15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids

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By Sheilla Sanon / Published by Dwell
It's never too early to instill a good sense of design into your kids.

If you're getting ready to design your child's room, take the opportunity to get as playful as you like. You can either make it an aesthetic extension of the rest of your home, or create a personalized hideout that represents their unique style. Both options provide a chance to have fun with it—either on your own or collaboratively with your child. 

Take a look at these 15 examples of modern spaces for children that will provide the inspiration you need to get started. 

Shop some of our favorite kids' products a the bottom of the story!

A Creative Hideout in the Deam House

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 1 of 15 - In addition to a swing, Cal's room features Maija & Kristina Isola's Sola bedding for Marimekko.

In addition to a swing, Cal's room features Maija & Kristina Isola's Sola bedding for Marimekko.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 2 of 15 - Spinning off the living room on the north side of the main house, the children’s study sits separately from the other pavilions. On its upper level, Oxley netting forms a web on which the kids and their friends can sit and read with views of the leafy street and garden.

Spinning off the living room on the north side of the main house, the children’s study sits separately from the other pavilions. On its upper level, Oxley netting forms a web on which the kids and their friends can sit and read with views of the leafy street and garden.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 3 of 15 - The upper two levels of the home are set back from the street, increasing privacy and allowing light to flow uninhibited from the front clerestory window into the communal living spaces. On the top floor, the children's bedrooms are strategically veiled from the street by the slatted reflector screen.

The upper two levels of the home are set back from the street, increasing privacy and allowing light to flow uninhibited from the front clerestory window into the communal living spaces. On the top floor, the children's bedrooms are strategically veiled from the street by the slatted reflector screen.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 4 of 15 - A mural by local illustrator Kale Williams—a good friend and the wife of one of Brill’s partners—provides the backdrop forthe nursery.

A mural by local illustrator Kale Williams—a good friend and the wife of one of Brill’s partners—provides the backdrop forthe nursery.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 5 of 15 - The architects’ two young children occupy this bright bedroom, furnished with Ikea beds. Another custom lamp illuminates the space.

The architects’ two young children occupy this bright bedroom, furnished with Ikea beds. Another custom lamp illuminates the space.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 6 of 15 - At the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow, the kids share a warm, bright space with modern prints. 

At the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow, the kids share a warm, bright space with modern prints. 

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 7 of 15 - Little Crown Interiors inserted a transparent crib into this Los Angeles nursery—along with a clear changing table and side table. Pops of green and blue almost glow in comparison to the transparent surfaces.

Little Crown Interiors inserted a transparent crib into this Los Angeles nursery—along with a clear changing table and side table. Pops of green and blue almost glow in comparison to the transparent surfaces.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 8 of 15 - The Ironhorse Residence's nursery by Akin Design Studio features clean, earthy tones and multiple textures—all of which help tie in the hushed palette from the rest of the home. 

The Ironhorse Residence's nursery by Akin Design Studio features clean, earthy tones and multiple textures—all of which help tie in the hushed palette from the rest of the home. 

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 9 of 15 - The Gizmo bed by Italian designer Daniele Lago celebrates the illusion of levitation. This suspended children’s bed is designed to nest into the corners of bedrooms in order to maximize space for children to play. It's upholstered with faux leather and padded with natural cotton.

The Gizmo bed by Italian designer Daniele Lago celebrates the illusion of levitation. This suspended children’s bed is designed to nest into the corners of bedrooms in order to maximize space for children to play. It's upholstered with faux leather and padded with natural cotton.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 10 of 15 - The combination bunk bed and playhouse is another whimsical gesture Bergendy Cooke designed specifically for her two daughters. The spaces are organized in such a way that they can play independently or together.

The combination bunk bed and playhouse is another whimsical gesture Bergendy Cooke designed specifically for her two daughters. The spaces are organized in such a way that they can play independently or together.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 11 of 15 - A copper mobile by JF Jones hangs over a Leander crib and a vintage Moroccan rag rug in the nursery. The rocking chair is by Hans Wegner for Fredericia.

A copper mobile by JF Jones hangs over a Leander crib and a vintage Moroccan rag rug in the nursery. The rocking chair is by Hans Wegner for Fredericia.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 12 of 15 - Compact bedrooms mean more space for communal areas. The room designed for the Conine’s daughter boasts a custom three-level bunkbed for sleepovers. The wool rug is by Chandra, the bedding is by Coyuchi, the desk is by Misewell, and the chair is by Jonathan Adler.

