Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Kiddie Toys And Snacks Make Fantastic Furniture

BROOKLYN (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Squirt guns, beach balls, and Gummi Bears are fun to play with and eat, but one grown-up designer is creating couture furniture with them.

Jellio is a Brooklyn-based design company that makes trendy furniture such as chairs, art, and tables created from shapes reminiscent of popular retro toys like Barrel of Monkeys, Rubik’s Cubes, Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots, and squirt guns.

According to designer Mario Marsicano, the retro recreational furniture is very popular because the designs remind buyers of the toys and food they used to play with and eat as a kid.

Says Marsicano: “These designs come from stuff that you’d get out of a gumball machine at the grocery store, and you had a great time playing with.”

And for inspiration, Marsicano looks no further than his own childhood photos.

He explains, “I look at pictures from when I was a kid, and I kid you not, I get two pages of ideas!”

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