May 26, 2015


We need this right now. This ADO dollhouse sitting room set was designed by Ko Verzuu sometime around 1926-32. I saw it on aapc, but now it's gone. I'm leaving this photo and a link to an old Gemeentemuseum exhibition to carry on.

Oh, here's the whole set in one slideshow from the CODA Museum.

It's much fancier than the dollhouse Verzuu made for the daughter of the director general of ADO.

ADO-poppenkamer met zitkamer []
XXSmall | Poppenhuizen en meer in miniatuur 12-nov-2011 to 25-mrt-2012 []
Previously, related: Ko Verzuu made this dollhouse

How was your weekend? Mine was OK! I was going to start blogging again, and then I saw that ThinkGeek is being acquired by Hot Topic for $122 million, and now I have to go re-evaluate all my previous ThinkGeek- and Hot Topic-related coverage. And also my life choices.

Hot Topic enters agreement to buy ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet Inc [arstechnica]

May 20, 2015


If only the giant handpainted sunflower were on the other side, this 1986 Volvo 240 DL Wagon would be the perfect carpool dropoffmobile.

But since our car has been sideswiped twice in the last four months in that exact spot, I fear parking this Volvo on our street would just be inviting trouble.

As for the rest of it, though, low miles, clean body, and not too much known about the interior and mechanicals, and no reserve price, it could be very interesting.

CA 1986 Volvo 240DL wagon Auto Original 75,100 miles Original Beauty NO RESERVE, current bid $1088, auction ends May 26 UPDATE: sold for $3703. [ebay]

Golden State Warrior/MVP Steph Curry brought his daughter to the post-playoff game press conference last night,

which prompted older, whiter, doughier men with less game who just wanted to get their quote and get home to make fun of her. Shoutout to SportsCenter for taking the high, historic road, though, with this shot of Steph hanging with his dad, Dell, who played for Charlotte:

Video: Steph Curry Has A Great Sports Baby [deadspin]

May 18, 2015

FAO Schwarz, the toy brand that wouldn't die, will close its Fifth Avenue store this summer, and it's not coming back. Tourist mobs should be able to find it again next year somewhere near Times Square, possibly in a vast sketchy sunken plaza retail space that used to house fourth tier theme restaurant Mars 2000, and, I believe, a cramped and convoluted Equinox gym.

The zombie brand, which has always been subject to the dual whims of imaginary upscale nostalgia and real estate, went bankrupt most recently in 2009, after which its assets, intellectual and otherwise, were absorbed by Toys R Us. TRU, which itself was taken private by Bain Capital and KKR, have been developing FAO into an in-house brand, while waiting out the 2017 expiration of its Fifth Avenue lease. [I keep wanting to type 'flagship,' but can you have a flagship if you only have one store? I am skeptical.]

FAO Schwarz's Manhattan Store to Close in July as Rents Rise [bloomberg]
Previously: The Daddy Types timeline of FAO Schwarz bankruptcies, store closures, relocations, and buyouts

May 15, 2015

That's Cleveland dad Dave Love singing to his son. [@DaveLoveUCD via @deray]

The New Yorker reports from the playground:

SARA: Hey, look who just walked in.

ANNA: Where?

SARA: Over there, by Nanny Alley.

ANNA: Oh boy.

SARA: Stay-at-home Hottie McBjörn.

ANNA: Daddy's home.

SARA: Daddy's home, all right.

Playground Purgatory [newyorker]

May 13, 2015


The tricky part is that curling parents often wear the same outfits as their exact opposites, the parents who drop their kids at the pool and disappear for hours at a time, which we call "golf parents"

May 12, 2015


Malarko Editions has made these three-color screen printed kids t-shirts with a walking poo on them in "super limited edition." Because if there's one thing you don't want to see walking toward you on the street, it's a poo.

Shirts will fit kids from ages 1-8yo, as long as 1-2yos wear the 3-4y size like a dress or large poo tunic, or as they say in England, a poonic.

Walking Poo Kids Tee, £19.00 + shipping, &c. [malarkoeditions via anorak]

Dad, Chloe, happy flight attendant, via

There's too much to love about the story of the kid born on the Air Canada flight from Calgary to Tokyo to be upset about it for long.

Let's start with the report that the 23yo mom did not know she was pregnant, just thought she had a little gas from time to time.

