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Duck Duck Goose » Cloudy with No Chance of Rain

November 20, 2012

Magis Me Too's Cloudy by Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

“The voice of children demanding,
insisting to have their own objects,
that correspond to their own world,
which is different from the adult one,
not only for its dimensions
but also for its values.”
— Eugenio Perazza, Magis president

Me Too, the children’s division of interior design company Magis, has been killing it with the kids wares for almost a decade now. This comes as little surprise. Magis’ president is well aware of the finicky taste of children: in no small part thanks to his discerning granddaughter Anna.

A delicate and artful addition to the Me Too lineup is this year’s Cloudy. The resin-covered chicken wire cloud is a whimsical alternative to the standard mobile and, based on your weather preference, can be hung solo or in a cluster of small, medium, and large sizes for an all-out overcast vibe. Artist Benedetta Mori Ubaldini is the creative force behind the object, and no stranger to working with the material: her body of work includes mesh giraffes, flocks of mesh bunnies, and scurrying mesh rats, amongst many other wiry characters.

Eco-Friendlies » KeepCups in the Cupboard

July 21, 2012

KeepCups: BPA-free and non-toxic reusable coffee cups


So you’re a city dweller on the go. And a coffee fiend.  And a tree-hugger. You can’t do without your daily brew (or two… or three…), but you hate seeing to-go cups piling up in the recycling bin. What you need is a KeepCup – the nifty, reusable coffee cup from Melbourne, Australia.

Siblings Abigail and Jamie Forsyth were owners of a string of take-away cafés, and they worried about their contribution to our global trash problem (we have a global trash problem). Seeing no acceptable cup designs on the market (too big, too ugly), they set out to design and produce their own. The result is a line of slick cups, available in four sizes and totally customizable (so much time already wasted playing with color swatches on the super-fun site).

Our own cups will soon be making an appearance at our local Lula Bean (we ♥ you guys!). The itty bitty size, while great for YZ’s macchiato, is also perfectly toddler-appropriate. What’s more, your teething terror can chew on the rubbery bits. Not convinced reusing/reducing is for you?! Read these frightening facts and do your part already.

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Budding Tee Connoisseur

July 17, 2012

Graniph Bear in PainGraniph Yawning Bear
Graniph Megane TrioGraniph Daniel Julien
top: Bear in Pain and Yawning Bear
bottom: Megane Trio and Daniel Julien Vol. 01

I would hardly have predicted that, at the tender age of one, my kid would already be making clear style choices in his t-shirt collection. But indeed, Henri has his absolute favorites, each of which involves animals of some kind being silly in some way. Graniph, therefore, is an obvious go-to source for the little man’s closet. Their kids’ selection is overflowing with bawling bears, DJing dinos, puzzled pandas and the like. Oh, and a little something for Lo while we’re shopping…

Duck Duck Goose » Think-Inducing Toys for Tots

February 24, 2011

Little Sapling Toys Organic Number Blocks
Little Sapling Toys Brainbow Stacking Nesting ArchesLittle Sapling Toys Organic Rattle
Little Sapling Toys Organic Sapling StackerLittle Sapling Toys Organic Camera
top: Organic Number Blocks
top: Brainbow Stacking Nesting Arches and Organic Rattle
bottom: Organic Sapling Stacker and Organic Camera

As motherhood inches nearer, I find my mind is preoccupied: where to put the crib, what to put on the iPod for our (hopefully short) stint in the birthing wing of Roosevelt Hospital, whether little Pipsqueek will be as boisterous as his/her cousin Lir, the baby’s college fund, where we’re sending the little munchkin to preschool… Every parenthood-related article that comes my way is read and pondered. It’s clear: my priorities are shifting.

Along with this new lioness mentality comes my scrutiny of modern-day toys: what happened to the gorgeous and imagination-provoking toys of old? I remember this beautiful wooden duck I had when I was a child. I loved it… There are still a few purist companies out there: with toys that don’t require an army of batteries to amuse, that don’t just give it all away without evoking an ounce of exploration. Kid O (which we’ve reviewed here and here) is one. We were thrilled to find another: Little Sapling Toys on Etsy. Nick and Kimber’s collection of wooden teethers, blocks, rattles, and Montessori-esque puzzles are minimalist and beautiful, with delicately rounded corners and a lovely finish of jojoba oil and beeswax. Most of the inventory is available in maple, walnut, and cherry wood versions and now, with they nifty new laser engraver, personalized products are an option for those possessive babies on your list… Toys range from $12 for teethers to $80 for a personalized rocking horse!

