Monday, March 2

Playtime Tokyo :: Fall/ Winter 2015 -16 collections

A cardboard dinosaur by Flatout Frankie - via CAST Japan

I absolutely love attending Playtime, an international maternity & children's trade show that takes place twice a year in Paris, Tokyo and NYC. I am happy to report once more about the last Tokyo edition which happened last week at Belle Salle Garden Shibuya. No matter how much time I spend at the show, I always miss out on so many things, and I always wish I could talk to each exhibitor and listen to what they have to share. I wonder if I will ever be able to make this happen!

I have made friends over the years, and of course I will always visit them in priority on the first day. Last week I discovered new labels with fresh collections and exciting concepts. I also managed to attend the cocktail party (with my kids!) and listened to the "Kodomo Jazz" singer Roco who was animating the evening. 

Let's find out in pictures what Playtime Tokyo had to unveil!

  • Illustration: Ever since its creation in 2007, each year Playtime selects a new artist to illustrate its fairs - from the trade show invitation, to the booklet, website, murals etc... This year it was Italian illustrator Philip Giordano who shared his vision of the three capitals in his signature animals, geometric shapes with quirky details. His work for Playtime won silver medal in the advertising category at the Society of Illustrators NY.

Behind the front desk, an illustration by Philip Giordano 
  • 'Le Club Lounge' by Abi Loves with Mika Posa: a space where small visitors can play, create and relax. The wall paper  seemed to be an awesome outlet for the little ones to express their creativity. My children surely enjoyed the space while I was happily catching up with friends!


  • Trend space 1 // 'Welcome to the Club' by Kim Songhe
Kim Songhe was born in Tokyo in 1982 and graduated from Oda Design College, after which she started her design activity. In 2005, she got noticed with her chandeliers displayed at the Loveless store in Aoyama (Tokyo). She has then produced many shop displays in Japan and showcased her work at museums in San Francisco and Seoul (2009). The chandeliers are made of products pasted to each other and can be described as "junk collage". Kim Songhe created a disco/pop chandelier for the trend Space of Playtime Tokyo.


Trend space by Kim Songhe
To celebrate the opening of the 12th edition of Playtime Tokyo, Japanese singer Roco and her musicians animated the cocktail party on the 24th of February. Her playful music entertained visitors and exhibitors as well as the children who attended.


Kodomo Jazz booth 

Let's start with a short introduction to the brands I was able to visit and what I liked:
  • Toi-Même: cute, classy designs in pastel colours. Made in France. I ♥︎ the musical stars and their bright lights.
  • Que Sera Sera: an Osaka-based shop presenting labels such as The Great Lakes Goods, SugarBoo designs, Hartland Brooklyn, Gold Teeth Brooklyn etc... I ♥︎ the laser-cut wooden decoration items by The Great Lakes Goods.
  • La Lovie: eco-friendly accessories and dolls in cashmere and organic cotton for environmentally conscious parents. I ♥︎ the cashmere plaids and their original designs!

Toi Même (top & left) // The Great Lakes Goods via Que Sera Sera SEED

Cashmere and cuties by La Lovie

I have been a fan of these brands for a while now:
  • Sophia 203: the most delightful embroidered accessories. Every season a new enchanted theme, for the little and not so little ones.
  • Les Enfantines: chic and timeless clothes for children - I ♥︎ the peacock liberty print collar for baby.
  • Bonheur du Jour: poetic, sweet and girly, the collection was stunning - I ♥︎ everything!
  • Camphor: superb knitwear and a minimalistic/ eco-friendly feel. I ♥︎ the sweaters which are also water-repellent (!). 

A Curious Circus by Sophia 203

Les Enfantines

Bonheur du Jour Paris (all of the above)

The artist is using the technique of knitting with different materials to create infinite shapes such as feathers, wings or elytrons (a harden forewing of some insects such as beetles). He has participated in collective and individual exhibits in museums and galleries across Japan since 1991. For Playtime Tokyo he created a giant knitted tree, a unique symbol and a space where people would gather, communicate and exchange. 


Trend space by Masayuqi Yoshida // knitwear by Camphor

Camphor - booth C11

Born in 1977 in Tokyo, Daisuke Takahashi launched his first ready-to-wear collection for women (Disk1) in 2005 in Paris. He moved back to Tokyo in 2006 and has expanded his work to men and kids collection as well as art installation made of fabrics or cardboard that are presented in cafés and shops. For Playtime Tokyo he created cardboard-framed objects to illustrate the happy mix between handmade and digital. 


Trend space by Daisuke Takahashi // Embroidery by Holmgren

Folk Made 

  • Folk Made: a beautiful winter collection, made complete with the gorgeous knitted stools. The wooden furnitures were also handmade - by Mr. Folk Made. Pretty awesome!
  • Pilkku: the concept -> comfortable, simple pieces that can be worn by girls and boys ♥︎
  • Holmgren: the last booth I visited, and one of my favorite. A collection of hooded sweatshirts resulting from a collaboration between Camilla Holmgren, a photographer, and her son Emile. The embroidery designs were taken straight from Emile's sketchbook and are poetic, full of imaginative creatures and stories. The booth concept was a street in Hong Kong were the look book photos were taken.  ♥︎♥︎♥︎
  • Tiny Bitz: a boutique baby gifting brand with the focus on bringing thoughtful gifts for growing kids. I ♥︎ the beautiful quality and super soft cotton of their onesies. 
  • CAST Japan: a distributor of some of my favorite products, such as Stocs, the Time Capsules by Make History, the Loog guitar etc... They recently added a new label to their line of products, the Flatout Frankie cardboard toys (from New Zealand). I ♥︎ the alphabet!

