President Block Set
Written by Katie on July 4, 2011. Permalink
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Your Design Guide to Home & Style.
Written by Katie on July 4, 2011. Permalink
Written by Katie on June 8, 2011. Permalink
These are too aesthetically pleasing to pass up, even if you’ve not made crayon art for years. Actually, if you’ve not picked up crayons in years, now’s definitely the time to bring it back, with these lovely gems as motivation.
Diamond cut wax crayons.
Set of 6
Written by Katie on May 4, 2011. Permalink
I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this kit, but kids (and adults) would do well to try it out. With a weathervane, a wind gauge (anemometer), a rain gauge (pluviometer) and a thermometer, you (or your kids) will be able to observe and learn about your local climate while trying your hand at forecasting the weather. There’s also space for a small terrarium in a bottle to see how the greenhouse effect works.
Purchase Information:Price: $9.99
Written by Katie on April 8, 2011. Permalink
Don’t think for a minute anyone is too old for balancing blocks. It would do many of us some good to spend a little time concentrating on something other than regular work, even if it is only for just a few moments (and even if it does just use a tiny portion of your brain). Of course, they’d make an excellent kid’s gift as well.
Hand made in Red Hook Brooklyn from repurposed hardwood scrap collected from local furniture shops.
Purchase Information:Price: $70.00
Written by Katie on January 17, 2011. Permalink
You might remember a cardboard chess set featured here before (see NewWave Chessboard), but I’ll take a chance in saying this one is a bit more refined with the black and white color scheme. However, it’s worth pointing out that the other might be handier for travel purposes as you don’t need to assemble the pieces each time.
Purchase Information:Price: €16.50
Written by Katie on January 12, 2011. Permalink
These playing cards have large 1-1/4″ numbers that can be easily read by visually impaired individuals. I’d be tempted to buy them just for their graphic appeal; a few in a frame would make a satisfying black/white/red wall art.
Written by Katie on December 23, 2010. Permalink
From our archives (originally published February 23, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.
You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate these posable animals. Their hardwood frames and elastic-band muscles will remain durable whether it’s you or a two year old playing around with them. Available for pre-order, with a ship date of around 5/15/2010.
Designer: David Weeks
Material: Sustainably Harvested Beech Wood
Hattie the Elephant, 17 x 8 x 6 inches, $125.00
Simus the Rhino, 12 x 5.5 x 4 inches, $110.00
Purchase Information:Price: $110.00
Written by Katie on December 20, 2010. Permalink
From our archives (originally published on September 1, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.
Designed by Lanier Graham, this modern chess set is notable for its minimal interpretation on traditional pieces. The shape of each piece mirrors its function (Knights have L shapes, Bishops slope diagonally, etc.) and the scale indicates importance. All pieces interlock neatly into a rectangular puzzle for storage.
Purchase Information:Price: $65.00
Written by kris & katie on December 20, 2010. Permalink
From our archives (originally published October 2, 2007), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.
I’ve been a fan of Charles and Ray ever since I first saw their designs. And, man, if you even like the Eames’ a little bit, you should take a look at the film ‘901: after 45 years of working‘ that their son, Eames Demetiros, did of their workshop being packed up for the Library of Congress. It’s pretty amazing.
Small Cards, $25.00
Medium Cards, $45.00
Purchase Information:Price: $50.00
Written by Katie on December 13, 2010. Permalink
From our archives (originally published July 15, 2008), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.
This is super smart and so inexpensive it’s ridiculous.
Daniel Young, a New York-based inventor / designer…discovered that simply by cutting slits into the fluting of corrugated board he could harness its extraordinary capacity to hold and release inserted flat objects, like chess or checkers pieces. New Wave Chess comes with a carrying case and pouches for the pieces.
$12 plus shipping, from Paradoxy Products.
Purchase Information:Price: $12.00
Written by Katie on December 8, 2010. Permalink
What do you get the person who has everything? Well, a $75 handmade slingshot by Christopher Jarratt, of course*. 5 different distinct colors were chosen exclusively for (the-ever-so-exclusive) Moss, and each slingshot is made from a found tree branch in Epping Forest, England.
From a numbered and signed limited edition of 30 slingshots.
Purchase Information:Price: $75.00
Written by Katie on November 12, 2010. Permalink
Fans of chess can now draw up their own chess board wherever they want, thanks to this Chalk Chess set by SUCK UK. Each piece is regulation sized, though obviously once you draw enough boards, your pieces will change slightly as you use them (but that won’t matter, will it?).
Purchase Information:Price: $15.00
Written by Katie on August 9, 2010. Permalink
I know I posted the Optical Mixer by Naef Toys last week, but I can’t help but feature these varnished blackboard paint cubes as well. 5 water-soluable chalk crayons enable kids (or yourself) to decorate the cubes with imaginative artwork, with only a quick wipe of a wet sponge to make them ready for another memory game or masterpiece.
12 piece set: $59.99
25 piece set: $99.44
Purchase Information:Price: $59.99
Written by Katie on August 4, 2010. Permalink
The Optical Mixer (Optischer Farbmischer) can demonstrate aspects of color theory when spinning the top with one of the seven interchangeable discs. So, you can buy it for color teaching purposes or buy it just for fun (which is what I’m tempted to do).
Seven interchangeable cardboard discs included with info describing the phenomenon.
Designed by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack.
Purchase Information:Price: $49.00
Written by Simon on July 14, 2010. Permalink
I guarantee you’ve never solved a puzzle like this. The Mysterious Mushroom Puzzle is a set of engraved mushrooms that fit together in a six inch birch square. Each mushroom is unique and based on a real species of mushroom. How fungi.
Purchase Information:Price: $38.95