“We plant a tree for every toy sold, use FSC Certified hardwoods, recycled content packaging and participate in our local green power program.” — Little Sapling Toys

Eco-Friendlies » Bobble On!

January 28, 2011

Baby Bobbles

“Each year, nearly 1.5 million barrels of oil are used to make plastic water bottles. Most of those bottles end up in our landfills, in our oceans, littering our sidewalks.”


With stats like that, the fact that these water-filtering bottles are so slick is superfluous. A new generation of designers, which includes color-happy Karim Rashid, are helping the public ease into an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Make your first foray (or another seasoned step) into green design with Move Collective’s Bobble. For just shy of $10, you get a curvy small, medium, or large recycled, BPA-free bottle with your choice of brightly hued filter-cap. Each cap can filter up to 40 gallons of water before it needs replacing. And, just in time for the little Pipsqueek we’ve got on the way, the company is also making a baby version (above)!


Medium Bobble in PinkMedium Bobble in Blue
Large Bobble in YellowLarge Bobble in Green

Duck Duck Goose » Get a Grip!

January 27, 2011

top: Collégien Fête Blue Stripes and Red Polka Dots
bottom: Collégien Fête Babushka and Fauvette Redhead

The history of this company is almost as wonderful as the products they make. Located behind a little church in the French town of Tarn, the Guille family factory has existed for nearly 150 years, and has been churning out socks for about 80 of those. In 1947, the company launched its Collégien brand – a selection of sock-shoe hybrids perfect for those little tots who’ve just learned to walk and are now slipping and sliding all over the wooden floors of your apartment. Each pair is made with soft cotton knit and perforated rubber soles. Choose from a huge selection of patterns and novelty styles as well as calf and knee-high versions. Oh, and for all you envious old-folk – they have parent-sized socks too.

In the Bag » Lir’s First Backpack!

January 4, 2011

Skip*Hop Owl Backpack
Built NY Munchler Lunch BagSkip*Hop Hug and Hide Activity OwlRufus Butler Seder's Gallop! Scanimation Picture Book
Tangle Creations Textured TangleJapanese StickersChopper Chums Shark Puppet
Jellycat If I Were a Cow Board BookLiquid Motion ToyDr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who!
top: Skip*Hop Owl Backpack
first row: Built NY Munchler Lunch Bag, Skip*Hop Activity Owl, and Rufus Butler Seder's Gallop!
Second row: Tangle Creations Textured Tangle, Japanese Stickers, and Chopper Chums Shark
Third row: Jellycat If I Were a Cow Book, Liquid Motion Toy, and Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who!

Yesterday we bid a very sad farewell to little Lir who, with her parents, jetted off to visit her Safta in Tel Aviv for 2 long months! I needed to be sure she had all the superfluous doodads she might want during her stay so, I packed her a sweet little owl backpack from Skip*Hop full of fun things from her Doda and Dodo.

1Skip*Hop Owl Backpack$20

Skip*Hop Owl BackpackPretty much everything by Skip*Hop is not only adorable but intelligently designed and seemingly made by little baby toy engineers. Since Lir has now mastered owl sounds “hooo hooo” we decided that this backpack, with two compartments and a handy side pouch for her water, would be just right.

2Built NY Benny Munchler illustrated by Stephen Savage$5.50

Built NY Munchler Lunch BagA growing (and sometimes moody) one-year-old needs plenty of snacks. This Benny the Lion Munchler bag by another Lo’s List favorite, Built NY, was a perfect way to ensure that Lir’s (ba)nana would stay nice and fresh during an afternoon stroll in Tel Aviv.

3Skip*Hop Hug and Hide Activity Owl$18

Skip*Hop Hug and Hide Activity OwlThis Skip*Hop momma and baby owl is sure to keep any curious tyke busy. Baby owl squeeks and fits neatly into momma’s pouch, who’s belly jingles, one wing crinkles, the other has a little mirror, one claw has a leafy chew toy, the other a wooden ring to grasp…

4Rufus Butler Seder's Gallop! Scanimation Picture Book$12

Rufus Butler Seder's Gallop! Scanimation Picture BookThis book by Rufus Butler Seder is spectacular. And a great compromise for parents trying to ward off the evils of television, iphones, and other drone-inducing electronic gadgets. Each page holds a scanimation: galloping horse, crowing rooster, etc.

