The baby books always warn against overstimulating your wee one. Go to a trade show and you’ll understand what “overstimulated” really means. Of course, that over-caffeinated feeling and sore feet are a price worth paying for a few football fields’ worth of innovation and inspiration. Here’s a posts about some of my favorites from this winter’s New York International Gift Fair (Jan. 29-Feb. 3):
• Alexandra von Furstenberg’s glowy Fearless Neon Trays bring me back to the ’80s, in the best possible way.
• Jansen + Co’s tactile and confounding (without a pot in the picture, it’s hard to tell what it is) Rose Trivet is a pleasure to touch.
• Fioretto, a knife sharpener that looks like a calla lily when stored, by LPWK-Gabriele Chiave for Alessi, is a genius way to mask a utilitarian object and is a pleasing study in contrasts — what a delicate disguise for an ominous tool.
• Rocket XL from the Casa Collection by Dutch design firm, Kidsonroof, from Hip from Holland. Color and decorate it however you like; then use it as a fort. What more could you want? It’s also sustainable and temporary, i.e. no worries if little hands destroy it.
• Merge Cup with Saucer (porcelain/Black Walnut/stainless steel) by Mergecup stayed with me and stayed with me. I think it’s the juxtaposition of the rustic materials with the pure, white porcelain.
Of course, I couldn’t resist a swing through the new Baby and Kids division, where I believe I found the socks (Blindmice socks) to solve our Sock Problem (all are either too tight or too loose). And I spent waaaay too much time at the Kid-O and Geared for Imagination booths. These talented folks make thoughtful toys to encourage openended play.
[Rose Trivet photo from Wabnitz Editions; Pirouette and Fioretto photos by Nicole Marnati, courtesy of Alessi; Mergecup photo from Mergecup's blog b/c the photo I snapped at the show came out blurry.]