Let’s do a book review! Not really a book review, since it’s been out for 4 years, so more of an: Oh! Look at this awesome book and all the great design for kids I found inside!
I can’t remember where I heard about this book, but I was trolling the aisles of my library the other day and found it, and couldn’t pull it off the shelf fast enough.
It’s Designed for Kids – a complete sourcebook by Phyllis Richardson, who has amazing taste and knows her kid products. As I was researching these products, I noticed that many of them aren’t available anymore, but they are definitely worth a look as eye candy/inspiration.
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Allow me to show you some of my favorite items from the book. Anyone who is interested in design for kids will drool all the way through this book, though, so maybe hold a cup under your chin.
1. Nest highchair by Sally Dominguez – This chair isn’t sold anymore, so apparently it wasn’t a classic, but I like it because it’s retro and very striking. I have a big problem with ugly high chairs.
2. Wall Decals from Wallcandy Arts – These aren’t the decals shown in the book, but I love these overlapping hearts. Luv.
3. Kid O Bilibo thing- Why would they not make a bigger version of this for adults? Not fair.
4. Swedish textile designer Pia Eriksson designed all of these blankies and pillows and soft snuggly things with tags all over them, because babies love their tag-munching.
5. Trunki is a ride-on, pull-along suitcase, that can also be carried over your shoulder when your child falls into a heap on the ground after they get tired of pulling/riding. They look pretty indestructible, and I just love the fire engine style.
6. Oh my goodness. I saved the best for last- I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything so cool. This seesaw makes me swoon. By Louise Campbell.