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DT reader and vintage design guru Andy spotted this incredible set of blocks by the Czech exile designer Ladislav Sutnar being auctioned on Oct 12:


PEDAGOGICAL PROJECT (AVANT-GARDE, CZECH MODERNIST.) Sutnar, Ladislav. Original set of woodblocks for "Build the Town." 30 pieces [complete], small wooden building blocks, cones, and triangles painted in red, blue, and yellow, some paint chipping, some a bit soiled. [New York, circa 1942]

Estimate $7,000-10,000


one of a handful of surviving prototypes; from the sutnar family collection. Sutnar began his career in his native Czechoslovakia as a toy designer and educator. Between 1922 and 1926 he created "Factory Town," a set of children's blocks designed as an educational toy in the spirit of Froebel's blocks. After emigrating to the states, he tried in earnest to find a manufacturer for the set which he re-named less grimly "Build the Town." This is one of only a few prototypes created, entirely at Sutnar's expense, with the hope that the company Cobos/Builders would produce the set, but it was not to be realized. Another major impediment came from lumber companies that could not stop wartime orders to produce the wooden blocks. Despite his best efforts, Sutnar was forced to abandon the project. The archive of drawings and documents for the project was sold in Swann Galleries' salesroom on 20 September, 2001, lot 354. Build the Town represents an inventive attempt by Sutnar to introduce children to the basic forms, vibrant primary colors, and the creative freedom of design. The Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum own sets.

To celebrate the birth of his son this month, Copenhagen art dealer Nicolai Wallner invited the artists he represents "to do an exhibition celebrating the spirit of life."


This is the flyer for the show, titled "Silly Adults." It depicts, I'm guessing, Wallner's older son's room, which has some mighty sweet art in it. Congratulations, Wallners!

There is a Ferrari store at the Wynn Las Vegas casino. It has a bunch of logo merchandise that, while exclusive, is not really exceptionally high quality or high design. In fact--surprise, surprise--a lot of it is kind of tacky, probably not the kind of things an actual Ferrari driver would own. I hope.

jonah at week 51. 生後51週目。パパと滑り台で遊ぶジョナ。

"the new generation has arrived." color me confused.


No idea where or when this campaign ran [or if it was spec or what]


via daddytypes reader zach

From Hanns Reich's 1962 photo essay, "Children and their Fathers," a dad with a slick lid blowing on his trombone while his kid's propped up on his arm.


Photographer and subject unknown, but I'm sure some 50's jazz nerd will set me straight.


If that's Chet Baker--and really, is there any better role model for dads?--then that must be his first son, Chesney Aftab, who was born in 1957.


He apparently used to get the kid drunk, then in 1959, Baker left his wife and the kid with an Peter Broome, an American sculptor in Paris, went to a gig, and didn't really look back.


But I didn't know Baker ever played the trombone.


2009 update: I found a copy of the book with the credits listed; this is by Harvey Shaman.

Am I late to the game, or does Ikea make play kitchen adapters for some of their cabinets? I thought this was kind of awesome.


It's in the little play area across the aisle from the ballroom check-in.

A very thoughtful baby - our two week old newborn, Audrey - listening to Nirvana. Spontaneous snapshot in indoor daylight converted to grayscale


-Canon PowerShot S500


-1/25 Second

-ISO 100

-7.4 focal length

-no flash

In 2004, artist Craig Robinson created a whole alphabet's worth of pop star portraits for "Abba to Zappa", an ad campaign by Mother for the Observer Music Magazine.


Unless you know about some somewhere, there are no actual flashcards to buy, or clean files to print out for your own set.

