Monday, 22 February 2010

Trish Grantham

"making friends"                                "growing things"
"slow travelers"

I came across the beautiful works of Trish Grantham on a trip to Portland Oregan last year, Grantham a local artist paints a cast of doe-eyed, cartoon-like characters. The simple lines and stylized characters have a stong connection with Japanese manga pulling the viewer into their quirky world. My favorite pieces are the works painted on pages of old books  in washed colours. Grantham has painted a series of pictures especially for Molly-Meg.

Daily shelter transforming table

The Daily Shelter an ingenious & fun design by Ingrid Brandth. A simple looking table at first glance easily transforms into a playhouse by pulling down hidden panels to form walls and then raising the roof by pushing up the table surface. Inside a child can “hide from scary sounds, ghosts, or family members,”  Watching the video tickled me so much I wish they had one of these when I was little but thinking about it I'd like one now. 

The Daily Shelter table is inspired by Ingrid Brandth grandfather Sigvald Andreas Brandth. He was an inventive designer who based many of his ideas on excitement, humor and secrets. And just like his many designs, this table has a hidden story. Via inhabitots 

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Decorating a "story telling throne" with the kids at the V&A museum of childhood.

A few pictures of the chair we made and children decorated at a workshop held on the opening day of the V&A museum of childhood "sit down" exhibition.

Monday, 8 February 2010

"sit down" Exhibition, V&A museum of childhood

"Sit down" exhibition on seating for kids opened at the V&A museum of childhood in Bethnal green last weekend and will be on in London till September. The first room, entered through a large, medium or small doorway, recreates the feel of the Three Bears’ cottage, with a dinner table where visitors can vote for their favourite chair. Children are invited to design their own seat and images are posted by the exhibition. 

      Design your own chair                                      vote for your favorite chair 
Tom Dixon opened the exhibition, himself and one of the directors from ercol gave inspiring speeches. It was great to hear that ercol remains a family run business. I also had the pleasure of meeting Carole Daprey author of the blog vintage for kids and book  Mobilier Design Pour Enfants.
The display is laid out in three sections, each asking a question for visitors to consider: What is a seat? Who is the seat for? and How is a seat made?   There are over 70 examples of traditional and modern seating used by children in their everyday lives from the 1600 through to the present day. Designs by Charles & Ray Eames, Vitra, Harry Bertoia and El Ultimo Grito are on display, as well as the Modernist high chair by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld and Spotty, a 1960s paper chair designed by Peter Murdoch.  It was nice to think the pieces exhibited by the V&A from my collection will be enjoyed by so many people

The museum of childhood had a smaller version of the ercol chair arch deigned by Martino Gamper for the London design festival last summer.  This was inspired by the first Chair Arch, which was constructed in 1877 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s visit to High Wycombe.Ribambelles & ribambins has a great piece on the history of ercol.
A display on the ground floor of museum shows the work of Furniture Design & Technology students from New Bucks University after they were set a brief by ercol Furniture to design a functional and original child's school chair. As part of the display, Ercol have produced a prototype of the students' resulting design, which Museum visitors are invited to try out, giving their verdict on style, comfort, form and function.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Decorate a "story telling throne with Molly-Meg at the V&A museum of childhood.

The exhibition "sit down" opens at the V&A museum of childhood on Saturday 6th February.  I worked with the curator to source some chairs for their forthcoming exhibition on seating for children. 

Here is a preview of the items which can be seen at the V&A museum from my collection

On the opening day I will be running a workshop at the museum where children will be decorating a custom made story telling “throne”. This is a drop in session from 11am-1pm suitable for all ages. There will be other fun events on during the day. For more information visit: