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.
Based on works by well-known artists like Ugo Rondinone and Sheila Hicks, every RainerShine’s subscription art kit includes the materials and instructions needed for kids to embark upon two artistic adventures. Kits are available as a monthly subscription, at one of two skill level options (ages three to six, or seven and 12). Subscriptions start at $29 per month (with a six-month commitment). Each kit also features a profile of the artist who inspired it.
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.
Film magazine Little White Lies takes their passion for the silver screen off the printed page and into puzzle form with Inside the Chocolate Factory. The 1000-piece jigsaw brings Willy Wonka’s candy-coated vision to your living room as you put together the chocolate fountains, lick-able wallpaper and cast of characters that made this story one of the all-time greats.
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.
Composed of a polyester-spandex blend, Hugo Loves Tiki’s youth rash guard—which features a charming pattern of bananas on an orange background—offers UV50 protection. Sizes range from zero to three months, all the way to 12 years old. It’s a playful piece of apparel that protects, too.
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).
Based in Upstate New York, near the banks of Rondout Creek, Rick Weissman and Tricia Horst’s High Falls Hemp provides a vast array of CBD products—from tinctures to balms, lotions to gummies and even potions for pets. Their CBD Full-Spectrum Tinctures are available in various sizes and potencies (from 300 to 3000mg per dose) with the dropper marked clearly to ensure you ingest the suggested amount. The oil itself feels light, and has a very faint herbal, hemp flavor. It intends to help with pain and anxiety relief, less stressful days and more restful nights. High Falls Hemp owns and controls every single step, from the seeds planted on their 30 acres of farmland to the delivery, and promises to use only the highest quality, purest hemp-derived full-spectrum phytocannabinoids and hemp seed oil for their many offerings.
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.
This eight-foot-long fairytale puzzle lets a group of players craft their own story from 20 inter-changable pieces, printed on both sides. Imagined by author Anne Laval and released by the Laurence King publishing house, each Story Box includes colorful fairytale characters, scenes and scenarios. The collaborative game taps into imagination and emphasizes the importance of storytelling.
Manufactured by Queensland, Australia-based company Little Building Co (LBC), this 1:500 scale model of the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum will tantalize architecture and art fans alike—though one should be careful with the kit’s small pieces around children. Inside, there are all of the necessary elements to build the model, but LBC asks that you furnish your own high-quality PVA wood glue, which can be found at any hardware or craft store. A feat of building technology at the time of its construction, Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for the museum features several clashing structures, yet they remained cohesive under his creative direction. With this set, and a bit of spare time, you can recreate a classic. Price is in AUD.