Tuesday, August 31, 2010
are a wonderful heirloom item, but alas, too many are just old-fashioned. Not these contemporary Tandem Quilts from Ciuccio. The result of a creative collaboration between Jenny Rinzler, a San Francisco based quilt-maker and founder of Ciuccio, and Amy Prior and Carly Schwerdt, the Australian-based designers behind Umbrella prints, Tandem quilts are beautiful, bold, cheerful, and unexpected. Hand-printed, , featuring bright pachyderms and bold color blocks, is backed by ultra-soft Minkee, creating a colorful, cozy cover. Great for hanging on the wall, draped over the , or wrapped tight to keep warm and snug, Tandem quilts are the perfect example of classic made modern. Available exclusively at Rose and Radish.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I have always loved these alphabet and number boards, before I even realised that they are printed on a wipe-clean that will allow your child to practice writing over the top of them.
These certainly work in their own right as a rather gorgeous piece of decoration - indeed, they even come complete with a shallow wooden ledge on which to mount them.
No, these are not toys! Made by artist Kirsty McIntosh, these cut wood, painted and collaged pieces (choose from animals, fruit or city) are not only beautiful but sure to become treasures to keep and eventually hand down. They would sit so beautifully on a bookshelf.
They have a Fifties illustrational sensibility, but their eco-credentials belong firmly in the 21st century: these cushions by Amenity would be an absolutely delightful addition to any child's home. The same designs are available on blankets and wall-prints, too.
I'm just a little obsessed with cushions at the moment (can't blame me these are so gorgeous), Stevie and I have our own little cushion project going and i will post results soon.
It's a subtle design, yet it's perfect for a child: the little locomtoive on this Tiny Train wallpaper from Rockett St George carries a selection of friendly animals and appealing trees to... well, who knows where?
Whatever, it's a gorgeous motif for a kid to gaze at as they drift off to sleep, and that's good enough for me.
I am sure Helen Musselwhite's incredible talent is really meant for the appreciation of adults, but there is something about the themes she chooses that would make her intricate cut-outs suitable for your child's room too.
If you have a moment, browse through the very many galleries on her site: she's very prolific, and each tableau has something new to enchant you.
These bright and cheery pieces are made by New Zealander Ellen Giggenbach. First she colours the paper, then she cuts and sticks it down - and then they are carefully transported to the UK where they are sold through the Boxbird Gallery.
They would instantly brighten up any room.
Elsie Dodds is designing an entire alphabet's worth of cushions. On one side she exercises her typographer's eye, with a graphic upper and lower case letter. The other side is more like a child's puzzle book, featuring a large number of objects beginning with that letter.
It'd be nice to buy a child his or her initial for the bedroom, or, if you're feeling flush, a whole name. You might even find that you get hours of peace as they puzzle out what all the objects depicted are. Don't worry if you can't find them all: they are listed on the label.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Ses Petites Mains... 'little hands' is the name of this beautiful collection childrens clothing...after working for design houses in NY for many years and growing up learning to sew, knit and embroider and Beth Miles decided it was time to start her own line of 'tiny chic clothing' for girls and the clothes are still being manufacturerd in San Fransico close to her home. Her love for fabrics and fine details make Ses Petites Mains so special and by working together with wellknown photographer Lisa Lefkowitz, the catelogue looks just so lovely...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Mette Antero KjÆr...Mette makes these original shirts herself...from light weight cotton, they all have appliqued patches of vintage fabric, and a crocheted closure in the front. They also have a little slit on both sides. They make me smile with the hints of prints, bright colours and classic design. The girls blouses are so sweet too.