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WOO Toys from Vrtíška Žák
Created by Czech design and architecture outfit Vrtíška Žák, WOO toys are a boy's dream come true. "We wanted to design something just for ourselves without any client. So we decided to design these three toys," describes Vladimír Žák. He and his...
DESIGN
Poligon Foldable Sculptures
Anyone with a passion for design—or animals—will be a quick fan of Poligon's foldable magnetic sculptures. The clever British duo, Rodrigo Solorzano and Matthew White, met at the Royal College of Art and have made the perfect team for this project...
CULTURE
Doubleparlour Sculptures
Say hello to Cassandra and Ernie Velasco of Doubleparlour—and all of their little friends. The husband and wife duo is based in Lower Haight, San Francisco and started showing their work in 2007. Over the years, they’ve shown artwork at group and...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting c/o Quarterly Co: Shipment Eight
The most recent iteration of Cool Hunting's Quarterly Co. will be reaching mailboxes soon, and it's one we're especially excited about. CHQ8 is born from our 2012 trip to Africa—an experience that educated, shaped and changed us. In Zambia the...
DESIGN
Ruby Ruth Dolls
It's not out of the question that you'd find something familiar about Ruby Ruth Dolls; the reality is you might have already owned one (or part of one) and not even known it. Created in Cornwall, England by Jenny Mustill—a former Damian Hirst...
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Cool Hunting Video: World's Largest Toy Car Collection
by Granny Cart Productions In a small building in Beirut, Lebanon sits the largest collection of toy cars in the world—that's over 30,000 model cars and 400 dioramas. On a recent trip to the region, we stopped by and spoke with owner and collector...
DESIGN
Fatra Re-Edition Inflatable Toys
Designer Libuše Niklová contributed to one of the major chapters in the history of modern Czech design through her collaboration with Fatra, a brand founded in Napajedla that has engaged in plastic processing and the production of plastic products...
TECH
Blade 350 QX Quadcopter
If the holiday season left you loaded up with socks and lacking old fashioned unadulterated fun, it's time to take to the skies. The Blade 350 QX is the perfect way inject some childlike fun into the new year with a toy that appeals to savvy gadget...
DESIGN
Sex Toys with Style
After research (and even testing) we've selected these beautiful, useful and entirely playful toys—designed with style—to add new dimension to your sex life. Some of these items are for women, some are for men and some are for both, or even sharing...
DESIGN
CH Gift Guide: Big Bonus
For those fortunate enough to have deeper pockets than the average gift-giver, have a look at the Cool Hunting gift guide for an array of ideas that go well beyond a Bentley or fancy watch. From U-Boat's private submarines to Gufram's iconic cactus...
DESIGN
Piperoid Robots
When it came to Lego starships, friendship bracelets and sandcastles, there was nothing like getting your hands a little dirty and creating daily, back when we were kids. It's a shame that for so many adults—even for many of us working in creative...
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Interview: Christian Zentner of Hot Wheels
Advertorial content: After a thrilling visit and video interview at the Hot Wheels design studio on their up-and-coming toys in the industry, we decided to delve deeper into the company's history and the nostalgia of the brand. Hot Wheels, the toy...
TECH
Moss Robot Construction Kit
A far cry from Stretch Armstrong, Moss is a new dynamic robot construction kit that allows kids to build their own controllable toys. After over two years of prototyping, Colorado's Modular Robotics developed the module-based system to be as approachable...
CULTURE
People Blocks by Andy Rementer and Case Studyo
Philadelphia-based illustrator Andy Rementer is the latest artist to team up with Belgium-based serial collaborators Case Studyo to create super-colorful, limited edition artworks called People Blocks. Case Studyo has previously collaborated...
TECH
Anki Drive
Video games, by nature, have always existed in the virtual world. While no less real or engaging to players, gaming has largely been contained to screens—at least until now. Anki Drive fuses robotics, artificial intelligence and video game styling...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Hot Wheels Design Studio
Sponsored content: A recent voyage to El Segundo, California, brought us to the doors of the Mattel headquarters. Inside, we were given the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Hot Wheels design studio, and spent some time with the head...
DESIGN
Tangeez Tangible Lights
We first came across Tangeez—colorful, interactive, light-up building blocks—at this year's Maker Faire. A long-anticipated reinvention of the classic toy, these mesmerizing, palm-sized objects change color as they're stacked. Dubbed "physical pixels...
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The Aviary
by Sam Bovarnick In Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, on an unusually cloudy summer evening, CH visited Ken Mitchell’s creativity shop The Aviary. Stepping into The Aviary is a joyfully discombobulating experience. The shop is maybe 10x10 ft and is...
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Lego Architecture Studio
There's no denying that the Lego Architecture series serves as an excellent excuse for big kids to get their hands on a classic children's toy. Just like those days of Lego Star Fighters; you diligently follow each step, patiently trying not to skip...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Daniel Michalik and Mark McGinnis
Through the large industrial windows of his studio in Brooklyn, designer Daniel Michalik looks out at a small harbor of the East River's Maspeth Creek and the repurposed ferries that inhabit its quiet docks. It is an industrial but romantic view...
DESIGN
Kiyoshi Mino's Felt Menagerie
Made with only a needle and some carded wool, Kiyoshi Mino's large and small felt animals are delightful sculptures of farmstead companions. The colorful ducks, pigs and sparrows are born from a time-consuming process that boils down to a ball of...
DESIGN
The Ultimate Deck
A bewitching collaboration between branding agency Stranger & Stranger and renowned magicians Dan and Dave, the Ultimate Deck is a set of 54 playing cards a year in the making. Each card in the deck features a custom illustration that relates to...
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Shnoozles
Meet the Shnoozle—a plush, delightfully goofy critter designed to make bedtime a little easier on frightened or resistant little ones. The fluffy Shnoozle makes for a soft sleeping companion who through the buddy system demonstrates to your...
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