Posted in PhotographyOctober 18, 2011
I am getting ready for another visit at Paris Photo in November. An annual rendez-vous that I wouldn’t miss at any cost. This made me remember one of the artists I liked very much last year, and that I totally forgot to mention on Pirouette. Never too late.
Nelli Palomaki was born 1981 in Forssa, Finland. She recently graduated from the London College of Communication (MA in Photography). Nelli lives and works in Isnäs, Finland and London, UK.
Posted in Retail - WindowsOctober 17, 2011
Name of the e-store: Boutikids.ch
Date of launch: September 16, 2011
Name of the founder: Inga Aellen & Daniela Raia. Inga is mother of 4 year old twins — Jan and Sven. She worked in marketing & communication, sales and brand management for luxury brands. “The last 11 years I worked for the watch industry. Even before I was pregnant I knew that when the time came to have kids, I would like to venture out on my own in order to be more flexible with my time and have more time for my kids. The idea of bringing colorful, funky and original brands to Switzerland was born when my boys were born and I could not find these type of clothes easily accessible on the Swiss market. When the project was quite well off the ground, I asked Daniela”. Daniela is mother of 4 year old Hugo. She worked in administration and co-runs a headhunting agency.
Categories covered: Kids clothes 0-12 years, toys, small pieces of furniture (like shelves), decoration articles, shoes, accessories
Brands carried: Katvig, Norlie, Cayole, Kalimba, Sebra, Little Duckling. Next month we will introduce Smafolk and then 3 other new brands from Scandinavia during the launch of Spring/Summer “012 collections.
How far do you ship? We will ship any where in the world. We’re now working on offering our foreign customers preferential rates for shipping.
In what is Boutikids different from what’s already existing ? The main point of difference are the brands we carry in Switzerland —mainly Nordic brands that are not well know if Switzerland (Katvig, Mini Rodini, Sebra, Norlie). We want kids to look like kids and not mini adults. We would like to offer the Swiss customers a little more than pink, blue, navy blue or grey clothes for their kids. We promote independent, small brands like Cayole or Kalimba. On top of this our benchmark for the site are large online concept stores and this is the direction that we would like to develop in. We offer a wide selection of products, gift wrapping and easy returns as we know how frustrating it is not to be able to return a product.
What products or brands have been particularly successful so far ? Kalimba plush toys, Mini Rodini Lanchaster Coat, Katvig Cottonwear, especially the hats and scarfs.
Can you tell us something about the Swiss market ?
Some facts : the volume of online shopping in Siwtzerland increased from 4,24 billion CHF in 2006 to 5,87 billion in 2008. Despite the economical crisis, online sales reached 6 billion in 2009”. Swiss parents spend on an average 800-1000CHF per month on their first child.
Our analysis : The Swiss are a traditional nation, however they do see a lack of original products in the mid priced segment. They appreciate quality and are very environmentally conscious. Online shopping is still not as big as in
other European countries but growing. There are only a few online shops for kids offering original, design oriented and unique products. Most of these sites have a very limited assortment of products.
Thank you Inga and Daniela for taking time to give us insight about boutikids and about your the online business in your country
Left, Daniela and Hugo – Right, Inga, Jan and Sven
Posted in Parent & Child interviewsOctober 15, 2011
Erin Allan contacted me about Toto Knits, the brand of ethically made knitwear for children that she founded in Nairobi. A good occasion to discover how it is to live in the capital of Kenya. I learned that Nina loves art- especially drawing and recycled/found crafts and that Tor professes to love snakes but jumps a mile whenever he sees one (“which is as we want it with many deadly species found locally in Kenya” adds Erin).
Posted in PhotographyOctober 14, 2011
I got very excited when came through the photos of Joanna Paterson. There is a real energy in her work, somethink that we would call “dejante” in French, meaning a cool madness, something totally fresh and different from many things we’ve seen recently.
Posted in Products,Retail - WindowsOctober 13, 2011
Kidscase is a small, indie company, founded in 2000 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by Jacqueline van Nieuwkerk and Merel Verbrugge. Simple fashion-forward style, love for clever details, an very good quality, edgy colour combinations are the key points that made the brand a success. The brand participates to the cool trade shows (Playtime, Bubble, Kleine Fabriek) and the collection is represented in Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan. Good news : it is now also available directly from the brand’s own e-store www.kidscase.com/webstore.
Rose Bamford’s house in Cornwall – The Telegraph. Rose Bamford is the co-founder of famous British label Dandy Star.
Thanks to Katrine Camillo and Eilidh Fraser for this rich and playful selection.
All products available at www.niddlenoddle.com
Posted in Design - Home DecorOctober 8, 2011
It looks like a VW camper but it is…a tent! You can fit a whole family in. I know my kids would love it, but they would probably even prefer to sleep in the small dog house!
(myself in a real VW camper, luxury version – with Haastens mattress, please…)
Posted in Design - Home DecorOctober 6, 2011
Kalon introduces a limited collection of beautifully handmade masks for Halloween. Made in New York by Amelia McIssac the masks are available in five whimsical styles: Coyote, Owl, Fox, Chicken and Bear.
Using traditional techniques passed down through generations, all masks have been handmade from wool from Ameila’s own sheep and plant dyed from her own garden.
Each piece is unique and the collection is very limited. There are only 50 beautiful masks to go around. So get yours fast. Available only at KalonStudios.com.
Posted in Culture,Design - Home DecorOctober 5, 2011
After Milan and Graz, kidsroomZOOM opened its Vienna last week with more than 20 international designers presenting contemporary art and furniture, as part of the Vienna Design Week.
I am hoping that Paola Noe will bring the event to London soon; London Design week 2012?
Participating to Kidsroom were az&mut (F), Bybo design (S), Bomb Design (D), breaded escalope (AT), Collect Furniture (DK), Caroline Gomez/mouta (F), Gommini (D), Liliane (NL), green lullaby, Hektik (NL), Johannes Hoffmann (AT), Kalon Studios (USA), KIdsonroof (DK), kubix (AT), Jaell & Tofta (D), jooloomooloo (AT), Junior Living (DK), Lou & dejlig (AT), Move-it product (GB), Nonjetable (F),Nonah (F), Pete Oyler (USA), perludi (AT), Punch’n’Cuddle (GB), Rijada (LV), The Collection (F), Thorsten van Elten (GB), Tukluk (AT).
Posted in Culture,Retail - WindowsOctober 3, 2011
Matali Crasset invites you to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France to discover a new world looming over the city’s asphalt.
This world is a world of plants designed for children and those who accompany the Blobterre, a world with its own rules and inhabitants, where everyone can experience the influence it exerts on it’s environment.
To celebrate the event, Matali Crasset has created a t-shirt in collaboration with Misericordia. The t-shirts features a fantastic blobterrien named Floom.
Noeuf.fr is proud to distribute the Floom kid’s t-shirt online, in exclusivity.
If you happen to be in Paris this October, don’t miss the wonderful Blobeterre of Matali at the Centre Pompidou.
Posted in Mood of the dayOctober 3, 2011
Name of the brand : Le Carrousel®
Creation : September 2010
Country of origin : France Country of production : France
Name of the founder : Marie Laure RENIER