More of Playsam’s modern classics: from rocking toys to jetliners

It’s been a while now since I’ve introduced Playsam’s Streamliner and Xtreamliner cars on SunnyKidstyle, so now it’s definitely time to come back to this fabulous Swedish company and tell you, which other great products they have in store, because all of them share a magnificent, modern and simple design.

Just take a look at their Airliner and Jetliner series, just as beautifully designed as the Streamliner, only that this time, the outcome is not a little toy car, but an airplane. For those kids who like it even faster, they have a Formula 1 and an oldtimer racer in their collection, while budding little sailors will surely enjoy the beautiful sailboats.

And the good news don’t finish there quite yet, because Playsam has just the perfectly designed item for each family member: Your littlest ones will surely enjoy the Swedes’ interesting twist to rocking toys with this rocking rabbit, or this beautiful Saab ride-on, while teenagers or adults might be more tempted by these gorgeous JoJos,pens and key chains.

Design buffs on the other hand will surely fall for their incredible Playtown and Saab 001 concept car: Not that all of Playsam’s items aren’t masterpieces of design already, but especially these last two products are modern art in perfection and would make the perfect sculpture to display in your living room! The polished wooden pieces of the Playtown represent the four most characteristic sights of Sweden’s capital Copenhagen, i.e. The City Hall, Kaknaes Tower, The Globe and The Royal Castle. The superb quality of this set shows in the details: The City Hall’s crown is made of silver and palted with 23 carat gold! On the other hand the Saab 001 model is inspired by Sixten Saxon’s prototype of the Saab Concept Car 92001, which did not look like a normal car, but was futuristic and aerodynamic design in perfection. The modern design of this wooden toy, or rather piece of art, brings the charm of the origninal Saab home with its wonderful sophisticated design. Check them out yourself:

While researching Playsam’s products, I found even more interesting things: In 2006 Fitzsu Society, a Los Angeles based store for modern design home accessories, had gathered a group of designers from around the world to create their own interpretation of Playsam’s cars. While the most beautiful products are of course sold by now, I could still find a few beautiful ones available:

Among others, the whole collection of Playsam products can be bought at US shop UnicaHome except for for the playtown, or at UK shop Juuka . The Fitzsu designer GP cars can be bought at Fitzsu .

Nostalgic alphabet poster by Binth

My last alphabet pick comes from design studio Binth. It’s alphabet poster is inspired by mid-century Danish animal toys and will look great in any modern nursery with its simple design and muted colors. What makes this artwork so great is that even though the vintage toy designs are very much suited for little children, it is not childish and in fact so classy and modern at the same time, that it will be a beautiful decoration for many years to come. The beautiful letters are also available individually, so you can also spell out your child’s name, e.g. The poster is screen-printed, 24×40” and can be bought either framed or unframed:

Binth also has several other great children’s items in classical modern style worth taking a look, e.g a precious babybook, a colorful number print and a gorgeous memory game:

Check out their website for more great designs, they have gorgeous prints for adults as well!
Available at Binth , unframed $85.00, framed $375.00, babybook $110.00, number print unframed $55.00, framed $225.00, memory game $44.00.

Nature inspired decor by Roost, not just for the nursery
June 20, 2008, 9:52 pm
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Actually Roost is not a company for children’s items, but their whole range of nature inspred lamps, vases, stools and what not is just too gorgeous to be left out. Besides, they do have a couple of really nice items that would fit perfectly into a nature inspired nursery, or one with classy chic, because even though the designs are nature inspired, they are anything but rough and country style. Quite on the contrary, Roost’s whole collection has a very unique and elegant look to it. Take a look at these lamps and you will immediately know what I’m talking about:

Made of matte porcelain, the owl lamp emits a warm, soft light. The birdcage lamp made of the center stalks of palm fronds has a white light diffusor inside with a bird stenciled on it and a cage door. As usual with fragile items that are not designed for tiny hands, you will have to keep them out of your child’s reach until they are old enough to handle them. But of course that is really not a problem for these items, as the owl lamp would look amazing on a shelf and the birdcage lamp being a pendant will be out of reach, but still visible to be admired, anyway.

Each bird from the flock of swallows mobile is handcarved from basswood and hung on a debarked, natural branch. The barnyard animals actually are an item for children, for those older than five years at least. They are made from wood, filt and natural fibres and come in a set of goat, sheep, pig and donkey.

