Child’s Own Studio

Kid-commissioned customized toys

Be it a bunny or a bear, there’s often at least one special toy that a child clings to for security, without which their world—and their parents’—might swiftly crumble. Creative mom Wendy Tsao sets out to strengthen that relationship with Child’s Own Studio, which she founded to make custom stuffed plushie toys based on kids’ drawings. “When my son started kindergarten, his school asked for …

Brinca Dada

Modern interpretations of the dollhouse with true-to-life, functional details

Shrinking Modernism to a micro scale, the sleek and minimal dollhouses by NYC-based Brinca Dada have kids and adults alike excited to play make believe. At the Dwell on Design show I got to hear about the toymaker’s recently-completed Bennett House (above and below), which takes its cues from a mix of aesthetic influences. With the overall simplicity of Rietveld’s Schröder House, Piet Mondrian’s geometric …

Barbie Video Girl Doll

Barbie takes on the 21st Century with a new built-in video camera

Ever the modern woman, Barbie now offers kids a first-person perspective with a built-in video camera. The Barbie Video Girl features a camera lens in the (standard size) doll’s front and a color LCD video screen on her back for an all-in-one shooting and screening experience. In keeping with their fifty-year-long history of encouraging girls to imagine themselves in a multitude of career roles—from a …