Compact bedrooms mean more space for communal areas. The room designed for the Conine’s daughter boasts a custom three-level bunkbed for sleepovers. The wool rug is by Chandra, the bedding is by Coyuchi, the desk is by Misewell, and the chair is by Jonathan Adler.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 13 of 15 - The kids' room designed by Lucy Feagins is especially vibrant, with Tango-painted walls by Delux, artwork by Rachel Castle and Beci Orpin, handmade beaded chandeliers by Emily Green, and a kicky pineapple lamp by Down to the Woods.

The kids' room designed by Lucy Feagins is especially vibrant, with Tango-painted walls by Delux, artwork by Rachel Castle and Beci Orpin, handmade beaded chandeliers by Emily Green, and a kicky pineapple lamp by Down to the Woods.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 14 of 15 - In the kids’ bunk room, Maca designed walnut beds with built-in storage and fabric headboards, and covered each one in hand-knit blankets by Marcela Rodriguez-Chile. The giraffe sconces are from Jonathan Adler. The girls play on a hand-embroidered Olli lounger from Heath Ceramics.

In the kids’ bunk room, Maca designed walnut beds with built-in storage and fabric headboards, and covered each one in hand-knit blankets by Marcela Rodriguez-Chile. The giraffe sconces are from Jonathan Adler. The girls play on a hand-embroidered Olli lounger from Heath Ceramics.

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids - Photo 15 of 15 - The kids' room is wrapped in wood and features built-in bunk beds for a relaxed and cozy camp vibe. It's outfitted with built-in bunk beds.

The kids' room is wrapped in wood and features built-in bunk beds for a relaxed and cozy camp vibe. It's outfitted with built-in bunk beds.

