A programmable, weighted ball, the Sphero BOLT robot is the perfect toy for any STEM-enthusiast. Featuring three new sensors—a compass, infrared and light—and an 8×8 front-facing and changing matrix (that’s also programmable to scroll text or do animations), the BOLT also boasts infrared communication, allowing it to “talk” with other robots. Of course, it works in harmony with the Sphero Edu app, meaning it’s appropriate for students of varying skill levels.
Not only is this Tetris Case a retro delight, it’s also fully operable. You can play Tetris—among a few other retro games—on the back of your phone instead of scrolling Instagram. Available for iPhone 6 through iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Easily rolled up, this leather backgammon set from Moore & Giles is the ideal companion for trips. Backed with Baldwin Oak leather, and lined with French nubuck, this is a durable set that will get better with use. Losing a piece isn’t a worry, thanks to the handy zip-sealed pouch that also rolls into the kit when you’re finished playing.
The El Catire set from Luxe Dominoes is a sophisticated collection of crisp, black and white dominoes with a dark green-tinted rack. They’re designed to be played and displayed, and it’s evident in the intricate details of each domino (including gold adornment), as well as their case. Invite over an opponent and pull this off the shelf, not out of the junk drawer.
Clive the Croc—made in an edition of 10—is a toy-meets-cushion born from a collaboration between Slowdown Studio and Naama Ben Moshe. Composed of printed cotton, there are no loose parts that could tear or cause choking dangers. Plus, if Clive gets a bit dirty, he can go into the washing machine. Also part of the “lazy animal” toy collection are Howie the Hippo and Paloma the Pig.
These R8-shaped sidewalk chalks—fun for kids, and kids at heart—come in a three-pack of matte black, pearlescent red and yellow colorways. These won’t work on a chalkboard, but are great for asphalt and sidewalks—for playground games, announcing stoop sales or beautifying your neighborhood.
Dubbed the Skullstronaut, this character by Blamo Toys is a space-surfing, post-mortem version of one of their previously released toys, Colonel Stache O’Hair. All the toy’s parts are hand-craftedfrom the handblown glass helmet to the hand-dyed canvas spacesuit. This human touch means that each Skullstronaut is slightly different.
Artist Cindy Sherman’s motto “I’d rather be swimming,” takes on new meaning with her new collaborative pool float. This special metallic gold version of the inflatable iPhone-shaped design by Third Drawer Down was produced exclusively for MoMA Design Store. It features one of Sherman’s modified selfies, blown to epic proportion. It’s clever, playful and functional… if you’re interested in putting your art to use. Further, the overall project was done in partnership with + POOL, a non-profit building a river-water filtering floating swimming pool in NYC.
Designed exclusively for Moda Operandi, Alexandra Llewellyn’s luxe backgammon set is made in England from fine woods, stones and metals. Its charming safari theme features giraffes and lush trees, and a customization option grants engraving or monogramming. Complete with mother of pearl checkers, this is no ordinary board game and can certainly elevate game nights.
Unlike any other desk we’ve seen, Soren Rose Studio’s creation for Homris features a clear aquarium right in the middle. Made from acrylic, this cube-shaped tank appears to be floating. It’s whimsical and transformative—for a home or an office.
Forever a staple in children’s rooms (or playrooms), a rocking toy encourage imagination and physical activity. With Rosenberry Rooms’ high-end (but not obscenely priced) options, one finds bright hand-painted colors atop premium carved wood. The fire engine 01 model happens to be our favorite and encourages anyone over the age of two to be a hero.
From WS Game Company, an offshoot of Hasbro tasked with stylish, contemporary upgrades to heritage games, comes a 3D version of the classic Clue. In fact, the game is a 3D-wood cabinet version of the mansion with each room of activity displayed beneath a tempered glass top. Wood character movers meet plated die-cast weapons. Decorative metal plaques round out the premium attributes. It’s a beautiful way to play a game so many know and love.
Designed by Hunter Craighill, the Jack Puzzle feels just at home in the hands of child as it does on the desk of someone working in a creative field. Crafted from brass, the game involves six notched bars, interlocked in a very specific—if not challenging—order. It also doesn’t occupy all that much space—though it certainly offers great distraction.
Intended as an artist’s edition (and not necessarily safe for kids), this lovely jigsaw puzzle by British artist Adam Higton has been made in a limited run of just 25. Each one is signed, hand-stained (therefore not identical) and comes in a screen-printed box. Price is in Pounds.
For little ones just learning to ride, this bike is pedal-free—encouraging kids to figure out the balance of a two-wheeler before attempting the real thing. Made for children around the age of three and up, the Balance Bike comes almost completely assembled and has seat and handlebar adjustments in order to change as your child grows. The minimal design is available in green, pink, powder blue or red.
The award-winning game system Osmo changes the way kids interact and learn while using an iPad. Making it less about swiping and more about hand-on play, the Explorer Kit includes different programs—some of which center on numbers, math, business, problem-solving, science and more. Our favorite is Coding Jam, the musical program that includes blocks which can be arranged in patterns and sequences to create songs.