Normann Copenhagen Newborn Gift Box -Design for the new baby

Newborn Gift Box from Norman Copenhagen designed by Ole Søndergaard is the ultimate stylish gift to any newborn child. Available in red and blue this set compromising of a soft cotton onesie and a crafted wooden toy. Ole Søndergaard wrote the following in his diary: Above me, in the distance can be heard the sound of the engine of a little sports plane. It is summer and the air is completely...

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Dala Horse – The Wooden Horses of Sweden

A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse is a traditional carved, painted wooden horse statuette originating in the Swedish province Dalarna. In the old days the Dala horse was mostly used as a toy for children. Nowadays the Dala horse is not only a decorative home accessory but it has also become a symbol of Dalarna, as well as Sweden. Pictures from Pinterest The first Dala horse was made by wood...

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Hoptimist Hopping collectable fun toys and a Danish Design classic

In 1968, Danish cabinetmaker Hans Gustav Ehrenreich (1917-1984) started the production of Hoptimists. Ehrenreich began with the famous Birdies, but by 1969 Kvak and the classic Bimble and Bumble figures had been born as well. 

The cute figures and the happiness-inducing design quickly spread throughout Denmark and far beyond. Ehrenreich has received many honours worldwide and today the...

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Oscar, no ordinary dog

Oscar was designed in 1953 with the characteristic joy and care in Hans Bølling’s mind, and the little dog is a token of fun and playfulness. Oscar’s body can be arranged so that he does everything a normal dog would. He can sit, scrawl, stand, beg or even sulk in the corner if you have been away from him for too long. Oscar is a design classic, well made with attention to the smallest...

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Circa, the circular calendar

Seen at the number one UK event for designer gifts, toys and accessories Top Drawer; With round shapes and bright primary colours like yellow, blue and green this calendar is a lot more than a high quality wooden toy. Grasping the concept of time, from what day it is to how the year is build up with weeks, months and even seasons can seem a bit difficult for a young child. This rotating and...

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Review of the Playsam black F1 Racer car

Playsam is one of the leading Scandinavian toy design companies. Designed by Ulf Hanses Playsam black F1 Racer car with four rubber wheels, red trim and a smooth, curved black body and measures 15cm x 11cm. Comes with a matching red driver with a black helmet. Presented in a black branded box which measures 16cm x 13cm x 9cm. Available £64 at alexandalexa.com We think: First of all, again...

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Review of The Playsam Pink Childhood Toy Pram

Playsam is one of the leading Scandinavian toy design companies. The Playsam Pink Childhood Toy Pram, designed by Dennis Ingemansson, features four moving black wheels, a removable baby and a curved silver metal handle. Comes in a pearl white branded presentation box which measures 11cm x 9cm x 9cm. Available in blue/black or pink/black, £50 at alexandalexa.com We think: First of all, speedy...

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Best of the New Ikea 2012 catalogue

Foldable, stackable, affordable -beautiful -It's out! The NEW Ikea catalogue 2012 is out! For fans of the Swedish furniture design house every new catalog is like a proper treat as Ikea’s designs are functional, stylish and most importantly reasonable. This year the emphasis is on maximising small homes, get more into it and more out of it. It's all about clever use of space and furniture that...

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125 years with Danish design and craft

Brdr. Krüger is an established and well known company producing Danish design and craft since 1886. Throughout its history, the company has been owned and run by the Krüger family, now in its fifth generation with Niels and Jytte Krüger. This year Brdr. Krüger celebrates a impressive 125-year anniversary of Danish design and craft with the launch of 3 new products. 1: Re-launch of Nanna...

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