Caketoppers Vintage Bridal

Caketoppers

We, at Mimi Berlin, visited the local thriftstore the other day. On sale was a collection of caketoppers, vintage, bridal caketoppers. Amongst a group of about 10 plastic figurines, there were ugly but also a nice one; just as in real life. The bride by herself, she is our favorite, and probably made in the sixties. She looks like a doll from the Thunderbirds. We also fancy the happy couple, they look very satisfied and happy. The rest of the caketoppers seem rather uninspired.

Photocredits: Mimi Berlin

Inflatable! Blow Me Up Lamp Designed by Ingo Maurer

Inflatable Lamp

During Milan Design Week 2019 in April we, at Mimi Berlin, favoured some designs. One of them is the ‘Blow Me Up’ lamp signed by Ingo Maurer, but designed by him, Theo Möller, and Maurer’s team. As the name suggests this is an inflatable lamp, in the shape of a tube and made of plastic. One part is transparent the other part comes in a couple of metallic bright colors. What we like about the design is it’s simplicity and also that you can use tie-grips to hang it up, it isn’t the perfect lamp at all! It retails for about €270,- though.

M’ Afrique Detached

‘Blow Me Up’ was on show at the Moroso showroom in Via Pontaccio 10. The design isn’t new, it’s from 2017, but because of the fact that Moroso and Ingo Maurer are partners that didn’t matter we guess. Moroso’s ‘M’ Afrique Detached‘ installation is dedicated to this new partnership, ànd to the 10th anniversary of the M’ Afrique outdoor collection produced by Moroso furniture. Part of the designs in the M’afrique collection are made by crafstmen from Africa. The Shadowy Chair by Tord Boontje, for example, is made with a weaving technique used for fishing nets.

Quote

“The inflatable tube Blow Me Up by Theo Möller, Ingo Maurer & Team was first presented at Euroluce 2017. It is flexible to use: You can lean it against a wall, fasten it to the ceiling or wall with small hooks and nylon cords. It comes wrapped up in a box and is pumped up by the user. The LED-strip illuminates the reflecting side of the tube, thus dispersing indirect light into the room. Since summer 2018 on, Blow Me Up will be available in two sizes, 120 and 180 cm with the option to choose in between four colours.” (read more ingo-maurer.com)

View more posts on Milan Design Week 2019 here on this blog

Cher Playsets

Cher Vintage 1970s Playsets

Playing with Cher dolls. The singer, the actress, the muse. We, Rex Dieter and Mimi Berlin, gathered some fine examples of toys and playsets made in plastic during the heyday of Sonny and Cher in the 1970s. That’s all, Have a nice day! xoxo Mimi Berlin

The Cher makeup center is our favorite Cher-Toy in this list: those bedroom eyes, that scary look on the child’s face tho…… (image via i.collector).Cher’s Dressing Room Playset, with a very ugly doll resembling the singer. (1976) Includes: Black Full Length Leotard, Wardrobe with Hangers, Coffee Table, Couch, Magic Mirror, & 4 Double-Sided Magic Mirror Cards. Features: Make-Up Mirror, Dressing Table, Wardrobe w/Hangers, American Indian Motif Labels, Couch, Magic Mirror, Coffee Table, Rotation Lever, Rotating Pedestal Stand, & comes with an Easy To Carry Detachable Strap Handle (buy via) Sonny and Cher returned to television in 1976 with a new show called The Sonny & Cher Show. Mego Toys created dolls and a doll house to coincide with the show. (image and knowledge via webdebris.com)

Happy Birthday Dear Barbie Doll

Barbie has her birthday today, congratulations to you, dear plastic doll.

We, at Mimi Berlin can’t believe that you are 60 years old as of today. You don’t look a day over 18, in our opinion.

Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel

The famous 3-D doll was created by Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, in 1959. She named Barbie after her daughter Barbara.

(all images including desciptions of the dolls via mattel.com)

skepticism

Just like the first years, Barbie is still received with skepticism by both the toy-industry, as well as some feminists all over the world nowadays. Women who hate Barbie do so because she is the stereotype of the so-called ‘perfect woman’ especially her body-measurements, which are out-of-this-world, are preceived to be sexist. But you must know that Barbie has about 180 careers, from registered nurse to astronaut to babysitter. Also, she was created to offer choices to girls and give them “endless storytelling possibilities”. That was of course in the 1960s when women weren’t seen as equal to men as today. Anyhow, we, at Mimi Berlin, love Barbies.

no one-trick pony

The Barbie of today is nothing like the first doll, she’s not the one-trick pony anymore. Modern Barbie comes in all kinds of bodytypes and skincolors. Mattel even produces famous Barbie look-a-likes, like for instance, an X-files agent Dana Scully doll or a Frida Kahlo doll (from the inspiring women collection). Below more examples of which type you can buy, if you are really interested, we suggest you visit the Mattel site to view the whole range of toys for kids and adults.

Barbie® Ibtihaj Muhammad Doll

Designer: Kelley Lindberg Label: Black Label® Release Date: 07/30/2018 Body Type: Curvy Collector Facial sculpt:Ibtihaj Muhammad Fashion: Jacket, pants, bodysuit Fashion Sewn On?: No Accessories: Nike shoes, face mask, glove and sabre.

35th Anniversary Barbie® Doll

The reproduction of the original 1959 #1 Ponytail. The ”35th Anniversary Barbie® doll’ released in 1994 with a ‘vintage repro bodytype’

Barbie® 60th Anniversary Doll

Designer: Caroline DeMersseman Collection: Anniversary Dolls Label: Black Label® Release Date: 1/11/2019 Body Type: Model Muse Facial sculpt: Grace Collector: 55287 Fashion: Removable fashion with snap closures Eyelashes: Painted

Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll

Label:Gold Label® Designer: Bill Greening Release Date: 3/6/2019 Body Type: Vintage with holes in feet Facial sculpt: Vintage Barbie Eyelashes: Painted Fashion: Top, jacket, skirt, heels Fashion Sewn On?: No Customization: Painted fingernails & toe polish Included with doll: Glasses, earrings, portfoio with 2 fashion sketches

Read and see more about Barbie and Haute-Couture here on this blog

Working Title: Toys For Girls by Mimi Berlin

Working Title Toys For Girls by Mimi Berlin

Sketches for new work. Statuettes which you can actually play with! Made with found and collectable objects of plastic, glass, rubber and brass,

See more unique (on of a kind) objects by Mimi Berlin HERE at the mimimall.me