Playtime Paris – children’s accessories, decor and more

Froy & Dind

It’s all about the ‘little extras’ from Playtime Paris today. Fashion accessories to dress up an outfit, decor pieces for the finishing touch to the nursery and a few nifty gadgets.

Froy & Dind

Belguim duo Froy & Dind have a sensational collection of goodies patterned in a clever mix of nostalgic images and bright retro prints. The result is stunning. Tear your eyes away from their gorgeous clothing and take a look at the fab tins and stationery (shown above and at top).

Although mostly focused on accessories for grown-ups, French design house Polder has created the April Showers collection for children. Including accessories, socks and decor pieces, the delicate detail on each piece is noteworthy – necklaces strung with tassels, beads and tiny cowrie shells, patterned socks, plus gorgeous quilts and cushions printed with little bowties and star bursts.

I figured it wouldn’t take long for children’s sunglasses to enter the ‘designer’ phase (forget selecting a pair off the rack at your local pharmacy) – put some Sons & Daughters on little peepers. The designs are inspired by famous people and characters – my picks are the heart-shaped Lola shades and the eighties-cool Ferris frames.

We can’t review accessories without including some adorable shoes. My favourites are from Italian designer, Sonatina. They redefine cute with baby-sized brogues and ballet slippers.

Gabriela Pardo offers a range of photo-realistic cushions as well as an excellent guitar shaped pillow. With gold sequins. It’s cool with bling.

Also blurring the line between playthings and decor pieces are beautiful, handmade dolls from Jess Brown. Each doll is hand-dyed in Persian black teas to create variations in skin tones and are made of cotton muslin and linen, and primarily recycled and antique fabrics. For an added point of difference, some of the dolls are dressed in miniature versions of designers’ signature pieces – I simply love the dolls wearing Wovenplay costumes.

Spanish company Baby Home has a sleek range of key nursery pieces. The stand-out pieces are the Gloobo baby bath which includes a change table top and the compact Dream bassinet which comes in seven bright colours.

Minimoostic is an interesting new concept, with a soft toy attached to every item in the extensive range of clothing, travel accessories, nursery essentials and decor. Bold colour combinations lend an extremely modern look – the silver sleeping bag is seriously glam!

I’m always on the lookout for beautiful bed linen and the new collection at La Cerise Sur Le Gateau is simply divine. Playful prints combining polka dots and antique-style drawings of animals are used for linen and nursery accessories as well as bibs, cushions, aprons and more.

Lastly, the question everyone is asking – what is Bon’home? I’m still not exactly sure but the designers describe it as a “shape. It’s a Yeti, an abominable snowman, a friend, cuddly and softy. It’s a cushion, it’s a carpet.” Got that? It seems Bon’home comes in all colours, fabrics and sizes. Check out the picture below and decide for yourself!

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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