How about some good, old-fashioned stroller
porn reveals from the kind pressefolk at kind + jugend? There were several new models from well-known--HOLY CRAP WHAT IS THAT THING, AND WHERE CAN I GET ONE WITHOUT THE VELOUR???
We'll get back to that in a minute.
Brio is to wooden trains what IBM is to the PC; the venerable Swedish toy giant set the standard, then got whooped by a bunch of made-in-Asia clones. Since being taken over in 2004, The company's been trying to leverage its nostalgic brand across a whole range of Brio-colored products, such as crazy high chairs, minimalist nursery furniture--and now as we see above, less-crazy high chairs and strollers.
The Brio stroller collection looks like a full retooling, or at least a reskinning, of the dowdy buggies sold across Scandinavia by the company's European Nursery Group subsidiary. Just a question: what do Scandinavians use those gigantic underseat trays for, hauling firewood to the sauna?
Taga is a Dutch startup which won a K+J Innovation Award for re-creating a 100-year-old bike by mounting a Bugaboo Gecko seat on the front of an Eindhoven pig farmer's tricycle. I'm as glad as the next city-dwelling treehugger to see a good bicycle x baby mashup, but the Taga looks several inflexible iterations away from being actually useful. Maybe someone in Copenhagen can tell me why I'm wrong.
Meanwhile, over in the actual Bugaboo booth--oh, wait, that's the Takata folks. Those car seats look mighty nice. [No, I'm not fishing for a sample, please.] Plus it's gotta help Bugaboo's Japanese sales to have a stroller [the Bee] that actually fits through the turnstiles on the trains.
And speaking of Japan and colabos: how would these Aprica x Fendi stroller mashups differ from a Bugaboo By x Victoria's Secret?
I mean, you're never going to get within a hundred yards of either one, but the Bug x Vic mashup would at least acknowledge your non-female existence.
Romer is like the second-biggest car seat company in Europe, I think, after Maxi-Cosi. And they are seriously stepping up their game with the new BabySafe, which combines all the laying flatness of a carrycot/bassinet with all the actual safety of an infant seat. It has as many air vents as the craziest Aprica Marshmallow J-Turn, and it even fits on the rather unfortunately proportioned Britax Vigour stroller.
Check this zoom out: the BabySafe properly installs sideways on your backseat, with two shoulder belts. Would that ever fly in the US? Forget that, would that ever fly to the US? How many airline seats would it take up? You'd have to be paying in euros to even afford to leave the house.
Let's see, am I forgetting anything?