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“Here is the star it?s Barbapapa…” Okay time break things up a bit and be a kid for a moment. I’m finding so many cute toys and illustrative children’s books over here, I can’t resist posting about at least one of my new favorites — Barbapapa!
I spotted these brightly colored toys in various home magazines in the past, mostly European magazines featuring kids spaces, but I never thought much them until my recent getaway to Sweden. It was there in a design store where blog pal Emma pointed them out to me, explaining a bit about them. Here’s one above on a piano.
Barbapapa is a French cartoon that was popular in the ’70s and has since made a comeback with products and toys, much like Hello Kitty has in the states, I assume. When I returned from Stockholm and asked my husband about Barbapapa, he instantly knew what I was talking about because he said here in Germany, it was all the rage when he was a little boy and that he enjoyed watching the cartoon as a kid. It’s about a family of shape shifters who turn into many different shapes and objects. I have to confess, I was intrigued to learn more, so I watched some of their cartoons on You Tube over the weekend. So cute., I’m an official fan of these adorable little characters.
And I found a local design shop called Wohnwaren where they sell the entire collection of anti-stress toys and key chains, so I may come home with one of the characters in my suitcase. Here’s a link to their online store. So next time you’re flipping through a design magazine, see if you can spot any. If your kids haven’t heard of them, maybe you’d like to introduce these characters to them. Here’s some fun Flickr images of Barbapapa.
These S+P sets were designed by idhaus, a Flickr person I found today – I’ve sent him an email to see if he sells these online. Seems Barbapapa was his muse.
These are planters that contain seeds, she found them
in Japan. Sooo cute.
Any Barbapapa fans out there? If so, here’s a cute online Japanese shop offering Barbapapa in case you are interested or on the Creanova website. I want the dish scrubber and the slippers (shhh don’t tell anyone, super immature of me I know).
(interior image from vtwonen)
Time for a girls’ getaway! I’m signing off now because in the morning I’m heading up to Stockholm to meet up with Danielle, who is flying there to meet me for holiday. We’ve both wanted to see Stockholm for many years now, so it’s exciting that the time has finally arrived and that we’ll be taking in the sights together, with Emma and a few other friends as our trusty guides. (Psst: Emma wrote a terrific guide to Stockholm if you’d like to see some of things we plan to do while there.) I can’t wait to finally meet Emma!
I’ll be away from the blog until Wednesday, October 10, so please feel free to browse through the archives and some of my favorite blogs in the left column while I’m away. And when I’m back, I’ll share with you all the highlights from our little adventure in Sweden, from the stores to hotel photos, and a ‘best of’ round up from the Hem design show. I’ll see you back here on Wednesday, October 10th! – xo Holly
(Image: Rob Schoenbaum for the NYTimes)
I’m signing off for a busy weekend with my family, so I’ll meet you back here on Monday. Here are some links to hold you over for a few days – see you soon!
Don’t forget to…
Suggest a calendar and enter a mini contest to win free stuff.
View our new sponsors – Designers Guild, Jenn Ski, Three Potato Four, Akasha and Twig.
Visit an Etsy art round up over at Domino written by yours truly.
Suggest some Stockholm Tips (please!).
And you’ll want to visit…
A NYC girl taking on a new life in the city of lights.
Another former New Yorker in a new apt in San Francisco with a passion for a good redux.
Modern Dose added new products and a special discount to decor8 readers – take 10% off by entering code “decor8″ upon checkout starting October 1st for the entire month. The ceramic antler bowls are my favorites.
Awesome new washed colors grace the classic Eames plywood chair at Hive Modern. I fancy it in the pale blue stain myself.
Stina Persson has a new website.
And finally, gorgeous photos from Susannah Conway over on Etsy.
(image from susannah conway)