Category archive: furniture

April 1, 2014

What's Up, Doc?

I designed this nursery for my son Kimmo. He shall never be scared and aim for the stars. pic.twitter.com/u3HhxqRr1H— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) April 1, 2014 Mazeltov to the whole Dotcom family, though I don't think fear is necessarily something...
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March 24, 2014

Unidentified Local Couple Photographed

Dear Publicists, They might not show up in mirrors, but they will display every damn camera-equipped electronic device and luxo-crib you send their way. Or maybe they got it from Z-Bey. [via the signs of the end times] Nurseryworks...
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February 13, 2014

Modern Primitives Baby Chair By Aranda\Lasch

Looking around Johnson Trading Gallery for something slightly less utilitarian than $20,000 plywood bookcase sculptures, I found this: the Modern Primitives Baby Chair by Aranda\Lasch. The New York-based architecture practice produced the Modern Primitives series in collaboration with Fendi...
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Furniture Dealers' Kids Always Have The Best RO/LU Plywood Shelves

When you're a pioneering vintage and art furniture dealer, your kid can't fill up just any shelving with her baby swag. It's gotta be special. That's why Paul Johnson of New York's Johnson Trading Gallery stuffs his kid's stuff...
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February 10, 2014

Frank Rohloff Cradle At LA Modern Auctions

This beautiful walnut cradle was made in California by Frank Rohloff. Rohloff was active in the studio furniture movement, which sought to bring classic craftsmanship together with modernist design in the 1950s. Rohloff's pieces were exhibited in shows at...
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February 5, 2014

Silence, Glass Crib By Mona Hatoum

Was at MoMA today and saw Silence, a 1994 sculpture by Mona Hatoum. The wall text says, "Made of glass, this life-size crib threatens any child in its care with shattering collapse and inevitable injury." And if that weren't...
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January 31, 2014

Kid-Size Art Installations By Benin's Own Beshac Gaba

La Mode en Miniature (2008) installation view, Stevenson I just found images of these kid-related works I saw from the Frieze Art Fair in London last fall, by the Beninese artist Beshac Gaba. Gaba often makes installations that take...
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December 7, 2013

Fisher-Price Meets Buy 'N Large

Sheesh. No one complained when our flip phones looked like Star Trek. Or when our iPads looked like, uh, Star Trek: The Next Generation. But let Fisher-Price design an iPad-holding infant chair that looks like Wall*E, and people start...
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November 19, 2013

Rockytoy Story

M V Gopalan founded a great wooden toy manufacturer in Madras, southern India, in 1942. It was first called Modern Agencies, but it came to be called Rockytoy because they were making rocking horses that everyone wanted. The scale of...
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October 26, 2013

Amazing Matching Burl Walnut Kids Chair

Amazing. In any realistic view of human civilization, you figure in one human life, you'll see maybe one gnarly burl kid's chair attributed to JB Blunk? Maybe? Ever? And yet, here we are less than six months later, and...
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October 18, 2013

Three Brothers Share A Room, By Casa Kids

Speaking of staying in the city, here's a recent project that Roberto Gil of Casa Kids just emailed me the other day: a bedroom for three brothers. It's a custom adaptation of Casa Kids' Marino bunk bed + stairs...
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October 3, 2013

Children Of Duchamp, By Nobutaka Aozaki

It's been a hundred years since Marcel Duchamp introduced the Readymade to an unprepared art world, which is still dealing with it. Since he just graduated from Hunter College's MFA program, I'm going to guess that Nobutaka Aozaki's awesome...
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September 27, 2013

Mormon Prune Crate Play Furniture Was A Communist Plot

We're making progress on the vintage Mormon Sunday School Nursery play furniture plans I posted a little while ago. I recently found an earlier edition of the teachers' manual, called Sunday Morning in the Nursery, that dated from 1949,...
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September 23, 2013

Is This The Only Kid-Size Honey-Pop Chair Tokujin Yoshioka Ever Made?

Throw a rock in a Buy Buy Baby, and you'll probably hit someone who rejects cardboard kid furniture for being too flimsy and ephemeral. But there are also those who say that cardboard's too durable and strong. I mean,...
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September 20, 2013

What The Frick Kids Rode: Taxidermy Rocking Bunny

It was #AskACurator Day on Twitter this week, where 26,000 people asked a thousand curators from 581 museums around the world what their favoritest, weirdest thing in their collection was. And for the folks at The Frick Pittsburgh, it...
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September 18, 2013

In The Beginning Was These DIY Mormon Play Furniture & Blocks

I stupidly didn't buy this book last month in Utah, even when I held it in my hand--and snapped a couple of cheap shots of it with my camera. But I'm trying to make up for my blogging sins,...
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August 27, 2013

