Kids' Furniture by Muu
In the October 2011 issue we're spotlighting all of our favorite American-made design. To lend a hand, we've asked Michael and Ruth Storc of the great site Design Patriot to share their top Made in the USA finds with us. This week, they spotlight Muu, which specializes in design for kids.
I had the pleasure of sitting down for a cup of iced coffee with Robert Kwak, the owner, founder, and designer for Muu, a great modern line of furniture for nurseries and kids rooms, manufactured in the US. I was curious about his decision to keep the process stateside, especially considering the extra regulations involved in crib manufacturing which are on top of the more stringent (and some may argue more expensive) worker and environmental regulations that companies must follow to manufacture in the United States.
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Produced not far outside New York City, Ducduc’s Dylan crib is just the flexible nest for your budding modernist. The crib converts to a toddler bed and then a daybed as your child grows, making its design as varied and long-lasting as it is sublimely simple. The average Dylan crib is handmade by a team of eight skilled artisans out of entirely American materials.
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When Ray and Charles designed this birch-veneer piece in the 1940s, they did a short run of only 5,000. Today, the piece is reproduced by Vitra and carried elsewhere, but this one is an original produced by the Molded Plywood Division of Evans Products. The heart shape at the back is meant to be a hold for tiny fingers.
No need to clutter the crib with plastic playthings when your baby begins to teethe; Their toys can be good for their gums, good for the environment, and darn good-looking, too. Made from solid maple that's sanded smooth, these simple shapes from Little Sapling Toys are easy to grasp and clean, and for every purchase a tree is planted for Trees for the Future. If you're looking for gifts for a young one, their site has a bunch of beautifully crafted pieces, from blocks and skittles, to rattles and a rocking unicorn.
This fun rug featuring the work of photographer Francois Robert will no doubt keep a kid busy taking a closer look at the faces that emerge from doorknobs and other everyday objects. FLOR's modular carpet tile system allows you to customize each piece to your space by combining both playful six-tiled versions, or change the shape by adding complementary solid shades.
- In our latest contest, Show Us How You Nest, we asked to see how much better your home would look with a new Nest Learning Thermostat. Here are our favorite 20 entries.
- Design isn't just for adults anymore; the demand for innovative kids' spaces in on the rise. Erica Islas, founder of EMI Interior Design, has been busy creating nursery, kids, and play rooms.
- Kids' rooms often tread transitionary territory when it comes to modern design. What might be good for a five-month-old may not work well to when he or she is five years old.