5Tangle Creations Textured Tangle$12

Tangle Creations Textured TangleThis is a great little gadget – pretty simple in concept but somehow addictive – even to us old folks. Tangle Creations makes a whole line of this product, including a chrome-looking version that’s pretty slick…

6Japanese Stickers$3.50

Japanese StickersLir has officially discovered stickers and, like any little girl, can’t get enough of them (oh how I cherished my sticker collection). So, just to torment her Safta, we sent Lir en route with plenty of sticky pictures to plaster all over grandma’s house.

7Chopper Chums Shark Puppet$15

Chopper Chums Shark PuppetLir doesn’t shy away from the more ominous characters in the animal kingdom. In fact, I would say lions and sharks are around the top of her list – if not only for the “WRAAAAR” sounds they make. This shark puppet from Chopper Chums will surely help get her narrative across.

8Jellycat If I Were a Cow Board Book$11

Jellycat If I Were a Cow Board BookEach page of this board book from Jellycat has something tactile to discover. And, if cows aren’t your thing, choose from If I Were a Bunny, Giraffe, Hippo, Kitten, Pig, Puppy, Sheep, Zebra, or Elephant. All come with appropriate tail.

9Liquid Motion Toy$6

Liquid Motion ToyThink of this as baby’s first Lava Lamp. I’m hoping that this little liquid motion toy helped satiate Lir during the 10-hour flight to Tel Aviv. And, perhaps the pink and blue colors mixing to make purple will provide as her first color theory lesson…

10Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!$10

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!Lir has already blazed through Hop on Pop, One Fish Two Fish, and There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! so, we figured it was time to add another Seuss classic to her liberry: Horton Hears a Who! We ♥ the cotton candy blue and salmony pink/red color scheme (oh and Horton of course).

Top Ten » Thank You Santa!

December 28, 2010

DKNY Shaped Down Jacket
Alexander Wang Rocco DuffleBarney's SocksMaison Scotch Toggle Poncho
Mariage Fréres Lapsang Souchong TeaRestoration Hardware Cashmere HandwarmersLili's Truffles
Tretorn Snow JoggerShel Silverstein's Falling UpKanoodles
top: DKNY Shaped Down Jacket
first row: Alexander Wang Rocco Duffle, Barney's Socks, and Maison Scotch Toggle Poncho
Second row: Mariage Fréres Lapsang Souchong Tea, Restoration Hardware Hand-warmers, Lili's Truffles
Third row: Tretorn Snow Jogger, Shel Silverstein's Falling Up, and Kanoodles

Oh Santa! I almost forgive you for that flu you plagued YZ and I with this Xmas, what with all the juicy gifts you lugged down our chimney along with it. All in all, the 25th was a veritable indulge-fest, with everything on my list neatly wrapped in recycled paper under the tree. Top that with a visit from our niece Lir – who also benefited from being more nice than naughty this year – and her parents, a magnificent brunch orchestrated by YZ, and an all-out blizzard (albeit a day late) – 2010 was a keeper in the Book of Holidays.


1DKNY Shaped Down Jacket$2295

DKNY Shaped Down JacketNot that I didn’t love my very loud Burton pixel jacket, it was high time for a new winter coat. And, seeing that there’s a bun in the oven (just going to slip that one under the radar), I needed something with a wee bit of room to grow. DKNY’s classy collection of outerwear was just the place…

2Alexander Wang Rocco Duffle$875

Alexander Wang Rocco DuffleI don’t want to tell you how much time I’ve wasted drooling over the Alexander Wang Rocco bag. And now it’s mine. Santa searched high and wide for the exact model I wanted and found it at a Barney’s in Chicago. It did come with a Claus(e) teehee: no more bags ’till next Christmas. That’ll be tough.

3Lots ‘o’ Socksvar.

Barney's SocksAnyone who knows me is aware of my weakness for loud socks and this year I got a massive dose of the accessory. Thanks to Itamar & Nessa for the stunning Vivienne Westwood over-the-knee pair and to Santa for the Barney’s and Happy Socks numbers.

