Gift Guide: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing

Inspiring items to commemorate one of our greatest cosmic advancements

In July 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins boarded the Saturn V SA-506 rocket headed from Earth to the moon. On 20 July, Armstrong and Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module on the moon’s surface and took a mid-afternoon stroll—making them the first humans ever to set foot on the moon’s dry, rocky and very distant surface. Our collective obsession with …

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: Kids + Pets

Articles of distraction, instruments of creation and many more options for little loved ones

For years now, we at COOL HUNTING have grouped little loved ones—human and other—into the same gift guides and shopping categories. Of course, we recognize the substantial difference between children and pets, but there’s something undeniably wondrous about items developed for youthful humans, canines and felines. Whimsy and imagination often teach or train. Function exists beneath or because of layers of beauty. Toys, tools, articles …

Tracing the Influence of Early Black Designers

In a new exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, titled African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race, the influence of black designers is traced, from 1900 to 1980. Jackie Ormes’ highly sought-after Patty-Jo Doll, based on her cartoon character, is on display. As is work—for Coca Cola and more—from the country’s first African American-owned advertising agency, helmed by Emmett McBain and Thomas J Burrell. “It’s …