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Wednesday 6 July 2011

Review: Designed for Kids

Design-lovers rejoice! Here is a book solely dedicated to items created for the little people in our lives - from prams and cots to hyper-modern seating and ΓΌber cool toys.

This beautifully-designed compendium features 754 photographs of some seriously covetable items. Divided into sections covering Mobility, Nursery, Mealtimes, Furniture, Decoration & Textiles, Toys, Travel, Electronics & Lighting, and Accessories, readers are first treated to a little history before being plumeted into a series of It brands.

Complete with product history and spiel, each entry offers country of origin and a website URL, and covers both time-honoured and modern day classics.

Nestled within the book's pages are some pretty fascinating interviews with some hefty design talent, including John Maeda, Tom Dixon and Paola Antonelli.

Author Richardson writes with warmth and candour, and striking photographs are a design-freak's dream - all making for a clean, modern, highly aesthetic and information-packed tome.

A must-have for any self-confessed design-addict or adorer of products designed for children.

Title: Designed for Kids
Author/Illustrator: Phyllis Richardson 
Publisher: Thames and Hudson, $49.95 RRP
Publication Date: 25 August 2008
ISBN: 9780500514139
Format: Hard cover 
Type: Books for Parents