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Habitus loves… Toys for grown-ups

One of the greats of mid-century design, Alexander Girard once said: “Toys represent a microcosm of man’s world and dreams; they exhibit fantasy, imagination, humour and love. They are an invaluable record and expression of man’s ingenious unsophisticated imagination.” We agree, and so we’ve rounded up our favourite toys for grown ups – and a few for kids that we just really love. Forget Barbie dolls, toy cars, and brightly coloured plastic play-kitchens, and let these beautifully crafted toys bring out your inner child.

Habitus Loves… WARP AND WEFT

Elana Castle presents eight woven and knitted designs inspired by natural processes and ancient craftsmanship.

Habitus loves… Digital Design

According to the dictionary, digital means: (of signals or data) expressed as series of the digits 0 and 1, typically represented by values of a physical quantity such as voltage or magnetic polarization. Of course we have absolutely no idea what this means either, but we do know that we love the futuristic aesthetic of digital devices. By Stephen Lacey.

Habitus Loves… EuroCucina: Technology of the Kitchen 2014

The Milan Furniture Fair 2014 this year encompassed EuroCucina, showcasing the world-leading design brands specialising in modular kitchens and kitchen appliances. Here we pick out some of the best appliances we saw – and we’re pretty convinced that they’re going to take your kitchen experience into completely new territories! Alice Blackwood reports.

Habitus Loves… Kidding Around

Yes we know, the toys are for the kiddies to play with, but that doesn’t mean we adults don’t get to enjoy having them around as well, especially if they are imbued with designer cred. We’ve picked out eight of our favourites to brighten up any nursery. By Stephen Lacey.

Habitus Loves… Ripple + Roll

Elana Castle rounds up her favourite rippled and rolled pieces inspired by the collision of human movement and natural form.

Habitus Loves… May Design Series

London’s May Design Series is a celebration of design and the business behind it. This year’s event, which took place from 18-20 May, saw over 400 trade suppliers take part, and a conversation series featuring industry experts sharing their views on everything design, from the validity of trends to what you don’t get taught in design school. We bring you our pick of the new products on show this week.

Habitus Loves… Top3 By Design

A concept born in Australia and unique to the world, top3 is about editing options, not limiting choice — reducing the excess that falls outside the set parameters of quality, innovation and style. This week we look at old favourites and new releases that make us love top3 by design.

Habitus Loves… Yonoh Studio

Founded by Clara del Portillo and Alex Selma, the team from Yonoh Studio is hip, creative and dare we say it…ridiculously attractive. Their multi-award-winning practice is based in Valencia and manages to combine simplicity and functionality with an element of flair.

Habitus loves: Thailand International Furniture Fair 2014

Thailand International Furniture Fair's is back, and right on schedule. To local young designers, this fair offers a unique opportunity to celebrate their talent internationally, with this year’s focus on the urban living theme. We bring you our fresh picks that inspire the modern-day living

Habitus Loves… Danish Design

With 'Danish Design at the House' opening Friday at the Sydney Opera House, this week we celebrate all things Dansk. And, from cutlery to frying pans, the Danes have a deftly considered touch.

Habitus Loves… An Unconventional Garden

With inner-city gardens now firmly established, designers are working on new ways of incorporating vegetation into our living spaces. This week we love everything from upside-down pots to transforming IKEA furnishings into living and breathing designs. By Nicholas Sherwood.

Habitus Loves… A Keen Edge

Few are the satisfactions as visceral as that found from effortlessly slicing, and this week we celebrate eight tools that make this simple pleasure even more of a delight. Knives, of course, are centre stage, but scissors, hedge cutters and guillotines also swell the ranks of our recommendations.

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