Everything in this picture makes me happy. The child desk and chair, the book rack, the map ..... unfortunately someone beat me to the purchase punch.
Here are the first shots of the CookieLiving room that I have been working. A few pics are from my iPhone and some are from the lovely Tina. Today it opened to the public and I am very thankful for everyone who helped me along the way! A majority of the items are handmade or vintage with a few brand spanking new items.... like the OTT Hooks from byproduct and Boodalee's Throw Pillows. A special highlight for me was a lovely visit today from Oliver Jeffers. he was kind enough to leave a little chalk drawing on the desk. If you're in Battery Park City over the next three weekends, please stop by and take a look. You can view more pics and get info about the items in the room here. Make sure to go upstairs and check the amazing nursery that Koko Architecture designed....simply beautiful!
I have been a HUGE fan of the Eames Plywood Elephant. Unfortunately the price tag held me back. As much as I adore vintage children pieces, I try to get the ones that my child can actually play with and not stored in the attic as a collectors piece. So, when I read that Vitra is making The Eames Elephant out of plastic (polypropylene actually), I was sooooooo happy. They will be available in five colors. (red, ice-grey, white, dark lime and bright pink). I found them for sale here but it's in the UK. (via kidsmodern)
I am in love with this wall from Enzo Mari! An ingenious product first produced by Danese in 1967 and re-invented today by Corraini, Il Posto Dei Giochi ("Wall") is a 27 x 3' high press board wall that permits children to unleash their imagination and play through their own natural habitat.
Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that I have been super busy working on projects as of late. I've got tons of goodies for you all in my virtual queue and I can't wait to post all about them. What I can tell you is that I've been asked to take part in interior design project with Cookie Magazine. The room that I am designing involves inspirations from Oliver Jeffers The Incredible Book Eating Boy, custom furniture and accessories from Minor Details, Eco Highway wallpaper from Graham & Brown, crazy vintage finds for a kids room, bold colors and dope design! The space will be on view in NYC in the month of October. More information coming soon! In the mean time, go check out Tina and Joanna's blog .... they've got the best posts in town.
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.
I've been collecting vintage children's furniture for a while now. With a creative background in the film, television and print industry, I understand the need to find that special prop that will "make" the shoot. So, in addition to all our other services, we are now renting out our children's prop collection to stylist and photographers in the New York area. And yes, the collection will continue to grow!
I LOVE searching through Etsy...so when they asked me to be a Featured Buyer and take part in the Handmade Kids series, I was honored. I gave some of my picks for the family friendly home. If you have never tried an Etsy stroll, I highly recommend it! Check out my piece here. Also, be sure to check the new Handmade Kids features regularly!
The Rolleiflex Mini Digital Camera proudly continues the Rollei Twin Lens Reflex tradition, pushing the famed camera into beautifully tiny territory! It has a big price tag but this would make for a superb first camera for little hands.
Mr. Olav Øen is a 78 year old pensioner but works full time with producing wooden toys. His factory is located in the south of Norway and his production dates back to 1928. His designs varies models and many of them date back to the beginning of this amazing Norwegian productionline. Mr. Øen is the last wooden toymaker in Norway.
Perhaps some of you know of the Phantom Tollbooth. It was a classic book written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer in 1961.
That was then.
This is now.
Jinhong Lin is reaching out to kids that love soda and the parents who indulge them. If you want to teach your kid about recycling while drinking soda, then I say 16 down and you have an instant stool or table. I don't know, something seems wrong. Can I use water bottles instead?
Metro Retro has an amazing vintage collection. In this mix is a school desk from the 1950's, a 20 section pigeon hole storage unit and a 10 section pigeon hole with a sloped chalkboard top. I was lucky enough to see these in person while in London. I will be visiting them again soon!
Véronique Cota has a bigger child's chair collection than me and for that I applaud her. She has a design shop for kids called Balouga based in Paris. I wanted to share some photos that I was lucky enough to get from Ms Cota that gives a glimpse into what this amazing shop, and its owner, have to offer. You might have heard of the Kazam Desk by Mahmoud Akram or the La Foret des Boites desk (The Forest of Boxes) by Matali Crasset that where made exclusively for Balouga.
If you are in Paris, you can stop by at 25, Rue Des Filles Du Calvaire 75003 Paris. (Crédit photos : Vanessa Gilles)
Dirty Wow Wow and other love stories is a tribute to threadbare companions of childhood written by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz. With striking photography and personal stories of each companion, this book is a sweet nod to timeless childhood memories. Buy it here.
Here is a piece on "Blankie" : Blankie lives in the liquor cabinet. When Maggie would fall asleep feeling Blankie’s lovely silky edge—a fine thing to do when you’re trying to get some shut eye—she would also suck her two middle fingers. This made Maggie an orthodontist’s dream. One day Blankie disappeared. When, weeks later, Blankie was discovered behind the curtains, Maggie was already weaned from him. Maggie’s mom saw this as an opportunity to let Blankie stay lost and shoved it in the back of the liquor cabinet above the refrigerator. Now, whenever a recipe calls for brandy, Maggie's mother reaches into the cabinet, catches a glimpse of Blankie and feels a pang of guilt, but not $5,000 worth, which was the cost of Maggie’s braces.
This weekend, I stopped by The Modern Show at the 69th Regiment Armory in NYC. There were only a few really great finds. One booth that I was drawn to belonged to Sarah Latham-Kearns. She was a lovely lady with a great appreciation for design. She had the Hans Brockhage and Erwin Andra “Schaukelwagen” child's chair. This was made in 1950 in Germany. It is a rocking chair on one side and flips over to a ride on toy. Made with a laminated and bent beech plywood seat in a molded birch frame. Ahhhh, if only I had $1,200. She also had an Enzo Mari animal puzzle in it's original box. This was going for $450. An original Rocking Horse by Kaj Bojesen. Hanging on the wall was a Nanna Ditzel highchair in practically mint condition.
A few booths down was an original Eames Children's Chair & Stool. The chair was going for $6,800 and the stool $4,800. I think I'm gonna wait for these guys to knock them off.
Last night I went to an open house school tour for the mini, so she had an evening playdate with her best bud. When I came to pick her up, she was watching Free to Be... You and Me. My friend J is a HUGE fan of this soundtrack. In fact every time I get into her car, 9 times out of 10, it's playing. This record album and illustrated songbook came out in 1974 and has an amzing cast. Here is a little ditty about when you grow up....with Michael Jackson. Hummm. I wonder what happened?
You Can't Do That On Television started in Ontario Canada in 1979. It did not hit the Nickelodeon circut until 1984, making it the highest-rated television program of that time. The name says it all, there were alot of things that they should not have done on television.....but that's what made me watch it back then. Kinda makes SpongeBob SquarePants feel like Little Bear.