Category archive: furniture

February 20, 2017

Bambinooo By Cucula: Enzo Mari X Refugee Colabo

In late 2013, some designers in Berlin teamed up to help refugees who'd fled war in Northern Africa get settled and productive in their new home. Legally restricted from working as wage-earning employees, the refugees and designers formed Cucula,...
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January 19, 2017

The Brutalist Playground Open At Vitra Design Museum

The Brutalist Playground installation shot from S1 Artspace, photo:alan bull In 2015 artist Simon Terrill and the architecture collective known as Assemble was commissioned to make "The Brutalist Playground," an exhibition/installation of lost, Brutalist playgrounds made out of foam,...
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July 3, 2016

Ile sur la Sorgue-Spotting: Awesome Wooden Slat Kids Chair

We are in France visiting family, and went on a quick tour through Ile sur la Sorgue, which is chock full of antique and vintage stores. This sweet Danish-style folding kids chair was at 50 Cinquante, one of the...
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March 25, 2016

How's The Tentacle Crib Working Out?

Some expectant parents at imgur commissioned this off-the-hook walnut tentacle crib from woodcarver Garrick Andrus last summer, but he only posted it to Google+. It only leaked out of the Google+ steampunk/tentacle community to tumblr in January, and then...
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January 1, 2016

Mid-Century Kids Sofa & Table By Sim Bruce Richards

Sim Bruce Richards was a San Diego modern architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, and who designed this sweet kid-sized sofa and table, probably in the fifties? The table has a "milk-retaining edge," but given the unmarred finish,...
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August 24, 2015

The What?? Fiberglass Magic Cradle By Stauffer Reducing

A few days ago DT reader Nathan spotted this amazing-looking vintage cradle on eBay in St Louis. [Turns out it's also on craigslist.] "Had this been up a year ago," Nathan wrote, "I would have considered it for our...
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August 18, 2015

Piet Klaarhamer Rolling Cradle

Look what I found while surfing around the website of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, looking for more info on Piet Klaarhamer, Gerrit Rietveld's mentor and De Stijl collaborator. It's a cradle! More importantly, it's a cradle on wheels,...
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De Stijl Kids Room In The Hague

The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague has the largest collection of Mondrians in the world, and one of the largest collections of art and furniture from the broader de Stijl movement. Hometown favorites, I guess. Anyway, this boys bedroom design...
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August 12, 2015

Big Kid Bed: Station Wagon By Paul Frankl

One good thing about leaving the toddler bed behind is that you're back in real furniture land again. And in that real furniture world, twin beds are usually discounted pretty heavily. Like the 1940s-1950s Station Wagon series Paul Frankl...
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April 14, 2015

Arion Youth: Blingy Rocking Unicorn By Marcel Wanders

Moooi is launching a bunch of merch at the Milan thing this week, including this limited edition, rhinestone-covered rocking unicorn by Marcel Wanders. Called Arion--which, be sure you hit that ON in there, otherwise, kind of awkward--I assume they're...
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March 24, 2015

Les Carrats Kids Furniture By Georges Candilis & Anja Blomstedt

I'd kind of given up hope, but one of my favorite design/inspiration blogs an ambitious project collapsing is back in the swing again. It's great. And one of Andrew's new finds: kids resort furniture by the French architect Georges...
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February 24, 2015

Danh Vo X Nanna Ditzel

In 2013 the Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo began creating exhibitions in Berlin using his own artworks, Galleri Feldt's mid-century Danish furniture, and Leonor Antunes' brass objects. Which means that since it's not on Feldt's 1st dibs page, this Nanna...
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February 17, 2015

Meccano Home. You Know, For Kids

Meccano Home exists. It was conceived by a constellation of designers and engineers in France whose names appear on various websites in varying pairs, so who knows, Meccano Home has a thousand fathers. The brand is licensed from the...
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February 10, 2015

I Use Prince/ss In All Of My Decorating: The 'Gender Reveal Room'

we'll do muted blues and silvers. image: probably jack and jill interiors via wsj Alright, this has stymied me for days now. I've just gotta push it out there. Buried in the slideshow captions of the Wall Street Journal's...
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February 6, 2015

People Decorating Princess Nurseries Horribly

When we were having the first kid, except for David Netto's white lacquered moderne thing and like one Stickley woodshop in Sonoma, there was literally no way to spend more than $500 on a nursery without it looking like...
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December 28, 2014

Amazing Stokke Tripp Trapp Anniversary Edition High Chair For Sale

The greatest version of the greatest high chair in the world is for sale. Proceeds will go to charity. You should buy it. 2012 was the 40th anniversary of the Stokke Tripp Trapp, designed in 1972 by Peter Opsvik....
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December 18, 2014