These incredible baby- and kid-sized Air Jordans go back 13 years, collected by the owners of iiwi Baby & Dog in Kyoto for their own kid.

well, i guess it's time to let the cat out of the bag on this one.


the march/april issue of mothering magazine is running an article on kangaroo care and they've chosen to include 8 (9?) photos of odin doing the 'roo.


and while most of the pictures are of kris and odin, i'm honored that my ugly, hairy chest will be featured as well which is, i think, a milestone for parenting magazines who generally seem to believe dad's don't exist :-)


first parents magazine and now mothering magazine - i think someone from parenting magazine needs to call. or maybe wired which he's been reading for for awhile ( and did craig newmark really comment on that post? geeky inquiring minds want to know. update: i can confirm that it really is craig, who i might add is something of a hero of mine. i can only hope that odin will grow up with his brand of nerd values. ).


in any case, it looks like the magazine trifecta is now in play.


we don't have a copy of the magazine yet and we're leaving for da u.p. for awhile tommorrow which is the real reason why i had to go with any ol' magazine for this post. you can blame fellow flickrite peter norby for doing the networking that made this happen :-)

page 2,185 of The Complete Encyclopedia of Crafts, Volume 20, 1975

featured here

In 1952, Buckminster Fuller proposed to the editors of Ford Times that the magazine pay for he and his students at MIT design a camping system for the Ford Ranch Wagon.


The results, photographed by Edward N. Smith, were published in the July 1953 edition of Ford Times.


According to the accompanying article, Fuller divided his students into three teams for the six-week exercise.


The result: two aluminum and Orlon tents, and a kitchen and luggage module which fits into the rear cargo space.


The large tent is umbrella-like, and usually hangs from a mast attached to the rear of the Ford [though it can stand free of the car for a short period.]


The second tent is freestanding. The kitchen module cantilevers out, thus freeing the interior of the wagon for sleeping. [Four cot/bunks are also cantilevered off the sides of the car.]


The wagon used for the exercise was loaned by a Ford dealer in Cambridge, so it is unclear whether any of these designs are still in existence.


The article did not mention the names of any of Fuller's students. Though the Fuller Archive at Stanford University lists a folder of documents pertaining to this project, these are believed to be the only published images.

Thanks to DT reader Debbie Yamauchi, who sent in this photo after seeing Mathowie's giant Elmo pic:


"In Kunming, China there stands a 40 ft. statue of Optimus Prime (leader of the the Autobots from Transformers-- my childhood hero). It is a magnificent tribute to capitalism/robots/marketing in a very unlikely place."

DT reader Wesley is doing the expat thing in London with the wife and new baby. That's where he spotted a Rolls Royce estate/station wagon in the wild recently.


To the family's immense credit, it appears they're using the car the way in which it was coachbuilt; the dad's loading up the Bugaboo after a family outing to the V&A. This is like five kinds of awesome.

Chicago River Walk

1967, Delacorte Press


pure, trippin' awesomeness.

jonah at 16 months. 高いところが大好きなジョナは、肩車ももちろん大好き。


jonah has his own flickr site @ .


Holy smokes, bookshelfporn. Muniz' awesome steel bookcases are custom by the artist Gerben Mulder. Muniz is a collector.


Also, Jennifer deLonge's Ava kid's chair and ottoman, presumably as a placeholder for the kid-sized Eames Lounge chair we're all waiting for.

The Eameses created this prototype for a Solar Do-Nothing Machine for Alcoa Forecast Collection in the late 1950's. It's a tabletopful of beautifully milled aluminum [naturally] pinwheels and cogs, all webbed together with tiny belts.


It's a lot of fun to watch and decipher, and though it's hard to capture in an image, it filmed really well. This is a still from a 2-min film on Vol. 6 of The Films of Ray and Charles Eames.

plans for a modular, plywood bed system, designed by Arvid Orbeck for the American Plywood Association, and published in Sunset Publishing's Furniture You Can Make, 1971.

The Machine. a assemble-it-yourself hot rod by Samsonite.

Spotted on eBay, this is the single piece of kid furniture that was foretold by the ancients, which would bring about the apocalypse: A Hulk Hogan swivel chair. Why it didn't destroy the world when it was made in the early 90's, I don't know. I'm just a blogger, not a eschatologist.


