Andrew Zuckerman”s Creature was such a hit, no wonder someone had a the great idea to go beyond the book. This 4 floor puzzle box is just a perfect gift. Two double sided puzzles of 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 inches), great to play and to decorate a kid’s room. Check YoyaMart in New York and Chronicle Books to get it. Also available : creature notecards.
Nothing more energizing than a tour at YoyaMart. The store has great music, a fantastic selection of books, toys, clothes and sneakers. Don’t miss the Ugly Dolls in neon colors, the flower print dresses from Essentiel, the summer light windbreakers from Bellerose, the Dude Toys that can be customized by inserting a photo in their faces, and the 6.0 new line from Nike. For Fall, YoyaMart will introduce Paul Smith Kids as well as a new jeans project by Levi’s. YoyaMart,15 Gansevoort Street, New York - (212) 242-5511.
I met these kids on Lafayette. They were walking with their friendly mum (hard to find parents who allow pictures of their children to be posted on internet). With their incredible energy, their big smiles, their colorful outfits and creative hair styles, the three brothers and sisters made my day!
Milan Furniture Fair was packed with colors, great material innovations and playful shapes. Children were quite largerly featured in catalogs and other selling tools, but I have to say that there were rather few products directly related to children. Nothing like the last decade that so many proposals for the children’s rooms and play areas. Let’s hope that a new generation of designers is working on projects for the coming years. If you hear of anything interesting, let me know!
Daniela was born in Panama only ten years ago and she already traveled the world. After two years spent in Kenya, she is now living in Bolivia. She has a younger brother, Sebastian. Her mother Anabel Fournier is the owner and designer of Fournier, a childrenswear collection ethically produced between Peru, Chile and Bolivia.
What you want to be when you grow up
Your favorite famous person
The languages you speak
English, Spanish and French
Junie B. Jones, Aloha-ha-ha!
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and The Secret Garden
Your favorite place for holidays
My grandparent’s house in Co
sta Rica and Zanzibar in Tanzania.
A city that you would dream to visit
Barcelona, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa to see the whales.
Who chooses your clothes in the morning
The piece your like the most from your wardrobe
The next item you would like to get
Your favorite children’s brands
Antik Batik, Lily and the Funky Boys, Maan
Your favorite adult’s brands
Missoni, Diane Von Furstenberg, Etro, Paul & Joe
Your favorite children’s stores
Do you buy a lot online for your children?
I buy books through amazon.com. I don’t buy clothes online. I like Etsy for treasure finds from independent designers
The criteria you consider when you buy something for child
Quality and durability because we live in places where shopping for substitutes or new items is not an easy option
Most expensive item you bought for your child
A ballerina outfit at Repetto in Paris
An item that is hard to find
Favorite piece in her/his wardrobe?
A dress made with khanga fabric from Kenya
Where are you going for the summer holidays?
Vibe Ulrik studied photography in California and did a bachelor in fashion at Kingston University, She realised that knitwear and primarily children’s clothes was what she loved doing. “Even though it should be taken seriously, there’s just a more fun dimension to making children’s wear than for grown ups”. True. When not knitting swatches for an agency, she spends her time creating beautiful pieces with her needles and photographing them on children she meets in the street. Vibe, who tutors a knitwear course/seminar at a Danish fashion school, has not a real brand yet, no website, but she has many ideas, including making a knitting book. With the increasing interest in knitting, I am sure that her incredible skills will soon find their way… Don’t hesitate to contact her: email@example.com.
Japanese designer nendo surprised our eyes and senses with this innovative parent and child cafe. Located in the chic neighbourg of Aoyama, the Tokyo Baby Cafe has become the cool place where tokioytes moms & dads with kids can hang out and have an ‘adult conversation’. No worries about either the perils of the surroundings or the entertaining for their kids: door handles and light switches are placed up high, out of children’s reach. Lots of books, a playroom, and toys are available for the exclusive use of children; but also useful nursing, changing, and strollers friendly area rooms complete the amenities of this place. The contrast between huge and tiny creates the entire décor-concept. A giant nursing sofa has as counterpart an out of scale playroom sofa: big windows / small windows; big light bulbs / tiny light bulbs and so on. The very master touch is under the tables. Usually disregarded by adults, the under tables is a roof for kids, which in this case hide pictures of parents and baby animals to entertain babies while parents are catching up with friends.
Mircea Masserini for Pirouette
Gioia, 3 years old, lives in New York. She speaks English, French and Spanish. Her mother Samantha Adam Benenati is a journalist and the co-owner of Pomme, one of the most beautiful children’s stores in the world.