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  • UNICEF Create-A-Character Contest

    Get crafty this Halloween with a contest designed to help feed children around the world. For many adults, Halloween triggers memories of toting around a plastic pumpkin in search of the season's finest sugary snacks, but for some it recalls those classic UNICEF boxes used to collect change for children who not only won't receive candy for the holiday, but who go every day without any food at all. In an effort to put a creative spin on UNICEF's Trick-Or-Treat program this year, the altruistic non-profit is asking artists at all levels to participate in their first Create-A-Character contest. Simply decorate one of their blank cardboard boxes before 26 October for a chance to have your design included as one of three chosen for the limited edition 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Box Collection. We asked the playful illustrator and graphic artist Mr. Kiji to do the honors on behalf of Cool Hunting, and while his simple marker design shows off his skills as an artist, it also expresses just how fun a little holiday creativity can really be, especially when it's for a good cause. The money raised from the donations will assist in providing nutrition, clean water and education for the millions of kids around the world UNICEF strives to support.

    Entering the Create-A-Character contest is as easy as ordering a blank box, putting your imagination to work and then snapping a photo of your final product before 26 October 2012. While we thoroughly feel personalizing a box is the best way to have a little Halloween fun, those with little time or a dominating left brain can still donate to the cause online at UNICEF.

  • myThread Pavilion


    Architectural designer Jenny Sabin's biologically-inspired installation launches Nike's Flyknit Collective in NYC. Inspired by the marriage of design and engineering that birthed the groundbreaking Flyknit technology, Nike has selected a handful of global design innovators and tasked them with creating a sculpture, structure or installation piece influenced by the Flyknit shoe, to be unveiled at various locations in the US, China, Brazil, Japan, Italy and the UK. Each project by the members of the Flyknit Collective—chosen for their explorative curiosity and dominance in their respective fields—aims to demonstrate a unique pairing of new technology with new ways of thinking. Representing the US, NYC-based architectural designer, artist and educator Jenny Sabin tapped her experience and keen interest in science and molecular biology to create the myThread Pavilion at Nike's Bowery Stadium.


  • Alpha Lyrae


    Electroluminescent fabric designed by emerging Chinese designer Vega Zaishi Wang. As her name would suggest, Beijing-based designer and 2008 Central St. Martins graduate Vega Zaishi Wang is definitely among the brightest stars of China's fashion scene. Coincidentally, she developed a love for experimenting with light and luminous clothing as a way to get closer to her parents, who are both electrical engineers. They ultimately encouraged her to opt for electroluminescent fabric (EL), which is commonly used in car dashboards and signage displays, instead of LED, whose circuit boards were too thick for clothing.



  • MAXXI Art Museum


    Designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Zaha Hadid, the new MAXXI (National Museum of the Arts of the 21st Century) is the newest astonishing piece of architecture in Rome. With a planned opening in spring 2010, it will house collections of contemporary art and architecture. The complex covers more than 27,000 square meters in the Flaminio neighborhood and its “permeable” piazza works as a connection between two areas of the city, which were separated by former military buildings (partly recovered and literally incorporated into the new museum). Movable walls allow the very wide and seemingly endless galleries to adjust to different configurations. Intersected by the black lines of the stairs, which crisscross across the main hall like a roller coaster rail, the absolute white of the floors and walls looks all the more stunning. The stairs also work as lighting devices, thanks to light boxes mounted underneath.
    An incredibly complex system, Hadid conceived the roof to give a sense of motion and the perfect light. The technology integrates the regulation of the exterior glazing with artificial lighting systems. It also hides tracks for hanging panels and works of art. This building stands as a quintessential example of great work, exquisitely linking the many elements of the structure through sinuous lines while creating a harmony of curves and corners. The effect, a subtle misplacement, doesn't interrupt the understanding of Hadid's vision, with the harmony of corners and curves linking the different areas.


  • Dom Pérignon by David Lynch

    Spending an afternoon with David Lynch in the penthouse of the Chateau Marmont isn't necessarily an everyday occurrence—the filmmaker, known for his surrealistic visions, actually admits that he rarely leaves the house if he doesn't have to. As the son of a forester, Lynch grew up spending time with his father in their woodshop, and now enjoys time at home creating his own art, photography and sound studios.
    Lynch did venture out recently to the home of his friend, special effects designer Gary D’Amico, to collaborate on a bottle and package design project for Dom Pérignon. The two experimented with welding torches, shot beams of light into crystals, sprinkled sparkles and powered up smoke machines and other lighting effects to capture images for the resulting wraps. Shrouded in dreamy, glowing light streaks is Lynch's scrawled label, "Dom Pérignon by David Lynch" sliced horizontally across the dark Champagne bottle.


  • diy: making furniture from pallets


    Used shipping pallets are great to use for a design DIY project. They are inexpensive, rustic looking and using reclaimed wood/products is evironmental friendly. You can paint them (or not) and pile them up with some lovely cushions to create a sofa. But there is a lot more you can do. Here are some of the best pallet projects:


  • MACRO, an impressive restoration of one of Rome's finest contemporary museums


    The beginning of June 2010 will be remembered in Rome as the beginning of a new era in contemporary art. With the opening of the brand new MAXXI museum by Zaha Hadid (which CH previewed a few months ago) comes the inauguration of another impressive structure—a new wing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Rome. MACRO opened in 1999 in the former Peroni beer factory, located Rome's central Salario district. In 2001, French architect Odile Decq won the international competition to redevelop the venue and the resulting structure is truly remarkable. The entire building was conceived to blend with the classic neighborhood, through plain surfaces and dark transparencies. In the main hall the auditorium stands out as an iconic piece of design with a red diamond-like shape boasting a bright red interior, rich with functional details. Long gangways float all over the space, surmounted by a large glass ceiling that gives way to natural lighting


  • London Design Festival iPhone App


    Like many of the world's art and design fairs, when the London Design Festival began 10 years ago, the biggest challenge was actually navigating the event itself. Always teeming with a surplus of exciting offerings from across the creative disciplines, fairs present a vast array of work under one roof and wading through it can be a daunting task for even a seasoned journalist. Add to that a proliferation of satellite fairs that now orbit the main event and the idea of covering every square inch feels like an assignment unfit for its title.
    Demonstrating why it's not to be missed, the annual LDF created an ingenious iPhone app that organizes the insanity by date, location, event and category—essentially any which way you can slice it. If you find an event that requires tickets or registration, you can seamlessly sign up without ever leaving the app. You can also keep track of the events that interest you most with the star system, which adds your favorites to an easily retrievable list.