The Boudoir Bible: Betony Vernon’s guide to modern sex and seduction

The Boudoir Bible

Aiming to annihilate notions of taboo in the modern bedroom, Betony Vernon presents “The Boudoir Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today” as a stimulating guide to the sexual landscape. Appropriately cloaked in pink bondage ropes, the cloth-covered tome also comes with ringing endorsements from burlesque performer Dita Von…

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The Transparent Speaker: Stockholm’s People People design studio present a wireless, modular home sound system

The Transparent Speaker

Managing to both blend in and stand out at once, the Transparent Speaker from industrial design studio People People takes an unconventional approach to home sound systems—and we love it. Based in the undeniable design capital of Stockholm, Sweden, the creative crew of designers and strategists have dissected the…

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D.E.S.I.G.N.: Innovative design book for parents desirous to share their interest with children

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Since its release in 2011, “D.E.S.I.G.N.,” by Polish author Ewa Solarz has enchanted kids and the design-minded parents who read it to them. “I keep on hearing that D.E.S.I.G.N. is someone’s children’s favorite book,” says Solarz. “It might be that children simply like to know different things. Design is…

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Form Us With Love + Tid: Two Swedish studios team up to keep perfect time

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“The wristwatch lost its essentiality when devices for showing the time moved into everyone’s pocket,” notes Petrus Palmér of design agency Form Us With Love on the impetus for its latest collaboration, this time with a new Swedish watch company Tid. Tid is the short Swedish word for time,…

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Heri, Hodie, Cras

Graffiti styling, religious symbolism and Afro-Brazilian influences from Stephan Doitschinoff

Heri, Hodie, Cras

The son of an Evangelical minister, Stephan Doitschinoff is a Brazilian artist with a penchant for religious iconography and bright graphic styling. His scope includes installation and video, though Doitschinoff is perhaps best known for his paintings and public works. Opening tonight, “Herie, Hodie, Cras” (Latin for “Yesterday, Today,…

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Piramida

Sampled sounds from an Arctic ghost town comprise the unlikely music on Efterklang’s new album

Piramida

Perpetually in search of new possibilities in the realm of music, the trio behind the Danish band Efterklang set out on a sound-seeking mission last August to the remote island of Spitsbergen to create their fourth album, Piramida. Over the course of their nine-day expedition on the Arctic isle—one…

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Conjuring Arts Playing Cards

Historic skulls adorn a custom card set from the elusive center for magic

Conjuring Arts Playing Cards

We visited Bill Kalush last year and learned about the Conjuring Arts Research Center—his hidden library of rare texts and artifacts related to the history of magic. The center is also a community hub for the occult, publishing the biannual scholarly journal Gibecière and running the Hocus Pocus magic…

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Summer’s Perfect Party Setting

Set the tone for an evening of well designed drinks in a well designed space

Summer's Perfect Party Setting

Advertorial content: The most memorable summer nights involve good company and good drinks in a properly outfitted setting to match. To set the mood for winding up or down with Tanqueray, Cool Hunting has selected seven unique pieces for a convivial, comfortable and impeccably designed outdoor party to keep the…

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Popshot Magazine

The illustrated poetry magazine adds fiction to the mix in the October issue

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For a glimpse at the changing face of poetry, cast aside the dusty anthology and make room for the 21st century’s answer to an ancient art form—Popshot Magazine. Created in 2008, the British-based print magazine is now the flag-bearer for a new generation of creative writers and illustrators.

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The London-based outlet calls upon poets to write original, thought-provoking pieces of work based on a set theme. Inundated with thousands of submissions for each issue, the Popshot team performs the arduous task of picking just a handful of poems for publication. Those selected are then sent to a group of 20 illustrators who create an image to match the text. Jacob Denno, the mastermind behind Popshot, calls this process a “conversation” between the two art forms, stating that “poems give reason for the illustrations to exist and vice versa.” This allows readers to engage with ideas that may have otherwise gone unexplored and creates a beautiful balance of text and image—all crammed into 64 pages of uncoated 115 gsm, which gives the magazine an organic and earthy feel.

