It’s been called “one of the coolest places to shop in the UK” by Elle Decoration, “a hard edge wonderland” by the NY Times. The products from Atelier Abigail Ahern (located in Islington, London), are also available online. Latest addition to a long list of eclectic products (furniture, accessories, textile, wallpaper, mirrors, etc) is a fun lightning collection. Dogs and pelicans covered with rococo lampshades, that’s the confirmation that Abigail Ahern knows how to mix things that you wouldn’t normally see together. For the pleasure of children who always like the odd and the surrealist side of things.
Atelier Abigail Ahern is showing at Maison & Objet.
It’s evolutive, it’s beautifully designed, it encourages children’s autonomy. This bedroom concept called Pop Space is created by Matali Crasset and produced by French company Espace Loggia. A great way for children to have a space on their own, that can be adapted to their growth. In between a cabin and a viewing platform, Pop space is very playful. It provides an atmosphere of protection as well as the feeling, for a child, to be “in charge”.
In a little more than 3 years, Tolix has conquered every stylish house all around the word. In addition to the reeditions of the iconic metallic chairs and stools, the French brand has developed a great range for children, including coat hangers called Tatou, a chalkboard called Girafe and a bench named Crocodile. Well done.
Available at Bobo Kids, Conran Shop, Few and Far in the UK and Design within Reach in the US
Guest of 2009 at Villa Medici in Rome (the first one in the new category : fashion), Pascal Gautrand reflects on the standardization of fashion. For this exhibit at Musee Galliera in Paris, he worked with fashion students, asking them to decorate dolls from standardized clothes. From uniformity to high level of emotion, everything is possible. Photos Courtesy of www.fashion-eye.net.
The Witchcraft chair is made with sorghum cushions. The inspiration comes from the will to bring to life a material lately abandoned and connected to our tradition, through its use in an unusual field. Giorgio Biscaro met one of the last producer of sorghum broom and was surprised by the flexibility and richness of this material. The chair has a metal frame painted in pastel colours, giving it a warm and reassuring feeling. Thanks to the fiber flexibility, the backrest adapt itself to the back of the user, providing great ergonomic. I wonder if that pink version has a name; I would call it Cinderella.
Born in South Korea, Namhee Lee graduated with a degree in design and worked as a commercial interior designer predominantly in the fashion industry for over ten years. She moved to New York in 2002, started a family, and continued pursuing her passion for melding form and fashion. Now a mother of two sons, Maddox and Ian, Namhee is inspired daily about the role beautiful objects can play in a happy home, both with regard to function and fashion. Namhee‘s creations are available at Yoya, ABC Carpet and Home and Pomme in New York, as well as Etsy.com.
S.O.O.N?, a project by Kompott, was on display at the RCA Show in London. Kompott is a multidisciplinary collaboration between young, creative people (Pawe Jasiewicz, Maja Ganszyniec, Krystian Kowalski and Marcin Krygier). “This project recalls times when Fathers would make and repair their children’s toys by themselves, with the materials they had readily available. Toys created and built by a child’s parents carry a far greater emotional value, they are a statement of individuality and longevity. S.O.O.N is an attempt at reviving the creativity that lies in all of us. Using inexpensive and easily obtainable materials (in this case the IKEA vika lilleby trestel), a few pieces of cloth or felt (for instance an old blanket), simple tools (a saw and a screwdriver) and instructions, we can all build a toy for our child. This is only the beginning of our independence! A crisis is a good time for a change and a return to our roots, do we have to be mindless consumers?”. A questions to ask ourselves as often as possible.
This little table made of bamboo with large drawer is called Geos. The drawer can be pulled out from both sides. To go with it, Lillys the chair, in timeless design. Both products are available in three colours, black, red and blue. Company WeDoWood. Price £180 and £125.
Available at www.designdelicatessen.com, www.nobodinoz.com and www.smallable.com.
I had a total crush on ‘péro’, a label showing exclusively at White for Kids in Milan, and created by Aneeth Arora, a textile graduate from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad + fashion graduate from National Institute of Fashion Technology. Aneeth creates wonderful clothing, utilizing indigenous knowledge of ancient textile and clothing traditions of India. ‘péro‘ means ‘to wear’ in Marwari which is the local langauge of Rajasthan. Most garments are inspired by the local dressing styles from the remotest areas. ‘péro’ recreates and adapts these styles for the modern consumer who loves the aesthetic, but also the ease, comfort and pleasure provided by the simple shapes. The textiles are handmade in various parts of india and each collection incorporates at least five traditional techniques from the country, for example block prints from Rajasthan, Jamdani from West Bengal, woven textiles from Maheshwar, Khadi from Calcutta. Each piece is hand crafted and passes through the hands of atleast 5 to 12 crafts people. The result is a collection of amazing pieces with incredible hand feel, stunning details and absolutely delicious look. They are like art, or museum pieces in which a child can have a normal life and feel comfortable. I have to say that it was love at first sight, and confirmation of the feeling when I saw some pieces left from the former collection at the store Few and Far in London. A brand that both Rei Kawakubo and Dries Van Noten would love…
Lots of organic shapes and ultra textured surfaces at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The most incredible example is the striking UK pavilion with its sea urchin aspect (made with 60,000 slender transparent rods). “Is it for real, mom?”…
“Flapjack” is a furniture collection designed for children by Sebastian Bergne and edited by French company The Collection. The pieces of furniture are eco-friendly (water based varnish) and they have been concieved to be children’s scale : not too high, easy to move.They are playful, they are well designed and they are also educative. The armoire allows to hang clothes in and outside, and it serves as a measuring panel.
In the unit “Box”, shoes or toys can be stored elegantly. Children can sit on them, but more interesting even, they can train to do their own laces.
The great Maria Montessori would have loved seeing this furniture, designed to be used by children and to encourage their autonomy, teaching them how to tidy up on their own. A big thank you to The Collection for the launch of this eco-friendly children’s furniture department called « the little Collection ». Can’t wait to see the next projects. www.thecollection.fr