I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the Svan chair. A lot of people like it's swoopy, um, Swan-like curves, but it just looks kind of overdesigned to me. All those platforms and angles.
[And not just me; in the last week, two people who bought Svans at Amazon through the daddytypes links have returned them. No idea who they are, or why they returned them--maybe Grandmas already surprised them with Svans, who knows--but it's an odd coincidence. Of course, it's a coincidence that knocked $30 off my Amazon associates revenue, now the kid's gonna have to poledance her way through a state school, but hey, what's important here is that people are satisfied with their purchases. Customer service will be a valuable life lesson for my little burger flipper. But where was I? Right, Svan.]
So that's why I was a little surprised when I got the press release for the Svan Scooter, because it's one of the sweetest scooter-like toys I think I've ever seen. It is so spare, it's barely there at all. The elegant shape is a single piece of wood, bent into a 3-d representation of a dot-com stock price graph circa early 2000 [talk about poignant life lessons...]. It rolls around on little casters and doesn't have handles, so it's pretty much an indoor affair, but still. It looks like cash money. $119, to be exact, available November 1st.
The Svan Scooter [svanchair.com]
Svan Scooter on Amazon [not really, it's a third-party seller/order-taker right now]
Buy other Svan gear at Amazon [but only if you want to keep it, you understand]