With chess and checkers pieces distinguished by bright colors and graphics, this two-in-one game set is intended for anybody over the age of five. NYC-based product designer Panisa Khunprasert designed the kit, drawing influence from growing up around her family’s wooden toy business in Bangkok. The double-sided board also acts as a sliding lid for the set, and all pieces are made from sustainably grown rubberwood.
Complete with beads, pendants and cords needed to design your own jewelry, this “Make It Super” DIY Bead Kit from Super Smalls offers hours of entertainment and rewarding finished products. Intended for ages 3+, the set includes an array of beads in various colors, textures and designs—from smiley faces to faux pearls—allowing for seemingly limitless experimentation. (And other beads and found objects can be woven into your designs.) The yellow box it arrives in provides storage solution, too.
Made in collaboration with artist and designer Nikolas Bentel, Areaware’s Doodle Crayons reimagine the humble implement. The set contains five crayon shapes—a yellow line, green cross, black zigzag, blue wiggle and red circle—which are also available individually. The intention behind them is to have users “consider how you make art, rather than what you make.”
Designed by acclaimed artist Andy Rementer, Areaware’s Block Party toy series comprises seven characters (cat, duck, monkey, mouse, tiger and two humans) broken down into several pieces. Stack them anyway you like, or collect the set for mix-and-match options. Each has its own accessory—the monkey comes with a banana, while the woman has a soccer ball. Whether a collectable for an art enthusiast or a toy for a child, they add a little color and personality to any room.
While they come with loose instructions, there’s no right or wrong way to assemble Four Eyes Ceramics’ chime kits. Available in six color combinations, each kit comes with 18 ceramic pieces and 36 inches of string with a loop and bead at the top for easy hanging. If you want your chime to make noise, make sure some pieces are tied closely enough together to touch, but if not, space them out more. Other than that, there are no rules, but they do suggest bringing chimes indoors during wild weather.
Photographer Nicole England’s Resident Dog (Volume Two): Incredible Homes and the Dogs Who Live There continues her endeavor to photograph stunning houses and the pooches who live within. Born the moment England recognized that her favorite architecture shoots involved dogs, the project—first on Instagram and then as a hardcover book—juxtaposes striking design with playful pups in ways that will please fans of both. Accompanied by interviews with home owners and architects (penned by former COOL HUNTING editor Karen Day), the photographs feature homes from London to CDMX, Sag Harbor and Sydney.
Seattle-based Eighth Generation is an art and lifestyle brand owned by Snoqualmie Tribal People and founded in 2008 by artist, activist and educator Louie Gong (Nooksack). Best known for their wool blankets designed by various artists from different tribes, the brand purveys lovely items for the home. One of our favorites, the “Coast Salish Pattern” baby blanket, is designed by Gong herself and crafted from 100% merino wool. The gray and white pattern, based on traditional Coast Salish weaving, is appealing on either side, and has been double-knit for extra warmth. It comes in a box with gold customizable labels for giving as a gift, and 5% of all blanket sales go to the Inspired Natives Award.
For playing in the backyard or at a local park, CHANCE’s Rey Soccer Ball can be used by individuals of all ages for training, fitness drills or improving motor skills. Its seamless, non-stitch PU surface provides a durable coating that can withstand inclement weather while minimizing water uptake for less slippery touch. Available in size four (25.25 inches) or five (26.7 inches), there are plenty of colorways available too.
Made from 100% hypoallergenic silicone, Copenhagen-based toymaker Liewood’s Dante Beach Set proves packable and playful, and fit for children of all ages. Four molds (a bubbly blob, rainbow, starfish and shell), a bucket and spade provide kids with ample equipment for creating structures in the sand. They can be easily rinsed off with water or wiped with a damp cloth, and their flexible construction makes carrying them to and from the beach super-easy. Price is in Euros.
Created by fine artist and pop culture guru Michael Gillette, Pack of Dogs is a book of 50 celebrity portraits reimagined as canines. From Bjork in Bantu knots to Motörhead’s Lemmy, Gillette’s dog drawings pay homage perfectly—and his musings on each of his subjects only add to the charm. The book comes in four different cover options (Pharrell, John Lennon, Bob Dylan or Amy Winehouse) and includes a foreword by Ozzy Osborne, as well as an interview with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne.
Designed in Barcelona and produced in Europe, Lubulona’s wooden toys come together to form little worlds. Each all-natural building block (crafted from high-quality beech wood) has been decorated with non-toxic paint. Their beautiful blue and gray Lubu Town Winterburg Maxi set includes four stackable houses with ladders, two rooftops and two cars with wooden figures. Because of the size of the pieces, this set is recommended for children over three years old. Price is in Euros.
Dyed by hand in New York, Found My Animal’s cozy Studio Tee comes in various tie-dye patterns. Intended for all kinds of baby animals, though ideal for pet pooches, the lightweight shirts are available from XS (with an eight-inch length) to XXL (with a 22-inch length).
Japanese paper artist Yasuyuki Wada’s paper model kits, named Top To Tail, come with everything needed to create a 3D animal—except the required patience. Flat laser-cut pieces of card simply need to be folded and joined (sometimes with a little glue) and a wild creature takes form. We love the 14-inch crocodile, but a giraffe, elephant, chimpanzee, polar bear, penguin, panda and zebra are also available.
Covered in JCRT’s digitally printed The Hobbit pattern, Mr. Dog’s classic dog bed comes in three sizes made to accommodate dogs from under 45 pounds to 100+ pounds. A shredded latex foam and cotton rag fill ensures that your pup remains cozy, but isn’t swallowed by the bed. Plus, a durable water-repellant coating protects against saturation and microbial growth. Roping around the edges of the 100% non-toxic cotton twill exterior elevates the look. The cover is machine washable, while the insert may be wiped down with a damp cloth.
Handmade in Canada, these sweet “David Meowie” toys contain premium catnip and are lined for extra strength (but without harmful glues). Made from 100% cotton, sizes and colors may vary due to the toy’s handcrafted nature.
A sculptural fish figure rises at the center of premium pet brand PAIKKA’s Slow Feed Bowl. The delightful centerpiece to the earthenware vessel isn’t only decoration, it also aims to slow down fast eaters and thus aid digestion. This dishwasher-safe item measures 5.9 inches in diameter. Through retailer Olivela, the purchase of this bowl provides support for a child undergoing chemotherapy at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.