And that she apparently told her 25yo baby daddy bf on the plane, "something just fell out of me," which is something you'd expect an overhead bin to say, not the woman giving birth in the seat next to you.

And then there's the immigration lawyer interviewed by the CBC who says that in addition to Canadian citizenship, little Chloe--doing fine, btw, also, they did manage to come up with a name pretty quickly--"could be eligible for American citizenship if she was born above Hawaii."


Which, wow, look at this map, it could really happen, Chloe might be as Canadian-American as Ted Cruz!

Canadian woman gives birth on Air Canada flight from Calgary to Japan []
B.C. woman, who gave birth on flight didn't know she was pregnant []

May 11, 2015

A quote from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,:

"That is no excuse. I am extremely disappointed. You need to figure out where your priorities are. We're changing the world and changing history, and you either commit or you don't." -- an anonymous Tesla employee recalling an e-mail from Musk after missing an event to witness the birth of his child.
An "event"? What even is that? Like an offsite? A company softball game? Elon Musk needs a few people around him who can tell him that changing the world and/or history is not incompatible with attending to the birth of one's own child.

The 22 most memorable quotes from the new Elon Musk book, ranked [washpost]
Pre-order/buy Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, for around $21 at Amazon [amazon]

May 10, 2015


The idea for Mamava portable breastpumping cabins came from a 2006 New York Times story about how hard it is for non-white-collar moms to find time to pump breast milk at work.Years of design, testing, and bootstrapping startup ups and downs later, it is here, and it is awesome. Every place of work should have one, and artists could be commissioned to decorate the ones that are not sponsored.

On Breast Milk and High-Impact Journalism [nyt]
Mamava []

May 7, 2015


I don't know exactly how the forces operating in my life conspired to keep me unaware of this situation that went down last fall. But they did. And now I must inform you that you only have 2.5 days for your under-1yo to transform an exorbitantly expensive luxury good into a priceless Mother's Day heirloom/photo-op prop. And sorry, Hermes bag has already been done, so don't even think about it.

May 5, 2015


Writer Gabriel Roth was reading Alfie books to his 3yo daughter when he got sandbagged by Death, which made a surprise appearance in the story:

Children have to find out about death at some point. It's a cognitive milestone, like naming colors or counting to 10, only horrible. I don't know how I had hoped the conversation would go, but I would have liked to be a bit more prepared. Even five minutes reading parenting blogs would have helped.
Roth manages to come up with a good selection of storybooks that help kids understand at least the concept of death. But he missed "And People?" [slate]
Wait, $38-102? How is The Dead Bird not in print?? [amazon]
Previous Dead Bird coverage: Margaret Wise Brown was as wack as she was prolific

May 3, 2015


One of Amanda Moore's photos of National Guard troops in the Penn North neighborhood of Baltimore went viral Friday. It shows a soldier leaning against a wall of fresh riot shields, smiling as a toddler kneels down to play with a glowstick. It would be a lot more heartening if, instead of being lost in the kid's adorable curiosity, he was making sure his loaded assault rifle wasn't pointed at her.

The kid appears in another of Moore's photos, where she is joined by a couple of other kids and a mother or caregiver, on a tiny field trip to see the strange-looking white men who have appeared in their neighborhood overnight, covered in weapons and backpacks.

This is Baltimore [mandawritesthings via

May 2, 2015

Here is a mom who's trying to run away from brands, but I think she's really trying to run away from herself:

I couldn't resist buying her a cheap nylon set of Wonder Woman PJs, cape and all. Then I bought her a pair of Nike tennis shoes, conspicuous "swoosh" and all. I felt bad but also simply had to buy the Keith Haring-branded leggings, although I felt that Keith Haring himself would have been somewhat ambivalent if he had known he was designing baby gear from the grave. "Me too, Keith," I thought as I paid for the leggings, throwing in the matching t-shirt, the words "Dance All Day" across the front, right above Mr. Haring's iconic signature.

But it quickly gets worse once you invite the brands in the front door, and now I am powerless to stop it. I don't even care, I sometimes tell myself. About a month ago, on a rare trip to Target, we purchased a tiny Frozen coloring book for Zelda.

I say let it go.