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The next issue of the biannual publication, “Birth,” is set to drop in October, and will mark a rebrand for the magazine after seven issues. In addition to a new logo, website and composition, Popshot will also be taking short story and flash fiction submissions to accompany the poetry that has come to define the magazine.

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“There’s one poem in particular that blows my mind every time I read it and a few short stories that are frankly bizarre,” says Denno of the upcoming edition. “One of them tells the story of a man who falls down a hole and spends the rest of his life falling. He meets his wife, they have children, set up home, and live life in a permanent state of free-fall. I won’t tell you how it ends although you might be able to guess.”

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In going to such great lengths to drag poetry and prose into the modern age, Popshot is handing the art of writing back to the masses in the form of a stunning publication. Popshot Magazine can be found through a select number of international stockists and online, with two-year subscriptions running £19 in the UK, £26 in the rest of Europe and £32 elsewhere worldwide.

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CH Zambia: Safari Photo Gear

Six of our favorite accessories to help get the perfect shot in the bush
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For our first Cool Hunting Edition travel experience we brought 24 friends and readers on safari in Zambia. Over the course of eight days CH Zambia guests experienced the wonders and wildlife of Africa with a few surprises from our brand partners. More stories and videos here.

On such an epic trip as a safari, a once-in-a-lifetime shot presents itself almost every time you turn around. To make sure we didn’t miss anything, we made sure to bring the right equipment to accompany our Pentax cameras. While we’re always attracted to the latest tech, we also recognize the need for tried-and-true items that are lightweight, durable and worth the schlep on an excursion like this.

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Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Bag

Designed for neat freaks, this lightweight (4 lbs) camera backpack offers more organization options than you’d imagine. The front butterfly zipper reveals side-by-side, rearrangeable lens and DSLR body holders while the back’s adjustable chest, shoulder and waste straps work well to distribute the weight of a full pack. We were most impressed by the hideaway straps that stuff behind a sail cloth fly to turn the busy bag into a single-handled tote. This is especially nice for traveling—stuff the straps and avoid snags when maneuvering airplanes, buses or safari-outfitted Land Rovers. Plus the outer shell can be easily cleaned or brushed off, unlike most more porous cordora fabrics. Get the Kiboko 30L bag from Gura Gear for $430.

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Vintage Banana Republic Photojournalist Vest

Although we often lean towards the latest, sometimes there’s just no improving on a good thing. Case in point, the vintage Banana Republic Photojournalist Vest. This purposeful piece was first introduced nearly 30 years ago—prior to the company’s acquisition by GAP—and remains just as stylish and functional today. Designed entirely with purpose in mind, the neutral color camouflages it in the bush, avoiding attention from animals, while the mesh back keeps the body cool. Keep an eye on ebay for your best shot at tracking one down.

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Moleskine

The simple, travel-ready Moleskine notebook and wood pencil set kept the entire crew in touch with their studious and artistic sides during the adventure. The plain pages were perfect for keeping tabs on everything from flora and fauna species to photography tips from our guides. The soft notebook and wood pencil are available directly from Moleskine for $12 and $13 respectively.

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Kaufman Mercantile Pry Bar

A multipurpose keychain-sized crow bar proved to be the perfect tool for a number of unexpected scenarios. While KM suggests it be used to pry nails or open sealed windows, we found it most useful for unscrewing tripod mounts when nothing else would get the job done. Made of hardened D-9 steel and weighing less than 0.25 ounces, the little guy made for a useful companion in the bush. Kaufman Mercantile has the mini pry bar for just $8.

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Manfrotto Monopod

Made of aluminum, equipped with a sealed fluid head and compressible to under 30 inches, we found this monopod particularly suited for travel. Plus, the smooth panning and tilting movements made it great for filming video on the move—especially when you have your mini pry bar handy for adjustments. Find it on Amazon for around $250.

BlackRapid RS-Sport

The ideal camera strap for an adventure such as this, the RS-Sport features an under-arm safety tether to keep your shoulder-slung strap securely on your body. By attaching to the camera body’s tripod mount, the D-ring attachment can be slid up or down the front of the strap, allowing quick maneuvering for spur-of-the-moment shooting, even with the weight of a new Pentax K-30 DSLR anchoring it down. The RS-Sport sells from BlackRapid for $70.

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