Happy Halloween!

We had Thom Lessner paint this thing for Elsa's birthday party.

Carlo Mollino's Alpine Bunk Beds

Designed in 1953 for the Casa del Sole Apartments in Cervinia, Italy: a bunk bed that can be broken down into a bed, table and chairs. Produced by Ettore Canali.

More here.


The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council has a sweet new website.

The Walker Art Center was the first art museum in the country to devote full-time staff (Christi and Witt) to working with and building teen audiences. Since 1994, Walker Teen Programs has been connecting kids to art and artists. Past workshops have brought in Barry McGee, Julie Mehretu, Harrell Fletcher, Shepherd Fairey, Sam Durant, Glenn Ligon, Robin Rhode and Cheryl Dunye. WACTAC also puts on teen art exhibitions. They have five-week workshops with sound artists that result in sick A/V battles. They collaborate on amazing events like Brother and Sister's (!) March of Madness, an all-day secret battle of the bands and scavenger hunt. If you've got a teenager anywhere near Minneapolis, you should get them involved.

Dinosaury Shadow Puppets

Etsy seller Owly Shadow Puppets is "a chicago artist that owns a laser-cutter." Andrea Everman makes owls, mermaids, yetis, seamonsters, bats and these awesome dinosaurs. They have strings rigged up on the back so you can move the arms and heads. They're only $10.50 each, so get 'em while you can.

She has lesson plans for teachers on her website. And she teached puppetry classes and script-writing workshops at 826 Chicago.

"Red Blue And greeeeen!! Roaaaaaarrrrr!!!"

Letterpress print by Seripop.
$30 at Tiny Showcase.

Playground / Sculpture

At Kröller-Müller Sculpture Park, Netherlands.

Jean Dubuffet
Jardin d'email
painted concrete and epoxy resin

Original photo by The DeArmonds. Ernst van Wijk was there too. And rvanbuynder took a picture of the scale model.

Good Shape it Up!

I'm waiting for Good Shape Design to make some kid size t-shirts.

"rare spinning doll house"

eBay: Vintage Tin Litho Dollhouse Rare Spinning Doll House

This Eagle Toys Panarama Doll House (on casters) is "all set up". Opening bid has been placed at $49.99 plus $45 shipping to the US. Auction ends Thursday, October 18. Update: bluetickblue won the auction for $115.50!

Previously: Rotating, original Modern glass and wood Doll House

Renate Müller, Animals

Renate Müller's leather and jute animals were designed in the early 1970s for H. Josef Leven, a manufacturer of therapeutic and developmental toys for the disabled. Success was short lived, the parent company was nationalized and rights to the toys were lost. In 1991 Renate Müller regained control of the rights to her own designs. Since then, she's been running a bed and breakfast and filling orders for animals and toys for therapeutic zoos — mainly for kindergartens and hospitals in (surprise) Japan.

Photos from R 20th Century, who manage to get their hands on the good stuff faster than you can say "buy-it-now".

Flip That house!

"There is still time to have it ready for Christmas"


We carved Pumpkins last night.

Airplane Stickers designed by Philippe Desarzens

Set of black vinyl stickers, various dimensions. Limited edition of 10. CHF 80.- (including postage & packaging, worldwide).

Available from lineto.com > The Goods > Airplane Stickers

The Bruce Lee book and poster by Norm are awesome too.

From my favorite alphabet book

A... Antennas
B... Buildings
C... Cars
D... Doors
E... Elephant in a zoo
F... Fire escapes
G... Garbage can
H... Hydrant
I... Ice cream wagon
J... Junk pile
K... Key in a keyhole
L... Lamppost
M... Mailbox on the corner
N... Newsstand
O... Outdoor art show
P... People going places
Q... Quacking duck in a pond in a park
R... Restaurants
S... Sign that tells you what to do
T... Truck
U... Umbrellas on a rainy day
V... Vending machine
W... Windows
X... X on a clock
Y... broken Yo-Yo on a nail
Z... Zigzag outline of the rooftops

I want to show you "Architectures for Children"

Architectures for Children
Niki de Saint Phalle
Museum Boymans van Beuningen
1976, Rotterdam

There's a nice copy on eBay right now.

Happy Birthday!!

One candle on mama's homemade pumpkin "cakecups".

Two years old!!
Happy birthday kiddo!!
I love you!!

Elsa's Favorite: "Chicken Soup with Rice"

The final number from Maurice Sendak's 1975 TV special Really Rosie. Music composed and performed by Carole King. Based on Sendak's "Nutshell Library" series of books.

Watch Chicken Soup with Rice on youtube. Buy Where the Wild Things Are (and Other Stories) DVD at amazon. Try to buy the books at your Local Book Shop.


left: erin_alley's "revarnished" and "touched up" Rocking Beauty is "BEAUTIFUL and sturdy": $100 opening bid, ends at naptime on Friday, October 12. eBay

right: absolutmk's "has the perfect worn vintage look to it": at $199.99, ends at your bedtime on Monday, October 15. eBay

Before & After / Mad Cows & Lead Paint

Auction ends on Monday, October 15
Bidding is already at $455.00

eBay: Mid Century Wooden Toy Kay Bojesen signed lot nr rare

Update: Ended at $560.00. Congrats karlonedk!

Flat-pack barr-acks

eBay: Item I Didn't Win

It's a fort

Emily Meza's Patterned World is pretty sweet: something like a sofa cushion meets a house of cards. It is a blanket fort that can hold it's own shape.

From the Design 21 Child's Play Competition via Daddytypes.

Trick Photography

Photo from eBay seller collegeboy14.

Silk Baby Pillow, Chigo

F-Style baby pillow at Chigo.

Mini Tote Bag, Chigo

Flavor x Porter tote bag at Chigo.

Stroller Ramps

At Skansen. Stockholm, Sweden.