This set of 10 brightly colored pencils—all number two graphite—comes complete with compliments on them, for days when you’re feeling insecure, have a case of writers’ block or just need a little boost. Emblazoned with phrases like, “Yes You Totally Can” and “You’re a Total Champ,” the pencils also have erasers attached—but the positive vibes mean you won’t get too down on yourself if you make a mistake.
Writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl (who created the New York Times bestseller “Rad American Women A-Z”) have come together again for another feminist-leaning tome: “Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History.” Featuring cut-out portraits and short profiles on everybody from Poly Styrene (lead singer of X-Ray Spex) to Malala Yousafzi and Chimamanda Adichie, the book will inspire and impress readers of all ages, races and genders.
Haptic Labs makes one-of-a-kind kites that will keep your summer weekend vibes going all week long. Our pick is the neon particles diamond iteration, which is screen-printed by hand in Brooklyn. Made from ripstop nylon and birch spars, and assembled in Williamsport, PA, each kite is a little different from the last. Complete with a 10-foot patchwork tale and flying instructions, this kite is perfect for both kids and adults.
Embroidered with plenty of different dogs—from blue poodles to pups in sweaters—this off-white cushion is a lounge room essential for any pooch enthusiast. Available in 14, 18 or 22 inches, the pillow comes complete with a down feather insert and adds a little color and personality—with each dog undeniably adorable in its own way.
If you or someone you know is a design-minded parent, then you’re likely familiar with Stokke’s Tripp Trapp high chair, but you’ve probably yet to lay eyes on their new Hazy Grey colorway. Dark and sophisticated, the hue allows the natural grain of the wood to show through and makes the clean lines of the 1972 Scandinavian design even more adaptable to different kitchen decors. Not to forget the original features that make it so popular—namely that it’s adjustable as your little one grows and brings them right up to the table, until they can graduate to an adult-sized chair.
While the rocking horse is a classic, Maison Deux has created a series of three rockers that offer a new take on the toy. With shapes including a bowler hat, watermelon slice and a cloud, your child’s imagination can run even further wild. Made from solid French oak and upholstered with 100% wool by Kvadrat, these new rockers are fun and will also add some minimal design pizzaz to your bubula’s bedroom. Price is in British pounds.
This retro-future vibed white LED neon cloud light is here to brighten up dreary days. It’s on a clear perspex backing for easy wall-mounting but also looks great floating on shelves and desks. Melbourne-based designer and illustrator Natalie Jarvis also has a boatload of more color-popping neon signs to energize your room: her Electric Confetti designs include peeled bananas, bloomin’ roses, crystal prisms and soft serve ice cream.
By Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson, “Animals Are Delicious” isn’t as brutal as one might think. In fact, the kids’ book explains three of the longest food chains within the animal kingdom—in a bright and playful way. Each food chain (terrestrial, avian and aquatic—our favorite is the underwater iteration) is given its own tactile foldout, so kids can exercise several senses at once.
Embrace the warmer months and your inner child at your next pool party or grilling session and make four popsicles at a time with Zoku’s round pop molds. Totally BPA- and phthalate-free, the silicon-made molds make it easy to peel away your popsicles once they’re frozen. The set comes with one mold; four removable, individual molds; and four sticks (complete with drip guards) to make all your summer parties a little sweeter.
While dogs can fall asleep just about anywhere, there aren’t many spots as alluring as a couch cushion or a human bed—two places our four-legged friends might not be welcome. Mr Dog presents a beautiful solution: a pet-dedicated mattress-cushion hybrid in a charming cabbage rose floral pattern. Inside, shredded latex and cotton rag lend it durability and firmness. And as it is for pets, an array of features (from the urethane moisture wicking coat to internal air vents) make it a durable and lasting product.
From South Korea-based brand Bad Marlon comes a set of minimalist, design-forward pet homes even humans with envy. Our favorite is the Deauville House, which is built from eco-friendly wood and held together by super-strong magnets, allowing for a quick and tool-free assembly. Cut-outs let pets peep into the outside world while a polyester cushion provides a comfy bed for them to snooze on.
Lovers of pets and the planet, SF-based P.L.A.Y. offers an Under the Sea collection with a clam, turtle, starfish, crab and—our favorite—a giant squid to make your beloved dog go crazy. Inside each plush toy is a squeaker but also eco-friendly, certified-safe filler made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles; it’s built to last for hours and hours of entertainment. For even more feel-goodness, 2% of the purchase price will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Always ensure your pup remains hydrated with a collapsible pet bowl. Wacky Practicals’ foldable dish squashes down to fit into almost any pocket and extends to hold enough water to quench the thirst of a Great Dane.
South African designer Porky Hefer pleases dogs and adults alike with Rogz Grinz, a hilarious throw toy that turns your pup’s mouth into an ear-to-ear grin.
Beware of the dog, cause this handsome hound is making one serious fashion statement. Luxury dog clothing and accessories brand Ware of the Dog is inspired by the graphic sensibility and humor inherent in “Beware of the Dog” signs. From their stylish collection come these brightly hued nylon leashes and collars, which can be purchased separately, or as a set.