Holmgren

Pilkku
Folk Made

Stocs and Flatout Frankie by CAST Japan (above and left) // Tiny Bitz (right)


See you in August Playtime Tokyo!


2015 ©All photographs by Marie Maglaque 


Monday, February 16

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Workshop

 A shower of hearts as a backdrop 
for a simple, all-white table setting...


Hello everyone!

We wrapped up our series of Valentine's Day workshops with guest teacher Chikako Yamamoto of DDbistro last Thursday and it was great! 
Organised in collaboration with Niki's Kitchen, we welcomed 30 participants over three days and I believe everyone left contented and happy to have spent a creative morning with like-minded people.

While Chikako was in charge of teaching the cookie decoration with sugar paste to the group of participants, I was busy in my kitchen preparing lunch for more than 10 people. On the menu was a carrot salad served with roast pork in its red wine gravy, gratin dauphinois (a potatoes gratin slow-baked in milk and cream) and an apricot tart for dessert (with almond filling). I had also prepped up the house and made some paper-based decorations for a Valentine's Day table set up - you can check my post about it here.

We were lucky to get the assistance and photography service of Nao Lincoln, whose wonderful photographs are illustrating this post, thank you so much Nao!



Above, a paper heart adorning a paper straw, made with a Martha Stewart puncher. I used the same puncher to make the heart garlands for the backdrops, very useful indeed! 


I had kept the festive and colorful paper garlands hung for my son's birthday, initially purchased a couple of years ago in Amsterdam, Holland.


Above, a name card also created with a Martha Stewart puncher, the heart lace craft puncher. Find the pretty polka dotted paper at one of my favorite craft supply store at Parco Shibuya, WRAPPLE, in many different shades. I love it and use it regularly. 

Apricot amandine tart for dessert

Dessert... since we were more than 10 people to eat lunch, and we held three workshops, I baked 6 tarts within a week. I love this dessert with its almond-based crust and filling. Next time I will try it out with pineapple instead of apricots...

Below are some of the super cute cookies that participants created. Every single participants creates her own set of 10 cookies with personal designs and inspiration.


And finally pictures of the lunch set as served to every one... does it look delicious?

 



© Photography courtesy of Nao Lincoln 



Friday, February 13

Valentine's Day Party Styling



Happy Valentine's Day friends!

I worked on a simple yet cute Valentine's Day table setting with the help of my Martha Stewart punchers - used for the heart paper garland last week. I am showing you below two other ways to use the paper hearts, glued on paper straws or used to create cute greeting cards.
The name cards were made using another tool: the lace heart puncher, also by Martha Stewart. It's very useful to decorate the edges of cards, coasters, name cards etc... 
The red heart on the glass bottles were made using the same technique as for the window stickers -  you can check the DIY post (click here to read).

Are you preparing anything special for Valentine's Day?



If you are interested in purchasing the two punchers used in this styling, you can check online on Amazon or in your local craft stores.

Martha Stewart Heart Craft Puncher - available on Amazon here.
Martha Stewart Heart lace Craft Puncher - on Amazon here.

In Tokyo, I like to shop for craft supplies at WRAPPLE in Shibuya Parco (3rd floor) - check it out!




Tuesday, February 10

DIY Glass Deco Stickers

Glass stickers are perfect to adorn the glass bottles 
I am using for my party styling!

Hello friends!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I need to post this little DIY for you to try at home. It all started when my daughter received at Christmas this craft kit to make window stickers. I adapted the shapes for my son, and naturally imagined that it would make a very nice window decoration for the upcoming Valentine's Day an my workshops - I like to introduce new crafts and decoration ideas to the participants. 

The kit didn't include the colours I needed for the craft, so I went to the shop (Yuzawaya) to find something similar. I didn't want to outline the hearts with black so I set my choice for the three colours featured in my photo below. 
Kids, especially girls, will enjoy this craft. My five-year-old boy made a couple of cars & trucks stickers to decorate his bedroom windows and he was very proud of it!

Check out the simple steps of this DIY below and get some of "glass deco" products next time you are at the craft store!

#1 Materials

> prepare as many colours as requested for your project. I was drawing hearts so naturally went for pinkish shades. I chose a dark pink for the outline (which turned out to be red once dry), and a light pink + white to fill up the hearts. 
> red glitter for the glam
> a plastic sheet - you can use a plastic folder for instance.


#2 Outline the shapes

> I didn't use any template to draw my hearts, but if you are tackling a more complex subject or if you don't feel confident enough to draw, I recommend that you search and print some templates from the internet or books first. 
> Once you have drawn the outlines, let dry for a couple of hours - drying time varies depending on each product, please check the instruction prior to starting this craft. Mine was about 2-3 hours. 
> If you are doing it with a child, it's best to explain first that drying time is necessary - set  some expectation to avoid frustration!


#3 Filling 

> Once the outlines are dry, you can start filling up the shapes - carefully and without going over the lines.
> If you are using glitter, it's the time to apply some too. 
> At this stage I typically left my stickers dry over night. 


> I went out for a lace-like, fancier design as seen in the picture below. Just make sure that lines stay connected and that they aren't too thin.


Once dry, the stickers are easily removable from the plastic sheet and can be displayed on your windows, or as shown below, on glass bottles. I haven't tried it yet but you could try to write names or short messages too. 

Let me know if you try it out!
Bisous♡



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