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Dust Furniture. Beautifully designed pieces of children's furniture... but too close to Vancouver's Straight Line Design

Cool Mom Picks recently posted about a creative furniture design shop called Dust Furniture that features really fun shelves and tables that would be perfect for children’s rooms. While I love many of the designs, in particular:

The Best Bookcase no.2
Sparkle Table

they remind me a little too much of a local Vancouver design shop that I posted about a while back called Straight Line Designs. I don’t know how old Dust is, but I’ve known about Straight Line Designs for many years, having toured their shop a few years back during the Eastside Culture Crawl.

Since Straight Line Design has a Flash site that doesn’t allow linking to product pages (seriously… wtf) you’ll have to go check them out yourself here.

A Quick Linky Update

Joe Blow Glassworks Raygunz For Kids Of All Ages - With Fat Pockets

I’ve been remiss in my posting… and will try to correct this. In the meantime, I’ll try to deliver a quick link fix below. Have a great weekend!

Straight Line Designs
I was lucky enough to stumble on these guys during Vancouver’s Culture Crawl a couple years ago. The designs are wonderful and would be loved by any kid lucky enough to have these pieces in his or her room. Some favourite examples include (man I hate flash sites without internal links):

Cabinets section > Boom
Cabinets section > Melting
Cabinets section > Tree Cabinet
Furniture section > Bad Table (kids would LOVE this!)
Furniture section > Burnt Leg Table
Projects > Pine Beetle Rocks

If you’re in Vancouver next November I recommend you try the Culture Crawl, and be certain to visit Straight Line Designs.

Joe Blow Glassworks
While on the subject of the Culture Crawl I have to mention Jeff Burnette’s Joe Blow Glassworks. While the prices may prove a bit high for you to let children play with these things, his Raygunz are a thing of beauty. I almost gave in when I stumbled across some of his pieces on a recent trip to Tofino.


Spirograph The Days Away

Spirograph tables. If this moves into production I'm buying one for myself

I’m one of about 11 people in my generation who grew up without owning a Spirograph. Believe it. While I may not have owned one of my own, I sure drew the heck out of my friends’.

BabyGadget today posted a link to a site called Ernie Bakker, where some guy appears to be producing, or at least designing Spirograph tables. Find me a child that wouldn’t want one of these… in fact, find me a 20 or 30 something that wouldn’t want one of these.

While the Spirograph tables might be kid-friendly, some of the other items on the site may not be. Case in point the spiky Olive Drainer :)