(photo via jazzjunqueinc)
I observed that the garden is more and more looked after. It has become the location of a 'lifestyle', a place where people can gather, play games, have fun, eat...a place to furnish. The Paper chair, inspired by the arts of Origami is an amusing and functional injection moulded plastic chair. The folded nature of it brings a refreshing geometric aspect far awayfrom traditional shapes usually obtained with plastic materials. Once upside-down, the chair become a Paper figure which turns into a toy for the kids. The particularity of the design lies in the straight lines and corner details that are combined to lead to its functions.
This is the message behind the Paper Chair and it's designer Simon Joyau. Look for his new website this fall.
Designed by Viable London and manufactured by Byproduct, the OTT hooks are just right for a family of any size! Aesthetically, the four varying lengths can be arranged to produce a graphic look with a natural rhythm whilst functionally, they enable children to hang their coats, hats and toys in the same place as adults. The come in multicolor or white
I know I said that I would not be back until tomorrow but the latest issue of LMNOP has come out and I could not help myself. This issue is fantastic. It's filled with amazing finds, great features and dope photography. There is a great piece on Chicago with kids as well. Make sure to hit page 17...... it's my contributing piece on Paris!
Raku has a children's line of floor coverings that are very simple and pure....literally. They are renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and made with raw materials grown on Japanese “green” farms. They even naturally absorb moisture and release it into the air, helping to either fight drier uncomfortable air or absorb excess humidity, a leading cause of mildew and molds.
I really like this little elephant floor mat.
By far the largest Small Magazine for Aug 08, at 144 pages they don't disappoint. A bit long for an on-line zine but great spreads, beautiful images and well considered.
Made entirely of sustainably harvested bamboo, it’s strong, flexible, abrasion resistant, and hypoallergenic. The pedals are made of recycled aluminum and ships flat packed. Designed by Andrew Grigor, the Bam Bam Baby trike is a well considered and good looking trike for kids.
Oeuf has got a 3 in 1 piece coming out soon. It can be a low seat, flipped over for a high seat or turned over for a stool. It will come in two wood finishes. More info soon....
Knoend's Bean Rocker Series is a family of bean-inspired, body conscious, low rocking seats designed with balanced posture and ease of breathing in mind. These little rockers could serve as great seating for your mini.
Unlike any other running bike, the Wishbone bike evolves with a child’s different stages of development. It starts at age 1 as a trike, converts to a running bike as the child grows, and by four to five years old, the 'wishbone' frame is flipped, making the Wishbone Bike one of the largest running bikes on the market. With its environmentally sustainable design, and innovative 3-bikes-in-1 feature, the Wishbone bike designed in New Zealand really is the ultimate pre-bike.
I think this idea from Tutus and Turtles could make for a perfect rainy day art project.
what you need :
1. food coloring
2. dried pasta (any kind)
3. rubbing alcohol
4. ziploc bags
what you do :
1. place noodles in ziploc bag. double bag or place in a tupperware bowl in case of leaks.
2. completely cover the noodles with rubbing alcohol
3. mix in food coloring
4. let the noodles sit to absorb color
(the longer they sit, the deeper the color. I left mine over night)
5. once desired color is reached, drain liquid (do not rinse) and dry noodles on cookie sheets
enjoy! let your child's imagination flow.
Sorry for the slow posts. For the rest of August, I am gearing up for my daughter to begin pre-k, a bit more traveling, working on a children's playspace for a 130 unit co-op and an interior project for a HUGE magazine (hint: it's dubbed the Stylish Parenting Magazine for the New Mom) which I'll tell you more about soon.... (photo via jazzejunqueinc)
While searching through Craigslist yesterday, I typed in the keywords "vintage child" and this was one of the first things to pop up. It's a dad from Brooklyn that needs to pay child support for his five kids. I did my thing strutting around the neighborhood for all these years. Getting busy and breaking hearts now it’s time for me to pay. I got child support for 5 kids from 3 different women. Need to sell some things to support my support.
Hey, at least he's trying.
Some of his interesting items include :
15. 100’s of Flea Market Items (brika-a-brak) - $250
17. Full Size Stove / Oven Costume - $200
20. Bontempi Electronic Cord Organ - $40
43. Record Collection - $1.00 Each
45. Casio Digital Camera Spy Watch - $115
50. Indoor Brass Alloy Weather Cock / Weather Vane - $18
55. Personal Workout Journal - $15 (is this his or is it blank?)
62. Oil Paintings - $50
65. Laser Light Show Machine - $65
71. Spring Time Bridge Over Water Framed Puzzle Portrait - $14
75. Autographed Strive Promotional Picture of Bill Kazmair Worlds Strongest Man - $25
Why rely on your old school clock or internal calendar to tell you when you might conceive. Turn to the USB Preganancy Test to tell you. That is, if you like urine near your computer.
The process starts off like most pregnancy tests. You pee on a stick, specifically the absorbent test strip at one end. But everything's different after that first step. Remove the cap from the other end of the stick (cleverly provided to keep you from accidentally contaminating the wrong end) to reveal the USB connector. Pop it in your computer. The power from your USB port starts the electrospray ionization process, creating a spectrograph of the various masses for your analysis. Get it? Your analysis? Urinalysis? *rimshot* Moving on ... the LCD display on the device itself will light up and show you the symbol of a baby, no baby, or multiples and your Estimated Delivery Date based on the concentration of hCG, hCG-H, and LH in your urine. So you can clear your calendar in advance
(UPDATE : I guess I showed up late to the game. Apparently this was an April Fools Day Joke! Thanks Becky)
Finally, the night light that keeps on giving. With Jonas Samson's high-tech light-emitting wallpaper it's possible to use a two-dimentional flat surface as light source instead of a 3D object. As long as the wallpaper is turned ‘off’, it is indistinguishable as a source of light. Instead, it is just what it appears to be: wallpaper.
MetroPlay is a modern pre-fab outdoor playhouse. It comes insulated and offers an electric package ready for AC/ heater units, computers, TV’s, etc. There are even full-size tempered sliding glass doors. Here you see MetroPlay 1 and 2. They certainly are not cheap......the range is $5800-$6900, depending on how you outfit it.
KOON Co. is a based in South Korea and have just launched Little KooN, a children's line of functional furniture. Some of the highlights are the TOTIPOOL, TOXIBOX, The JUST SIT stool, and The ROONY BENCH.
70°N is an architecture firm from Norway. Back in 1996, they took part in a competition to build 2 kindergartens in Tromsø. They won both. The kindergarten in Fjellvegen was completed in March 2006 and the kindergarten in Lars Thøringsveg in September 2006. The kindergartens have been built to have the possibility of variety in the use of rooms. With very simple moves one can change each room into new rooms of various sizes and functions. There are several options for combinations and joint actions of rooms and spaces.
Both teachers and students can change the environment as needed. I really want this type of thinking in more American schools.
ZoomArt is a small and practical "zoom" with high quality optics, that make it possible to admire the details of fine art, sculptures, architecture and miniatures from 3 feet to infinity. I think this is a wonderful tool for little hands to explore what we see everyday.