Joel at posted this ad from the days when beer was considered a healthfood. Maybe your grandmother was raised on beer, did you ever think about that?

samsonite kid's furniture. they were making crappy-looking folding chairs for kids at least since the 1950's.


The barrel-shaped chairs have a bit of a Frank Lloyd Wright feel to them, but not much.

This 1967 book on the first incarnation of the Bauhaus features an awesome de Stijl-looking bassinet on the cover.

DT reader Karl snapped this homemade Dodge Caravan convertible on I-70 in Colorado. [That's the dash of his "prissy, world-saving Prius" reflected in the window.]

[from the facing page] Samsonite Toys 1972

Change is a constant process. Yet to each company there comes a time of more significant change. 1972 is such a year for Samsonite Toys.


With our long commitment to Lego, and our more recent expansion into preschool toys as a foundation, we entered into a major program of proudct development and growth for 1972.


Our efforts were directed to accomplish several objectives.


We determined to create a clearly articulated line of toys, with the width and depth necessary to best serve our customers - and the ultimate consumer.


We drew upon every area of technical expertise within Samsonite Corporation to ensure that each toy reflected the quality and technical excellence for which Samsonite's luggage and furniture products are known in America.


We concentrated on achieving the highest levels of styling in the design of each product, based upon our philosophy that improvements in styling are a major area of opportunity in our industry.


Perhaps the most important objective was to provide each product with the greatest apparent value - product size, piece count, multiple play values and quality.

We created packaging which will properly communicate the value and excitement of our line to consumers at the point-of-purchase.


We have mounted by far the largest public relations program in our history-- ranging form national publicity to local and regional support programs.


At the same time, we committed the largest advertising and merchandising program in the history or Samsonite Toys.

So the concept was there, I was sure it'd work, and so I had my mom sew it up. Sure enough, the IKEA bag can be taken apart, and when you turn it into a narrow tote bag, it leaves two identical, changing pad-shaped pieces, which can be sewn together.


Thanks again to Bas at Funk-Station for the inspiration.

My grandmother has a huge toy room in her basement, with toys that were vintage when I was a little kid. Now my daughter gets to play with them.


These blocks were my aunt's as a child, which means they were probably purchased in the early-to-mid 1950's.


They are gorgeous and feel great. The hardwood is nicely rounded on the edges; the paint/stain is transparent, so the grain shows trough nicely. The typeface is very clean.


When I got too excited about them, my mom got a little peeved that her blocks didn't pass the aesthetic test of time so well.

1967, Delacorte Press


pure, trippin' awesomeness.

Tony had grown a beard for a month (a very rare thing - he usually is beard-free), and he was just about to go get it shaved off at an old-school barber shop. We took some before/after shots of him and Nola together, and then I also got this one, which I loved the best. I think the look on her face is super-sweet.

"They look like chairs, tables or steps, but quickly and easily build large structures. Each block is an open 12" cube made of 5/8" birch plywood, braced with a center panel on which a child may sit or stand. Hand cribs facilitate handling by very young children. Playboards enhance the building possibilities. Designed for indoor use." $9.50 ea,


Compatible Playboards of natural finish maple, 36" x 5 1/2" x 3/8" were $4.50 ea.

twelve of the elongated crates almost perfectly fill the doorway we had closed off and covered over [we needed the space in the kids' room, plus we didn't want to have to deal with too much of the lap-running around the house. there is another track in the living room, btw.]


There are six crates on their sides, two verticals with a gap in between, then four more horizontal on top.


The whole unit is rather tightly strapped together with zip-ties. It felt important to rotate the zip-ties after cutting them, in order to make the exposed surfaces smooth.

eBay seller collective_chaos originally posted this photoset documenting this unusual toy from Creative Playthings, circa 1969.

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