My Daughter, Brand Amabassador [theawl]

April 30, 2015


April 28, 2015

This seems like an important life skill, in its own way:

When [Saul] Bellow's son Greg was 2, Mr. Leader writes, "Bellow taught him to point first to his ass, then to his elbow, declaring him 'Smarter than most Harvard graduates.'"
As it turns out, Greg Bellow wrote a memoir of his life with his father. It came out last year.

Review | Zachary Leader's The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune [nyt via @caleb_crain]
Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir [amazon]


I know what you're thinking, because I thought it, too: John Stamos brought the kid to see Rebecca Romijn-Stamos on the set of an X-Men movie. But not only is that not Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, that's not even John Stamos.

It's other blue model Stella Tennant, wearing random Italian couture in a Steven Meisel photoshoot for Italian Vogue, March 1999, more than a year before there even was an X-Men movie.

Anyway, I can't tell if that's actually Tennant's kid and baby daddy, or if they're just props, but this totally random umbrella stroller sure makes me marvel at the sad state of It Strollers before the Bugaboo came along. Truly it was a different age.

Steven Meisel | Stella Tennant | Vogue Italia Mar 1999 [tumblr thanks dt reader erica]
Also the Romijn-Stamoses didn't even have kids [wikipedia]

April 26, 2015


This is Devin Allen's photo of a Baltimore dad holding his son at a protest march Thursday against the police officers involved in the post-arrest violence and death of Freddie Gray.

I'd like to think that this kid will grow up not having any unaccountable deaths of black men at the hands of the police to march against, and that he'll have to learn about it from his dad and the history books instead. But that future seems a long way off right now.

bydvnlln's instagram via fusion
These are the most striking pictures of the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore []

April 24, 2015

Maybe someone can set up a playdate for the $80/week formula, make sure I can return your birthday gift for cash parents with this guy, who has turned his kid's butt into an ATM dispensing 100-yuan notes. [via kottke]

April 23, 2015


More news from England, that just happens to be America:

Lately I find that I leave things alone for a few days, see if they remain interesting. And then I decide whether to post them. It gives time for the reddit to fill up with tasty upvoted comments, and for the facebook outrage machine to complete its cycle.

And I'm glad I waited here, because the Daily Mirror already had to change their headline, which originally said a bossy mom was demanding expensive gifts, when the email was clearly signed by both parents.

But they still haven't changed the expensive gift part, even though the instructions are just for specific random junk from Walmart and Ikea.

Also, they're only "demanding" the stuff from family. Probably the grandparents. Which, there's a history we're not seeing in this email?

But. 1) Why does formula cost $80/week, are there other babies around? Because now the kid's one; switch to regular milk? 2) The no book except the Cheerios book thing is legitimately heartbreaking. 3) I really do not think that monogrammed items are "the number one thing leading to kidnappings." Is there data on that? I doubt it. Also, the kid is one. He's too small for the ballpit at Ikea. Which city street or mall are you letting him wander unattended in?

Anyway, the point is, people get whipped up about stuff when they write emails, when they're dealing with their parents and in-laws, and when they're planning the kid's first birthday party. [Which is a total parent party in the first place, as the kid literally has no idea.]

And people get whipped up online, and it's cheap and easy, but ultimately kind of pointless.

Most Demanding 1st Birthday Party Invite Ever [reddit]
Parents demand expensive gifts for child in bossy birthday party invitation


A woman and a pram were swallowed up by what's being called a 'sinkhole' on a London street today, but if you look at the Instagram pictures by eyewitness kskittenkat, you'll see it's actually a cellar door that had been covered with pavers and, what, like a sheet of plywood? Who laid that sidewalk? Just incredibly stupid.

Anyway, now that we know the victims are shaken, but alright, we need to know about the pram. And once again, social media exposes another tragic embarrassment: I still haven't created a daddytypes Instagram account.

Woman 'disappears' into a hole in the pavement in London [mashable]

April 20, 2015


It's 1970, you're 23, living in a studio in the suburbs of Geneva with your wife, your applications for larger apartments are thrown in the garbage because of a citywide housing crisis, and your kid's on the way. What do you do?


If you answered, "Oh, I just ask some utopian architects to build me a concrete shell bubble with a window and a skylight, which we'll hang off our window in the dead of night, and which will hang over the entrance to our building, and we'll just let the kid sleep in there," you're either delusional, Marcel Lachat, or both.


