The Oilily Summer 2015 Collection is every bit as sweet as what we have come to expect from this lovely label. I never seem to tire of their vibrant colors and whimsy. And this season, they have their fair share of reds and blues but also quite a few pieces in a toned down palette that is so breezy and easy for summer. And those prints of florals and paisleys and birds and beasts…of course!
Chispum, kids wallpaper and decals! I met the people who own this company a while back at a Playtime show, and was delighted at the sense of humor and creativity with their wall treatments. This Spanish brand based in Barcelona, not only carries a large range of wall stickers, wallpaper, placemats, but also tote bags and even tattoos!
They have designs for kid’s room, bathrooms and well, any room in the house…as long as you are up for their joie de vivre and original sense of fun! I also love their quirky selection of wall blackboards.
What a cool idea these DIY: Story Stones are! Okay, so partially DIY with a lot of help from Poppit’s Story Stone Kits. These are UK handcrafted, using recycled porcelain. There are five kits to choose from, each containing 10-20 white stones with original designs from Poppit’s Cupboard themselves. I believe all stones are a great aid for story telling, communication and play. And there is something so satisfying about having a bag full of rocks.
Pure funk from Ice Iceberg Junior Campaign Spring Summer 2015/Boys. Iceberg is the label of iconic artistic director Jean Charles de Castelbajac and there is also Iceberg for Women and Men. And I love what they are doing in this boy’s label. Great, wearable staples which have been reinvented with some cool boyish graphics.
Now for some art! Here is the next in our series of Angle on Artists and we are featuring the Soft Sculptures of Carlie Trosclair who is an installation artist based in St. Louis, Missouri. Trosclair earned an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, a BFA from Loyola University New Orleans, and is a Fellow of the Community Arts Training Institute (MO).
Approached through a lens of reordering and rediscovery, Trosclair’s site sensitive installations create new topographies and narratives that highlight structural and decorative shifts that evolve over a building’s lifespan.
Atelier Sans Souci make not only dolls and furniture but jewelry and other nice decor pieces. The atelier emerged from a group of designers who come from both the industrial and graphic fields. Their mission is to create poetic delicacy and to honor manufacturing traditions. Their furniture is quite extraordinary with simple but artistic lines.
Sans Souci Atelier also creates special edition dolls, in which Alice in Wonderland is the first in a series of stories which transport the kids (and us) to a land of joy, poetry and magic.
Babesta has opened in Brookfield Place! If you are in New York, you might not have heard of the fabulous new shopping complex, Brookfield Place which is situated on the water’s edge in Tribeca! And my friends Jen and Aslan of Babesta have opened an amazing new store there in addition to their other two stores also in Tribeca.
They have the very latest Bugaboos Runner strollers (they are the only ones in NYC who have them as yet) and you can even take them for a test drive. Yep.
And lots of new funky stuff here like:
More charming totally kid stuff for the Spanish brand: Bobo Choses Spring Summer 2015 Collection. This “Guess Who’s Coming for Breakfast” calls the kids to have breakfast with the most clumsy, shy and friendly monsters: Mr Nail, Bob the Monster, Clever the Ghost, and The Omelettes will become your best guests!
Another funny, colorful and completely delightful range that is long on funny, sketched monsters and plenty of watermelons and funky fruit. Available on the Bobo Choses website.
We just got our wonderful spandex fashion leggings from Ché Rie. The girls chose the sweet Pink Rose Leggings below, and I can tell you, it is very difficult to choose as they have so many colorful and wonderful options. And they keep adding more all the time. And they have Mom leggings to match the girls’ ones so there is no Princess Envy going on!