One Fine Baby Fair: Part 1
When the talented team behind the One Fine Day bridal fairs turned their attention to babies and kids, it was never going to be a shabby event. They set out to organise a fair with a difference, showcasing the best creative talent in the baby and child industries. Cue the inaugural One Fine Baby fair.
And it was a very fine day for parents and little ones alike, with a line-up of some of the coolest, stylish and most inspirational stuff around for babies and kids.
I went along on Sunday to the Australian Technology Park (ATP) and was really impressed by the wealth of new Australian talent in this industry.
It’s come a long way in the past 10 years, and Sydney’s youngsters and parents are spoilt for choice when it comes to the best in design, clothes, toys, furniture and entertainment. So much in fact, that I’ve split my highlights from the event into two posts.
One of the first sights to welcome visitors to the fair was a fun party set up with a brightly patterned play tent and balloons behind a white picket fence. This was the impressive display by Australian brand Sunny Jim, showcasing their collection of brightly patterned UPF50+ sunshades with matching beach bags. The giant festooned balloons by Bespoke Balloonery‘s Heidi Moore Gill added a fun and festive touch.
Sunny Jim‘s festive stall at One Fine Baby. Photography by Wee Birdy.
Details of Sunny Jim‘s UPF50+ sunshades and Bespoke Balloonery. Photography by Wee Birdy.
Bespoke Balloonery by Heidi Moore Gill at Sunny Jim. Photography by Wee Birdy.
Over at TMOD, I was impressed by the line-up of crafty kits for kids including temporary tattoo cards, animal mask kits, chalkboard paint and macrame kits. It’s great to see this indie Sydney brand humming along nicely with their creative and clever products. And it’s all so beautifully designed and illustrated.
Temporary tattoos at TMOD. Photography by Wee Birdy.
TMOD’s DIY Chalkboard Paint Kit. Photography by Wee Birdy.
TMOD’s DIY Animal Mask Kits. Photography by Wee Birdy.
Painting a cat mask at TMOD. Photography by Wee Birdy.
DIY macrame kits at T.MOD. Photography by Wee Birdy.
My next stop was Aleksandra’s flower stall, and that’s exactly what I did. Stop. In my tracks. Behold the glorious Hills Hoist clothesline, bedecked in garlands, tassel streamers and flowers.
The amazing floral and tassel garland maypole installation by Aleksandra. Photography by Wee Birdy.
I’ve bookmarked Aleksandra as the go-to lady for event styling. This lady has magical powers with flowers. (I swear I didn’t mean to rhyme right there, but I’m going with it.)
Details of the garlands and tassels by Aleksandra. Photography by Wee Birdy.
Buckets of poppies at Aleksandra‘s stall. Photography by Wee Birdy.
Plyroom was another highlight of the fair, with its collection of simple and streamlined plywood children’s furniture. Designed and made in Italy using sustainable European birch and beech, the simplicity of the furniture worked beautifully with the stunning large-scale abstract art by Belynda Henry.
Plyroom‘s furniture with art by Belynda Henry. Photography by Wee Birdy.
I also lingered over Hubble & Duke’s stall, admiring their collection of handmade baby leather moccasins. Their range of ballet-themed screen-printed T-shirts was also a highlight, and I adored the collection of tiny gold and silver leather crowns, perfect for dress-ups and birthday parties.
Screenprinted T-shirts and tutus by Hubble & Duke. Photography by Wee Birdy.
Coming next: Part 2 of the best of One Fine Baby.
Tell me: have you heard of any of these Australian brands before? What’s caught your eye?