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Books : what's new?

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In this big, beautiful, astonishing book, more than 50 animals are hiding. In elegant drawings and graphic, eye-catching layouts, Out of Sight will enthrall children with the amazing variety of the animal kingdom.

www.chroniclebooks.com

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Mini scale, maxi pleasure!

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This is the new “Stockholm” house by Lundby, mythical Swedish dollhouse company created in 1947 by Axel and Grete Thomsen. There are about 70 different kits of accessories for the house. That promises hours and hours of playing with this dreamlike modernist habitation, over years!

 

For wholesale inquiries in continental Europe, contact asatoys@wanadoo.fr.

 

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Doudou 6 at Pomme, Brooklyn

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It has become a tradition: every Fall, Pomme invites New York children to be photographed with their most treasured possessions. On October 2nd and 3rd, Davina Zagury will be back to capture the attachment they have to their security objects. Like its 5 previous installments, this “Doudou Project” (doudou is the French word for security blanket) will result in a month long exhibit, during which prints will be available for order. So, lucky New Yorkers, hurry up and contact davinaz@davinaz.com for additional inquiries. A Doudou Project picture is the sweetest memory you can keep from your child’s early years.

Pomme, 81 Washington St, at York. Dumbo, Brooklyn. Tel 718.855.0623

 


 

 

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Animalask height chart

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Want to know how tall you are compared to a lion? Or a monkey? Are you as tall as a horse? Find out with the Animalask height chart, designed to be a great educational tool for children. Lovely matching clock…Check out www.westergaarddesign.co.uk for more info.

Nimalask height chart in ply wood £55, in vinyl £30.

 


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Sweet William loves Bobo choses

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Fresh arrival at Sweet William.

Bronagh Staley, owner of the Brooklyn boutique and e-store recommends : Strike a playful note this season with Bobo Choses’ vibrantly colored and poetic sweaters and cold weather accessories”.


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Lila&Tom, image + story makers

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Most designers know that image and communication tools are key for their brand. Some are lucky and have the skills to work on it, some have talented friends in their network. But for others, finding the right photographer, stylist, set designer, graphic designer, i.e. all the people who contribute to a successful image, isn’t an easy task. Not to mention coordinating the jobs AND giving the appropriate art direction. Fortunately, there are agencies that can beautifully handle creation and production for brands and Lila & Tom is one that I would highly recommend. The agency, based in Barcelona, is owned by Kathleen Boonen and Jan Dönhardt, a couple with Belgian, Dutch and German origins who lived in Paris, Berlin, London and Madrid. Speaking many languages must be the key for their accurate understanding of client’s needs and expectations. Between the two of them, they create appropriate stories and they deliver images that really work.  Their clients include Tammy Donohoe, Massimo Dutti, Dandy Star. Their contribution to Milk Magazine and Naif is an evidence of their precious talent.

Photos Juan Carlos Ponsa – Enric Montes.

 

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Kicokids likes to play

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The brand Kicokids likes to play, and so do children. This season, the game is around the sock theme : sock heel knit patches attached to elbows or, instead of the classic mittens, a sock shape attached at the end of the mitten/scarf-in-one. But Kicokid plays games while keeping an eye on functionality, so jersey was used abundantly to offer cozy comforts.  Colors are very soft : Willow (chocolate), Vapor (mint) and Hush (pink) with handsome blue (la Mer and Mulberry) and gray (Greige) for the more sporty looks. The new Kicokid collection is available at Harvey Nichols London, Barney’s New York, Little Fashion Gallery and other boutiques worlwide, including www.kicokids.com.




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Wallpaper news

 

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The wallpapers created by Elli Popp stand out, in their fresh and quite unique style. They feature a range of neo-romantic designs blended with the balancing use of color, shape and theme. Influenced by nature and by the 20′s, Elli Popp offers a nostalgic relief through elegant yet contemporary motifs within an ever urbanising modern world.

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Little swan

 

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In collaboration with set designer Frank Visser, Karin Nussbaumer makes wonderful pictures that stay with you. Her story “House in the clouds”, featured in Pirouette last June, was inspired by painting, and very colorful. With this “Little swan”, Karin explores a great new palette of powdery tones. Karin and Franck are represented by Julie Seguinier www.juliesagency.com.

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Ilovegorgeous, a bit of history

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Ilovegorgeous is a name that one cannot forget. And I have to say, I have seen some girls looking quite unforgettable in the dresses designed by Lucy Enfield and Sophie Worthington. Ilovegorgeous was launched in September 2007; the first collection was snapped up by London department store Selfridges as well as a host of boutiques and children’s wear shops across the UK. Since then ilovegorgeous has expanded its wholesale reach to the USA, France and can be found in many prestigious locations including Le Bon Marche in Paris, Barneys NYC, Fenwicks and Harvey Nichols, London and Harvey Nichols, Saudi Arabia. In December 2008 ilovegorgeous opened their flagship shop in Notting Hill and in February 2009 the website became ecommerce. Last but not least, Ilovegorgeous can count among its customer base fashion leaders such as Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Stella Tennant, Sam Taylor-Wood, Elle Macpherson. A very nice debut!

 

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Hannah Gunzig, 8 years old – Brussels, Belgium

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8 years old Hannah Gunzig and mother Sabrina Palmisano from Belgium are our guest for a short interview today. Hannah speaks both French and Italian, and Sabrina, former jurist, is a stylist and the owner of a beautiful children’s store called Boucle d’or, in Brussels.

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On color, and on promoting Design

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In 2002, Rei Kawakubo declared “red is the new black“. The last 8 years have shown that the visionary designer of Comme des Garcons was right. Today red is still invading our closets and homes. But there are a fair amount of red shades, the new Tom Dixon, “fluoro”, is the right tone, the one that really talks and generates fatal attraction, total addiction.

Speaking of Tom Dixon, I am just back from the designer’s head quarters in London, where him and two other famous designers, Marcel Wanders and Piet Hein Eek gave a very interesting lecture on Design. I am not going to give a full report here, but what I think was particularly relevant to other industries (particularly for fashion), is that they spoke about the importance, for a designer, to communicate on its own products. Don’t wait for producers, distributors or press to knock at the door, be pro-active. It is now a lot easier than it used to be.

 

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