crayon gems

by Grace Bonney

My love for Todd Oldham knows no limits. For me, he is the ultimate inspiration and the best example of a designer — and a human being — that I would most like to emulate. His passion for art and design is endless, and what I’ve always admired most is how he considers any object a place to let great design shine. Todd’s Kid Made Modern collection is currently in Target stores everywhere, and yesterday we got to check out the crayon gems in person, something I’ve been dying to do since we saw the prototypes last year. They are a facet lover’s dream and serve as both functional drawing tool (for kids and adults, I think) and colorful sculptural object. I plan on using a few as paperweights or on bookshelves — the levels remind me of the striations on desert rocks. Click here to check them out and order online. While they’re part of a collection for children, I think all of us could use a little coloring (or just colorful $5 sculptures) in our lives. xo, grace

*Click here to listen to Todd’s interview (the first one I did!) on my radio show, After the Jump.

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  • Saw these at Target the other day when I was looking for a gift for a kids birthday party…I’m ashamed to admit I ended up keeping them for myself! :) I also got the oversized multi-color crayon and that thing is way too cool for school!

  • I haven’t picked up these, but the whole Kid Made Modern Collection is pretty great. I got the colored pencils (gorgeous colors and natural wood shafts) for myself. And my husband bought me the watercolor set for my birthday. Definitely not just for kids!

  • I’d love to use these as home decorations! I can just imagine how great they’d look against a white backdrop. Anyone wanna ship them to me in the UK?? ;)

  • I bought the watercolors and colored pencils the other day but couldn’t figure out what I would color with these – didn’t think of using them as paperweights – might have to go get more as stocking stuffers.