for installations around the globe, most notably some of the most iconic Christmas displays on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Obsessed with robotics since childhood, he’s been doing it professionally for over 30 years, applying an uncanny mechanical skill reflected in his …

Curiosities

Children's toys transformed into creepy robots

For the last few years artist Cathy McClure has been applying her background in metal design to her obsession with mechanical toys in a variety of shows around the country. McClure’s process, centralized around taking different motorized children’s toys and stripping them of their fur and stuffing, tears them down to their absolute basics. From there, the pieces either remain in their naked plastic state …

An Interview with Dirk Vander Kooij

Some words from design's robot-driven Dutchman as he preps his live demo for Milan

Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij is obsessed with rapid prototyping. Best known for his Endless Chair, made from a continuous string of recycled plastic using a 3D printer, the design has grown into a range of products all with the goal of making the production process more visible. Speaking at Design Indaba recently, van der Kooij explained, “the best thing about recycled plastic is …