And yet here we are. Lachat's "La Bulle Pirate," aka the Pirate Bubble, was designed by concrete shell pioneers Pascal Haüsermann and Jean-Louis Chanéac, and was outfitted with the same ticky-tacky curtains and wicker bassinet you'd find in any Swiss nursery. There are shelves for toys and books, and a little closet nook with adorable sandals and outfits in it.

Julien Donada's short 2010 film includes an unusually comprehensive photo documentation of the making and installation of la Bulle Pirate. Which, a viewer only learns from a passing comment, was only up for five weeks.

When the media storm broke over his unauthorized addition, Lachat argued he wasn't the only one flouting housing and zoning regulations, just the most up front about it. Housing authorities quickly found his little family a larger apartment.

In the mid-2000s la Bulle Pirate when on public display, to remind the orderly Swiss that you can jump the line and get what you want by embarrassing bureaucrats and dangling your baby and a 600-lb cement blob over the heads of your neighbors.


April 18, 2015

I hadn't heard Jeff Cohen's 2012 radio interview with his daughters about the disastrous haircut the 5yo performed on the 3yo's head, but it's fantastic. I might even listen to it again right now. [3min later] YEP, still great!

And while I'm stoked that Cohen got a book deal out of it, and that Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! came out last year, and sounds like it captures the story so well, and even though Harper Collins Children's imprint has advertised on Daddy Types before, and I'm grateful, hoo boy.

The idea of reading a kid an endearing, engrossing story about a horrific haircut seems like an INCALCULABLY HUGE MISTAKE. How can it NOT be planting the seed for a haircut adventure? It might as well come packaged with two little sets of scissors!

Maybe keep this story for yourself, and back Cohen's podcast Kickstarter or something instead? Just thinking out loud here.

Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever []
buy Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER!, maybe not for the kids [amazon]


So far the Language Log folks at UPenn have not found an explanation for why the pregnant lady graphic on this Korean train priority seating plaque has wifi.

Though I wouldn't be surprised if Korean signmakers expect every fetus to be taking in utero cram courses to prep for their preschool exams.

Pre-Natal Wi-Fi []

April 17, 2015

So I've already ruined the first kid by showing her Star Wars way too early, and she freaked out at the spooky cantina scene, and has never come back. K2's more into it, though.

I believe in Rod Hilton's Machete Order for viewing Star Wars: IV, V, II, III, VI. But we just haven't ever gotten around to buying the prequels, and so the no one's seen past Empire Strikes Back yet.

Which I completely forgot when I, in an adrenalin rush, showed K2 the new Star Wars VII trailer.

Cut to Darth's mangled mask. "WAIT, HE DIES??"


WHOA MINDBLOWING GIRLS UPDATE: OK, DT reader Kelli just blew my mind and but the whole Machete Order thing into question by sending a link to Amy's discussion of girls and Star Wars and Episode I. Can having a female character do more than swoon, get pregnant and die overcome the embarrassing minstrel show that is Jar-Jar Binks and the shaved Ewok blight that is young Annikin? I believe it can. Amazing.

Star Wars and my girls [angrychicken via dt hero kelli]

April 15, 2015


The Food Non Food department of the Design Academy Eindhoven picked up and moved to Milan for Salone 2015, and their exhibition program about the cycle that keeps living things alive is called Eat Shit. I don't know if they pronounce DAE like "die," but if they do, their hashtag has already won Milano.


Darunee Terdtoontaveedej tweeted a photo of an awesome toy industrial pig farm/slaughterhouse [above], designer as yet unidentified. I'd worry that the piglets, the chainsaws, and some of the cuts of meat might pose a choke hazard, so no unsupervised play.

The best pic I've seen yet is from the run-up, where department chair Marije Vogelzang announced the show by screenprinting the logo, an impressionistic portrait of the poo emoji, on her kid's pants [top]. And during the exhibition you, too, can screenprint the logo on a garment of your choice, for just 5 euro. What can I say, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

Marije Vogelzang on Shit, Food Non Food and Why Food Is the Most Important Material In the World [thisismold via @annegalloway]

April 14, 2015


Moooi is launching a bunch of merch at the Milan thing this week, including this limited edition, rhinestone-covered rocking unicorn by Marcel Wanders. Called Arion--which, be sure you hit that ON in there, otherwise, kind of awkward--I assume they're made by chopping the legs off a very select group of people's grandmothers' dining tables.

