These Polar bear shelves have to be the ultimate in fun product design, though one has to ask if they'd look quite as good once stacked with random books and objects. Now, if you were enough of an obsessive to only store white-spined books on there, I could see the look really working. And having laid out over £2,000 (US$ 4,000), you'd really want it to work.
I admit it, I'm a sucker for anything that was designed by a father. The Burp Armor is great though: thick, organic material, it won't slip off your shoulder, relatively easy on the eyes. It's a simple product that has every angle covered... which can sometimes be trickier than inventing something completely new.
For around $25 you can get the Burp Armor in a few different colors and designs. You'll never go back to simply throwing a towel over your shoulder.
I'm dusting off my (formerly decent) French in preparation for a trip to Geneva this summer for a wedding, so it really was a treat when I stumbled upon Les Petites Choses. This French company (en anglais, "The Little Things") carries adorable pieces for boys and girls, many of which can be worn by both. I personally favor these t-shirts charting the different parts of planes, boats and cars. Of course, this little skirt est mignonne aussi!
It looks like you can order directly from their website provided you don't mind paying some hefty shipping fees. Eh, I'll just put this on my list of "Cute Stuff to Buy While In Europe This Summer" (which keeps getting longer and longer and longer.....).
Via Bloesem Kids.
London's Victoria and Albert Museum of Art and Design always accompanies its fascinating exhibitions by offering a range of unusual goods for sale. For example, right now they are running China Design Now, and in their shop you'll find a remarkable selection of Chinese artefacts, such as these paper cut-outs.
These delicate paper works would look just beautiful framed against a contrasting colour, but hurry if you like them, as they will only be offered for as long as the exhibition runs. In consolation, you can be almost certain that the next show will bring just as eclectic a collection into their shop.
When I was growing up, I had a great fish tank in my room. The problem was, the fish died every week... it was a little traumatic for my little heart. The good news is the Fish Bowl Kid's Rug gives your kids a fun design to enjoy the image of fishies swimming around a little bowl, but without all the awkward conversations about death.
It's $205, but it's a understated yet enjoyable design for your kid's room, or any space you'd like to liven up.
Gotta say, this is not a furniture concept that would fit easily in my house, but perhaps you've gone for a bit more of a Playboy Mansion feel in your nursery. No? Or maybe you live in a warm climate and could see this doing service next to your rock garden (it states that it's fine for outdoor use). Up to you. The Piedras seating set is part of the ever expanding Me Too design project: the chair can be yours for £134, while the sofa is £215 and the table £100.
In an attempt to move away from the typical plastic mega-blocks currently dominating our livingroom, I went in search of something a little more creative and a little cooler looking. What I found were these Kiddy Connects shapes by the company Edushape. This set of snap-construction pieces was designed to encourage the development of your toddler's fine motor skills.
Make a wall, build a building or add the Kiddy Connects Extenders to make even more designs. The possibilities are endless. Way more exciting than plain old blocks!
Once you've recovered from laughing at the sight of your little one swamped by his or her huge pair of waders, you might find them really useful. The boots are welded on, so you need fear no puddle, no matter how deep. Available in the UK - where we know a thing or two about rain - from approx £29, or US$ 60.
Another great Etsy find via the folks at Poppytalk is Miss Natalie. The brain child of "multi-disciplinary designer" Natalie Davis, the shop carries a myriad of creative baby products, from onsies to grow charts to even giraffe parachutes. Each whimsical item is lovingly handcrafted by Miss Natalie from vintage and new materials.
Angela over at Little Buddha Baby generously sent the girls a Korean bilingual doll named Young-Hee, made by a company called Language Littles who make bilingual dolls of many languages. Young-Hee was a big hit as soon as she came out of the box and the girls were soon fighting over the 16 inch soft doll. She has over 25 words and phrases and the audio recording of the voice is surprisingly crisp and clear. I even heard the Kid repeat phrases in Korean in her room while playing with the doll. The girls and I aren't big on dolls (Although BabyC is more into them than the Kid ever was) but we're all pretty happy to have her around. Now her clothes, on the other hand? Let's just say that I'm going to make her a new outfit as soon as I have a free moment.
Young-Hee, Ling (the Chinese doll), and Yumi (Japanese) is available at Little Buddha Baby.