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Alphabet cushions, imagination stimulators

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Short listed for the Elle Decoration Best of British Design award 2010, the Alphabet cushions by Elsie Dodds are a must! The designs are inspired by a way to learn through association and there is fun to be had finding all that is hidden in the patterns. For children and adults to share and enjoy, to encourage curious natures and stimulate imaginations.

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Kurabo denim for boys

 

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Tom & Drew is one of the first children’s wear companies to introduce Japanese Kurabo denim to the market. T&D’s denim is of the highest possible quality and has been imported from Osaka, Japan. The Kurabo denim paired with appliqué pima cotton t-shirts, “slubby” jersey reversible hoodies and light weight “space dyed” knit shorts make for perfect summer outfits. Tom&Drew is also one of the few companies that focuses on boys and boys only, and I have to say that those short pants looks pretty good, even under the rain… www.tomanddrewboys.com

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Wanda's wonderland

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Story for Vogue Japan (Septembre 2010) by Wanda Kujack. You can also watch the lovely animation video here, and an article I wrote about Wanda in July 2009 here. To contact Wanda : www.wanda-kujacz.com.

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Kaili, 3 years old – Hong Kong, HK

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Kaili is a funny girl who makes people laugh, intentionally or not. She loves arts and crafts and recently has been doing a lot of colouring, cutting papers and pasting…she is also pretending to do origami. One sure for sure : Kaili is into yellow! Chiharu, a Japanese based in Hong Kong, recently launched a very inspiring e-store called www.storytime.jp.

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Like Pirouette? Say it out loud!

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Pirouette has been listed on Babble.com for their “Well designed blogs” competition. Help Pirouette gain a top position by voting here. Thanks a lot!

 

 

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Style kiddie, flash sale children's website

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Just launched in the UK, Style Kiddie is a weekly 72 hour members only flash sale children’s website offering a unique designer and boutique sales at a 40%-70% off of retail price. Brands will include Fluke Kids, Little Duckling, Jake and Maya, Rock your Baby, Poppy, Rachel Riley, SMA folk, rockefella, Ola and Olek, Green Eyed Monster, Mini a ture, Skyspout, Egg, Hucklebones, etc, so if you are looking for stylish clothes for a fraction of the normal cost, that’s a site to keep in mind.




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The incredible lightness of Add

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Add is a collection of weightless coats and down jackets. Very innovative, with an Hi-Tech heart, the brand was born in 1999 from a John C. Grain idea. I have personally been a fan since 2005 when I bought a jacket in Florence (visiting Pitti Bimbo). I still wear it; it’s just the lightest and warmest thing I have ever had. I was very happy to learn that the brand just launched a babies and children’s line. Last but not least, Add is the official sponsor of the Stanley Kubrick Photographer exhibition in Venice. For more info visit www.adddown.it and www.mostrakubrick.it.


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Pick up truck by Harry Allen

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Harry Allen loves trucks. The beauty of any pickup truck is its utilitarian aesthetic – four strong wheels and the capacity to haul cargo. Cast in resin

from a toy truck, Pickup is a catch-all bowl. 5 x 12 x 6 inches.

Coming in gold, neon orange, chrome and white. The blue chrome is a limited edition.


 

AREAWARE

95 Spring Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10012

+1 212 226 5155 phone

Showroom by appointment only.

 


 

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Buying for a good cause

 

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A few months after its opening in Notting Hill, children’s charity store Fara Kids still has a great selection of clothing, from “new vintage” at very affordable prices, to rare pieces. Great visual merchandising, cherry on the cake. I found a 50′s flamenco dress costume as well as a turn of the century white lace cotton dress in pretty good condition. And if you are a bit sentimental about the clothes your children outgrew, it is also the place to drop them. You are sure they are going to be treated with lots of TLC.

FARA Kids & Baby 39/41 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA Notting Hill London Tel: 020 7229 3634

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Wild nature inspired rugs

 

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Playful and fun, the vibrantly colored rugs of Indi-B

are intended to foster children’s imagination and creativity, brightening up their floor with vivid, idyllic nature scenes. Creative director Beatrice Girelli, along with the rest of the Indi-B team, design interior rugs to enliven and refresh any room. Coming in many different hues from cool blue tones to warm reds and oranges, each rug is unique yet offers a similar sense of vivacity, fabricating the ideal collection. Indi-B works in accordance with GoodWeave, an organization and certification program that assures only adult artisans – not children – make your rug. These rugs, all handmade with 100% high quality New Zealand wool, come in a rectangular or a circular shape.


 

 


 

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Steel swing, like a sculpture

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This “mild steel with wax finish” swing by Tom Dixon weights 956 kg. Imagine it in your garden. Indestructible, perfect for the family to swing for hours and days and years, and to pass it to the next and next next next generations. Edition of 8.

Seen at Super Design London, a manifestation that takes place each year during the London Frieze Art Fair.

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TsuMori ChisaTo for PeTiT BaTeau

 

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Tsumori Chisato’s dreamlike creativity enlightens the world of Petit Bateau for the 2010 Christmas holidays. Marinieres innocently redrawn and prints straight from the imagination of the designer meet Petit Bateau’s particular universe to imagine unique items for baby, child and adult. A collaboration for which the sensitivity of one is inspired by the universe of the other. Can be found from December 14th 2010 to January 3rd 2011 in every Petit Bateau’s shop and on www.petit-bateau.com.


Thanks to Marie Saeki, NY. www.mariesaekipr.com.

 

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