Archive | December, 2010

happy holidays, everyone

21 Dec

A quick note to my loyal readers:

Thank you for making 2010 such a wonderful year.  Thank you for reading my posts.  Thank you for leaving your comments.  Thank you for your friendship and help.   And thank you for your patience and for coming back despite my lack of writing and low output over the past two months.

When I accepted this new job, I was asked on more than one occasion whether I’d pack it up and pack in Room For Young Ones.  And I vehemently said “NO,” offended at the notion that I couldn’t keep up with a full time work schedule, an hour-and-a-half-til-bedtime evening with my son, and some TV watching with my husband.   Because I was just as busy, and just as tired, spending my days with Fionn at home in Brooklyn, probably even more so than I would be at work. 

Sixty-something days later, I think I’ve completed two or three posts.   Guess I didn’t count on being completely mentally drained at the end of the day, without time or energy to start surfing the twitters and the websites, trying to figure out new ways to think about cool things. 

So here’s my early New Year’s resolution.   Hope to come back with a post a week, as promised.  But I’d love to hear from you.  Should I keep it up? Would you be interested in reading more?  Anything in particular?  The thing I love more than anything is helping people find design things – stuff for themselves and their kids, stuff that solves problems or just makes the day a little brighter.  So let me know.

I want you all to have a happy holiday season full of love, happiness, and Jellycats.

XO J

keith haring chairs

15 Dec

Haring chair, courtesy New York Magazine

Although I’ve always loved the idea of Keith Haring, I’ve never been a true fan of his work.  But I think the passage of time has caused me to reconsider my feelings.  Don’t know whether it’s nostalgia for those junior high school trips to Pop Shop in the Village (Returning to school with a Radiant Baby notebook was the end-all-be-all for the Scunci set in Long Island), or a recognition of Haring’s pioneering approach towards graffiti-as-commercialism (e.g. people going nutty over Banksy today).  Regardless, I was moved enough to publish my first post in ages after seeing this chair on the New York Magazine website.

Vilac Haring chairs, courtesy Vilac.com

Made for children by French company Vilac

Here’s a little more about the company:

“Deep in the Jura region of France, surrounded by mountains, lakes and forests, Vilac has been producing high-quality wooden toys and gifts for the past 80 years. Vilac was founded by Narcisse Villet in 1911 as a wood turning workshop, which later came to specialize exclusively in the finely lacquered wooden toys for which Vilac is so well known. Appropriately, Vilac is in fact an amalgamation of the name of the founder, “Villet,” and the word “lacquer.” In 1985, Vilac was purchased by Hervé Hagland, who continues the Old World wood working traditions to this day.”

If you’re not in the market for a new piece of furniture, I’m happy to report that Vilac also sells these Keith Haring puzzles.  Here’s a link to the Nova 68 website, which sells the set of four puzzles for $50.  Fionn received them as an (early) Christmas gift last week, and I believe they were purchased at one of the NYC museum gift shops!  So check online for better prices, if you’re interested, perhaps you’ll get a holiday bargain.