The latest issue of LMNOP has come out and again, I continue to be impressed with Jenny Lacey's curation and eye for design. In this issue, there is section of well-considered toys, coloring books, meal time goods, reading books, chalky tees, Hanne Larsen's amazing NYC loft with her four children, homegrown threads and a show and tell section by Janet and Stu from Three Potato Four.
This year's show was certainly different from last year. I was sad to see some vendors and artist not present but was very pleased with the new round of vendors and artists coming to play. Thankfully, there were some familiar faces that I was certainly happy to catch up with this year.
At the show this year, there seemed to be less clothing, print and textile presence than last year. However, there were some new stand-outs....
One of my favorite things to do is to go thrift-ing for vintage children's furniture. There were three collectors at the show this year that were very well curated and made me smile.
First up is Molly-Meg. She has taken her child chair collection and put them all up for purchase.
I continued to be impressed by the freshness and well-considered design behind Kid O's line of toys. Here is a peak at what's new for 2009. It's nice to see the full balance of offerings within a range of toys. Lisa Mahar is really onto something. Below is the new bath line, wooden books and games....enjoy!
After making my trek out to West Dulwich on Sunday, I was very happy to see some familiar faces and make some new connections with a few designers and collectors. I plan on doing a few posts over the week to spread out all the love. So in this first recap, I'll introduce some new players to the show :
I am heading back from the UK tonight so I will start my Kids.Modern recaps on Tuesday. In the mean time, check out this fantastic source of inspiration for a kids wall from Eltono. This public space artist did a show in Torino titled Coriandoli where in he created a Confetti Graffiti wall. How amazing would this be to do in a kids room? You would probably need to remove everything from the room first but this would be such a memorable moment for you and your child to create such a personal piece of art for their walls. If removing everything and doing an entire wall is not an option, then go for the individual print idea as well. (via the amazing pan-dan)
As I walked the streets of London today, I happened upon some of my favorite stores and their new offerings for children. First up is Zara Home for Kids. The new Animalitos bib, crockery set and apron are sweet. Second up is from Habitat. Some highlights were the Mini Nico desk paired with the Nerdi acrylic chair, this dope little LED rug and little safari camp. (the last two are not on the site). Third was a visit to Mamas and Papas. Man, how I wish this store was in New York. Check out this great unisex crib bumper and new Loop highchair . And last but not least, Muji had a small version of their coat rack on the floor. Oh, and I can't forget my trip to Benjamin Pollock's Toy shop, it's a must while in town. I also managed to pick up a copy of Around the world with MOUK at the Tate Modern. It's an amazing children's book about different cultures and languages of the world.
I hope to see you tonight! Posting has been slow this week and I'm headed to London tomorrow for the Kids.Modern Show. I'll be back next week with a ton to share. Cheers -Jenn.
I will be speaking along with Cookie Magazine's home editor Kiera Coffee, Jan Elani and KoKo Architecture on designing modern spaces for children at the Copper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The lecture will take place Thursday, Feb 12th at 6:30pm. You must register for the event and can do so here. I am thrilled and honored to share space with such great movers of well-considered design for children. I do hope you can make it. There is also an amazing exhibit running through April that is worth checking out as well. It's called Wall Stories : Children's wallpaper and books.
There are so many things that I like about this image. But I would be afraid that my daughter would have nightmares of various sized Matryoshka Dolls attacking her in her sleep. Great room and concept but I think the digital mural is off-scale. Thoughts?
Yes, it's that time again for the Kids.Modern show in London. If you are in the London area on Feb 15th, you should check it out. I will be there alongside side my very dear friend Tina. If you can't make the show, be sure to check out my recaps!
My studio is in a lovely industrial/artist community of Brooklyn called Dumbo. One of my favorite children's boutique, Pomme, is right down the street and I stop in whenever possible. However, between Pomme and my studio sits the online maverick Modern Tots. In a huge retail space that is very well suited for their needs. However, with final confirmation today .... without warning .... not even a moving sale .... it's gone. Upon further exploration, their website is down as well. I guess the economy's dire straits have no intention of slowing down.
Teach Your Granny to Text is the children’s sequel to Change the World for a Fiver, the bestseller produced by the global social change movement, We Are What We Do.It’s a movement whose aim is to inspire people - in this case children - to use their everyday actions to change the world. Their maxim is: small actions x lots of people = big change. It’s not rocket science but it does work! The thirty actions in this book will be fun and easy for children to do but will add up to making a big difference and giving them the responsibility for changing the world, one bit at a time. Available here.