4Maison Scotch Toggle Poncho$93

Maison Scotch Toggle PonchoI’m a sucker for big, knitted sweaters and usually find some greats in the men’s department of some of my favorite chains. But, for a change, this Fair Isle Toggle Poncho from Amsterdam’s Maison Scotch has all the snuggle factor with a bit more femininity.

5Mariage Fréres Lapsang Souchong Tea$9.50

Mariage Fréres Lapsang Souchong TeaIf you’re a tea lover like YZ and I, then you know that any old Twinings just won’t do. And, when you’re plowing through the holidays abstaining from all the tasty Champagne, wine, Hot Toddies, and Egg Nog, it’s good to know you have the very king of tea purveyors – Mariage Fréres – to keep you warm.

6Restoration Hardware Cashmere Handwarmers$10

Restoration Hardware Cashmere HandwarmersJust in time for the big blizzard, these snuggly cashmere-covered hand-warmers from Restoration Hardware are the perfect remedy to walking in a winter wonderland. They’re still available in four of the original colors and at half price – just $10 a pop! You can also purchase replacement gel packs.

7Lili's Truffles

Lili's TrufflesI think we can all agree that Christmas and homemade goodies go hand in hand. We can always count on or favorite neighbors Lili & Thomas for a sampling of Lili’s scrumptious truffles. Check out one of our favorite foodie blogs, Smitten Kitchen, for a hazelnut/chocolate version.

8Tretorn Snow Jogger$75

Tretorn Snow JoggerI’m a total Tretorn junkie – been wearing the same style sneaker for years now – they’re just too comfy. So, it came as no surprise that these Tretorn Snow Joggers are the most foot-friendly pair of winter boots I’ve ever donned. Go on weather. Show me what you’ve got.

9Shel Silverstein Booksvar.

Shel Silverstein's Falling UpIn anticipation of our Summer bundle of joy, I’ve taken a head start on building the little one’s personal library. Alongside several Coralie Bickford-Smith designed editions, Pipsqueek will of course need all the Shel Silverstein classics. So, under the tree we found Runny Babbit and Falling Up.

10Kanoodles$12

KanoodlesKanoodle is the most addictive game since I first set my paws on Tetris. Colorful, compact, and with two puzzles to solve – one 2D and one 3D, this will provide you with hours of fun. Perfect for all those airport delays and that long trip back home.

Gift Guide » Top Ten Treats for Tots!

November 29, 2010

top: Studio 49 Carl Orff Xylophone
first row: Kaiku Push Pull Wagon, Kid O Floating Ducks, and Franck & Fischer Bobby Cuddle Cloth
second row: Elsie Dodds "M" Pillow, GAP Snowsuit, and My Nose Smells Funny by Andy Smith
third row: Keep Benten Boat Shoe, Kikkerland EZ Fold Short Step Stool, and P'kolino Coat Hanger

Hip hip hooray! ‘Tis that time of year again: christmas trees, wreaths, family get togethers, snuggling up by the fireplace singing carols, oh, yes… and lots of gift giving! Now that we’ve gotten through Turkey Day, Lo’s List will be cranking out gift guides for every size and shape of critter on your list — from now till the big 2-5 (with some Hanukkah goodness along the way).

What better way to kick things off than with the wee ones!! We’ve been channeling our inner tot (and taking some serious notes from Baby Lir) and have come up with the Lo’s List top ten baby-must-have-it gifts for 2010 (check out last year’s guide here). Of course, it’s all a matter of taste, and in our world, the more color and critters the better! Lir can back us up on this one: there are few things she likes more than tucking into her Zoologique book and mimicking every animal’s voice. She’s got almost a dozen locked down: bird, snake, cow, dog, cat, bear, lion, fish, monkey, horse…


1Studio 49 Carl Orff Xylophone$300

The key to giving baby gifts is keeping the fragile state of their parents in mind. In lieu of a harsh, metal xylophone, nurture their musical ear with a mellower wooden xylophone from Studio 49.

2Kaiku Push Pull Wagon$165

At around the 1-year marker, babies seem to really dig pushing/pulling stuff around… I’m not one for mini baby strollers as that just seems weird to me. This tougher Push Pull Wagon from Kaiku is more my cup of tea. But act quick – these are selling like hotcakes!