It really is an embarrassing object about which Dezeen will only have good things to say, since they've just launched a year-long PR project with Moooi.

Moooi unveils 2015 furniture
and homeware collection

April 10, 2015


Brenda Ann Kenneally apparently took this photo in Miami in the early 1990s, which means this dad was either 20 years behind or ahead of the curve, and this kid is now in college, and just bumped the "Signed by Warhol at the bookstore" baby out of the top spot on the DT Where Are They Now? list.

See What Vintage Miami Was Like [time via @johnpowersus]

It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout, a roundup of headlines from the worlds of health, science, and parenting, bottled up and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend instead of your entire week:

  • A survey found 10% of the breast milk bought online was cut with cow's milk up to 10%. [nih via npr]

  • A survey also found that none of the breast milk bought online arrived frozen, and half arrived above refrigerated temperature (4C/39F). [same]

  • A survey also found that 75% of breast milk bought online was contaminated with bacteria. [npr, 2013]

  • A survey of the doctors who worked on the survey of buying breast milk online would probably find that they would recommend against buying from an unknown or unscreened source. [just guessin']

  • I will tell you what freaks ME out: a giant Sabra hummus recall because of listeria. We are definitely buying local for the time being. [check your sku atfda; via reuters/huffpo via someone on twitter, freaking me out]

  • Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for "feticide" in Indiana. She had a miscarriage about 30 weeks into her pregnancy. [washpost]

April 8, 2015


Sadly, we've seen this before. After her show stopped production, Dora became a dirt punk, living on Avenue C with her monkeydog and backpack. Most of her residuals from reruns go for her habit, but at least she doesn't have to turn tricks for frat bros from Rutgers for cash. [via my twitter feed this morning]

Inside The Nick Jr Actors' Studio
That Guy From Blues Clues Totally Dodged A Baby Bullet
"I Hog The Ground" Video By Steve & Steven: Great Ideas From, For Noggin

April 7, 2015

When we look for videos on how to pull out a loose tooth, we find a six year old YouTube video about a guy who attached his kid's tooth to a model rocket.

And most of us think, WTF is wrong with people, just get over here and I'll pull it out. Some of us think, WTF, just let it fall out on its own. Here, eat some pudding.

And a very few guys'll think, how I can get 3 million views? And they will set up their slomo and GoPro cameras on a mini motorcycle and fabricate a whole narrative arc, and all but add a shoutout to the Tooth Fairy to subscribe to their kids' YouTube channel.

And some preacher livin' the Swagger Wagon dream will turn it into a family project, and after dinner they'll all head out to the driveway, where their teen driver needs seven tries to gently coax the tooth out of the kid's head with the Camry. Of course there's a royalty-free guitar solo soundtrack.

And then some dude'll be like, here hold the phonecam honey, and he'll jump in his hashtag Camaro and hop down the street 20 feet, and then start working the crowds in the comments like a busker at a street fair.

This is just where we are right now as a tooth-pull-viral-video-making civilization.

Tooth pulling via #camaro [rob venomous's youtube]
2009: How to pull out a tooth with a rocket... [bradley harris's youtube]
2011: mini motorcycle tooth pull [rubyandroan's youtube]
How to pull out a loose tooth with a car
[noel jesse heikkinen's youtube]

April 6, 2015

"Diesel named his new baby Pauline." is the last line of this story. [p6]

April 2, 2015


Jason Y. Evans saw these Wry Baby onesies at the NYU bookstore, and posted them on Facebook eight hours ago. Three hours, several hundred likes, some viral bumps, and a few dozen outraged phone calls later, they were pulled.

Jason Y. Evans's Photos [fb via someone, thanks!]


I have no idea, but am awaiting more information. The Future is now, though.

Update a few seconds later: It was from a "mini Comic-con" held at Kevin's kid's school.

March 31, 2015


This beautiful 1967 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon looks great, and sounds like it's in original condition. It has a 390 cu-in. V8. It has seat belts!


It does not have a rear-facing third row, but the seller says he'll load you up with a jump seat and some brackets and let you figure out what to do with them.

