I was surprised to find how many great toys were there. Being a toy-snob, I thought I would instantly dismiss the bulk of the toys as too plastic, too commercial, or just too ugly for my Reggio sensibilities. Instead, I loved just about everything. (I also note that I was mostly in the aisles marked "Designer Art Toys" and "Earth-Friendly")
In true New York City style, the Toy Fair was not the only story of the day. My walk from Penn Station to the Javitz Center was one of the most fun of my life - all along the way I was walking with the beautiful, incredibly pampered contestants in the Westminster Dog Show, which was also taking place this Valentine's Day Monday. Seeing these incredibly outfitted and coiffed pooches out for a pre-show walk around town with their owners was a fantastic New York moment.
Thus inspired, I give you my Best in Show from the Toy Fair: Brinca Dada.
This year-old (they launched at Toy Fair 2010) Manhattan start-up with just a handful of employees, creates inspired - and inspiring - modern dollhouses that adults can love as much as kids.
Brinca Dada currently has one dollhouse on the market, Emerson House, as well as the accompanying furniture, with more coming in the spring.
I was particularly enamored of the prototype I saw for a house that folds down flat, as I'm such a stickler for keeping things neat at my minimalist home.
Can't you see the sleek Emerson dollhouse fitting in perfectly at my similarly totally spotless home?
And here is Emerson house furnished with all your mid-century modern favorites:
Also to love? The truly modern Modern Family who gets to live there:
And if you're wondering? Westminster's Best in Show was awarded to "GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind" a.k.a. "Hickory," a Scottish Deerhound. Congratulations.
|Photo from WestminsterKennelClub.org|
PS A longer post with the rest of the best at Toy Fair coming soon!