Available at Velocity Art and Design, porcelain owl lamp $121.00, birdcage lamps $230.00-270.00, flock of swallows mobile $140.00, brushy barnyard animals $36.00.

Sleeping like a Dane, in a Leander crib or bed

After so much beautiful Danish design, the last pick for today is just as wonderful.  I am introducing you to the Leander crib and the Leander bed by Danish company Leanderform.  The design is very simple, but oh so classy looking!  So yes, their products perfectly excel at representing the company’s  motto of creating furniture that combines beauty, functionality and esthetics.

The hanging cradle has an amazingly calming effect on babies, because baby can set in motion by himself, and thus mimick the movement in the uterus that it is already used to.  This means more sleep for parents and infants, as you probably won’t be woken up in the middle of the night by a crying baby that wants to be rocked and held all night long.  Now that is beauty and functionality in perfection!

Unfortunately though, these beautiful products do not seem to have reached the US yet, at least there is no retailer information on the Leander website and when doing research, I could not find any, either.  But UK seller Big Imagination has the whole product range, from cribs to bedding.  Though I could not find any information whether international delivery is available. In any case, EU-wide delivery is possible for sure. Leander cradle complete set with wooden stand £248.99, Leander crib £498.00.

It’s black, it’s white, it’s an Ige mobile

As I have already hinted in my replies to some of your comments, I will be talking about black and white items today.  Not only have I posted so many bright and colorful things in the past days that I felt it was time for a change, I’ve also gotten the idea to switch to some objects with a bit more classy-chic appeal today, after reading that Angelina Jolie is supposed to have wasted a fortune on chandeliers, cashmere toys and Versailles-style furniture for her twins.  Well, I’m not quite sure I believe this, since we’ve never seen her children dressed up in any posh designer clothes like Suri Cruise.  And I definitely won’t be talking about anything even remotely in that price range today, but it still inspired me to post about items with an elegant appearance.

I think I’ve said before that silhouette works are fascinating, and so are mobiles.  So what could be better than combining the two? Ige Design has some really great mobiles that are so pretty, not only will they fit any age group, they will fit any room as well!  Now that’s really a great purchase you won’t regret. For one, your children will not outgrow Californian designer Helene Ige’s timeless designs, but if their tastes should change, instead of letting it gather dust up on the attic, you can simply hang the mobile into the living room, or the office, the bedroom…

Her style is influenced by having lived in New York and Los Angeles, as well as by her Japanese roots, and is detailed, but still elegant and not flamboyant.  Helene’s work comprises silhouettes of birdcages and chandeliers, sure to give a girl’s room just the right amount of playfulnes, without being too flamboyant or ornate.  Another detail I like is that you can also get a stand for your birdcage or birdhouse mobile, so your feathered stencil-friend can be perched right next to you, instead of hovering above, and the kids can enjoy ‘feeding’ him.  Though it must be said her art is meant for adults and not intended as a toy, so you should keep the mobile out reach from too tiny hands or keep a watch on them. The bird mobiles are not only available in black, but also in ivory, which will make a nice contrast in front of a dark wall. Furthermore, fitting right into yesterday’s category, there is even a beautiful owl mobile available!

Available in her online shop, $55.00 for the chandelier mobile, $65.00 for all other mobiles, $75.00 for a bird stand.

TJ and Co: Classy-chic jewelry for moms and dads
June 10, 2008, 2:02 pm
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OK, I admit, the following post is less oriented towards children, than towards their parents.  But hey, you can’t help yourself sometimes, if you see something particularly beautiful.  And with fathersday just around the corner, a little inspiration is always welcome, I suppose.

So let’s talk about TJ and Co, an American jewelry-maker who specializes in personalized jewelry, but not the cheesy kind you find so often, their line embodies timeless, classy chic with a modern twist.  Have I already mentioned that their whole collection is scrumptious (of course in a figurative way LOL).  They have beautiful silver items with engraving or sealed and framed black&white photos.  Here are some items moms and dads will be drooling over:

And look at this little keepsake box.  Just the perfect, timeless little treasure to keep those precious memories of your little ones in.  Of course my post wouldn’t be entirely off-topic! 😉  And they also have an ID bracelet for kids.

Check out TJ’s online shop. Bracelet $250.00, cuff links $125.00 keepsake box $130.00