Pour le the, chez Petit Aime

Notting Hill children’s store Petit Aime is a real shopping destination in London. Most of the collections in display come from France : Bonton, Zef, CdeC, Luco, Bensimon, April Showers, Spring court, Finger in the nose, Apolline. The store also carries Belgium brands Maan and Gold, Holly’s from Danemark and Dandy Star from the UK. This month, Molly-Meg and vintage children’s clothing collector Shona Paterson have teamed up to create a Spring tea party style display in the store. The selected vintage treasures will be available for purchase in-store. Tous a Notting Hill!

Petit aimé, 34 Ledbury Road London, W11 2AB  +44 0207 221 31 23

That blue color

In the English language, blue often represents the human emotion of sadness. In German, on the other hand, to be “blue” (blau sein) is to be drunk. Conversely blue, a very popular color can represent happiness and optimism as days with clearer, blue skies tend to be considered times where these emotions are more easily expressed. (Wikipedia). 
Photos Milan “Fuori saloni” – Venini

Books obsession

There were still lots of birds and cages all over Milan, but the real stars of the design week were books. Books as display, books as furniture, books as shelves, books as flooring, books were simply at every corner. Sign of the times, designers remind us that virtuality will soon replace paper. 

Photos Capellini, Maison Martin Margiela, Boffi, Aspesi.

In situ

Back in January, after visiting the show Maison & Objet in Paris, I featured the embroidered animals by Frederique Morrel on Pirouette. Beautifully made out of vintage materials,  crossover between handmade tapestry and taxidermy, the animal had a lot success. It was a great surprise to come across them again in Milan, wonderfully displayed in the garden of Rossana Orlandi, among wine leaves and other amazing pieces of design from all over the world. 

Spring in Paris

Flower festival for Bonpoint Rue de Tournon, Paris.

Happy spring London windows

Explosion of colors : Brazilian carnival, merry go round at Mulberry and Liberty
Dreamlike pompons and surrealist manifesto at Liberty

Paper dolls at Hermes

Tower of owls

Lisa Grue’s solo show “Owls have more fun” opened last Thursday at Gallery Hanahou in New York. The gallery transformed into a graphic woodland of oversize proportion with an owl tower over visitors on the wall and spread out on a large rug. A must see if you are in New York as Lisa’s handprinted porcelain plates, both functional and beautiful, are one of a kind, perfect to admire with kids! Until March 26th. Gallery Hanahou, 611 Broadway, Suite 730 NYC 10012.

Designing the future

California based Design Options,  specialized in Style and Trend forecast, opened their kids section 3 years ago. Their long list of clients include Gymboree, Osh Kosh/Carters, Weatherproof Kids,  London Fog Kids. I really like the way those guys present their themes and how they name them. The team of young designers is already working on defining how 2012 will look like, but to give a sense of what they do without revealing too much,  they sent Pirouette their Fall/Winter 2010 color forecast.

Design Options is looking for a UK agent. donow@design-options.com - +1-213-622-9094

Dreams and drawings

French illustrator Princesse Camcam dreams of swimming in deep oceans to play with giant squids (probably because of the free ink…). But more realistically, she would love to create an animation film with director Michel Ocelot (Kirikou, Azur et Azmar). Inspired by Ernesto Neto, Giuseppe Penone, Tim Burton, Loretta Lux or Marjane Satrapi to name only a few, the 27 years old has already published about 20 books and illustrated a booklet for Hermes. She regularly collaborates with the German company Steiff (famous for their stuffed animals) and with Japanese group Sumitomo. Our talented princess thinks that life would be a lot nicer if people would wear haute couture all day. I can only agree with that.

Sit Down : Seating for Kids



Children’s Design has been celebrated more and more here and there, and it It is great to see that an institution like the V&A in London finally dedicates an exhibit to small scale furniture pieces.  The show called ”Sit Down : seating for kids” opened last night at the Children’s Museum in Bethnal Green and will last until September 5th. Tom Dixon gave a brilliant speech to an audience of children’s design specialists and fans of all ages (Carole Deprey, author of  “Vintage for kids” and Molly Price, children Design collector and founder of Molly Meg were present). 


The exhibit features over 70 examples of seating made for children, ranging from school chairs to armchairs, saddles to swings, highchairs to pottie. It spans four centuries and includes famous (Charles Eames, Gerrit Rietveld, Peter Murdoch) to anonymous designers.  The classic children’s tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears is the starting point and, straight from the entrance, invites the visitor to question himself. What makes a successful seat. Is it comfort? Is it style? Or ease of use? In a playful and inspiring way, the show helps understanding how and why styles have changed over the centuries. We hope other museums around the world will continue spreading the word about children’s design.

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