Lucky 7 Children's Products
Jannicke Ramsø began her Interior Design career in Norway, where she was born and raised, but later left her native country to pursue a degree in Interior Design in Las Vegas. After graduation, she spent several years with a renowned Design Studio surrounded by some of the best Interior Designers and Architects in Hospitality & Gaming Design.
In 2014 Jannicke decided to step away from it all to focus on her family and start her own firm. Today she is the Owner & Founder of Tiny Little Pads, an interior design studio for Children located in Downtown Las Vegas. Tiny Little Pads focuses solely on designing high end baby nurseries, children's rooms, playrooms, and playhouses. Each space is carefully created to be as unique as the child it is designed for. Most recently, Jannicke’s first playhouse design landed a spot on Daily Mail UK’s list of “Ten of the world’s most breathtaking playhouses.”
If you are anything like me, or even remotely interested in Interior Design and Décor, Las Vegas Market is literally a five million+ square foot candy store! I have been coming to the Market for two years now, twice a year, and I am equally excited every time. There are always new products & lines to see, old friends to meet up with, new connections to be made, and so much to learn. But words of advice:
Make sure you have a PLAN, otherwise you will find yourself overwhelmed. Period. The same goes whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the Market. Do some research in advance. Know what you are looking for and make a list of all the showrooms you'd like to visit. I would also highly recommend setting aside plenty of time to ATTEND some of the seminars and panel discussions that are hosted throughout the week. These events feature "The Best of The Best" when it comes to influential & successful people in our industry, and they are all so incredibly humble and willing to share their greatest advice, lessons learned and their inspiring journeys to where they are today.
With my list, notepad & camera in hand – and a pair of comfortable shoes (a must for a successful day by the way), I walked the Market. Building by building, floor by floor. Assignment: Find the best lines and products in the Juvenile Category from a Children's Interior Designer's perspective. The hardest part? Narrowing them down to seven....
But here they are, Vegas Style. My (Lucky) 7, in random order.
Jannicke's Lucky 7 Showrooms
1) Bloomingville (C696)
My favorite new showroom discovery this Market, was Bloomingville (shown by Ivystone), a collection of sophisticated Danish home décor and some selected furniture. Driven by the fascination of Nordic style and living, founder Betina Stampe established Bloomingville back in 2000. The brand has experienced great success over the years, but their mission of delivering happy changes to everyday designers has stayed the same. No matter what your taste or style is, you will find something to love in this showroom, and by releasing two main collections, five express collections and one christmas collection every year, they make sure we need to keep coming back for more. And the best part, they have their own line of children’s products called Bloomingville Mini.
Scandi Interiors are big right now. If you want to get a feeling of great Scandinavian design, you got to visit this showroom. Everything featured in here is made of the typical materials you expect to find in a Nordic Home. Lots of natural materials, light beautiful wood, sea grass, stone, ceramic and beautiful mixed metals. The kids’ collection features a big range of rugs, display shelves, knobs, toy boxes and baskets, pillows, art, wall hangings, fabric banners, poufs, and stoneware & melamine table wear. All in the same sophisticated designs, color pallets and material choices as the Home Décor collection, but with added kid friendly prints, elements and characters.
2) Omy (C1035)
Next stop was a must-see showroom of mine; Keena. I always find myself spending a lot of time in here. This is the home of Petit Collage that I had on my list last year. It is also where you can find Nailmatic, the 100% safe nail polish that comes off with just soap and water, great for kids in other words. But this time I’ll focus on Omy.
Omy Design & Play is a French brand, developed by two Parisian graphic designers, Elvire Laurent and Marie-Cerise Lichtle. After becoming mothers in 2012, the duo felt the urge to create something for the entire family to enjoy. The result, an incredibly fun and colorful line of products that spark the curiosity and creativity of both young and young at heart. Each product can easily be recognized by the sense of humor they portray and the surprising scale from itty-bitty to giant. Their most recognizable product is the 45”x 31”coloring roll that has become an Omy classic, treasured all over the world.
I love this brand not only because it allows for hours of play and creativity, but they also consider their environmental footprint by producing and storing 85% of all their products just a few miles away from their studio in Paris. This means a lower impact on the environment and more support to the local economy.
3) Candy Lab (C1072)
Who doesn’t love the American modernist vibe of the 60’s, carved into some awesome contemporary wooden toy designs? I was so excited to be greeted by a brand new Candy Lab toy display at the Kathleen Milne showroom.