Shop For Your Modern Kid

Kids Backpacks from Fjällräven
Kids Backpacks from Fjällräven
A big boy backpack.  Fjällräven began with a Kanken. And when it comes to packs for your early days of adventuring, you can’t do much better than starting with a Kanken yourself. They’re a charming place to stock your toy cars, firecrackers, gummy candy, and extra clothes. Plus, the fabric they’re made from has an almost magical ability to stay dry and not get dirty — meaning only one Fjällräven pack will likely last you all of your adventures. Plus it's got a reflective stripe for the walk back home. 
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Novella 5-Drawer Dresser
from Nursery Works
Novella 5-Drawer Dresser from Nursery Works
Designed with a place for all of baby's needs, the Novella 5-Drawer Dresser offers plenty of storage for your child as they grow. The asymmetrical drawer arrangement is highlighted by a contrasting, inset ivory-painted panel that gives this dresser a distinctly mid-century feel. Large drawers provide plenty of storage for clothing and bulky items while the two smaller drawers are prefect for stacking diapers and storing smaller items that can get lost in bigger drawers. A removable changing tray allows this dresser to pull double duty as a changing table for babies and a dresser for older children. Provide stylish storage for the nursery or kids room with the Novella 5-Drawer Dresser.
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Gelato 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit
from Babyletto
Gelato 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit from Babyletto
Warm natural wood with a touch of white give the Gelato Crib a warm and inviting presence. Rounded spindles and posts provides simple cleans lines and ensure safety for wobbly toddlers. Four adjustable mattress positions keeps baby at just the right height. Once a crib is no longer needed, Gelato can covert to a toddler bed, daybed and even a full-size bed as the years pass. Gelato offers a simple customization option to change the color of the feet to either a sunny yellow or cool green.
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Eames Elephants from Vitra
Eames Elephants from Vitra
Admired for its majestic size and loved for its proverbial good-humor, the ever-popular elephant is part of our everyday experience as a child's cuddly toy, a storybook character and a majestic creature. Charles and Ray Eames succumbed to their charms and, in 1945, designed a toy elephant made of plywood. However, it never made it into mass production.
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Rabbit Play Chairs, Set of 2
from Oeuf
Rabbit Play Chairs, Set of 2 from Oeuf
Give your little one a chair sized just for them with the Rabbit Play Chairs, Set of 2. Designed to pair with the Play Table these chairs are perfect from tea time to art time. Adorable rabbit ears on the chair back are the charming finishing touch for these chairs.
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Cherner Children's Chair from Cherner
Cherner Children's Chair from Cherner
Inspired by Norman Cherner's classic design, this child-size chair is made with the same attention to detail and craftsmanship as the full-size version, but with a unique shape and proportion for children — built to hand down from one generation to another. The graceful, yet durable ⅝" cross-ply molded birch plywood shell, with laminated birch legs, is available in a variety of finish combinations.
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Kids Bear Backpack
Kids Bear Backpack
Backpack to snacks, a change of clothes or teddy… ideal for baby showers or a first day of school gift. This kids backpack was designed by Coqenpate for Mibo and is 100% organic cotton and printed with water-based ink. Features two magnetized clasp, an inside pocket, adjustable shoulder straps, and a carry handle at the top.Size: 23 x 23 x 7.5cm
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Blockitecture City Building Blocks "Garden City"
Blockitecture City Building Blocks "Garden City"
Build the world you want to see with Blockitecture, a set of architectural building blocks by designer James Paulius. Cantilever and nest twenty hexagonal blocks to create towers, cities and dwellings. Blockitecture Garden City, the deluxe set, adds pavillions and garden terraces to original Blockitecture forms.
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Miffy XL Lamp
from Mr Maria
Miffy XL Lamp from Mr Maria
Supersize the fun in your modern nursery or kids' room with the Miffy XL Lamp. This adorable bunny is actually an energy efficient LED lamp equipped with it's own dimmer that sets the light to just the right intensity. Miffy's warm, soft light also makes Miffy the perfect companion as a nightlight to keep bad dreams at bay and kids feeling safe throughout the night.
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Perch Bunk Bed from Oeuf
Perch Bunk Bed from Oeuf
Kids dream of bunk beds and now with the Perch Bunk Bed your child can have what they want without sacrificing your modern aesthetic. Simple, clean lines combined with warm wood and crisp white, give these bunk beds a mid-century modern style. Perch's angled ladder has safety tread to prevent slipping and can be secured to either side of the bed.
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Handmade Milk Paint Tree Swing
Handmade Milk Paint Tree Swing
Swing-a-ding-ding. There’s something utterly magical about a simple wooden swing hanging from your favorite backyard tree. This version, responsibly sourced from cypress and painted with milk paint, evokes the carefree, endless summer days of our childhoods. Hang it from a stately tree branch or wooden beam using the included rope (it’s made from Pro-Manila, a synthetic fiber that will last and last over time.) Choose from a round, 10.5” swing or a 24” rectangular one for your kids or your kid-at-heart.  Made in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Made of: Responsibly-sourced cypress. Painted with milk paint (organic, milk-based paint that contains no lead, no mercury, and no VOCs), and finished with tung oil. Rope is Pro-Manila 5/8" synthetic fiber.  Size: Round Single Swing: 10.5" in diameter x 2" thick, rope is 20′ with 5600 lb. breaking strength; 24" Swing: 24" L x 7.5" W x 2" thick, rope is 25′ on each side with 5600 lb. breaking strength  Sourced from: Peg and Awl Photography by Ren Fuller.  
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Tree Bookcase from Nursery Works
Tree Bookcase from Nursery Works
