KIDS.MODERN- is not only the name of this website, it's also a whole new kind of design show for kids and kidults with innovative furniture, fashion and design from 50 international designers and producers is a show by the organizers of the Midcentury Modern shows in London.
Don't miss the first international show for exciting new children's design: an innovative show that brings together clever, new imaginative furniture, fashion and collectables for children under one roof. Forget fairy wings, Bratz bed tents and Thomas the Tank Engine toy trunks, Kids.Modern is about fun, thought-provoking design adults love and kids remember for life. Appreciating that children not only deserve modern design, they understand it and can remember it as a positive childhood experience, Showhome has spent the last year sourcing the UK, Europe and Scandinavia to bring together some of the coolest products from 50 clever designers and producers at Kids.Modern. Brilliant ideas for a design-hungry, Ikea-weary public.
The show concept is simple. Time and money are precious to most designers. And because it is in all our best interests to keep good young designers in business there are no costly white backdrops, just a concrete and glass 60's building flooded with natural light and packed with awe-inspiring ideas that will keep your head spinning, some beautifully presented spaces and huge crowds of people in attendance.
Not one, not two but three new companies are launching. Look out for Julie Marabelle, Nine to Nine furniture from Spain and Bugge from Sweden. 70s cut and sew brand Clothkits, which cultivated clothes worn by some of the kookiest kids on the block, has chosen Kids.Modern for its relaunch under a new designer-owner. Meet kids furniture retailers' Thorsten Van Elten and Laura Slack of Places and Spaces downstairs. Buy the cleverest lights, loungers, handmade toys and wallpaper for your baby. Go vintage with a 70s illustrated poster or some vintage lockers to store kids' clothes in. Go repro with newly produced Isokon penguin donkeys and mini eames chairs. Or modern with Hanns Peter Krafft's sit on sheep, Arash and Kelly's giant post it note tables, Ernie Bakker's new spirograph table and Alexander Taylor's Kids Rock rubber and oak rocking chair.
Get your child's bedroom re-designed in simple oak with great attention to a perfect finish at Lion Witch Wardrobe, decorate it with one of Funky Little Darling's imaginative wonder-worlds, fit it with some of Andrew Tye's Loop shelving and pick up a digitally-illustrated lampshade you would be proud to have in your sitting room from Maria Yaschuk. There is plenty for children to do from colouring in Absolute Zero Degrees wallpaper to creating their own artwork on a tray at queen of the Tate Modern shop Ella Doran's stand. Bring trousers and jackets for Naomi Avsec to customize and see them looking in awe as a T shirt they designed five minutes before emerges from the Big Bad Wolff steam press.
The fashion upstairs should whet the most clothes- phobic child's appetite with the latest Scottish knits rubbing shoulders with cool Scandinavian,funked-up vintage, Liberty-style pretty or bold graphic fashion. Being eco-aware does not mean you lack imagination or street appeal as proved by Christa Davis' customized cashmere sweats, Erin Original's accessories created from strips of tape measure sewn together and Ophelia Button's colourful necklaces made from – you guessed it. Source the quirkiest christening gifts around upstairs where Louise Loder merges found wood and silver to make sandcastle-making accessories.
And before you wipe that bead of sweat from your brow we have only mentioned half of what is on offer.
Sunday 24th February 2008
Christison Hall, Dulwich College
£5 entry. Accompanied children go FREE at our first show.
Open to public and trade. Please pay on door.