MAK Daddy Types

So I knew that MAK in Vienna was doing a DIY exhibition, the first ever, as far as I could tell, based on Victor Papanek & James Hennessey's groundbreaking DIY bibles, Nomadic Furniture, but I admit, I'd lost track...
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August 6, 2013

Brooklyn OSB Nusery Hive By Openshop

While searching around for OSB kid furniture I came across this loft renovation that Openshop did in 2006. The architects stuck the master bedroom and a nursery into a big OSB form they called a hive. To soften things...
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August 5, 2013

From The Dutch: Astronaut Duvet And Modular OSB Shelving

You know what bugs me? Retailers who don't mention the designers or manufacturers. Giggle does that, so does Fancy, a Pinterest-looking shoppertainment site. When I saw this cool astronaut duvet set, I had a feeling it might be by...
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Plywood's Plywood, Except They Call It Le Plywood

Remember your first backpacking trip to Europe, when you were blown away by the sophisticated design of the continent's youth hostels? Well, now you can relive the memories. Just head over to Wary Meyers and marvel at the collection...
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August 2, 2013

Ikea Cardboard Market Stand Exists

Doesn't it seem weird that Ikea hasn't had cardboard furniture and playthings all along? I mean, think about it. Anyway, they have it now. It's in the new catalogue. One market stand, so your kid can pretend he has...
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August 1, 2013

That Cradle In That Modern Farmhouse In The Italian Alps

Did you guys see that in the NYTimes? Well, here it is! I'm going to guess that it's just for playtime, and that if they want the kid to actually sleep, they'd get a window blind. Or maybe everyone just...
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July 31, 2013

Hey Hipsters! Ubaguruma Is A Japanese Crib On Wheels

Oh man, back in early July? It really looked like I picked the wrong week to give up crib blogging. The weird thing about being in Japan when WTF? Williamsburg Parents Drove Crib To Restaurant happened, was that I'd...
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July 15, 2013

Hida Takayama Kids Chairs

Hida Takayama is known for its history of woodworking, and apparently supplied carpenters to Kyoto when it was still the imperial capital. That history must weigh on people's minds, or give them the hook for operating their tourist-oriented business,...
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July 12, 2013

B-Side Label Sticker Desk, Also Rampant Japanese Sexism

The dancing baby sticker i posted from Tokyo was from B-side Label. We came across an entire store in downtown Kyoto, which had this awesome little school desk and chair in front. As K2 pointed out, the double d-cup...
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July 11, 2013

Sanjuusangen-do Changing Table

Built in 1164 by order of Emperor Go-Shirakawa, the Rengeō-in, or Hall of the Lotus King, is more commonly known as the Sanjūsangen-dō, or Hall of Thirty-Three Bays. It contains one thousand statues of Kannon, each unique, carved from...
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July 3, 2013

Muji Baby Room

One of our first stops in Tokyo yesterday: the Muji mother ship in Ginza. Here is the front half of the baby room, with changing tables for three. There was also a sink and bottle warming station, and a...
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June 30, 2013

DT Roadtrip: Visiting The Muji Motherland

A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law sent this photo of a young family in Tokyo checking out a sweet-looking Muji bunkbed. I looked online and couldn't find any information on it, so we decided to go visit it...
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June 29, 2013

DIY Totem Box Furniture From Cardboard Collective

When we last saw the DIY goodness of Cardboard Collective, chief cardboard comrade Amber was just selling a couple of copies of the vintage Japanese cardboard kids furniture mooks that inspired her global movement. Now she's added plans of...
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June 18, 2013

Kalon Caravan Pink Crib Giving Me Uncomfortable Feelings

Oh, what is going on? Why am I feeling this way? We were so determined to thwart the Pink Industrial Complex with the kid, and we generally succeeded. With K2, we have basically failed miserably. The experience leads me...
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From The Department Of Bad Ideas: Spring-Mounted Cradle

90-year-old David Resnick ran an outfit called United Inventors and Scientists which loved to help inventors. In fact, he helped the inventor of this spring-mounted cradle right out of the photo, and right out of the 1974 LA Times...
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June 12, 2013

Browning Crib By Aaron Coston

When devoted gun guy Aaron Coston found out his wife was expecting their first child, he knew what he had to do: design and build the kid a crib inspired by the craftsmanship and innovation of firearms legend John...
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June 6, 2013

Finland Still Giving Out Free, Swag-Filled Cardboard Bassinets

They were giving them out in 1938. they were giving them out in 1949. They were giving them out in 2008. And yes, the BBC's WTFScandinavianParenting correspondent reports this week that Finland is giving out cardboard bassinets stuffed with...
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June 4, 2013

Veritable Blogload Of Kids Chairs Being Auctioned At Wright20 This Week

Way back in 2001, before a molded ply Eames kids chair was even a twinkle in my eye, Patrick Parrish was amassing a remarkable collection of kid chairs. He's shown the collection only a couple of times, once back in...
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May 30, 2013

