Be Amazed by a Beautiful New Online Collection of Children’s Nursery Designs

Maze features a collection of children’s clothing, accessories, nursery furniture and toys from around the world. For the young and young-at-heart, these playful and design-savvy items are geared towards families looking to create a home with a sense of style – where aesthetic and design become kid-friendly.

Launching via New York City and Singapore, Maze is an international work of love, a real online boutique – there are no mass productions here. The products featured on Maze are eclectic and have been curated from across the globe, but they all have a common thread: each item has been chosen for its solid design, high quality, natural and environmentally-friendly workmanship, and moreover because there is something being given back to society through the creation or sale of the piece: jobs created, drinking water supplied, educational programs funded – things which, in today’s world and especially as parents, we are ever more conscious of.

Moreover, the idea of exposing children to good design, and having simple, high-quality designs created with children in mind is not often considered. With this collaboration, Maze aims to redefine the way we furnish, dress, and entertain our children. Look for whimsical European children’s wear, Scandinavian nursery furniture, colorful Japanese toys and more. But above all, look to Maze to curate the aesthetic of truly beautiful children’s design.

Exclusive to Maze in the US and Singapore, plush sheep from Hanns-Peter Krafft. Designed in 1982, these near impossible-to-find, handcrafted wooden sheep are made of real sheepskin, beech legs and leather ears. They are whimsical and highly sought after, evoking the “Mouton” designs of brilliant husband and wife design team Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne.

Trinkets and scarves from Nathalie Lete are inspired by vintage toys, pressed flower, old animal engravings, and Parisian folk works. Her work is colourful, naive and poetic, sometimes strange, to the point of tending towards art brut – but remains art for you and your little one.

From Swedish designer Margot Barolo’s line, Baby Barolo come down-filled papoose, comforter and socks to swaddle babies in snuggly clouds.

Knitted objets de l’art from Lucky Boy Sunday are beautiful and quirky – the perfect juxtaposition between childhood and hip parenthood create modern luxury in form of knitted art toys and soft furnishings.

Designed in Japan and produced on heritage looms in Lithuania, pieces from Yumiko Sekine’s Fog Linen Work line define today’s natural lifestyle trend in Japan. These linens blend in beautifully and now include a collection for toddlers.

After 5 years in the “Beaux-Arts” in Paris and a career in cinema Maud de Longevialle gives us a stunning and impeccably crafted collection in Leoca-Paris. Timeless elegance is delivered, and you will probably envy your little one’s closet.

“We do not inherit our planet from our parents, we borrow it from our children. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”. Modeled in the style of their popular adult line, components of Veja sneakers are both sustainable and organic. The construction process is socially conscious and creates good factory conditions for workers in both Brazil and France.

It was while she was thinking about her childhood memories that Japanese designer Kaz Shiomi had the inspiration for Kiko. This line of children’s toys are all made from wood and there, charm lies in simplicity. The brand has an authentic and artistic quality; reasonable prices, lively colours, and a slightly quirky touch that is quintessentially Japanese.

Hans Stockmar started with beekeeping products and beeswax candles in 1922. For over 50 years, Stockmar has been producing wax crayons that do not crumble, stick or smudge and are non-toxic. Maze will feature their signature wax crayon colors and watercolors – colorful and fun.

A huge transition happens when we create a child – our lives begin to move in a different direction and the focus shifts towards creating a welcoming and beautiful space for them. At the same time, we as adults have our own aesthetic and sensibilities. Can we coexist in design and find style that is youthful, playful, and fun for both? “Absolutely!” says Maze!

Maze launched online in New York in September 2013. The collection will expand internationally via Singapore by early February 2014

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ComfyBabies now stocking new Wallaboo Baby Changing Bags

ComfyBabies are now stocking brand new Baby Changing Bags as part of their expanding range. The popular Wallaboo changing bags are made from faux suede with a fleece trim and function both as a stylish shoulder bag and baby changing facility. Adapt the Wallaboo to carry on your shoulder or attach to a pram, to alleviate strain. This bag makes a trip out and about easier and less stressful, as you can compartmentalise all your baby’s items. Inside there are five pockets and two large compartments, made especially for nappies and wipes. The two carrying straps are padded and adjustable to suit your height, making carriage as comfortable as possible.

Inside the Wallaboo baby changing bag, there is a thermal bottle holder, which will keep your baby’s drink warm or cool for a few hours. A special pouch for used nappies and wipes makes it ideal for separating your own items, such as your mobile, diaries etc. all contained in two interior zip-up pockets. This bag also holds the essential baby changing mat, which is padded and washable that you can bring out at any time when you’re in a cafe or restaurant wash facility. The interior lining of the Wallaboo makes it easy to clean and wipe dry, so you won’t have to worry about stains.

The Wallaboo Changing Bag has a number of detachable features, including the insulated bottle holder, which you can replace with space for your own bits and bobs. Uniquely, the Wallaboo is water resistant, so you can afford spills of any kind without ruining the appearance or durability of the bag. Wallaboos are available in six gorgeous colours, including red, blue, pink, lime, chocolate and black. Generous dimensions and excellent quality will make this bag part of your new baby essentials.

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Wyevale Voted Best Garden Centre By The BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

The Wyevale Group is celebrating after being voted the ‘Best Nursery or Garden Centre’ in an online poll by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.

The voting for the awards was open to members of the public and received thousands of nominations through the BBC Gardeners’ World website, making them a true reflection of people’s opinions. It is therefore particularly rewarding for the Wyevale garden centre group to be given the coveted title of ‘Best Nursery or Garden Centre’ as part of the inaugural Gardeners’ World Magazine awards.

The BBC launched their 2009 awards in March by inviting readers of the Gardeners’ World Magazine and users of the gardenersworld.com website to vote on categories including most loved and most hated plants and vegetables, the most common garden pest, the gadget they couldn’t live without, the best garden centre and best online garden centre/mail order supplier. The voting was opened to the public for a 3 month period in an effort to find out exactly what people liked and didn’t like about life in the garden. Overall more than 7,900 gardeners voted across a series of categories.

The Wyevale Group achieved success after being rated the best nursery on 5 separate indicators which covered: value for money, service, choice, quality and overall performance.

Nicholas Marshall, Chief Executive of Wyevale, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the title of Best Garden Centre in the Gardeners’ World Magazine’s online poll. It is a testament to how hard the staff work at all 122 garden centres in the group.

“We would like to thank all the garden centre teams and staff at Head Office for their hard work and commitment in helping us to win this top accolade.”

About The Gardening Club
Wyevale Garden Centres originated as a local nursery in Hereford in the 1930’s, when plants were sold bare-root by mail order only during the dormant season. Today, gardening is a wide ranging activity from real enthusiasts who grow specialist plants from seed to families for whom the garden is an outdoor room to decorate and furnish in their own style

The Gardening Club is a family of garden centres. The group stocks a wide range plants, tools, garden furniture, BBQs and machinery to suit every style of gardening. With over 120 garden centres nationwide and a website stocking over 2,000 gardening products there is something for every gardeners taste.

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