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Hello Spring! Elias & Grace
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Love Love Love!
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Cool Underwear {Goat Milk}
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In love with stripes {Bob&Blossom}
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Shirts shirts shirts {Wolf&Rita}
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Talented Photographers {Joanna Paterson}
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Furniture & Home Decor
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Parent & Child interviews
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New designers on a very playful mood

Freya Sewell

Jo-Yun Wang

Lucy Bunney

Hannah Niskanen

 

Lots of playful design as well as children’s related year-end projects at the New Designers show in London. Let’s hope the ideas of the young graduates will have an impact on the market.

And let’s wish some of their wonderful products will also be available to buy.

 

 

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Happy 10 years SIRCH!

 

Sirch, the German company of  wooden good is celebrating its 10 years anniversary. New products in the range, the x baby-highchair and x wooden storage box for toys will be presented at Maison & Objet in Paris in September.

www.sirch.de


 

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Sophia, 4 years old – London, UK

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Sessi (Sophia) loves ballet, being creative , adventuring , she is incredibly curious and asks questions about everything. Her mother Carla de Reyes Mezbur is the Co-founder of  Sisters Guild (www.sistersguild.com) blogger (www.sistersguild.blogspot.com) and full time mum to Sessi (Sophia) 4 and Oona 2.

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Pavlov, our new dog

 

Our dream is to have a dog : a Weimaraner, a Pointer, a Labrador, a Comodorre…We like them big, which makes it difficult with our rather urban style – the poor creature wouldn’t be very happy in a flat. One day we might do the big jump to the countryside, so in the meantime we have adopted a new friend : a cardboard puppet by Garudio Studiage that we found at Sarah Supermarket in Selfridges. We love our little Pavlov and…no need to take him to the park. Your children keep asking for a little rabbit or a baby lion? No fight, Garudio has that too.

garudiostudiage.com

 

 

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I shop Caramel

 

Sales everywhere; time for good bargains! My guilty pleasure of the week was a tour at Caramel baby&child.

I love the feel of the stores (clean but generous), the products and brand selection, the visual displays and the touches of vibrant colours.

Addictive!

Caramel baby&child – 291 Brompton Road, South Kensignton - 259 Pavilion Road, Sloane Square - 77 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill

 

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Madeline, 7 years old – Chicago, USA

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Maddie, 7 and her brother Simon, 4  live in Chicago, IL. Maddie loves to perform in front of a crowd, wear beautiful ballet costumes and pose for photos. Alyson is a designer and developer of kids books and printed matter in Chicago, IL. She started her own press this year called Grow Books press.

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Quick preview on Christmas 2011 (that early?!)

 

 

Lovely puzzle – a quick preview on one of the wonderful toys that will be available for Christmas  2011 at Nature&Decouvertes

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Too hot? Here's a bit (just a bit) of snow (and lots of pleasure)…

 

 

Photos by Melanie Rodriguez for Kickers.

And because Melanie’s photos are so pleasant to watch, let’s add a bit of ice and a lemon zest to the snow…(photos for Emile et Ida).

Vist Emile’s website to see more of her work, including editorial for the latest issue of Doolittle Magazine.

 

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Rose, 7 years old – Cannes, France

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Rose, Penelope (2 years old), Thierry and Anne live in Cannes, in a beautiful villa overlooking the sea, surrounded by lavender and olive trees. Rose is an early bird but she’s so nice to the rest of the family that she reads quietly in bed (sometimes for more than an hour) until everyone wakes up. She loves creating all sorts of objects with plants, flowers and other materials gathered in her wanderings. Anne, who shares a passion for literature with her daughter, is also a painter (see her blog here).

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Wired

 

via paolo rinaldi‘s carnets

left, acapulco rocking chair by greenpointworks
www.greenpointworks.com

right, mezzanine, cage à oiseaux et aquarium pour poissons
projet constance guisset
www.constanceguisset.com

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Interview of a retailer : Kidding / Beirut, Lebanon

Name of the store : KIDDING

Name of the owners : Katia Rabbath Chanet & Joanne Karkour

Date of opening : May 21, 2010

Size : 40 sqm

Brands : Caramel Baby & Child, Finger in the Nose, Soeur, Antik Batik, Mini Rodini, Little Marcel, Dandy Star, Maloup, Meresine, Ten, Wild, Munster, Anne Charlotte Goutal, etc. We also promote selective local designers.

Philosophy : Providing a refreshing shopping alternative catering for both mischievous yet hip kids from 2 to 16 years and their fashionistas’ mothers

Any famous clients that you can mention? All our clients are famous to us

 

 

Joanne

When did you open your store and how did you get the idea? The idea was hiding somewhere in our minds but was not very serious; one day I unexpectedly quitted a GM position and had no idea what to do; I called Katia and told her it was time to launch our business. Exactly, two months later we were open. You can imagine the two crazy months I had in between. Weirdly, am not a mom although I opened a store for kids; I love Kids with their lovely smiles and innocent jargon. I actually love what I am currently doing.

How is Kidding performing at the moment? Very well; the concept of the store is very new to Lebanon; you can find it all. People love it

 

What children’s trade shows do you visit? Playtime, Maison et Objet and soon Kleine Fabriek

 

What would you say about the general economical climate in your country? The overall political situation is bubbling; retail and various other sectors are suffering. Not the right moment for the country nor for the area. But despite all turbulences, KIDDING is paving its way to success.

 

Have you seen interesting children’s stores that you liked recently in your travels or online? I like the Bonton store in Paris; online there are various interesting sites and blogs beside Pirouette: Smallable, LFGDesign Mom

 

What are the magazine related to children that you like and read ? Principally Milk magazine

 

Your favorite children’s brands for this spring/summer 2011? Caramel Baby&Child, Meresine, Wild

 

What inspires you at the moment? Anything colorful, sincere or joyful; A heart, a situation, a nature, a place, a book, a website or a friend…..

 

Your favourite spots in Beirut ? Casablanca Restaurant, Albergo Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, Art & Art Galleries, Music Festivals in Byblos, Beiteddine or Baalbek, Hiking in the mountains…

 

Anything else you’d like to share with us? To heal the world; Making it a peaceful and loving environment to all Kids


 

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Caravans all around

Last week was all around caravans for me : friends went off with their three kids for an adventure in gyspy caravans (photos 1 and 2), Alexandra Darcissac from La Princesse au petit Pois featured a great reportage on the subject (read here) and I found a whole story in Ideat Magazine on the wonderful book “Cool caravans” by Hilary Walker (photos 3 and 4). Gypsy caravans, Airstream, Volkswagen vans…such a great way to move around. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone, somewhere, was working on the next generation of super green, super fun recreation vehicles…I’ll keep an eye on it.


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