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.

Modern decor: Mikromart Fold-up sculptures

Again, this design is not specifically designed for children, and I suggest to either put these up on a high shelf as long as the kids are still of an age where they may either brake these design pieces, or hurt themselves.  But I find these steel fold-up sculptures by Mikromart truly amazing.

The concept of a 3D pop-up is so simple and still, there is something fascinating about the look of stencilwork, that makes these Mikro cubes by London designer Sam Buxton so interesting.  Furthermore, wouldn’t they be a true gem in a boy’s room with their timeless design?  Maybe not the garden theme above, but most themes are rather masculine, like the ‘car’ and ‘mars’ themes, or check out the weight-lifter below.

Available on the Mikromart website, prices vary between 7, 25 and 65£, so you can even get a Mikro sculpture if you don’t feel like spending a fortune!