This is a flexible adhesive tape that turns virtually any surface into a space for LEGO-building! Nimuno Loops was crowdfunded and is going to be ready for production later this year. The tape comes in different colors and is intended basically for Lego-building around corners or on curved surfaces, but I love it so much I could think of a ton of other uses!
Haha! This dad takes the drawings of his son and recreates them to make them look real. The result is that some are cute, some are very funny and some are quite terrifying! You can see his Instagram account here.
Pin Pres is a playful shelving system designed by OOO My Design and handmade in Spain, that adapts to the shape of the items placed on it. Great idea for kids, it could actually make the act of cleaning up the room a playful experience! The obvious use would be for books, but I can imagine it also for storing wine bottles and maybe creating letters or words. Designed by Vanesa Moreno Serna and Nenad Katic, it comes in two sizes and 4 colors.
Yesterday, we watched the excellent animated film “The Red Turtle” together with the kids, shown as part of the Athens International Film Festival.
The film tells the story of a man washed up on a deserted island populated only by turtles and crabs. Everything changes when, in an effort to escape the island, he meets a red turtle. It’s a really great film, for both adults and kids. It has no dialogues but that was no problem, it was actually a plus for our youngest daughter. The film touches on all the major life stages: life, death, rebirth, family. The direction, the animation and the watercolors are magical. The film is a co-production of the famous Studio Ghibli (of Totoro) and directed by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit.
Now, this is something that combines my search for new and interesting ways to empower our young daughters to feel more confident of themselves, and also my love for design and lettering.
Kazoo is “a magazine for girls that inspires them to be strong, smart, fierce and, above all, true to themselves” as the creators say. In a time that TV and tablets are taking over the free time of young kids, it’s really encouraging to hear that a cool new magazine for girls aged 5-10 years is out. The founder, Erin Bried (a former magazine editor), thought of the concept out of the need to find a cool magazine for her daughter, that doesn’t only tell girls how to look or act. Bried launched Kazoo after a very successful Kickstarter campaign and the first issue was just printed this summer and is already sold out! All of their stories are either developed or inspired by top female artists, explorers, scientists, chefs, athletes, activists and writers. How inspiring is that for little girls?
Design wise for the first issue, Bried has used a selection of the best illustrators and letterers around. Mary Kate McDevitt has done all the lettering on the cover and some very nice lettering illustrations for inside. Illustrator and designer Libby Vander Ploeg has also created some beautifully illustrated maps. I can’t wait to look inside! I am thinking of subscribing for my daughters, but I will end up keeping the magazine for myself! Unfortunately the shipping costs from the US are too high, hopefully I will find a way!
Meet Zig and Zag, the two characters from ZigZag, the new city guides for kids. They allow parents and kids to explore together with the help of a map of the city, 30 city cards filled with fun facts and activities, and a box to hold them in. Really great idea to keep the kids happy and entertained and at the same time, making learning fun.
Except from the beautiful guides of London , Paris and Rome, the rest of the guides are for US cities. This idea would be great for more European cities, but for the time being you can order online here.
Look at these colors!Dominique Coulon and his associates have built a great colorful day nursery for the children of Buhl, a small village in north-eastern France. The nursery is actually arranged in multiple crowns that form a solid shape – like a castle – and has been designed to echo a 14th-century castle that dominates the area from a nearby hillside.
This wallpaper is a classic: Michael Clark designed this, now iconic, wallpaper pattern, in 1959. Originally designed as a screen print, the Woods wallpaper pattern features bold sketches of trees making a unique forest repeat.
This is actually going to be our wallpaper for one of the walls of the girls’ room. I was surprised they actually liked something like this, maybe because of its “fairytale” appeal, but I am quite happy they chose it because I think it’s timeless (also, no changing wallpapers again for at least 5 years).