The love of classic American cars is a love that never seems to go away. As an artist, designer and mother I truly appreciate a brand like this. A brand that set themself apart by not only creating fun toys, but toys that have the value of open-ended play that so many modern day toys are missing. And in a world where we are drowning in piles of broken plastic toys, heirloom toys are becoming more popular than ever. When I design kids' rooms and nurseries, these are the kind of toys that I look for to give the rooms personality and character in a sophisticated way. I always make an effort to incorporate quality toys that I know will be treasured and remembered. Toys that hopefully will be passed down to the children’s children one day.
4) Design Letters (C1044)
I guess my eyes gravitate towards Scandinavian designs these days. Born and raised over there, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. What I love about Nordic designers is their impressive way of making the simplest of designs so esthetically beautiful, yet practical. The lines, shapes and choices of materials are what make Scandinavian design stand out. And what better example of this than Design Letters found in the Sales Producers showroom.
Design Letters was founded by former copywriter and journalist Mette Thomsen. From a very young age she was a great fan of words & writing and in 2009 she merged this lifelong interest with her passion for design by establishing Design Letters. Later the company's collection expanded to include the famous Arne Jacobsen’s (known for the Egg and Swan Chair) hand-drawn typography from 1937. The rest is a history. Today the brand carries a significant collection within living, stationery, furniture and kids designs - with and without letters. You can find the brand in more than 58 countries.
Design Letters offers a wide range of children’s products from baby’s first book and letter boards, to toys, crayon sets and bed linen. However, my favorite is their classic all white melamine products with the signature black letter that is available in cups, glasses, plates, bowls and cutlery. If monochrome is not your thing, they also offer a limited selection of blush pink and light teal colored products, plus drink lids and cup handles in a handful of colors that transform any of their standard cups into a sippy cup.
Also worth mentioning is their brand new Birthday Banners. Along with their monogrammed drink bottles serving as name tags on the table, you’ll have the perfect little Scandi Style birthday party.
5) Sass and Belle (C1024)
On to some happy kids décor. Sass & Belle is a UK brand that opened their first store in 2009, but has more recently found its way into the American market. Their range has an abundance of home ware decorations and gifts, which are as stylish as they are adorable. With a neutral palette and sweet little details, they’re perfect for decorating kidsrooms that are a bit whimsical and quirky.
Sass & Belle caught my attention in the Fine Lines showroom because the display was so happy. Their signature look is their line drawings of different animal faces. My favorites were the monochrome cat rug, matching black mirror and the little suitcases that are great for storing the small play characters, legos, and trinkets kids collect. These have been popular in Europe for years.
6) Petits et Maman (C1023)
I have seen Petits Et Maman pop up here and there on social media, but never seen the brand in person. All of a sudden I found myself swooning over a selection of sophisticated gift boxes with fun and functional table settings for kids in the Fine Lines showroom.
Unlike some of the typical bright and loud characters you’ll see on kids’ meal sets, this brand offers simple wooden and ceramic designs of plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery. The wooden plates are designed to naturally separate different food for the pickiest of eaters and because they are made of one piece of wood, they are very durable and can take a few hits to the ground. The ceramic mugs feature the outline of the same characters found on the plates, and are the perfect match to an enjoyable mealtime for your little one, any day of the week.
Every single item in this collection would be a perfect baby shower or birthday gift.
7) Guillow’s + Channel Craft (C1090)
Last but not least, I wanted to share some old fashion toys, all made in the US and the way they were displayed in the Anne McGilvray showroom, I decided to treat them as ONE find.
These two brands turn out to be just as great for kids’ wall décor as they are for kids to play with. The display should prove my point. For years I have been known for loving multiples of the same exact item used repeatedly for an impactful focal wall. This one caught my eyes the second I walked in. The colors. The shapes. The textures. Very tastefully executed. I would source retro toys like these any day for my interior design projects.
The airplanes you see in the display are by Guillow’s, a company located in Wakefield, Massachusetts. They specialize in flying toys and model kits. Channel Craft is the manufacturer of the cool slotter game, spinners, whistles and checkers that you see on the wall. They are located in Charleroi, Pennsylvania.
There you have it: my (lucky) 7 from the Main Buildings at Las Vegas Winter Market 2018.
But don't forget to hop on the courtesy express shuttle to visit Pavilion One next time for more children products and lines. Pavilion One is filled with smaller, not quite as established brands (typically), and newly launched businesses. I love the energy there. It's a fun place to explore!