Momoll: Modern wooden toys from Switzerland
June 23, 2008, 9:00 pm
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I will end today’s focus on modern wooden toys with a peek at Swiss company Momoll’s toys. Their products really have a minimalistic edge to them, quite undertandable, when considering that Momoll’s intention for the Playtower Thing 3 was to design a multifunctional playhouse whose design would be appealing to boys and girls alike! But Momoll also produces other beautiful items as well, such as the Playtower Ding 4, doll house furniture, the Lili play kitchen or the RayRay doll house, which can be collapsed when not in use, and is hence especially suitable for small apartments, where space is scarce.

Both playtowers have a simple structure that can be assembled and disassembled easily and whose modular construction opens up the possibilty to extend the playsphere by adding an (almost) infinite number of additional floors. Additionally, both sets have a designer facade of either colored plexiglas or silk-screened birch plywood sliding walls. The minimalistic design opens up a child’s creation, because it is not limited to one environment: The playtowers can convert themselves into car parks, hospitals, skysrapers… whatever the kids imagine them to be.


Available either directly at Momoll, at US shop Spunky Sprout (RayRay doll house $352.00, Lili play kitchen $440.00) or UK shop Little Fashion Gallery (RayRay doll house £160.50, Lili kitchen £165.00, plexiglas playtower £157.00).
Yes, the prices are a bit higher than standard doll houses and wooden toys, but then you have a true multi-purpose designer toy with superb looks and great functionality, which is designed, developed and produced by hand, all in Switzerland, a country known for its quality craftsmanship!

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All things Danish: Cool Viking shirts from Danefae
June 12, 2008, 2:53 pm
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Denmark is not only a country, it’s also the theme for today’s posts, well not so much the country, rather Danish children’s design, and there are quit a few nice companies!  I start the day with the really cool and also slightly retro clothes manufacturer Danefae.  And yes, again retro, but all Skandinavian children’s apparel has a nice dose of retro blended in.

They have some awesome designs and are especially known for their Viking themed prints, which is also their logo.  But they do have some other great designs, such as an apple tree and a mermaid, though my absolute favorite is their Viking head.  Plus, they don’t only have cool Viking shirts, and not only for kids, they have everything, the whole range, and for everyone.  So from onesies to coats, from baby to adult, everything is available in their webshop (yes, they even have a webshop, with international delivery, too)!  So go and rock some Viking fashion!


Check out their webshop, e.g. long sleeve shirt for kids or onesie €30.75 each.



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.



Plastisock: Sunny fashion for a sunny Sunday!

There is something about Scandinavian design that is simply intriguing:unique patterns in fresh colors without the tipical frills often seen on children’s apparel.  Instead, these clothes will not only become a child’s favorite, but a parent’s too!  How great is that:  no little bunnies or bears constantly gaping at you, and all made of quality material, sure to last many years of wear and tear.

An excellent example of the advantages of Scandinavian children’s fashion is Plastisock.  Admittedly, they have a strange sounding name, but their designs are truly unique.  And to top it of, Plastisock’s design motivation was to overcome the gender divide in kids’ fashion.  So now, boys and girls can be dressed equally in style.  This is good news for parents, as Plastisock hand-me-downs will look great on any new addition to the family.

Available at Nonchalantmom