Foster reading and love for the environment with Nurseryworks' Tree Bookcase. Children enjoy selecting books off this tree's branches and letting their imagination soar. As many as 100 books can be safely arranged on this bookcase's slanting shelves and coves.
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Lou Lou Ghost Child's Chair from Kartell
Lou Lou Ghost Child's Chair from Kartell
The relentless success of Louis Ghost has spawned a "baby" version of Philippe Starck's famous chair. Lou Lou Ghost has inherited its progenitor's classic design, material, indestructibility and ergonomics, teaching children to use small-sized chairs but with adult forms.
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Panton Junior Chair from Vitra
Panton Junior Chair from Vitra
The Panton Chair has always been a favorite of children. They not only like its bright, cheerful colors and smooth curves, but the fact that it is as much fun to play with as it is to sit on. Soon after its introduction, Verner Panton began to consider the idea of producing a child-size version of the chair together with Vitra.
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Mini Library Bookshelf
from Oeuf
Mini Library Bookshelf from Oeuf
Store your child's books, toys and stuffed animals in modern style with the Mini Library Bookshelf. Featuring an open design, this bookcase also has two compartments with hinged doors for hiding away clutter. The Mini Library's low profile makes it easy for children to reach their favorite items.
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River Twin Bed from Oeuf
River Twin Bed from Oeuf
The River Twin Bed offers space-saving style for the modern kids room. Designed with a low bed height, children can easily climb in or enjoy sitting on the incorporated bench at the foot of the bed. An optional security rail can be added for extra safety to prevent falling during the night. For additional features, pair the River Twin Bed with the River Trundle Bed and you have an extra bed for sleepovers or the perfect area for storing bulkier items.
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Candylab Toys Collection
Candylab Toys Collection
Here’s a toy collection that looks like it’s made more for the parents than for their children. Designed by Brooklyn-based Candylab Toys, these wooden cars take inspiration from mid-century design and classic American cars, adding a sprinkle of retro styling to the mix. Each toy car features a solid beech wood body and food-grade rubber tires. Make no mistake – these cars are meant to be played with until their surface carries the marks to prove a place of honor in an extensive toy collection. But you can also simply display them on a shelf to show off your love of ‘60s American car design.
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Through the Forest
Through the Forest
A choose-your-own-adventure story whose fantastic illustrations will engage children exploring on their own or sharing an adventure with their parents. Through the Forest is a game book in which the reader is the hero! Through the use of delicate yet enchanting illustrations and an intriguing story, illustrator Steffie Brocoli and author Catherine Bidet create an adventure tale to guide children through the wild and mysterious forest.
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BabyLit Complete Set
BabyLit Complete Set
Young readers shouldn’t be limited by the boundaries of books written only for children. This set of the complete BabyLit series, published by Gibbs Smith, is designed to introduce literary classics to kids. Each of the 26 board books combines elements of a beloved work with an educational theme. Famous characters and stories can now connect with early readers on a level they will understand and learn from, in colorful designs they’re sure to love.
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Magis Trioli Children's Chair from Magis
Magis Trioli Children's Chair from Magis
Deceptively simple, the clever Trioli Children's Chair offers three seats in one. Created from brightly colored rotational molded polyethylene, this chair features curved sides and a handle. Turn the chair one way for a low seat, flip it over for a higher seat, or place it face down for a rocking toy complete with a handle for holding on. Spark the imagination with the extraordinary Trioli Children's Chair. Suitable for outdoor use.
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Squirrel Pillow by Areaware
Squirrel Pillow by Areaware
For decorating a plain sofa, taking a nap in style or playing with the kids. The whole family will love this ingenious series of animal cushions. Height 7.8 inches , Width 7.8 inches
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Perch Full Loft Bed
from Oeuf
Perch Full Loft Bed from Oeuf
Small spaces are no longer a challenge with the Perch Full Loft Bed. By raising the bed up off the floor, more space is freed up for storage, a place to do homework and a place to play. Practical good looks combined with safety features like a treaded, angled ladder and safety rail, make Perch an easy choice for parents. Kids will love sleeping up high and feeling like they have their own little apartment.
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Brown XL LED Lamp
from Mr Maria
Brown XL LED Lamp from Mr Maria
Keep the dark at bay with the Brown XL LED Lamp. This charming bear is modeled after a sticker character who's beloved worldwide. An energy efficent LED light gives Brown a warm, comforting glow, while a dimmer control provides just the right amount of brightness. Adorable and practical, Brown XL is a wonderful nightlight for your modern kid's room or nursery.
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Eames Elephant - Black by Vitra
Eames Elephant - Black by Vitra
The classic brightly colored Eames Elephant gets a dramatic makeover. The Vitra Eames Elephant - Black is made out of black dyed-through polypropylene. The lightly textural matte finish gives the final piece a soft touch and look. Who knew the playful pachyderm could look so sophisticated?
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Tegu Sets
Tegu Sets
Brothers Chris and Will Haughey made the decision to plant their company headquarters outside Tegucigalpa, Honduras to positively impact the local community. Tegu employs workers from the area and partners with local Honduran cooperatives to harvest mature wood for its collection of magnetic block sets. Featuring a variety of shapes that are designed to work together, Tegu sets come in a range of sizes and color schemes, allowing kids to create projects big and small. The blocks are non-toxic with a water-based lacquer finish and durable enough to pass down through generations. Photo: Talisman
