Ta.Ta. – Unconventional design for kids

tata_frozenbanana_bleeblaWhile this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan is closing today, we are very happy to recommend you our all-time-favorite Italien blog about outstanding furniture and toy designs for kids: Ta.Ta. by Katia Gamberini and Natalia Paglionico.

The passionate bloggers are both from San Giovanni in Persiceto, Bologna and they’ve known each other since their childhood. Katia talks with us about their concept and shares many inspiring artists, projects, labels and blogs – mille grazie!

Dear Katia, what do you do and why did you start your blog?
I have have a Degree in International Business Marketing and Natalia is an Industrial Designer, but just recently, however, after having children, we felt that our passion for design could have been shared with the world! Ta.Ta. Kids Design brings together our passion for design and the world surrounding our kids.

You are blogging hat’s the idea behind your website?
Since now we have not blogged for commercial purposes. Our website is a platform aimed to give visibility and support to designers, artists, people or projects that we truly like. We work hard and we try to do it in an ethical manner (we always quote the sources for example).

We invest time and patience as blogging includes social presence, networking and so on… but the interest of readers, their passion, and support fuels Ta.Ta. Kids Design! We love sharing, and blogging enables us to do that in a very creative way.

We see bloggers that operate in our field (kids design) as coworkers and often they have turned into good friends! This is another aspect of blogging that we love.

So as you know so many toy designs now – what would be your favorite one, being a kid?
A toy doesn’t need not be new to capture a child’s imagination. We love classic toys, such as building blocks, wooden toys etc. We also love eco toys made with natural materials such as fabric or cork. There are loads of brands that we love such as Bleebla, Milimbo, EsnafLes Jouets Libres, Des Enfantillages… well, we love all the toys we wrote about in these years! 

Who are your favorite artists or illustrators? Or what are your other sources of inspiration?Oh, there are so many such as Sabine Timm, Lucille Michieli, Melodie Stacey, Rob Hodgson, Ruggero Asnago, Camille Engman, Caroline Gomez …we could go on for hours!

There are also many websites that we daily have a look to: Atelier Ringo, Mr Printables, Artistic Moods, The Jealous Curator, the facebook page of Oliva Pérez Arquitectes, the blog of Present and Correct, Petit and Small, Kickcan and Conkers, Stella McCartney Kids on Tumblr, and many others. Our inspiration comes from many of these websites, and from many magazines (online or paper magazines) such as Frankie, Nido, Milk, and so on.

Image:Wooden animals by Bleebla