Wow, the Maclaren 2006 line is up on their website, and there are big changes and announcements afoot.
There's the Easy Traveller, of course; Volos are no longer monochrome; there are new fabrics and such, blah blah blah, but the big unveilings are Maclaren Leather and Maclaren by Starck, which has been covered here before.
First, the good dad news: leather. There's a black leather carrier and a bouncer chair, and the CF6506, a "carbon-fibre-skinned" stroller with a leather seat/interior. It's $1,000, or around half the price of the limited edition Ti Techno which came out in 2001. [Insider stroller baseball: this puts Maclaren in competition with their one-time collaborator on the Ti Techno, Bill Amberg, who did the leather, and who's probably best known now for that $400 sheepskin baby carrier that only seems to get used in the last place anyone'd need it, Los Angeles.] Materials here count for a lot, then, because otherwise, the stroller looks pretty unchanged from a traditional Techno.
But to the other big news, which turns out to have NOTHING to do with dads after all: Philippe Starck. In addition to the stroller, there is a quilted upholstered high chair and travel crib, both of which look like throwbacks to Starck's Royalton era [still his best work, if you ask me].
In Starck's statement about the collection, he stands up for children against the onslaught of "yellow elephants, pink ducks, violet mice, light purple whales, green rabbits" by saying;
Children are not cartoons, nor marketing targets. They have other aspirations, other visions, other dreams.Ok, I added the last part, but still, you get the idea.
Their mothers as well.
Let us not pollute them.
Why whould a woman as a mother have to transform to become a psychedelic zoo keeper?
And why is a man caring about this child product in the first place? Even though I am a man and the founder of this company was an RAF pilot? Go make your money and leave the children where they belong: with the women! Now i would like some wine and a large royalty check.
Maclaren 2006: Maclaren Leather, Maclaren by Starck [maclarenbaby.com via dt reader meike]
Previously: Starck and the babies; Maclaren's last anti-dad stroller