Thursday, November 29, 2007

Teddy bear

When Philippe Stark does stuffed animals...

The TeddyBearBand was created with the idea that kids frequently move from one toy to another, and what they can’t live without one week, ends up in the bottom of the toy chest the next. So instead of just being a stuffed bear, the TeddyBearBand also serves as a stuffed dog, rabbit and possibly a sheep, all at the same time. When the child gets tired of one animal, they just flip it around and move onto the next.

Via Oh Gizmo and via Yokiddo

Vinyl compulsion

El Panda revealed! My favorite so far!
And the full design process here

The art of Michael Fleming

Michel Fleming's portfolio

Fancy toys

Created by Meredith Dittmar

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Art with toys

... is possible!

Made by 555 design

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sometimes the packaging is the best part

Cheshire Cat 'Pink' by Instinctoy, is Span of Sunset's Asian and European 'Pink' version of the awesome Cheshire Cat. Limited to only 300 pieces worldwide with a glow in the dark smile, is packaged in a supremely cool box. Can be found here.

Sun in a jar

Capture sun into your jar and use it for later lighting. Such a simple yet elegant idea designed by Tobias Wong.

Made with a traditional Mason jar and high tech energy efficient lighting! Captured inside the jar are a highly efficient solar cell, rechargeable battery and low energy LED lamps. When the jar is placed in sunlight the solar cell creates an electrical current that charges the battery over a few hours. This energy is then used at night to power the three LED lamps inside the jar.

The light is diffused by the frosted jar and give the appearance of sunlight emitting from the (warm coloured LED lights are used to give a more natural and warm light). You may have noticed that there is no switch on the sun jar - in fact there are no visible controls at all - there is a clever light sensor inside that automatically activates the lights when it gets dark or lights are turned out!* Mason Jars are not only beautiful but by their very nature they are completely water tight - so the Sun Jar can happily be left outside in any weather conditions. A perfect garden light or night light for a kids bedroom. *there is an override switch inside the lid to turn off the light at night and conserve battery life.

Web site

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Lead paint saxophone

Apparently toy manufacturers have found a way to punish bad children who will definitely get coal in their stockings ... This lead paint saxophone can intuitively be swallowed through its mouthpiece. Other toys such as the Elmo stacking ring for younger children can do the job as well.

Toxic lead paint on stacking rings

Seriously these toys recalls give me chills. I would have a child I would regularly check the big toy companies' consumer services for their dramatic lists of toy recalls ... This August 2007 Fisher Price recalled 1M toys because their paint contains excessive amount of lead.

US consumer product safety commission toy hazard recalls list.
The Mattel list

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Egg laying alarm clock

Wake up every morning refreshed with the Egg Laying Alarm Clock! When it's time for you to wake the alarm will go off with a loud cry of a morning roaster and lay 5 eggs. Yo turn off the alarm you must replace the 5 eggs it has just laid. The alarm will not turn off until you replace all 5 eggs! You can buy it in 24h at the the design town.

Darth Vader

Do you think it is the real of the fake Darth Vader?

Darth Vader is the central character in the Star Wars universe. In the original trilogy, he was portrayed by David Prowse and a series of stunt doubles, most notably Bob Anderson, while his voice was supplied by James Earl Jones. Vader is one of the most iconic villains in film history and was ranked third on American Film Institute's 100 Heroes and Villains list. - Thank you Wikipedia!

Toy hand grenades

Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York City, USA (1962) is a famous photograph by Diane Arbus. The photo shows a scrawny boy, with the left strap of his jumper awkwardly hanging off his shoulder, tensely holds his long, thin arms by his side. Clenching a toy grenade in his right hand and holding his left hand in a claw-like gesture, his facial expression is maniacal. Arbus captured this photograph by having the boy stand while moving around him, claiming she was trying to find the right angle. The boy became impatient and told her to "Take the picture already!" His tired, frustrated expression conveys his weariness with the whole endeavor.

The secret inside toys

Original fake presents what's inside figurines. I enjoy their excellent visuals!

How to paint a dunny

Yuko Shimizu's dunny painted in black and white oil based enamel.

Kidrobot's Paint Ball to benefit Save The Children foundation was held in September of 2006 in New York City. Each artist was given a blank 20" Dunny as a canvas to work on. After the public viewing, Dunnies were auctioned off through Ebay and all the proceeds were donated to Save The Children Foundation.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Blankey world

The bizarre world of Doudou Boy , doudou meaning blankey in French!

Blythe can eat turkey too!

Found on the wonderful Lala a gogo.

A persuader

The persuader by James Piatt

For the girl on the move the Pursuader features a handy cell phone compartment in the clip. Constructed by interlocking laser cut leather this handbag has no stitching. This is a combination of old-world craftsmanship and high technology. Create the look no one can refuse.

A pet Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell by James Piatt is based on Paris Hilton's discarded pet Tinkerbell. It is an upside down dead Chihuahua. This design capitalizes on the trend of carrying a small dog as a fashion accessory.

Animals from Africa

Illustration by Andy Ward

Good luck trolls vs Barbie

Found here

The Jingi

Web site


Paper pirates

The English "pirate" is derived from the Latin term pirata, and ultimately from Greek peira (πεῖρα) "attempt, experience", implicitly "to find luck on the sea". The word is also cognate to peril. In 17th and 18th century sources the word is often rendered "pyrate". However, the term does not exclusively relate to robbery committed at the sea, as other similar origins have a broader definition. -Wikipedia

A .pdf to make paper-pirates! The created pirates will probably not make it to the end of their journey if acted out in a bathtub (as suggested by exciting pirates sea adventures), but their ephemeral existence will conceptually inspire your story plot!

Atomic Energy Lab

Atomic energy is an outdated phrase which can mean a number of things related to energy produced by atoms:
* Radioactivity, the set of various processes by which unstable atomic nuclei (nuclides) emit subatomic particles
* Nuclear reaction, a process in which two nuclei or nuclear particles collide, to produce different products than the initial products; see also nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
* Nuclear energy, energy produced by nuclear reactors
* The energy of inter-atomic or chemical bonds, which holds atoms together in compounds.
The term may have originated with H. G. Wells in the phrase, "splitting the atom", devised at a time prior to the discovery of the nucleus. The term is a solecism. -Wikipedia

Uranium was good for you!

A new toy

BATTERIES INCLUDED, 2006 by Brian Walker

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Le peeling sauvage


Le peeling est une technique de médecine esthétique destinée à regénérer la peau du visage pour lui donner un coup d'éclat.
Par des substances telles que les AHA ou le TCA, on provoque une élimination (desquamation) des cellules mortes de l'épiderme. La réaction naturelle de l'organisme est de lancer immédiatement la fabrication d'une "nouvelle peau" pour remplacer celle qui a été "agressée". Quelques jours ou semaines après un peeling, on a donc fait "peau neuve" et on parait plus jeune.
Il existe différents types de peeling selon le type et la concentration de l'acide utilisé :
* peeling superficiel : application de produit (type AHA) réalisée par un médecin si concentration supérieure à 30% mais possible à domicile pour des concentrations plus faibles.
* peeling moyen : application de produit (type TCA) uniquement réalisée par un médecin. Desquamation proportionnelle à la concentration du produit.
* peeling profond : application de produit (type Phénol) uniquement réalisée en cabinet médical ou clinique car assez traumatisante (résultat comparable à la technique de dermabrasion). -Wikipedia


Monday, November 5, 2007


To be found at Jeremy Ville

The dangerous ones

An award-winning children's toy has been recalled because it contains a chemical which turns into a dangerous party drug when metabolised in the body.

Article Here