Gold is in the air…

Lots of news on Atsuyo et Akiko‘s e-store, including these mysterious bags, with their golden masks.
Matching letters tees, just so chic!

Quotables by KicoKids

Kicokids, the brand that never lacks innovative ideas, is doing this “quotables” project for Spring/Summer 2011.  Interactive and fun, isn’t it? You can participate, sending your little one’s cutest quotes (in any languages, yes!) to info@kicokids.com. 
Thanks for helping spreading the words!

TV must see show

If you have a chance to be in the US this week, don’t miss 9 By Design on Bravo TV (Tuesday May 11 at 10pm).  This new show about Design just started a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that it’s really worth watching it for both the new way of approaching the subject, and for the peep into the incredible Novogratz family. Robert and Cortney Novogratz are one of a kind couple, funny, full of energy, and also parents of 7 children, the youngest being just a over 1 year. The family lives in the heart of Manhattan, and the parents successfully run their own design company. The coming episode will feature the re-design of a client’s office and promises to be once again very unique and much fun.

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.

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