Suitable for dogs up to 30 pounds, Roverlund’s Out-and-About Pet Tote is the ideal carrier for city pets. The roomy interior bedding allows a pooch to move around, sit, stand or lie down as they please, while the removable padded base blends comfort and easy cleaning. Stylish and portable, this carrier sports slip-resistant shoulder straps, comes in a variety of camouflage and black color options, includes reflective detailing for safe walks at night and has extra storage. It also uses durable marine and mountaineering fabrics, ensuring its longevity.
Engaging and insightful, Making a Great Exhibition is the debut children’s book from David Zwirner Books, the publishing division of the world-renowned gallery. Created by author Doro Globus (managing director of David Zwirner Books) and award-winning artist and illustrator Rose Blake, the colorful work explores how artists produce something special and then share it with the world. It’s recommended for kids ages three to seven but surely it’s a tale for all to enjoy.
Used climbing ropes are remade into dog leashes for Ryan Dempsey’s company Dog Patch SF. Climbers donate the (retired, though still robust and useable) ropes to the brand’s Ropes for Rescues Recycling Program, and they’re transformed into practical, sturdy leashes. Each climber also selects an animal rescue service or shelter to donate a portion of the proceeds. Every leash comes with a backstory, like this neon green “Nolan” iteration, which was mostly used in Joshua Tree National Park and will result in a donation to San Francisco Animal Care and Control.
Bedazzled with colorful gems, these cat-eye goggles provide extra enticement for kids to jump into the pool or paddle in the sea. With an efficient seal and adjustable strap, they include all the safety specifications of traditional goggles, but are decidedly more playful.
Ideal for those starting out with looming or who don’t want to commit to a massive project, WE GATHER sells this Lil Loom Kit. Along with a pre-threaded frame (measuring three by three inches), the set includes six different colored yarns, a weaving needle and illustrated instructions. The craft-centered brand also offers the slightly larger Simple Loom Kit, and the even bigger Frame Loom Kit.
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.
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.