Brooklyn Artisanal Cork/Felt Table/Stool: U.M.O. Users & Makers Object

The U.M.O., a kid-sized bench/stool/table object by François Chambard, first showed up at Brooklyn Design a couple of years ago, in a cork version. Some time between now and then, Chambard added a felt-covered option, UMO2, which seems both...
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May 23, 2013

Gnarly Vintage Burl Kids Chair

For all you Napa redwood cabin-in-the-forest dwellers who already have wacked out kid chairs carved from a single piece of walnut burl, my apologies, feel free to skip this post. For the rest of you, HOLY SMOKES WHAT IS...
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From The Woodshop: Two Sweet, Custom High Chairs

You might see one custom high chair from a master woodworker come up at auction, but you hardly ever see two. Rago Arts has these two rather amazing pieces in their upcoming 20th century design sale next month. First...
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May 7, 2013

OG French School Desk At Kinder Modern

It is Design Week Mayhem in New York this week. As I was looking through the exhibitors at the Collective .1 Design Fair, I noticed that in addition to my kid-savvy buddy Patrick from Mondo Cane, there is both...
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April 27, 2013

Cardboard Survivors: Vintage Papp Kids Furniture By Peter Raacke

It really is amazing that this exists. Peter Raacke designed the Papp collection of cardboard kids furniture in 1967. By any reasonable expectation, it should all have been destroyed and recycled a dozen times by now. But someone apparently...
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April 17, 2013

'Il Buon Mobile Per Bambini': Enzo Mari Kids Shelf

It's not that Enzo Mari has never designed kids' furniture. It's just that he hasn't designed nearly enough of it. Of course, there's the Play Wall, the beautiful corrugated cardboard folding screen from 1967. And there is the Seggiolina...
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April 9, 2013

You Cannot Buy This Helge Sibast Child's Chair

Unless, of course, you're the person who already bought it from etsy seller Blueflowervintage. Sibast's No. 8 chair was first designed in 1953, but I don't know when the kid-size versions were made. If missing the chance to buy...
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April 5, 2013

Kids Cardboard Lifestyle: The Cardboard Collective

Seriously, kids go through so much stuff, so quickly, it really all should be made of cardboard. And then it's like, seriously, just make that yourself. Which is a severe underselling of the awesomeness of Tokyo expat Amber's kids...
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March 11, 2013

Robert Bliss's Cradle For A Young Viking Or Viqueen

Except for some chairs he made while studying at Black Mountain College, modernist architect Robert Bliss, didn't really get into designing furniture until after he retired as dean of the University of Utah's architecture school, in 1986. In 1990...
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March 4, 2013

The Radiant High Chair

Wow, kudos to architectural historian/mom Victoria Solan for working Le Corbusier into this helluva thinkpiece about of one of the world's greatest high chairs, the Ikea Antilop:As a formal composition, IKEA's $25 Antilop high chair hews to a Corbusian...
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It's My Kind In A Box: Babyhok, The Dutch Baby Hutch

So that BBC story that DT reader Helena pointed us to the other day about Scandinavians kids being totally awesome and pink-cheeked and healthy all the time because their parents are parking them outside to sleep all winter elicited all...
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February 22, 2013

Not Enough Kids Are Named Ib

Am I just not hearing about it, or are more people really somehow not naming their kids Ib? Previously: mid-century rocker by Ib Kofod-Larsen Related: Steve Zuckerman's OG Sesame Street songs...
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December 21, 2012

Snap-Together Foam Alligator By Horst Diener

I'm not finding a lot of info--actually none--about this online, so I'll just float it out there. It's a covered foam alligator pillow/toy from 1968 by the German product designer Horst Diener. The six segments snap together in various...
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December 15, 2012

Child-Sized Orkney Chairs

The International Herald Tribune has a little feature on Orkney Chairs, a type of make-do, homemade chairs built by residents of the Orkney Islands, originally from carved driftwood and woven straw, because trees on the islands were so scarce....
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November 26, 2012

Reclaimed Wood Nursery Furniture By Jocelyn Costis

Creme Anglaise is the atelier of Toulouse-based ebeniste Jocelyn Costis, who specializes in making kids' furniture, often from upcycled, slightly overworked salvage wood. This rocking chicken, for example, or my personal favorite, the crescent-shaped cradle that perhaps was once...
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November 25, 2012

Modernists' Kids Had The Best Nurseries

In the wake of MoMA's Century Of the Child exhibition, Paul Makovsky at Metropolis Magazine has assembled an awesome collection of images and childhood stories from the offspring of mid-century modernist designers. There's György & Juliet Kepes' daughter Julie,...
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