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Design for Children


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Kimberlie Birks is a New York-based design writer and editor. Born in Montreal, she studied art history at Brown University and design criticism at the School of Visual Arts, where she wrote a graduate thesis on playground design. Her writing has featured in Dwell, Domus, Metropolis, and Azure.


"For older, design-savvy and style-conscious kids or those interested in product, lighting and furniture design."-City Kids"At a time when the market for well-made, innovative objects for children is undergoing a transformative, and global explosion, Design for Children documents the evolution of craftsmanship, exceptional production and modern aesthetics throughout this increasingly important field of design."-AbsolutelyMama.co.uk"Catalogues 450 of the most enduring designs created exclusively for children."-Western Living Magazine"Elegant, radical, fun: Children's toys that even adults will cherish."-CNN Style"Design for Children outlines the history of children's design through seven categories: Play, Ride, Learn, Eat, Create, Sit, and Sleep. By spotlighting more than 450 designs created exclusively for children (toys, furniture, tableware, textiles, lights, vehicles, and more) this book thoroughly explores the benefit of thoughtful child-centric design."-Metropolis Online"A 536-page history lesson on child-oriented design... Preserve[s] the timeless designs of yesteryear and promote[s] the quality ones that still exist today."-Cool Hunting"Gorgeous."-Fortune"[A] vibrant compendium."-Financial Times"Oodles of creations... Should excite design-conscious parents."-Totally Dublin (Ireland)"This book is a perfect reminder of the joy of the season, featuring more than 450 of the most creative and clever designs for kids. With toys dating back nearly a century, the book is bound to bring back childhood memories."-Azure Magazine Online"Everything wonderful designed for kids over the past 100 years, in a book one can't help but wish were a catalog."-Curbed"A delightful encyclopedia of childhood toys and objects that shaped us. Props for including non-Western toys."-Quartz

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