Sunday, 31 October 2010

Tokyo Baby cafe

The Tokyo baby cafe opened in the up market  Omotesando area of Tokyo earlier this year. I decided to check it out on a recent visit to the city. I love the playhouse shaped entrance into the cafe. 

Once inside the decor is minimal it feels like you are in a modern day Alice in Wonderland set. There is a gigantic sofa serving as an enclosed  play area, a central cafe area, and, for those wanting privacy, a separate dining room is available, which comes complete with a big brother style CCTV screen built into the wall so parents can keep a close eye on their children.

The interior plays with scale and perspective; using the difference in size between the adults and children to create a whimsical interior.
Nendo explains, "You can see the world through two different users. Adults live their lives aware of tabletops, and the things placed on top of them. But children see the table's underside. A table's legs can look like pillars, and the reverse of the tabletop is like a roof". The cafe's 'absolutely huge' and 'absolutely tiny' furnishings take advantage of these two perspectives.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Judith Needham dreaming spires playhouse

Fairy tale like Dreaming Spires Willow playhouse by Judith Needham made from natural English willow so at the end of its life, rather than needing to go into landfill, it can simply be recycled in your own garden.  

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Monday, 18 October 2010

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Muji's flat pack customised child's chair

I love this cardboard child's chair by Muji made from recycled paper. The chair comes flat packed with the idea that children and parents can build it together. The plain white and brown card serves as a blank canvas for imaginative decoration. Unfortunately it is only available in Japan. 

Consumers have uploaded their own designs on to Muji's online gallery 
Muji recently hosted a special event showcasing a range of uniquely customised kids chairs. It was held at the Yurakucho branch Muji's largest Tokyo store.  50 Japanese and overseas creators were asked to decorate their own chair.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Dream seat compeition winners

These are the masterpieces created by the winners of the dream seat competition we held in conjunction with the V&A Museum of Childhood. There were so many brilliant designs to choose from it was a very tough decision. We chose the beautiful drawings below based on the imagination and thought that each child had obviously put in. I hope you like them as much as we did. 

Age 9-11
The Hermes hover chair by Mai Smith
The Flower fitness fantasy chair by Juliet Dowley

Age 7-8

The Shoe chair by Lois Rose
The Royal reading chair by Katie Evans

Age 5-6
The Lick it chair by Caris Wang

The Plywood and bamboo chair by Jake Virgili


The winners were able to choose 2 ercol in a colour of their choice and a good bag of goodies from Molly-Meg

Friday, 15 October 2010

New finds- Vintage children's chairs from Molly-Meg

French wood and metal vintage child's chair. More details here

Bent wood and metal vintage child’s chair with Alvar Alto style curves. More details here
Original "Krueger" early 1960s sunny yellow molded fiberglass children's chair. More details here
Junior packholz chair. 1970's child's chair From the Netherlands More details here
Cream Cosco adjustable booster seat. American classic from the early 1970s.  More details here

Cosco adjustable booster seat , early 1970s Original American atomic style-classic of the era. Email for more details

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Monday, 11 October 2010

Renate Müller Exhibition opens this week

Renate Müller's exhibition opens today at R 20th Century, featuring rare vintage and exclusive contemporary designs by the pioneering German toy maker. Renate Müller will be in attendance at the exhibition opening and will lead hands-on demonstrations at a special Family Day on Saturday, October 16.
Conceived in the early 1960s during her student days at the Polytechnic for Toy Design in Sonneberg, Germany, Renate Müller's exceptional, uniquely whimsical toy animals and shapes have been designed and hand-made in exactly the same way since 1967 and hotly collected by design enthusiasts for years.

There is a great feature on Müller 's work in the New York Times and Daddy types features examples of her work designing play and learning spaces over the years
Exhibition dates: October 12, 2010 - January 4, 2011

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Molly-Meg Window display at Verandah Kensal Rise (Come visit October 2010)

Come and visit Molly-Meg window display at the beautiful Verandah store in Kensal Rise London. We will be here  for the next 2 weeks. More pictures on our face book page
117 Chamberlayne Rd
London NW10 3NS
Tel: 0208 968 5498
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Friday, 1 October 2010

Going mini

Photographed by Laurie Glees. Styled by Lucy Erikson & Molly Price, rights reserved by
Molly-Meg and friends at Bekonscot Model village  See facebook page for more pictures

Dream BIG by Little Red Stuga

Little Red Stuga have collaborated with Lekolar a supplier of interiors to schools across Scandinavia. Together they have produced the Dream BIG giant play mat which is available this month. Little Red Stuga have also started a blog big playThe sunflower smaller play mats remain my favorite they neatly fold up for easy storage. Available in 3 colours from Molly-Meg .