1967 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon - RARE - $8500 (Morris County - Best Offer) [ via dt wagon guru dt]

1953 photo by Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos via NYT

Magnum photographer Misha Erwitt has a very nice remembrance of his mother Lucienne Matthews, who was photographed by her husband Elliott Erwitt a few days after the birth of their daughter Ellen.

Erwitt's 1953 photo was included in Edward Steichen and Wayne Miller's landmark exhibition, "The Family of Man," which made Ellen's butt famous.

My mother and my father divorced seven years later -- after I; my brother, David; and sister Jennifer came along -- making her a single mother raising four children, ages 1 to 7, as well as a changing cast of animal refugees, averaging at around 6. We all lived in an apartment in Manhattan, then in the Bronx.

You wouldn't know it by this photo, but this woman was a pretty tough cookie. She survived being starved and orphaned by the Nazis in occupied Holland. Stories about her carrying messages for the Dutch underground in her schoolbooks, and having her toe smashed by a Nazi's rifle, were told and retold. She single-handedly raised the four of us while working full time at a variety of jobs ending with her longest, as a ticket agent for Pan Am. She endured two spinal fusions, lupus and chronic pain -- including my adolescence -- and she never flinched. Now that's a strong woman.

The Woman In The Family Of Man [lens.blogs.nytimes]

March 30, 2015


[mazeltov to the DHs, who also win tweet of the year, via @soulellis]

Update: Everyone's doing well, and the driver's expecting a girl in a couple of months, and the Uber manager's a new dad, babies are just all over this story. [nypost]

March 29, 2015


I'm glad it finally got built, and that it's being taken care of, and I'm a fan of Isamu Noguchi no matter what, but I've kind of lost interest in his Atlanta playground as a playground. It just doesn't look that engaging. Which is a bit tricky, perhaps, for keeping it nice, since its historic importance outweighs its playability.

Anyway, Herman Miller donated a few thousand bucks to repaint the thing, and then they got a cozy warm hug of a story about it from the always good Alexandra Lange.

The Great Playscapes | Isamu Noguchi's recently restored Atlanta Playscapes serves as a model for playgrounds of the future. [hermanmiller]

When Ross and Sarah Gray learned one of their twins was anencephalic and wouldn't survive, they decided to donate his organs and tissues to medical research. Their sons were born five years and six days ago; today is the anniversary of Thomas's death.

It turns out healthy newborn tissue and organ donations are extremely rare, and are thus invaluable to research.

[Gray's] mantra has become donate, donate, donate, and not just for transplant, but also for research. Even if nobody asks you - doctors are often uncomfortable when a child is dying - bring it up yourself, she says.
The Grays went to visit university labs where their son's corneas, retinas, liver, and cord blood went, and met the doctors and scientists who are still conducting research with Thomas's tissue five years later.

"The way I see it, our son got into Harvard, Duke, and Penn. He has a job," said Sarah Gray at the end of a weepy but amazing story. None of which is any pressure for Gray's other son, who is healthy and five, and is presumably working on his college admissions essays.

Thomas Gray lived six days, but his life has lasting impact []

March 27, 2015


A kourotrophos is a type of Etruscan sculpture depicting a female figure carrying a child. Like on this amber pendant at the Getty Villa, where she's got her kid in a baby wrap. OG.


There are more pics at the Getty site, in case you want to recreate this look yourself.

Pendant: Female Holding a Child (Kourotrophos), c 600-550 BC [ via @queensclassics]

March 24, 2015


I'd kind of given up hope, but one of my favorite design/inspiration blogs an ambitious project collapsing is back in the swing again. It's great.

And one of Andrew's new finds: kids resort furniture by the French architect Georges Candilis. In the early 1970s Candilis and Anja Blomstedt designed Les Carrats, a modernist family vacation resort in the south Mediterranean beach town of Port-Leucate, just north of Perpignan. The supremely simple, functional furniture was made locally from lumber and L-shaped brackets.


There were tables, stools, benches, and chairs in a couple of sizes, but most of it had been tossed out in 2004. Perpignan design dealer Clement Cividino managed to track down just four surviving pieces, which he sold to the Pompidou last year. After securing a 20-year license on Candilis' furniture designs. So maybe these pieces will come back into production soon. Qui sait? Pas moi.

