Language Littles, learn Chinese with Ling
June 24, 2008, 3:01 pm
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It is always said that young children are the most capable of learning foreign languages, and that education should be fun. Language Littles are a product that really excel in both categories. These dolls are simply cute and sure to become a favorite among the kids for their sweet looks and cuddly softness. But more than that, children will also enjoy the audio functions of these dolls, as for example Ling will teach your child 25 words and phrases in Mandarin Chinese and English: When pressing her left hand, she will count to ten and list a few favorite activities, and when pressing her knee, Ling sais ‘I love you!’ Language littles are also available in a number of other languages, for example Spanish, Japanese and Hebrew, each doll speaks between 25-30 foreign words and phrases and is delivered with a translation booklet.


Available from Genius Babies for $39.95.



Alexander Girard’s wooden dolls for Vitra
June 22, 2008, 11:05 pm
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OK, today’s picks ended up being much more design oriented than I had originally planned, but the Alexander Girar list were still something in the back of my head, and seeing them at Unica Home just reminded me that I haven’t posted them yet. Besides, it is already a while ago that I have featured some of Girard’s items, so why not have another turn.

These wooden dolls made of pinewood were originally created by Girard as decorations for his Santa Fe home. Fortunately though, design museum Vitra is reissuing models 1-11 of his wooden dolls. These dolls with sometimes happy, sometimes melancholy faces are hand-painted and not suitable for very young children. But with their modern design, they would surely look fabulous as room decoration, not just for the nursery! They also make perfect gifts, since they arrive in a printed, wooden box.


Available at Unica Home for $150.00 each.



Beds, dolls and more from Mies en Moos
June 20, 2008, 9:52 pm
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OK, I guess I am sort of stuck on Dutch design right now, so here comes another one! Actually, I do feel a little bad providing you that link, as the Mies en Moos website is only available in Dutch and oh so ‘smartly’ designed that their webpresence merely consists of screen-size jpgs, so the google translator won’t work. But their products are beautiful, so I just could not keep them to myself.


Aren’t these dolls called Lijsje (Caucasian girl), Gijs (boy) and Lin (Asian girl) adorable? Lijsje is available in several haircolors and hairstyles, and always wears a unique dress. All dolls are 73cm tall. Custom-made dolls are also available, e.g. to resemble your child; it is even possible to ask for a handicapped doll.


There are even two doll beds available for Lijsje and her friends. What’s even better, the beautiful bedding can be bought, too.


The beautiful wooden bed you see is called Ella’s bed and is available in toddler and twin size. Custom-made cribs and cradles are also available in the Ella design.


I think this girls closet called Ella’s kast (kast=closet) is simply beautiful and works very well in a country style interior, and of course in combination with the matching bed. Standard closet: 200cmx100cmx60cm, one side clothes rail, other side shelves, but it can also be custom-made, and there’s also a Chinese style closet available.

Mies and Moos do not offer a real webshop, but you can order via email (info@miesenmoos.com). Ella’s kast starting from € 595.00, Ella’s bed: toddler size € 299.00, twin size € 349.00, dolls €34.95 each, cast-iron doll bed € 74.95, wooden doll bed € 49.95, doll bedding € 19.95. Unfortunately though, I have to curb your enthusiasm, because they say furniture can only be picked up and will not be delivered by mail (this of course does not include the doll beds).



Dutch creative play: kidsonroof’s totem and popje

Ok, let’s move the European creative play tour to the Netherlands, to the smart products of Kidsonroof to be precise, whereof I am presenting the popje doll and the totem building kit.

The name already speaks for itself, as popje means little doll in Dutch.  But, you will be wondering, what makes this doll so unique? Well, simply said, its open design.  Popje is not the typical doll with blond curls and a tutu or sundress.  Instead, she has tweak of abstract design mixed into her looks, so she can be whatever the child imagines her to be.  Quite fittingly, on the Kidsonroof website she is described as follows “Popje is a girl or a rabbit, a doll, or a smiling cat that came from India. Maybe she is Russian, or maybe she’s you.”


Let’s now move to their Totem line:  These are cardboard building cards in a variety of shapes and some really cool and unique prints, giving the rocket, house or whatever creation it may be, the additional usage of not only a fun toy, but also some nice piece of room decor, something you don’t have with too many building toys.  Plus, the totem line is available in a boy and a girl edition, so everyone gets the prints they like, and little girls don’t have to borrow their big brother’s toys!

Available at the Kidsonroof website.