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Summer Camping Essentials
It's not summer until you've made an escape to the great outdoors—and maybe cooked a S'more on an open fire. As we quickly approach August, those in the Northern Hemisphere are taking time out in the wilderness; floating in rivers, hiking, and swimming...
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Summer Weekender Essentials
While warmer weekends in the city are special—allowing people to explore parks further, head to the beach, have picnics or even just sit outdoors—a getaway provides a true change in mentality. For those living in big cities, the sensation of escape...
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Osmo Explorer Kit
The award-winning game system Osmo changes the way kids interact and learn while using an iPad. Making it less about swiping and more about hand-on play, the Explorer Kit includes different programs—some of which center on numbers, math, business...
CULTURE
Questions & Empathy Card Deck
After launching their "Applied Empathy" speaker series in spring of 2016, the team at Sub Rosa found themselves being asked by attendees if the cards used to guide the discussions were available for purchase. These items, now known as Questions...
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Woman Playing Cards
In a regular deck of playing cards there are only four women, but in Zach Wahls' version all 54 cards feature smart, resilient and inspiring women. Beyoncé is (of course) the queen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the king, Harriet Tubman is number eight, and...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. NYC Gallerist Denied Entry to the USA As longtime fans (and neighbors) of NYC's design gallery Chamber, we were shocked to hear that its owner, gallerist Juan Garcia Mosqueda, was detained upon re-entry to the US and sent back to Buenos Aires...
DESIGN
Tabletop Games' The Grid Game
With 88 three-dimensional hexagonal tiles, The Grid Game is a strategic board game unlike any other. The rules of game play make reference to a few other favorites, but as far as an aesthetically-driven tabletop competition this is entirely unique...
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Language and Reading Encouragement from the Square Panda Playset
Anyone with a young child understands first-hand their attraction to technology and their innate ability to use it. Square Panda has tapped into this connection and delivered a physical playset to accompany an iPad (and Android tablets soon) along...
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Find Your Park Playing Cards
Those of us who were following along with the rogue social media managers from several national parks this week might be looking for ways to support them. One easy option is buying this deck of playing cards, as 100% of the proceeds go to the National...
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Hometown Heroes Leather Basketball
Made from 100% leather, this black basketball was crafted by Atelier New Regime for indoor use. Part of the Hometown Heroes capsule collection, the ball is size seven (aka men's official size, with a 30-inch circumference) and while boasting logos...
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3D Bear
At 11 inches tall, Locknester's 3D-printed, three dimensional bear puzzle doubles as an assembly game and design object. Each piece has been sanded, barrel tumbled, and top-coated yielding a smooth, shiny finish. It's an intuitive process to assemble...
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Stegosaurus Stuffed Toy
Designed by Sabina Gibson, this peach-colored Stegosaurus is much smaller, cuter and cuddlier than the real thing. Made for kids aged three and up, the jurassic creature has a wool felt body and polyester filling—so s/he is snuggly. Available on its...
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Limited Edition Playground Labyrinth Watch
We're already enamored by Hautlence's non-watch watch—a piece that isn't what it first appears. Instead of telling the time, the puzzle-face encourages the wearer to slow down, take some time out and embrace their inner-child. The limited edition version...
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ANAXI Word Game
Where else can you get algae, guacamole, jello and snakes all in one place? ANAXI—a fun, creative, flexible, educational word game—rewards enterprising minds and unique thoughts. The more creative and weird your answers are, the better. While it's...
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ANAXI Card Game + Brainstorming Tool
Purveyors of clever and entertaining games that also exercise minds, Denver-based, award-winning Funnybone Toys, inventors of the Disruptus innovation game and a long-time favorite of Cool Hunting, has recently released ANAXI, a fun, creative...
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1. Impeccable Concept Car Designs that Failed After Production Always the showstopper at auto shows, concept cars allow designers to present the purest form of an upcoming vehicle before rules and regulations water down its design. In the case...
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1. The Origins of Monopoly's Iconic Playing Pieces Ever wonder how such random items as a shoe, thimble, wheelbarrow and battleship became the playing pieces of possibly the most iconic board game in history? According to Cool Material, their...
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1. How Income Inequality Led to the Creation of Monopoly While Monopoly may be the world’s best-known board game, the story behind its creation has long been shrouded in mystery—until now. A man named Charles Darrow is usually the one credited...
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Hautlence's LABYRINTH Watch Doesn't Tell Time
Ahead of Baselworld 2016, Hautlence (a luxury watchmaker that was founded in 2004) has just released their newest product—and describe LABYRINTH as an "entirely essential yet fundamentally useless object." Designed to make the wearer slow down...
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