Georges Candilis & Anja Blomstedt furniture [anambitiousprojectcollapsing]
Leucate : le mobilier Candilis des Carrats entre au centre Pompidou []
Galerie Clement Cividino []


2yo Quincy got to meet his heroes Friday, the guys who collect garbage on his Cincinnati street on Fridays. And it was a little overwhelming, reported his dad. To the local news station, because I guess nothing more awesome than this has happened in Cincinnati for months. Keep on recycling, little man!

Toddler breaks down after meeting garbage collecting heroes [ via dt reader jp]

March 22, 2015



Nos. 2 -10 are doing the same thing, just with a different stuffed animal.

NHTSA has fined Graco $10 million for failing to report customer complaints to the government in the run-up to the Jan. 2014 recall of several million car seats.

The car seats had defective buckles that were extremely difficult-to-impossible to release.

Graco said it was NDB, just kids gettin' goo on the buckle is all. The federal safety agency disagreed, and declared the buckles to be a safety hazard, which the company had known about since 2009 but did jack about. Once the government found out, they demanded a huge recall, which Graco resisted, then caved on.

Having been on the car seat recall beat for over a decade now, I have to say, I'm amazed that the fine and settlement includes a statement from Graco acknowledging that "it did not provide the required notice to N.H.T.S.A." and that the company "fell short of N.H.T.S.A.'s expectations for data collection and reporting procedures." That kind of thing never used to happen.

What hasn't changed, though, is companies getting of fairly easy, even when it government penalties sound harsh. $7 million of Graco's penalty is actually a promise to launch a car seat safety awareness campaign. Which sounds like a boondoggle for a company in the car seat business.

Graco to pay $10 million for delay in recall of defective child seats [nyt]

March 21, 2015

Here is a real estate project that must happen.

First is the utterly amazing yet apocalyptic story in the NY Times about kids shopping for their families' seven- and eight-figure real estate. The headline, "When the 13-Year-Old Picks a $14 Million Condo", is not hyperbolic, but a real thing that an actual Upper West Side family did.

My friend Ron Lieber has an excellent book out, The Opposite Of Spoiled, about educating your kids to be wise about money by involving them in family financial decisions, and by giving them both responsibility and tools for earning, saving, and spending money. I don't think he had this kids-buying-beach-houses scenario in mind when he wrote it; perhaps his advice comes too late for some elements of our society.


Due to an extraordinary set of circumstances, an early, significant house designed by Frank Gehry is set to be auctioned in May. The Winton Guest House was originally commissioned in 1983 to sit alongside a Philip Johnson-designed house on Lake Minnetonka, MN. Its collection of sculptural forms clad in different materials is inspired by the still lifes of Giorgio Morandi, but also by a village, where each element grows up independently, but still coheres into a unified whole.


The house is around 2,400 square feet, has two bedrooms and two baths, a full basement, a sleeping loft/crow's nest above the kitchen, and its main feature: a 35-foot truncated pyramidal tower for a living room. The materials are limestone, lead-painted copper, steel, Finnish marine plywood, flagstone, and brick.


The Wintons sold their property in 2002, which the next guy subdivided, and since he couldn't tear down the Gehry, he donated it to the University of St. Thomas in 2009. They moved the house in ten parts over 60 miles to a conference center in BF Minnesota, and rebuilt and updated the mechanicals. It took ten months. The work was completed in 2011. The house has probably never been better.

And now the school has sold the land, and the house must be moved again. By August 2016. On the bright side, at least you know it's possible. I bet it's even easier the second time. The Chicago-based design auction house Wright 20 will sell the Winton House on May 19. Their estimate is $1-1.5 million. Plus shipping and handling.

BUT don't worry. The Mississippi River is only 65 miles away. Surely the house could be put onto trucks, then barges, and taken anywhere in the world. And thus the Winton Guest House is rebuilt, on a lot reasonably near a navigable waterway.


And then this climbing net goes in the living room tower. Probably with a rock climbing wall installed along at least two, if not all four, of the walls. Frank Gehry will certainly approve. And if he doesn't, I wish him a long, healthy, and productive life. He is 86. But come on, he'd have to be so psyched at the prospect. psyched.


