Monday, September 30th, 2013
Imagination to Creation – Kikkerland Design Presents at the first Mexico Design Open/Abierto Mexicano de Diseño, October 23 – 27, 2013
Kikkerland Design Inc., a company that creates, makes and markets well designed products, in collaboration with Mexican distributor, Gava Design, and designer Ariel Rojo, will present a workshop series, conference and exhibit during the first annual 2013 Abierto Mexicano de Diseño.
All are invited to register early for the workshops and conference which will be held on Thursday, October 24th and Friday, October 25th via the website http://www.kikkerland.com/amd/
The conference will be lead by Mexican designer Ariel Rojo and will take place at cultural center of Mexico, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Friday, October 25th 2013 at 9:30am. The four stages of product design and creation will be discussed. Ariel will speak on the first stage of design, Imagination. Following will be Kikkerland designer Jay Lee on taking an idea and turning it into a reality. Graphic designer Pieter Woudt, who has been designing with Kikkerland for 20 years, will talk about the different methods and ideas behind package design. The final stage of design, Sales and Marketing, will be presented by Gava Design’s Claudia Tena and Kikkerland Design team Perrine Giacomazzo and Randall Polityka.
The workshops will focus on imagination, creation, packaging, sales & marketing. Ariel Rojo and Kikkerland graphic designer Pieter Woudt will lead workshops about Imagination and Packaging at the Centro de Tecnologia Telmex on Thursday, October 24 from 4-7 pm. Jay Lee, Perrine Giacomazzo, Randall Polityka and Claudia Tena will lead workshops on Design, Sales and Marketing on Friday, October 25th, 4-7 pm at the same location.
During the event, Abierto Mexicano de Diseño, MUMEDI (Museo de Diseño Mexicano, www.mumedi.org) will host an exclusive exhibit, “Imaginación a la Creación, el proceso de un nuevo producto” October 23-27. Visitors will be able to view early sketches, from first prototypes to final products, and packaging.
All attendees at the conference will receive a Kikkerland gift bag. The first 50 attendees will receive a premium Kikkerland gift bag.
For more information about Abierto Mexicano De Diseno please visit www.abiertodediseno.mx
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Chico Bicalho choreographed to the music of Brazil – 12 short videos of his wind-up toy designs, including an original score composed by the father of Bossa Nova, Roberto Menescal for Bonga Climbing Worm.
Critter: Full orchestra Samba School (escola de samba as in carnival)
Spinney: Samba Tamborim (Not a tambourine, but a 6” diameter drum played with a drumstick)
Katita: Forró (A Northeastern dance very popular throughout Brazil now)
Cranky: Samba rhythm with Pandeiro (The instrument known as tambourine in the US)
Sparklz: Samba rhythm with Frigideira (samba played with a frying pan)
Bonga: Bossa Nova (composed especially for Kikkerland by Roberto Menescal)
ZéCar: Samba with Pandeiro and Tamborim
Awika!: Samba rhythm with Reco-Reco (a metal scraping instrument)
Oahaca: Samba rhythm 2nd predominance to Tamborim and Cuíca (please look up cuíca; too complex to describe)
Pintacuda: Axé Music (Afro-Brazilian rhythm from Bahia, Brazil)
Le Pinch: Maculelê (Afro-Brazilian martial arts rhythm similar to Capoeira, but fought with two sticks)
MxyKikker: Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial arts rhythm play)
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Meet our partner in the Czech Republic, Dezyned founded by Miroslav ‘Miro’ Peraica. Miro has been a bookstore owner in Prague for over a decade, running three of the city’s English language bookshops. His interest in literature led him to become involved in many cultural projects including organizing film festivals, hosting lectures, and editing literary magazines.
Miro was introduced to Kikkerland in Belgrade when a friend had a one of Chico Bicalho’s Wind-up Critters. He was convinced the wind-ups would bring joy to his customers and started buying them from our Serbian distributor. After discovering all the fun products Kikkerland had, Miro was inspired to become a distributor bringing smiles and inspiration to central Europe.
Here is the Dezyned website http://www.dezyned.cz/ and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kikkerland-Design-Praha/162033137193659
Monday, April 25th, 2011
Jan van der Lande interviewed by Core77 at the Chicago Housewares Show
“Kikkerland is a company that designs, creates, and markets fun and functional products. In order to do that, we need good ideas. …even if it’s a bad idea, we always give it good consideration. …we know that designers are the ones that have the best ideas. Sometimes, we take an idea, and help the designer change it a little bit so that it’s marketable. It’s important for the designers that they should go out in the market a little bit more and go to trade shows like this, so that they can see what’s on the market, what’s hot, what’s working well. The people who do that usually score best in their designs.”
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
posted by graphic designer ellen zhou of BURO-GDS on blog.buro-gds.com.
“Kikkerland Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. Imagine a whole series of these architectural toys mixing buildings with “creatures” by Chico Bicalho!”
We do Ellen, we do!
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