San Francisco based designers Gitane Royce and Nisreen Witt are the genius minds behind Modern Playhouse. They set out to design and produce a simple and modern outdoor playhouse that is not too insanely priced. They currently have two models available and also offer furniture and accessories to outfit your playhouse. You had me at sophisticated, sustainable and safe!
Not too long ago, I admitted that I had fallen in love with a treehouse. Well, this morning my love grew a bit deeper for THIS outdoor-cross stream-awesome-sanctuary-in-the woods-shelter. It makes me want to move to a place that has a stream in the back yard...... if only to re-create something like this.
I really like the colors in these rooms from Laurette. (the furniture is pretty great too ... and yes, its the same staged room for both pics but the surrounding colors make it really two different spaces)
I was blown away with the design and execution of this children's loft bed, storage closet and shelving piece. The architect and designer, Sandra Courtine of Ciel Architects, did a stellar job. Honestly, it's so refreshing to see work like this. It's a great dose of minimal and well-considered design inspiration for a friday! You can see more pics HERE. (photos by Mirela Popa)
i think every reading nook should be THIS inviting and soft. Wouldn't it be cool if this whole piece came out of the wall and then it turned into a large soft modular seating element? Then when you are done or need a nook, just flip it back upright and slide it back into the alcove.
Over the summer, the not for profit art initiative known as X-initiative, turned their NYC rooftop into a giant seating area made entirely of pool noodles. Designed by Jeffery Inaba's LA based practice, INABA. Though the space was cleared at summer's end, it still remains a great source of inspiration for a kid's space!
Andreas Golinksi was one of many designers that took part in Unduetrestella, an installation art show geared towards the belief that contemporary art introduced to children can be seen a game, light, sound, noise, music, designs on a wall ... if we just open their eyes to it.
Here is an example of Andreas' idea for design on walls, in his piece called House of My Dreams. (via)
It's only fitting that my 1,000th post be about Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes. I had the amazing opportunity to play on the grounds all day on saturday with my daughter, niece and nephew. It was topped off with a jazz quartet playing in the background and fresh apples from the farmers market just a stones throw from the playground. The park I'm referring to is Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia .... which houses Noguchi's only playground to be completed in his lifetime. Such a peaceful and wonderful space for both big kid and small!
My dear friend, Stefan of The Apartment, just finished an amazing residential project just off Central Park. It's for a family of 4 and the two boys rooms are pretty amazing. The place itself is pretty amazing. It's on the 61st floor overlooking the park and is combined of 3 apartments gut renovated to make 1 huge dwelling. You can see the rest of the apartment HERE. Bravo Stef! Photography by the wonderful Michael Weber.
When it comes to the work of Russian Designer Maria Yasko, one thing comes to mind - fantasy. I really admire her Icelandic Tree shelf from the Vjunok/Bindweed series. It could play very well in a kid's space. She also did another space based on the Moomin books, by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson, called Moomin Valley. Below is an example of the children's playspace. Quite a fantasy!
H2O Architects had a problem to solve for a client. Their family was expanding but their home could not. With a new baby on the way, they recreated space within space and HERE is what they came up with. Bravo!
I think the best way to describe Ernesto Neto's interest was found in the program for his latest installation at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City - "architecture as a kind of second skin with which we surround ourselves."
My daughter had a school holiday yesterday so we met up with lovely Lynn of Appaman and her cute little mini then headed uptown. I was blown away with the size and structure. Although it seemed more like an indoor playspace than an art exhibit, I was impressed with his use of color, texture, materials and the inviting hands-on appeal. It's up through June 15th and I would highly recommend this one! Click HERE for more information on this current show, Anthropodino. (first two photos are by James Ewing)
De Buis is art piece consisting of a series of steel tubes. These create a playground for elementary school De Paradijsvogel, designed by Kaptein Roodnat, in the Netherlands. I really like substituting the traditional chunky play structures for a minimal approach such as this one. I think this style stimulates a child's imagination a lot more. (via)
Jenny over at LMNOP has really stepped up the game. She hand picked amazing moms from all over the world and is doing a daily piece on all of them. She is extending Mother's Day throughout the week. I am honored to be in such amazing company! Thank you so much Jenny! Check out all the kick ass mom interviews HERE.
Things that I now understand and truly value about my mother :
14. She always knows when I need a fresh new pair of Chuck Taylor Converse shoes. A new pair always seem to arrive right when the current pair is about to fall off my feet.
In the past few days, I have come across some pretty amazing schools for children. It's so wonderful seeing educators and designers working together to create amazing environments that make children excited to learn.
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.
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)
Coordonne has a pretty amazing textile collection for kids. One of my clients is very traditional in her style but we agreed to meet half-way in our approach to her nursery. That's why I really like the Lullaby collection. From a distance it looks traditional but when you look closer it's got a rather funky little golden print. (via decopeques)
The amazing duo over at KOKO Architecture created a Danish and Finnish wonderland for the mini's over at the More North Scandinavian Art and Design Gallery in NYC. I really love the use of birch and modern play of nature through-out the space. Bravo!
“Questioned by their father architect, these children issued to want to nest like birds very far from the ground, with crossed of 2 main branches. On a simple principle of frame and oblique levels, the father drew the diagram of a “livable” unit where all the traditional functions of the room of child are present…. In this family of artists, by principle, the walls of a room are at the beginning immaculate, like a virgin fabric on standby on a rest. One counts on the successive or combined inspiration ones and others to animate them.”
What a wonderful and creative space. Taken from the amazing book L'art d'installer les chambres d'enfants, Alta Marie-Claire. (via mon cabanon)
Somewhere in Manhattan is home that doubles as an art gallery and a family home. It's uncertain which of the two this bunk bed is situated in. I can only imagine by the looks of the kid's room below, that the bunk bed is just on display. Do any of my readers know which gallery this is? (photographer : Verne / OWI)