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.

Architecture inspired: People will always need plates … and coloring books

I guess naming your company People Will Always Need Plates is a bit of an unusual (an lengthy) name, but at least it’s true.  If you believe their product range, then people will also always need tea towels, badges and prints, oh and not to forget coloring books for the little ones.  Now what makes this company so special is its design: these are not the typical flower, fruit or animal collections, but blueprints of mostly modern architecture. The coloring book contains 23 of their designs, everything from modernist penthouses to gregorian townhouses. Should you be craving for more architecture after seeing the book, you can of course always get some plates, because perhaps you have heard, people always need plates! 😉 Ordering is a bit difficult though, since they don’t offer a regular online shop, UK buyers have to get an order form from their website and send it in with a cheque, while foreign customers need to contact them first. Seems like the 21st century has not arrived everywhere… Oh well, it’s their business of course, but I am certain a lot more people would like to buy their items if they had a working online shop! I almost forgot, the coloring book sells for £5.

Town design playroom decor by Mini Moderns
June 16, 2008, 5:26 pm
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Today’s last architecture and city inspired picks are Mini Moderns blueprint designs Town Square and Do You Live In A Town.  Several items are available to decorate the room of your budding architect, from wallpaper to pillows or tableware.  I like the neutral design that can grow along with the child and is not too much limited to one age group or gender.  Moreover, it will match well with other decorations, as it is not too bold or flashy.  The quality is also exceptionally nice to note, as the wallpaper can be wiped clean and the bone china tableware and money boxes are even produced and hand decorated in the UK!

Apart from the two town prints, they have many more beautiful designs available, so whether you are searching for boy or girl, funky or more simplistic, you will surely find something great. I think their Moo and Battery Square designs are truly beautiful, and the Tick Tock wallpaper is even designed to be colored by your kids. Though perhaps some parents have issues with their kids starting to paint on walls, and in that case it looks just as beautiful in plain black and white. But I have to admit, the photos of the colored-in Tick Tock paper do look pretty, as do all other products!  

Some price indications: floor cushion £40, including pad £50, wallpaper £38 per 52cmx10m roll, money box £18.00.  Check their website for ordering and retailer information.

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.