May 18, 2011

Sweet Kalon Echo Toddler Crib, Sweetest Nymph!


Now that everyone's quiet and in the frame of mind to discuss high-design, thousand-dollar children's beds...


Every penny you were thinking of dropping on an Aino Aalto should now go into the Kalon Echo jar.

How is this possible that a toddler bed can be so beautiful? I'm trying to imagine an adult-sized bed with the Echo's solid maple frame, those curved feed, those softly beveled edges--it just doesn't work!

For one thing, you can't get the full curve without a safety rail. And without a safety rail, you wouldn't have a tapered edge like this:


But most important, I think, is the scale. I've never articulated this before--and I'm a guy who's been looking at kids' beds for like seven-plus years now [note to self: yikes.] and who spent like half that time making a toddler bed that looked like a Donald Judd daybed--but a toddler bed hits some kind of scalar sweet spot. It's recognizable as coming from the grown up world, but it's also miniaturized, not to cutesy toy-size, but just enough to preserve its functionality. For a kid. And yet a parent can still experience it, take it in whole as an object. It's a sculptural scale, even if only one out of a thousand toddler beds actually look like sculpture.

And Kalon's Echo Toddler Bed has sculpture written all over it. It has the complex three-dimensional topography that can only come from someone who's made a shape like the Hut Hut Rocker.


And yes, there's also an Echo Crib, and so a toddler bed conversion kit, and there's a matching dresser, all of which are beautiful. But the toddler bed itself is just extraordinary. That a small, independent company is able to make and sell these things in the current economic and safety/regulatory environment is nothing short of a miracle. We owe it to the design auctioneers and dadbloggers of the future to get these things out there.

You know, after riffing so hard on a freakin' toddler bed, I wasn't going to mention it, because I thought it'd be a buzzkill. But I think I have to: the bolts are buggin' me. I want them to be Cindy Crawford's mole, but they are not. I know they're the only thing that makes it possible to manufacture this furniture at anything close to a marketable price, but still. So let's put it this way: if the Kalon Echo Crib/Toddler Bed decision is causing strife, if one party likes it, is obsessed with it, even, cost be damned, and the other is thinking, I don't know, "Whatever, $1700??" play the bolt card. It might break the impasse.

buy a Kalon Echo Toddler Bed for $1,045 [kalonstudios via dt reader elizabeth]
Or buy an Echo Crib for $1,195 and a toddler bed conversion kit for $475.

Previously: The Fifth Axis--Hut-Hut Rocker by Kalon Studios

1 Comment

Hmm, some Lee Valley hardwrecould solve that problem for about $20.

Otherwise, amazing stuff! I think I might order some chairs.

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