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House Industries – Factory Blocks

Factory Blocks by House Industries.

UBBAS Bath Cups

Rob Spalding’s UBBAS Bath Cups are a fun way to promote healthy discussions with your kids about their bodies – fill the cups up with water and see them pee – Mama and Sister UBBAS pee sitting down, and Papa and Brother UBBAS pee standing up. Besides learning about bodily functions, the grown up UBBAS cups have hearts that interlock when hugging, and all of the UBBAS’ can hold one another’s hands.


Since Tattly launched in July 2011, designer tattoos are everywhere. Dottinghill is one of the nicer ones I’ve come across recently, with crowdsourced designs that are pretty lovely! So, if you’ve got a tattoo design in mind, submit it to Dottinghill and if you’re lucky, it will end up on your arm!

Cardboard Safari – Wall Trophies

I spotted these fun cardboard wall trophies by Cardboard Safari on sale over at Fab. They’d be sweet over a mantle or in a kid’s nursery!

Fai-Fah by Sparch

Picture credits: Lin Ho


Architecture firm Sparch was commissioned by TMB Bank to design Fai-Fah Prachautis, combining two side-by-side shophouses into a building that houses an arts and education program which works with underprivileged Thai youth, using art as a vehicle for self-development and creative thinking. The art and creative education programs span five floors and include an art studio, library, gallery, dance studio, and multi-purpose rooftop garden.

The five levels of the building are linked by a central feature staircase with each level defined by its own colour theme. Utilities and services are housed in a new inverted L-shaped structure, the “Utility Stick”, which is plugged into the rear of the building; it rises from the courtyard and bends to form a garden store at roof level. The existing shop house façade has been transformed by the application of a bespoke lattice screen and Fai-Fah logo, a statement that the building is different from its adjacent neighbours and announcing to the community that Fai-Fah has arrived.

I personally love the way that the signage at night looks like a long exposure photo with the words “Fai-Fah” scrawled in light. The interior is super fun, playful and colorful, and I’m sure the program a huge asset to the community in Bangkok.

Picture credits_TMB Bank

Picture credits_Lin Ho

Picture credits_TMB Bank


Love these sculptures by Neritagli. Simple, flat-packed shapes and designs. I actually like the leftover acrylic as much as the sculptures themselves.

Dice For Change

DiceForChange is a boxed set of three dice designed to help kids playfully engage the world in a positive way. The WellnessDice encourages you to take better care of yourself, the KindnessDice to be more kind, and the EcoDice to take care of the world.

Little Studio – Nordic Happy Design

We received this post submission from Little Studio titled “Nordic happy design”, and I think that’s the perfect name for these pieces. Their works are inspired by children – they are playful, beautiful. and colorful!

Children’s ability to see things for more than what they really are, is a great inspiration to us. For example, a triangle could just be a triangle – but it can also be a mountain. Or a circle, a circular symbol, can with other circles turn into soap bubbles.

Gauges and Buttons Poster – Our Children’s Gorilla

When I was a kid, my mom painted Transformer type gauges and buttons on the underside of my brother and my bunkbed. We had a lot of fun playing with them. This Gauges and Buttons Poster by Our Children’s Gorilla could be the centerpiece of a whole lot of games like submarine or nuclear reactor control room.

Jane’s Carousel and a pavilion by Jean Nouvel

Last week we wandered over to Brooklyn Bridge Park to attend the opening of Jane’s Carousel, which is now housed in a brand new pavilion designed by Jean Nouvel. The carousel is almost 100 years old, and was originally built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922.

The Jean Nouvel designed 72 x 72 foot acrylic building is not only a protective shelter for the carousel, but a jewel box that provides framed views of the bridges as well as the Manhattan skyline. The East and West facades are fixed and completely transparent, while the other two facades open via a series of folding steel and acrylic doors. The operable facades each have 18 doors split into two groups of 9, opening from the center outwards. The doors rest on tracks recessed on the floor and programmed to open in four different positions, while the skylight, inspired by the structure of the carousel, is made of insulated glass units.

The pavilion was nice – a glass box that encases the carousel and allows it and the views of the city to be the center of attention. They didn’t do this at the opening, but apparently at sunset the shadows of the three rows of horses will be projected onto four 70′ by 25′ screens. Sounds like fun – we’ll have to go back to check it out!

The carousel lights reflected in the glass and onto the bridge beyond.

A beautiful embedded sign for the carousel.

A rendering of the light projections at night. And finally, a series of photos of the installation process taken by Julienne Schaer.