3Kid O Floating Ducks$12

Duckies are a mandatory bath time accessory. This mother and baby duck nesting duo from Lo’s List favorite, Kid O, is lightweight, elegantly curved, and gently rocks when placed on a flat surface. Lir is just fascinated by how the little one fits perfectly on his mother’s back!

4Franck & Fischer Bobby Cuddle Cloth$27

Naptime is never lonely with a Franck & Fischer character to keep you company. The Danish company has an ENDLESS selection of cloth, crocheted, and wooden toys to drool over (and then on). Our favorite is this striped, monkey cuddle cloth.

5Elsie Dodds "M" Pillow$78

These exquisite letter pillows by Elsie Dodds have all the narrative of a book without the papercuts! Get your little one’s initials, spoil them with their full name, or take out a loan and get the whole alphabet! We’re digging the M, which shows a Moose, Monarch, Motorcycle, Maze, Monkey and Mushroom amongst others!

6GAP Sherpa-Lined Snowsuit$70

Being a New Yorker through and through, I relish this chilly time of year. Tots can love it too — especially if they’re dressed for the occasion. Gap’s sherpa-lined snowsuit with detachable mittens and booties is the perfect solution for an afternoon frolick in (soon-to-be) snowy Central Park.

7My Nose Smells Funny by Andy Smith$10

It’s become clear that Lir’s books could really say anything and she’d be cool with it. So why not go the nonsensical route when adding selections to baby’s library. We’re pining for Andy Smith’s limited edition screen printed oeuvre, My Nose Smells Funny. Can’t wait to see Lir narrate that one.

8Keep Benten Boat Shoe$35

A good pair of baby shoes is hard to find. You want style, ankle-support, durability, and value all in a shoe that’s easy to slip on. Keep’s three styles of baby kicks (boat shoe, mid-top, and high-top) totally hit the mark — and they’re organic!! They make shoes for big people too…

9Kikkerland EZ Fold Short Step Stool$14

Another Lo’s List favorite, Kikkerland livens up everyday objects with humor. This fold-away plastic step stool, available in two heights and a handful of colors, is a versatile addition to any busy home. We ♥ the industrial-meets-childproof aesthetic.

10P’kolino Coat Hanger$80

Having an adorable coat hanger just for baby is totally useful, as tiny hats, mittens, scarves and coats can get lost in the fray. This wooden tree coat hanger from P’kolino takes on both a utilitarian and playful role in your child’s room. Choose from orange, green, white, or natural. Stands 4′ tall.


Kawaii! » Move Over Piggie. There’s a New Bank in Town.

October 29, 2010

Georg Jensen Moneyphant by Jørgen Møller

“Silver is the best material we have. And silver has this wonderful shine like moonlight…a light taken straight from a Danish summer’s night. When covered by dew, silver can look like magical mist.” — Georg Jensen

When it comes to the art of silversmithing, Copenhagen’s Georg Jensen is at the top of any credible it-list. His story is more than a typical rags to riches triumph, however. The son of a knife grinder, Georg studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts after an apprenticeship in goldsmithery that began when he was just 14. The designer always held the arts close to his heart and pursued craftsman positions as a financial means to an end. But, when his silversmithy shop on Bredgade Street began picking up steam, Jensen saw his newfound success and developing career as an opportunity to bring back the profession of artist craftsman. He spent the next two and a half decades drilling that work standard into his team of designers so firmly that, over a century later, the label holds true to the founder’s art-meets-craft credo.

Jørgen Møller, the designer of the uber-kawaii Moneyphant above, was a wee 5 years old when Jensen passed away in 1935. However fifty years later (with the help of Møller’s grandson) Jørgen designed an elephant bottle opener for the Danish label. The simple elephantine shape was so well received that a slew of elephant silverwares followed including this adorable bank. Considering that elephants are revered for their wisdom, it seems an appropriate symbol to attach to your child’s first attempts at saving their “hard-earned” cash…


Duck Duck Goose » Virgil, Thanks for the Horse!

October 18, 2010

KidsOnRoof’s Trojan Horse

Ah, the Trojan Horse… It’s never too early for kids to discover the classics and what better place to start than with Virgil’s The Aeneid: a classic tale of military strategy. Count on the Dutch, this time by way of Amsterdam-based KidsOnRoof, to design eco-friendly playthings that are pleasing to both child’s and parent’s aesthetic. What I love most about this Trojan Horse (aside from the fact that it comes with a mini companion foal) is how perfectly minimalist it is – starting off as a plain white canvas for kids to either draw in their ideal equine creation or enjoy it as it is: simple, recycled, and sustainable.

