DT reader Jason spotted this article in the LA Times today. Apparently, there's a mom in town who taught herself woodworking so she could make her own modernist-style furniture for her kids' rooms.
The Bertie Box has a freeform cutout lid in the shape of a bird that adds a nice touch of color. No word in the article what the prototypes looked like. She calls her little at-home business Mod Mom Furniture.
So she built some prototypes for family and friends and then created a website to show them, "just so I could get into some stores," says [Kiersten] Hathcock in her garage workshop in L.A. To her surprise, she began receiving inquiries from as far away as Italy, France and London. Her plywood toy boxes such as Bertie Box, $250, shown here, began selling. Now she's having a hard time keeping up with production. "I'm booked through July."
Hey! Design Public, which has advertised previously on Daddy Types, just started selling ModMom Furniture last month. They have a Q&A with ModMom on their blog:
What I wasn’t prepared for was the online design world somehow finding my unfindable website. I was BLOWN AWAY by the power of the internet and the design blogs. Frankly, it hadn’t even dawned on me that someone in NYC would be interested in what I was building.
Mod Mom Furniture: Children's furniture made by a mom [latimes]