Photo by Neal Slavin, Art by John Tremblay
We recommend this weekend's NY Times Magazine Section, which is a design issue devoted to children's design. While much of it runs the gauntlet of masquerading as a gift/gadget guide, the tension between materialism and simplicity is evident and discussed.
Elizabeth Weil's "The Modernist Nursery" gets to the heart of the matter but stops short of passing judgement, as she interviews a number of notable designers/parents:Melissa and Eric Pfieffer of Modernseed
Micheal Ryan and Sophie Demenge of Oeuf
David Netto of NettoCollection
"Contemporary design for kids is really contemporary design for adults who have procreated."
''I realize the fact of the matter is that's the mass market, and that's what sells. But it's not my aesthetic. I don't need all the bells and whistles, and I think a growing number of people feel that way.''
Other Good Articles:
Cranium's games that remove "winners" and "losers"
Amazing playgrounds in Japan
Cool, ridiculous concept items for children
Having a Blast
How John Tremblay did the artwork for "Having a Blast"
Sandlot Summer: Hyperscheduled, overachieving children learn how to play