Kawaii! » Sit! Stay! Shine!

October 14, 2010


Oooh, this lamp is too cute for words: perfect for a child’s room or just a corner of the house that needs a dab of personality. Meet Milk, a Daschund-shaped lamp by Wants and Needs that is sure to light up more than just a reading corner. Its head and tale is made of glossy ceramic while the belly, which houses the 3-chip LED bar, is constructed of sturdy acrylic. Give the pup a little scratch under the chin and viola – let there be light! Contact the designers here to get more info on purchasing.

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Duck Duck Goose » Brave Souls Dream of Peace

October 7, 2010

Smiling Planet’s melamine plate collection

An earthy little reminder at the bottom of a bowl of organic fruit or veg is a great way to start and end a day. Smiling Planet’s collection of 100% recycled and 100% recyclable bowls and plates, printed with non-toxic inks and free of bpa, phthalates, pvc, and lead, allows your little one to nosh, worry-free, and get in touch with his or her inner conservationist at the earliest age.

The shop’s wares are illustrated by Freddy Deane — one half of the husband & wife team that runs the entreprise. His simple, pastel-hued drawings bring to mind Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s unforgettable illustrations from The Little Prince and are accompanied by quirky one-liners like “some roar I just smile” and “am I still an elephant if I’m really small?”. Oh, and the best part? It’s Baby Lir-approved!

The current catalog of plates, bowls, and baby tees is due to expand — be sure to check back for upcoming collections of fine china, placemats, cups, bedding, posters, and more!

Eco-Friendlies » Get Wasted with Creatables

September 28, 2010

top: Creatables Bau-Bau-Blocks and Lightweight Wallet
bottom: Creatables Tennis Ultra-Board and Old News

“Creatables is a company and network of engineers and designers that negotiate prices for industrial surplus materials from which we and our fellow designers develop nice consumer products. When you buy a Creatables product you reduce the effects of over-consumption and cast an important vote towards a sustainable development.”

Thank you Creatables, for making it so effing easy to be eco-friendly! Not only are these handy home and office supplies made entirely of factory waste, they’re downright cool — like, cooler than an upcycling hipster cool. Our favorite from the shop is definitely the fuzzy tennis ball Old News magazine/newspaper holder, a collaboration with inudstrial designer Jonas Forsman. Looking around the office, it’s just what this media-cluttered space needs!!


Bookworm » It’s Never Too Late…

September 20, 2010

Zoologique and Presque Tout by Joëlle Jolivet

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, as our dad likes to say—and indeed, having discovered Joëlle Jolivet’s lusciously illustrated children’s books, we’re about ready for a second helping. We’ve been aware of Jolivet’s work for some time now: while browsing our favorite librairies we’ve admired her covers for Flammarion, Seuil and 10-18 — but her boldly colored (or strategically black & white) linocut style comes into its own in the large-format illustrations of her own books.

In Presque Tout (Almost Everything) and Zoologique (Zoological), inspired by the pages of old dictionaries, she assembles a visual encyclopedia of the world: of houses, big and small creatures, fruits and vegetables, musical instruments, striped or spotted animals. The illustrations convey a sense of bustling simultaneity, and we can just imagine Junior’s little brain popping open with the possibilities of each revelatory page.

top: Coloriages by Joëlle Jolivet
bottom: Oups! Written by Jean-Luc Fromental & Illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet and Vues D'Ici by Joëlle Jolivet & Fani Marceau

The same impression of expansive potential appears throughout Jolivet’s coloring book Coloriages, where, from cover to cover, the intricate designs of her linocuts and the thousands of empty cells of feathers, leaves and leopards’ spots all call out for your old set of Faber-Castells. We say ‘your old set’ because it’s unlikely you can surrender the pleasure of completing this tree of birds or royal pair to even your beloved offspring.

Easier to share with others, perhaps, are the chaotic scenes of Oups! or the single, panoramic landscape of Vues d’ici. A favorite of ours is the less exuberant but energetic compositions of Vues d’Ivry.

PS! You can find Jolivet’s works translated to English on Amazon.com

Vues D'Ivry by Joëlle Jolivet

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