Eames For Vintage Kids

Some magic Eames moments from my recent immersion in the archives of esoteric survey: Here is Baby Valastro perched on the family's red CTM coffee table. The Valastros used their wedding money in 1954 to buy a houseful of Eames...
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December 16, 2014

OG Craig Ellwood Bunk Beds

In 1955-7, Jerrold Lomax, working at Craig Ellwood's architecture firm, designed basically the greatest Southern California modernist beach house ever: the 2BR, 1,350-sq ft Hunt House in Malibu. Ellwood's firm also designed the amazing bunk beds seen above, in...
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December 15, 2014

OG Philadelphia Windsor High Chair

This rather awesome Windsor high chair is from Philadelphia c. 1790, and has a very old-looking green painted finish. It sold for $1,375 at Freeman's Pennsylvania Sale last month, so chances are you didn't buy it. I was going...
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December 9, 2014

Meet The Kinder Modern Patinator

It feels like more of a Style section piece, or maybe a Home section feature about product lines and Stuff, but even though there are no prices or renovation costs, the NY Times has put this nice story about...
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December 8, 2014

Amazing Viking Longboat Cradle By Jim Heimbach

When Sonoma County woodworker Jim Heimbach found out his son and daughter-in-law were expecting their first kid, and he himself had no commissions at the moment, he decided to make them a cradle. And he was inspired by his...
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November 8, 2014

Comically High Chair From The Estate Of Bunny Mellon

Psycho high chair, qu'est ce que c'est? The well-known heirs Paul Mellon & Bunny Lambert Mellon are both gone now, and Mrs Mellon's vast tracts of land and the art and antiques that filled their houses are all being...
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September 25, 2014

'Cradle,' Foam Sculpture By John Chamberlain

This is extraordinary, and something of a mystery, at least to me. John Chamberlain was best known for his abstract sculptures made from contorted car parts, but in the late 60s-1970, he also made an amazing series of foam...
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September 24, 2014

Richard Neutra Bunkbeds Are Back In Stock

Kids! They just keep growing up. The bunkbeds Richard Neutra designed in 1959 for the Singleton House in Bel-Air, which got ripped out by Vidal Sassoon's upgrade-mad wife, and sold in 2009, have apparently been outgrown, and are heading...
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September 5, 2014

Sweet Vintage Marimekko Sheet You Can't Buy

No way I'm gonna leave that depressing car story on top of the blog all weekend. Ima go with this depressing car story instead. You, I, and all our friends were all too slow to buy this sweet c.1978...
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August 18, 2014

It's 2 Micks And A Dog, Baby

Mickeys These creepy Mickey Mouse nightstands in Isle sur la Sorgue are definitely the find of the trip so far. So wrong in so many awesome ways, including the price: EUR1480 each. As if you could imagine ever breaking up...
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Repainted Kids Table At Isle sur la Sorgue

Isle sur la Sorgue is full of antique malls, which, on a slow (week)day feel a little like a strange zoo, where each dealer gets to decorate his or her own cage. Anyway, this little table and chair was...
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August 12, 2014

Cool French School Desk In Provence

I spotted this very petit school desk in a brocante in Sault, while trying to find a cheap pair of scissors so the kids could go gleaning lavender from the just-harvested field we passed. The desk had a little...
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June 25, 2014

Oh Those Seats Are INCLUDED: Swingline Kids Table By Henry Glass

You may remember Henry Glass's Swingline children's furniture collection from such posts as holy smokes, 2006, has it been that long? This stuff just does not turn up much, does it? In the early 1950s, industrial designer Glass created...
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June 13, 2014

N'Importe Quoi: Squirrel-shaped Hermès Bookcase

Here is an orange calfskin bookcase in the shape of a geometric squirrel fron Petit h, Hermès's upcycling collection of oddball one-off objects overseen by the great-great-great-granddaughter of the company, Pascale Mussard. I guess it's better than starting an...
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May 28, 2014

Kids Desk And Fractal Animals: Glashaus's Other Woodworking Projects

Craftsman Mochizuki Tsutomu has had some interesting projects even before he got involved in fabricating those limited edition sushi blocks from yesterday. Mochizuki's firm is called Ninomiya Glashaus, and it's in the Tokyo sprawl of Kanagawa-ken. Which is the...
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May 22, 2014

Goodnight Moderne: 1930 Ideal Home Exhibition Nursery

The Ideal Home Exhibition was an annual home tour run in the UK by the Daily Mail. In 1930, their concept for an ideal nursery included a Fritz Lang nanny sitting in a chunky, moderne-style chair, with fake Warren...
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April 18, 2014

WHOA, Edward Durell Stone Kids Furniture Exists

Architect Edward Durell Stone designed MoMA, the Kennedy Center, and the house next door to us on the Upper East Side, but I had no idea he ever designed kids furniture. Yet here some is. In 1969 Stone built...
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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.— 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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