Funky, modern seating: the LoJo Ball

As today’s topic is modern design, the LoJo Ball fits right in, with its funky appearance.  This variable seating has a sphere shape, held together by a surrounding zipper.  If zipped, the LoJo can function as a stool, a foot rest, or simply a room decoration.  If unzipped, it turns into a low lounge chair.  It is a variation of a standard beanbag, since it is also filled with the same beans, but still its design is very distinct from that of a bean bag.  Though this product was actually designed for adults in mind, rather than children, I think it really shine’s in a modern kid’s or teenager’s room.

And let’s face it, kids love to sit low on the ground, the lounge chair function would be great for them, plus, even the smallest ones can already sit on the unzipped LoJo, but we adults mostly prefer more elevated seating positions, and the LoJo’s design is simply too cool, to be left zipped up all the time.  Hence, the perfect stylish children’s seating for play, reading and relaxing, without the common cutesy.  And who would have thought, they even have a mod themed one that matches really well with the Herbie-style baby shoes I reviewed just yesterday!

The LoJo can be ordered on their website for £99.00.

After vintage Wednesday comes retro Thursday: A balance scooter from skippertoys
June 5, 2008, 6:20 pm
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I liked the idea of having a historical theme, so I varied it a bit for today and voilà, there it was, today’s retro Thursday, with a bit of mod appeal blended in.  So of course, thinking about mod style, my first item for today had to be this übercool balance scooter by Skippertoys, which is designed with the classical appearance of an italian Vespa in mind.  So now your tots can really play in style! Look at these pictures, isn’t it just such a great, stylish variation of the classical balance bike?

Of course there is nothing wrong with a traditional balance bike, in fact it is an absolutely ingenious product, giving your child the freedom to move, and join you on even long strolls to the park, hikes or wherever, without whining.  But more than that, they effortlessly exercise their sense of balance and their motor skills, so when it is time to step up to a real bike, this won’t take any effort at all, and your child won’t even need any stabilizers.  So just a great product that takes away parents’ worries from teaching their children how to ride a bike, because they learn it intuitively with the balance bike, without the fear of falling, because the feet can always be used to prevent the bike from tipping.  And above all, kids love it because of the huge fun factor involved: moving around at higher speed, going down sloped terrain, once they master the balance bike a bit better, or simply the proud feeling of being able to be ‘biking’ already.

But then, the traditional models just look somewhat dull in my opinion, with their unvarnished plywood look.  To me, they always look a bit like a dad’s DIY project.  Fortunately, style has moved into the balance bike department with these Vespa inspired scooters.  The name of the iconic Vespa already sais it all: These things look cool!  They are made of 12mm plywood with hardwearing lacquer and rubber wheels, suitable for ages 2-5, and come in red, black and two shades of pastel (blue and pink).

Available with a 22% discount, for £77.00 from Fatbananafeet, including seatcover.  They have all colors except blue.  If you desperately want a blue one, check out Objects of Design, available for £95.00, also including seat cover.

Retro inspired t-shirts by Dandystar

Moving further along with today’s retro theme towards apparel.  I came across these great t-shirts by Dandystar, and I just had to share them with you.  They have a great retro feel about them, color- and print wise, and look just gorgeous, with their mostly happy themes, such as ‘smile’ or ‘fun’, packed into some 70’s inspired design and with the charm of iron-on applications, which used to be included in some children’s magazines back then.  Dandystar has styles available for babies, kids and even adults, so everyone can wear his favorite dandy shirt!  Basically, the creators’ motto is ‘to create timeless, fresh optimistic pieces’, and that really shows.  Look at these great designs:

Dandystar has its own onlineshop, children’s t-shirts available for £20.

Retro baby shoes from Australia: Cheeky Little Soles
June 5, 2008, 1:45 pm
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Now that I am already in the apparel section, I cannot hold back from presenting you these super-retro baby shoes from Australia’s Cheeky Little Soles.  They have some really great designs that blend in just perfectly with today’s theme, especially this one pair:

I can’t speak for your childhood, but for my brother and me, Herbie was just the greatest, and boy was he disappointed when he watched Knightrider for the same time, because it was just this super-computer and totally lacked Herbie’s charm.  But these shoe’s bring it all back!

They have the common features of quality, leather baby shoes: soft, non-slippery sole, washable, safe for ‘toe suckers’, easy slip-on-stay-on design.

Cheeky Little Soles also have some other great styles, here are some examples:

Check them out in their online shop, AUS$31.95 (that is approximately US$30.63).