This kids' climbing tower/studio is from Tower House (2014) by Andrew Maynard Architects in Victoria, Australia. The 2,300-sf renovation and expansion added various structures in various forms and materials to a standard row house, transforming it into an indoor-outdoor village. It is basically the Winton House minus the starchitecture.


And here's the kicker. Maynard told ArchDaily that the tower which catalyzed the entire project was based on drawings created during an early meeting by the client family's twin boys.

So basically, the kid is going to make me do this unless one of you beats us to it. So please, bid before it's too late.

When the 13-Year-Old Picks a $14 Million Condo [nyt]
Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House, 5/19/15 [wright20]
Tower House, Andrew Maynard Architects [archdaily via dt reader rolf]

March 20, 2015

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is here/back, a collection of freakout-inducing headlines from the worlds of science, politics and parenting, dumped all at once to ruin just your weekend.

Sometimes the headline doesn't need changing at all:

  • The longer babies breastfeed, the more they achieve in life - major study
    In Brazil, it turns out. Breastfeeding for a year raised IQ 4 points and income $140/mo. [guardian

  • Raising teenagers as protagonists in their own story, not yours, is pretty useful perspective for people who use their kids as brand extensions on their lifestyle blogs. [nyt mag, I know, mea culpa, but I'll have that conversation anytime you're ready]

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome may actually be a theory, not a thing. The Washington Post has published an extensive investigation into the science, medicine, and legal aspects of a diagnosis that basically exists for use in a courtroom. [wash post]

Previously, and because some might wonder how this photo of Uma Thurman became the Daddy Types patron saint of breastfeeding: Hollywood's Most Glamorous Nursing Pads


This week was tough on the Big Red Cars That Are Probably Trouble But Really I Wouldn't Mind front. First I spotted this great Range Rover Classic in Camel Trophy livery. Tobacco sponsorships and tearing up rain forests are both taboo now, of course, but I really wish this could be grandfathered in somehow. Maybe buy some carbon offsets, and take the Camel logo off the side facing the preschool pickup?


On a more subdued note, yesterday a diplomat pulled up right in front of me and flaunted her EPA/DOT immunity with her VW Sharan. Available everywhere but North America, the fine-looking, 7-seat Sharan is the metric system to the VWTF Routan's Imperial.

But no worries, an intrepid auto journalist must have asked about bringing back the Microbus, because VW said they're thinking about bringing a van to the US. Which is what they've been saying for 15 years, at least. Whatever.

Volkswagen mulls VW van, high-performance Golf for U.S. [autonews]

March 18, 2015


Andy Warhol was definitely in the famous for being famous phase of his career when he published his memoir, Popism: The Warhol Sixties in 1980. Popism was based on audio tapes Warhol recorded during the 60s and co-written with Pat Hackett who, of course, was also recording reports Andy made to her on the phone each morning to document the previous day's activities and expenses. After the artist's unexpected death in 1987, Hackett published these as The Warhol Diaries. And they are indispensably awesome.

Like Andy's account of traveling to Washington, DC for a Popism reading and book signing 35 years ago at Kramerbooks, which is a landmark now, but at the time was a mere hotspot:

Well, it was St. Paddy's day. Bob [Colacello, Interview magazine editor] ordered breakfast up. I didn't have a good sleep. We watched the Match Game and it was a fast round where the answer was "Andy Warhol" and one person was guessing "Peter Max" and then "Soup Can" and then "Pop Artist."

Our breakfast was cancelled at the White House. I guess the Carter administration doesn't want to see us anymore because I did the Ted Kennedy poster...

A girl came and took us to Kramerbooks, it's a bookshop coffee house, and so everybody was drinking. Bob loves the place because it's where he picked kids up when he was at Georgetown. People were shoving everything at me to sign and I signed it all--underwear, a knife. Oh, (laughs) and I signed a baby.

We had to get to the shuttle at 9:00 (tickets $153). Bought some newspapers and a Newsweek ($2). And Newsweek had a great review of Popism

So you see why I've called you all here. We must find this baby, and the overachieving DC parent who got it signed by Andy Warhol. At a drunken Dupont Circle book party on St Patrick's Day.

So we are looking for a 35-6yo person, born in the DC area, who may have Andy Warhol's signature tattooed across his or her forehead. Please step forward to claim your next fifteen minutes of fame. Stay tuned. [via @warhollives]

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