New Classics: Vilac's Ride On Classic Car
Yes, it's a toy. But photo stylists and other design-minded grown-ups love how it takes rooms for a spin
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There aren't a lot of toys out there that parents enjoy seeing left out in the middle of the living room. However, the Ride On Classic Car is one they'll probably keep on display long after their kids have outgrown it. The car is made in France by Vilac, a company that maufactures creative and aesthetically pleasing toys. It's so beautifully designed that it has become a favorite among architects, designers and photo stylists alike ... and I almost forgot: The 2- to 4-year-olds who actually push themselves along on it love it too.
The little metal car comes in steel gray, shiny red and yellow, with a number printed on both sides.
While this minimalist room is beautifully designed, it's the little toy car that draws the eye. This image is a good lesson in photo styling and composition. Look at the placement of the car. It's just beyond the corner of the area rug, close to the center of the composition, and it makes us appreciate the interior of the room as well as the view through the windows.
This is one of those rare objects that has vintage appeal but still has a modern feel. It fits right into this contemporary urban home.
The car's design is based on racecars of the 1920s. The seat resembles classic caramel leather from a distance, but it's made of sturdy plastic. The metal steering wheel is easy for little hands to maneuver.
More proof that photo stylists love this car: This photo is from the same house as the previous photo.
The steel version seems to be the most popular — perhaps because there's a good chance the color will fit into any room the kids park the car in.
Ideabook published on Nov. 20, 2012.
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