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Norwegian Shipping Set
Norwegian Shipping Set
Wooden fishing boat, barge, oil tanker, submarine and tug boat for desktop or floor display. Made in Norway with natural unfinished beechwood. Comes in a complete set and develops a patina with use over time. The rounded shapes and sturdy dimensions mean that the toys can last for generations to come. 
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BabyLit Complete Set
BabyLit Complete Set
Young readers shouldn’t be limited by the boundaries of books written only for children. This set of the complete BabyLit series, published by Gibbs Smith, is designed to introduce literary classics to kids. Each of the 26 board books combines elements of a beloved work with an educational theme. Famous characters and stories can now connect with early readers on a level they will understand and learn from, in colorful designs they’re sure to love.
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Tints 42-Piece Magnetic Wooden Block Set
Tints 42-Piece Magnetic Wooden Block Set
Tegu has reinvented the wooden block by safely embedding magnets into each piece. A modern twist on a beloved classic, these colorful blocks are curiously attractive to kids (and kids at heart) and support open-ended and unscripted play. No instruction manuals or electronics...just toys that demand imagination and inspire limitless creativity for children of all ages. Made with eco-friendly, sustainably-sourced Central American hardwoods and safe, non-toxic, water-based lacquer fish, these brilliantly simple, safe, heirloom-quality blocks will encourage the joy of creating for generations.
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Magis Puppy
Magis Puppy
 According to Finnish designer Eero Aarnio, “A chair is a chair, is a chair, is a chair...but a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair.” This thought process led him to design Puppy for Magis Me Too in 2004, an abstract plastic dog that’s meant to be used as a seat or sculpture. The rotational-moulded polyethylene material makes it suitable for outdoor use, while its lightweight form allows it to be easily moved around the house. As a designer who opened up his own studio in Helsinki in the early 1960s, Aarnio became known for experimenting with plastics, bold colors, and untraditional forms—all of which shows in his Puppy creation. Today, it's available in four different sizes and a handful of color options. Photo: Jack Thompson
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Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair
Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair
The Tripp Trapp is not your normal high chair. When Peter Opsvik created it in 1972, he was bringing a design to the market that had never been seen before. Constructed of solid European beech wood, it’s designed to grow with your child so that they have a comfortable, safe experience at the table for years to come. Because of its ergonomic design, you’re able to pull your child up to the table with you, and adjust it based on their size. By maneuvering the footplate position, they can continue to use the chair as they grow, allowing them to develop alongside you rather than separately. For a customized result, you can choose from a variety of bright or natural hues and can add a number of accessories. Photo: Ben Anders
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Nepal Projects
Nepal Projects
Menu has launched a new trade initiative, Nepal Projects. Developed in collaboration with aid organization Danida, Nepal Projects provides much-needed fair employment and future opportunities in one of the world's poorest countries by combining traditional fabric working skills with a contemporary Scandinavian design aesthetic.  The result makes up part of our new collection of home accessories: Exquisite hand-weaved scarves and blankets, puffy pillows, practical desktop containers, roomy laundry bags, and cool teddy bears for kids and grown-ups alike. Himalayan cashmere, merino wool, leather and cotton of the finest quality are the main ingredients in the collection. Bridging traditions of East and West, the carefully crafted items are finished in muted grey, blue, green and red tones to suit a minimalistic Scandinavian home decoration style.
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Gramercy Multi Rug
Gramercy Multi Rug
This rug has been hand woven in the finest cotton yarns by artisans in Rajasthan, India, using a traditional weaving technique which is native to this region.  The purchase of this handcrafted rug helps to support the artisans and preserve their craft.  This rug is available in 4 sizes: 3'x5' / 4'x6' / 6'x8' / 8'x10'
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Wooden Dolls by Vitra
Wooden Dolls by Vitra
Partly joyful, partly grim, completely charming. The Vitra Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard are colorful decorative accessories/toys inspired by Girard's passion for the local popular art of Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. Each of the distinctive figures is made out of solid pinewood and hand-painted. Collect them all.
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Modern by Dwell Magazine Elephant Playing Card Figural in Natural
Modern by Dwell Magazine Elephant Playing Card Figural in Natural
"The process of designing the animals was some of the most fun I had on this project," says Chris Deam about the animal sculptures in the Modern by Dwell Magazine collection for Target. Using the animal figures created by midcentury Scandinavian furniture designers as inspiration, Deam drew a web of associations to connect each to its purpose. Made of solid wood, leather, and metal finished in metallic copper, the Elephant Playing Card Figural references the legendary memory of the pachyderm as a convenient case for a deck of playing cards, playfully combining form and function. Photo: Courtesy of Target
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Monkey LED Standing Lamp by Seletti
Monkey LED Standing Lamp by Seletti
The Seletti Monkey LED Standing Lamp grasps a bright torch for comfort and survival, standing tall and confidently on table tops or floors as a friendly curiosity. Composed entirely of resin, the primate has the statuesque quality of a wax sculpture, as if the creature was once very much alive and is now an exhibit in a natural history museum.
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