Downtown Meets Uptown.


The Cooper Hewitt/Kid Robot love affair continued this past week when the youthful toy shop opened its doors to the museum’s members for a private event.  Kid Robot’s buyers discussed the evolution of the urban toy craze, from its beginnings in Hong Kong and Tokyo to the pop culture phenomenon it has become.  It was a strange, but inspiring group. Normally Kid Robot is packed with teen boys in oversized A Bathing Ape gear.  This night the place was filled with Upper East Side society women drenched in pearls and holding Goyard bags. And they too are in love with the toys! The juxtaposition of young and old; establishment and anti-establishment is a wonderful thing to see.  One thing connects Kid Robot fans: a love of art and design. That transcends everything else.

DWR folks Sandra Hansel and Kimberly Oliver joined me there.  And no trip to Kid Robot would be complete without a purchase: I scored two Keith Haring  Andy Mouse toys.