Candylab Toys makes vintage-inspired toys for modern play
If you’re a parent, you know what it’s like to be completely overwhelmed by a growing pile of plastic toys. Their life cycles are notoriously too short to track, and when one throws one away, three more somehow sprout in its place. Candy lab toys is here to break this cycle of waste by expertly crafting modern wooden toys that kids and parents will want to keep for years to come – and they’re now available in the Design Milk Shop so you can gift a stylish toy made from hand this vacation.
A group of self-proclaimed reducers, engineers, designers, and parents turned expert toy makers, the Candylab team comes together with their common goal of making the best wooden toy cars you can find. Inspired by their love of mid-century modern design and vintage American cars, Candylab cars evoke a fun, retro feel that can stand up to the game – because “good design has to be achievable, not just luxury status.” , explains the team.
The decision to use wood as the main material is not just for the design. Candylab aims to combat the environmental impact of plastic pollution by relying on natural and renewable materials like New Zealand pine, beech wood and rubber wood commonly used to make their toys. Better yet, they’ve committed to fully recyclable paper and cardboard packaging (plus those dreaded plastic ties that you commonly see on children’s toy packaging!). The ethics behind Candylab Toys will make it a quick favorite for parents, but the toy’s fun and engaging design will make it a hit with kids too! That’s why we can’t recommend them enough if you are shopping for kids this year.
Lone Cactus Motel
Candylab’s adorable decor pieces inspire your little one to create their own surroundings – and the Lone Cactus Motel is a great base for their cars after zooming around the room. We can’t get enough of the mid-century designs and ‘neon’ signage of this retro motel, and the kids will love it too! Pair it with a Green Big Sur and Camper or a Candy Car and you have the perfect Candylab starter kit.
Ice cream van
You scream, I scream, we’ll all scream for that Candylab ice cream truck! The hot pink colourway and classic stripes of this retro ice cream truck are sure to bring a smile to any kid (and adult). The one thing your kid will love more than pushing this charming little van through the house is pulling it into the matching ice cream shack.
B. Berry Candycar
The must-have Candylab car, this Candycar is an essential item for any children’s play set. We love the bright lilac hue of this modern ride (also available in pink!). There is a Candycar model for anything your child can dream of such as a Blue Racer, an ambulance, a taxi and many more! Find the full collection here.
Rio Grande Orange Mule
The Candylab Rio Grande mule is perfect for all of your little one’s fake road trips and adventures. Also available in Mississippi and Everglades models, the Mule can be paired with the matching Pinecone trailer for long hauls. No need to worry about small parts either, the mule and trailer connect magnetically for easy and smooth play. Plus, the set also makes a great stocking stuffer gift!
Beach bus at sunset
The perfect ride to stop at your Candylab Malibu beach tour, the beach bus features a three-way design – a pickup truck, surf van, or camper van with a sunroof – so it can scale with your children’s imagination while playing! The Beach Bus even includes a matching surfboard that easily attaches to the top of the van with a magnet for even more surf vibes.
>>> To learn more about Candylab Toys, visit the Design Milk Shop, here!