A New York City design blog, featuring single serving suggestions of design that Jeannie likes.
Toys & Playthings
Wooden LEGO Bricks: A  Wonderful Alternative to Plastic

Wooden LEGO Bricks: A Wonderful Alternative to Plastic

I wish these beauties could be shipped overseas. These wooden LEGOs by Japanese design studio Mokurukku are a wonderful alternative to the normal bright plastic pieces– there’s something really textural and tactile about wood that can’t be achieved with the shine of plastic manufacturing. They appear to be compatible with standard LEGO pieces, and I...
A Kindergarten Building Covered In Rainbows

A Kindergarten Building Covered In Rainbows

This fantastic building is the Ecole Maternelle Pajol, a four-classroom kindergarten located on Rue Pajol in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. Everything appears to have been dipped into rainbows, from the school’s front facade, to the path leading up to the door, to even the tiles lining the bathroom walls. The bright colors perfectly reflect the eagerness...
To the Beach: A Bright Red, Ten-Layered Typographic Bench

To the Beach: A Bright Red, Ten-Layered Typographic Bench

This striking bench is the first sign of welcome that people receive when they arrive at the railway station to the beautiful Frankston Foreshore Beach in Australia. Designed by Stephen Banham of Letterbox, the enormous, bright red type stands at 1.2 meters and weighs in at 2.4 tons and is made from 10 layers of...
Bookends of the Earth

Bookends of the Earth

These wooden bookends by  Chicago-based artist Garth Borovicka cleverly utilize the tree rings to mimic the layers of the earth. Then, a quick topping of greenery and a few choice rocks and trees complete the miniature landscape– you can interpret it as a meta commentary on holding together trees with chunks of trees topped with...
Permanent Helium Balloons & Jenga Blocks Holding Up Your Office Desk

Permanent Helium Balloons & Jenga Blocks Holding Up Your Office Desk

Just found my dream desk: Dublin creative agency Boys and Girls commissioned Twisted Image to design a desk that would live up to their company’s hyper-creative reputation, and the result is this fun, gravity-defying object. On one side of the table, enormous Jenga blocks prop up the tabletop, and on the other side, permanent helium...
Toy Typography: Colorful Letters Made Out of Toys, Charms, and Knickknacks

Toy Typography: Colorful Letters Made Out of Toys, Charms, and Knickknacks

Photographer Joshua Scott created some bold custom typography for BULLETT Magazine, a print mag geared towards “young, international tastemakers”. Each letter is made up of tiny, colorful objects, ranging baby pink doll hairbrushes to plastic bracelet charms and barrettes, combining to make a bright mosaic of knickknacks and toys. The type is playful and filled with...
Anatomical Sculptures: Imagining the Insides of Pop Culture Toys

Anatomical Sculptures: Imagining the Insides of Pop Culture Toys

Brooklyn artist Jason Freeny describes his work as “candy colored madness”: his modified designer toys are often anatomical sculptures of popular icons in the toy world, which have been carefully sculpted to reveal their skeletal structure and other gooey innards. Seeing these macabre interpretations of familiar faces like Hello Kitty or Finding Nemo is jarring...
Clump-o-Lump: Lovable Mix and Match Zipper Creatures

Clump-o-Lump: Lovable Mix and Match Zipper Creatures

Clump-o-Lump is more than just an adorably silly name– this set of cuddly stuffed toys is cleverly designed with two zippers around their torsos, so that you can mix and match the head, torso, and rump of any Clump-o-Lump creature. There are 6 Clump-o-Lumps available, all with names like Shark-o the Shark and Tig-o the...
Livingstones: Fall On Soft Rocks

Livingstones: Fall On Soft Rocks

The Smarin design workshop is the laboratory of French designer Stephanie Marin, where she creates eco-minded objects for the house and home. Her Livingstones product is a series of enormous pebbles and rocks that are soft enough to jump into: made out of 100% virgin wool, the muted grey fabric mimics and plays on the...
Adorable Felted Ball Rugs, Inspired by Candy

Adorable Felted Ball Rugs, Inspired by Candy

Danish furniture design company HAY named their new rug set “Pinocchio” after a common candy in Denmark– the rug is made of colorful felted balls that mimic the round shape of the sugar-coated licorice sweet. The tactile surface of the rug combined with the bright colors make it an ideal mat for any playroom, although...
Little Red: Fairy Tale Matryoshka That Tells A Story

Little Red: Fairy Tale Matryoshka That Tells A Story

Taiwan-based studio Pistacchi Design created this clever wooden matryoshka, titled “Little Red,” based on the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The crafted piece comes in three layers– Little Red Riding Hood sits inside the wolf, who is himself clad in the grandma’s cloak. Beyond the delightfulness of incorporating such a familiar children’s...
Frivolous Farfelle Bowtie: Wear Your Pasta

Frivolous Farfelle Bowtie: Wear Your Pasta

Here’s something light-hearted to ease us back into the work week after the holidays: Japanese design studio Microworks combined two familiar shapes into one wearable object in the Farfelle Bowtie. Made from bright acrylic, the clip-on tie is an imitation of the pasta shape, for an amusing twist on men’s party attire. I love the...