Wonderful Asian vintage kitsch by Dumpling Dynasty

I will end today’s edition with the wonderful, whimsical items by Wu and Wu’s Dumpling Dynasty. For example, check out this beautiful pigtail set filled with a mirror and comb, as well as vintage hair accessories.

Or take a look at these charming explorer and baking kits, that come with a vintage-style metal torch, magnifying glass, metal compass, string with knot-guide and notebook and pencil, or in the case of the baking kit, with a set of celebration candles, rolling pin, wooden spoon, three metal star cookie cutters, cupcake cases and recipes.

But Dumpling Dynasty also has beautiful Chinese inspired bags and mugs, along with some other great vintage kits, they even have a first aid one!

Available from Dumpling Dynasty, kits and bag for £14.00, teapot and mugs set for £20.00.

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Animal Alphabet Poster by Decoylab
June 21, 2008, 9:57 pm
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The next alphabet print by Decoylab is a sleek and modern version for the nursery and available in two different color combinations, a soft pastel pink and blue illustration on the one hand and more spicy orange and green one on the other. Both are equally beautiful though, and with the two different shades, you can find just the perfect color to match your nursery decor. 3 color silkscreen print, 18×24”.

Decoylab also has many other beautiful posters, notecards and also plates, check out these for example:


Both alphabet posters can be bought at Decoylab for $40.00.



Colorful, funky tableware by French Bull
June 18, 2008, 5:45 pm
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Today is all about color, lots of color, and some groovy design, that catapults you right back into the 60s and 70s. Here they are, the colorful mugs, plates and the whole shebang of Jackie Shapiro’s French Bull tableware:

All items are made of high quality melamine that is dishwasher and heat safe and will neither fade, chip nor discolor. So you can be sure these items will continue to look brandnew, so you can enjoy the great designs for a long time. And of course that makes sense, because not only are their designs so much more appealing than the standard Disney character tableware, of which you grow tired aleady right after purchasing, but you can even get your own set of French Bull wares, too! Now that promises to be a great, colorful picknick and barbecue season!


Check out Cocoa Crayon for the collection, e.g. printed bowl $7, kids set $22, Cup $6, discontinued items are 20% off.



Modern baby gear: The mozzee nest highchair
June 17, 2008, 7:05 pm
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Next in line is the Mozzee Nest, a great piece of contemporary interior design that has started the trend of modern high chairs. It was designed by Australian Sally Dominguez, who was in search of baby furniture that would blend in seemlessly with her modern style home.

But the Mozzee Nest is more than just a beautiful accessory. Of course it meets the safety requirement, and has some nice additional features. Such as converting the seat into the Nester lounge chair suitable for children up to 6 years of age. Moreover, the chair is made of durable quality materials, such as powder coated steel and UV stabilised polyethylene. The minimalist design is not just beautiful, but harmonizes well with the removable tray and holds the child firmly in place. Of course the chair can also easily be wiped clean. All combined, the Mozzee Nest is a beautiful piece of design, which excells in form as well as function. No wonder it was awarded the prestigious Australian Design Mark for safe and innovative design!

Available either via the MozzeeDesign website for AU$464.00, or check their stockists information to find a retailer near you. MiniJake e.g. sells them for US$575.00.



Owlicious tableware from Sweden: More of Scandinavia

New week, new topic: owls.  There is such a nice variety of children’s design depicting owls.  I really don’t know why there is this focus, and why we don’t see more children’s items with, flamingos or lynxes, they are pretty, too.  But in any case, there is some really adorable owl design available.  And moving back to Scandinavia, in fact to be more specific, to a company named More of Scandinavia (now that’s telling isn’t it?), I want to present you some great looking tableware and anything else, a toddler needs to learn how to feed himself.  As usual, the Swede’s got it right again, creating a design that is childfriendly, but not cheesy, and still classy and timeless.

Also, More of Scandinavia has a nice collection in general, not just for kids.  So if you are looking to spice up the dining room with a bit of new crockery, check out their entire collection of modern flatware.

Available at Scandinavian Design Center, if you can only find the mug, select the other items out of the drop-down “choose between” menu.  Mug and plate available in black, bib and place mat in each red and green.



Mind the details, the Elodie Details: Funky design from Sweden

The second great design find for today also comes from Sweden.  Aren’t these stroller bags called ‘retro revolution’ and ‘cherry blossom birds’  just awesome?  They are made by Elodie Details and feature not just great design, but true functionality as well, for example compatibility with a 5-point harness and a wind and water repellent nylon surface.

This hip brand also has some other chic design in store:  For strolling in style, in the same cool retro revolution theme, you can also get also get baby bottles, binkies & clips.  Plus, there are many other great styles available, such as this petit royal sippy cup below.

Available at NordicKids