As you might have noticed, one of our big passions here at D.A.D is design and especially design for kids. We want to promote and support the people and brands that are creating these innovative and beautiful products. So when Top Drawer, the UK’s premier design-led retail trade event, asked us to collaborate with them on an exhibit to showcase our favourite kids brands and products, we jumped at the chance.
We also had the chance at the show to discover some new brands and products and have compiled a shortlist of our favourites and ones to look out for in the near future.
We love a bit of cardboard construction and this super simple new toolkit makes it possible to take those constructions to a whole new level. With an accompanying app to get ideas and inspiration from, this could be the perfect antidote for those rainy weekend days.
This was a new one on me, although apparently not new at all, but there’s a whole range of merchandise and even a shop in Covent Garden, London dedicated to all things Tintin that’s been open since 1984!
Seeing these posters of the book covers stopped me in my tracks and brought back great memories of reading Tintin books as a kid. They also have a great range of t-shirts, model figures and stationery. Check out their website to see the full range of products available.
Laurence King Publishing
Best known as a publisher of Art & Design books we discovered that Laurence King also has a fantastic range of kids activity books and games. With Halloween coming up fast this Scary Bingo game and brilliant A to Z of monsters and magical beings book, both illustrated by Rod Hodgson, took our eyes. As you’d expect from Laurence King both are beautifully illustrated and produced and are available from most good bookshops.
Admittedly these aren’t a kids brands and they don’t even have a kids range of socks, but I had to include Stand4 Socks in this list because of their brilliant concept and commendable mission.
Much like the wildly successful shoe brand TOM’s, Stand4 Socks gives back with every purchase made. However Stand4 Socks aren’t just supporting one initiative, but many. They work with numerous charities who follow the United Nations Global Goals and have partnered with them to give socks to homeless people, fund education for kids, supply families with clean water and vaccinate vulnerable kids against disease.
There also great socks! With bold and colourful designs and made from bamboo and cotton they make a real statement of a garment that’s generally an afterthought. I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed getting a pair of these for Christmas.
Check out the Stand4 Socks website for more information.
This wall decoration system was a real eye catcher and we’re sucker’s for anything Star Wars related. Made from tiled panels the system is completely flexible, can be made at any size and be created from your own images or using their extensive library.
Find out more and get creating here.
We’ve been aware of Londji’s products for a little while and featured one of their puzzles on D.A.D earlier in the year. However this was the first time that we’d seen their full range of puzzles and toys and we were blown away. They reminded us of the magical toy companies that you might see in movies, with an amazing selection of beautifully crafted and intricately detailed puzzles, games and toys.
Take a look at the full range on their website.
If you’re in the market for some soft toys or stationery but can’t bear the standard twee selection normally available you’d be advised to check out Noodoll. They had a great stand at Top Drawer with some really fun, cute and cuddly characters as well as some super cool pocket notebooks adorned with illustrations of famous people including; Pablo Picasso, David Bowie and Amy Winehouse.
Kikkerland – Pinocchio coat hook
How can you not love this little guy? Just a genius idea from a company that’s been around since 1992, creating gadgets to make life more enjoyable. This one’s more for the big kids.
Check out Kikkerland’s site to see their extensive selection of products and keep an eye out for the safari butt magnets!