On our walk to school this morning, my daughter and I were basically skipping and dancing as if we were in the 1950's the whole way. We had this song from The Morning Benders blasting in our headphones. Such a great song to start the day!
Studio GORM have come out with a sweet interior piece of fun called Construction Quilt. It works as a carpet, a couch cover and can be converted into a landscape for toy cars or fort to play in. It works off a simple grid of triangles made of dense foam and covered with wool felt.
Planet Awesome Kid (which is awesome by the way) and Global Action for Children (which is incredible by the way) are throwing a charity event that is sure to be talked about way after it's over. If you are in NYC this weekend, then I encourage you and the family to head down to MILK studios on Sat. March 20th from 1pm-4pm. Some event details include arts and crafts, a beauty bar, planting and nature area, juggling, breakdancing, graffiti by world renowned artist Aero, a special DJ, the official Planet Awesome Kid photoshoot, a designer auction and much, much more! I hope to see you there!
Global Action for Children generates awareness, policies and funding so every child has the chance to grow up safe and healthy. Formed in 2003, GAC advocates on the following issues that affect prphans and vulnerable children worldwide:
*child sexual abuse
*child survival and immunizations
*children in conflict
*foreign aid reform
“I ask you to think about orphan children not as a burden but as a great opportunity.
Their education and wellbeing is an investment in our future.”
According to french designer Ludovic Renson, Playtime is an invitation for children to live in a contemporary space. Playtime is a collection of children's furniture made of wood and felt that includes a desk, chair, table, cupboards and storage containers. I think I'm in love....
Ok, I have no idea if this is real or if someone is just using a remote control or perhaps you draw and then use a control to activate it? How ever it works .... it's awesome. Louise W Klinker and Anab Jain came up with the concept for Mattel Hotwheels called Sketch-a-Move. Basically you draw a direction on the top of the car and then it moves on by your hand drawn command. The video is a low-tech prototype made to communicate the idea. (via)
Bholu designer Jodie Fried is collaborating with Porter's Paints on a vibrant new range of wallpaper designs. This collection, which holds true to the brands message, is inspired by the drawings of children in underprivileged communities in India. The collection is called Menagerie, has some pretty playful designs. (via)
Finally! Bonpoint has opened an online boutique based in the US for the mini. If you have not ordered anything from them yet then I'd suggest giving it a go now! The packaging (and scent) alone is stellar ... not to mention all the gorgeous product. One of my favorite trends this year is the use of yellow (or is it lime?) and grays. Bonpoint is right on point with that trend as well :
This piece by Kirkland Bray, called Haphazard Playground, is not only awesome but also serves an amazing organization. The Art Creation Foundation for Children is a non-profit arts organization created to aid in the education and personal growth of children in Jacmel, Haiti. They work to teach street children art so they may have a future. You can purchase a limited print HERE at Tiny Showcase .... where everything is tiny and awesome. No seriously, this print is only 4.75" x 6.6" (via)
Mr Kaliski worked in the fashion industry, studied sculpture at The Royal College of Art and now makes extraordinary designs in a London workshop. Two of which are the Cinch Seat boaster chair and the cardboard Billy Rocker.
As you guys know, I am a huge fan of his work. I'm so thrilled that his latest book, The Heart and the Bottle, just become available yesterday. Lovely work Oliver .... simply lovely. And if you ever wanted to have a peak into his world, here is a great 3 min short.....
Created exclusively for The Royal We by Oliver Jeffers, THIS is a signed print of a hand drawn map of the world. The whole world. With pins. Each print comes with 202 pins to chart your path to total global domination. 200 of the pins are black, one of them is red and one of them is blue. Red is for headquarters, blue is for next target.
So I'm excited to share a few pieces of current press. One is in the March Issue of Fit Pregnancy. I'm featured in an article, by Amanda Moore of re:place , on designing a nursery. (page 100)
The second piece is from the Current issue of Time Out NY Kids Spring Issue. If you flip to page 28-29 for the article or click HERE to read online. As with all press, I am humbled. When I was approached by the editors for some kid spaces, I was happy to send along this super fun project! HERE and HERE are pics of the space before and at almost complete. and below are some images from the completed room. Note - the white table was custom made by Minor Details! (photos : Dan Hallman)