Little Kids, Big Design: 11 Toys For Modern Tots

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Plastic pieces, primary colors, and plush that's seen better days give toys a bad rap. But after spending hours roaming the aisles at Toy Fair earlier this month, we were reminded that it doesn't have to be that way. Well-designed, mod toys may not be the mainstream, but if you do a little digging, there are plenty to come by. Let us assist you in giving your toy box a chic makeover with these 11 fab finds that we can't get enough of.

Egmont Woodland Lamps

Egmont Woodland Lamps

So they're not technically toys . . . but these German-made lamps ($69-$74) by Egmont are so sweet, they'll instantly transform your tot's bedroom into a magical woodland wonderland.

Kyoto Mini Playhouse

Kyoto Mini Playhouse

Yes, it's got a hefty (really hefty) price tag, but the Kyoto outdoor playhouse ($4,950) would turn your backyard into the most sought-after destination in the neighborhood (for better or worse!).

Sperovelo Rider

Sperovelo Rider

We got to check these out in person at Toy Fair, and I have to say, it was one of the coolest things I saw all week. Designed for tots who are just getting the hang of standing on their own, the sleek Sperovelo Rider ($99) employs two large balls for mobility instead of wheels, allowing them to move any which way they choose. So clever (and so cute!).

Manny & Simon Truck Push Cart

Manny & Simon Truck Push Cart

If you've got a little fan of all "things that go," you don't have to succumb to a house packed with plastic dump trucks — Manny & Simon's eco-friendly Truck Push Cart ($150) comes in vibrant cobalt blue and is constructed from sustainable solid maple.

Circus Stuf

Circus Stuf

Pick your favorite from this collection of little circus-themed cotton canvas pillows ($10, originally $13). They're all hand-silk-screened and so sweet!

Stack 'N Scare Wooden Blocks

Stack 'N Scare Wooden Blocks

Building blocks are fun, but when their purpose is to construct your very own monster ($48)?! Invisible Creatures just upped the ante on play time!

Uncle Goose Uppercase/Lowercase ABC Blocks

Uncle Goose Uppercase/Lowercase ABC Blocks

The typography and color palette of Uncle Goose's beginner Alphabet Blocks ($22) make them a chic pick!

Playforever Enzo Motorbike

Playforever Enzo Motorbike

Playforever's Enzo Motorbike ($64) is the sleekest ride in town (sidecar and all!).

Nickster Wagonimals

Nickster Wagonimals

We love these sleek new little Wagonimals ($23) that come in three colors, each featuring its own mod menagerie of three.

Geoform Puzzle

Geoform Puzzle

Exclusive to the MoMA Store, this Geoform Puzzle ($48) fosters creativity through working with a variety of shapes and colors. Its durable wooden carrying case makes this a great pick for trips to Grandma's house!

Tanabata 100 Wooden Star Domino Set

Tanabata 100 Wooden Star Domino Set

Inspired by the Japanese Star Festival, this set of 100 wooden stars ($54) allows for limitless open-ended play.