20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby

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By Dwell and Olivia Martin / Published by Dwell
Babies happen. They can even happen in a modern home. The modern baby movement started years ago, meeting the desire of modern-minded parents unwilling to compromise their aesthetics with overly ornate, matchy-matchy nursery furniture, and plastic baby gear.

Parents are now taking the established modern nursery aesthetic and blending it with their personal tastes in a way that resonates with the rest of the home.


20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 1 of 20 - Novella Crib by Nursery Works, $1000 available via retailers.<br>This unique design can transform from crib to toddler bed to daybed or reading nook, ensuring its continued use as your child grows. It's made in America with a solid ash frame and steel legs.

Novella Crib by Nursery Works, $1000 available via retailers.
This unique design can transform from crib to toddler bed to daybed or reading nook, ensuring its continued use as your child grows. It's made in America with a solid ash frame and steel legs.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 2 of 20 - Although the color palette is minimal, the couple added bursts of blue and yellow throughout the home in the living room and even the new nursery.

Although the color palette is minimal, the couple added bursts of blue and yellow throughout the home in the living room and even the new nursery.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 3 of 20 - For the couple, who are expecting, adding a nursery was a key component of the renovation. The home’s historic trusses were lightly sanded and whitewashed.

For the couple, who are expecting, adding a nursery was a key component of the renovation. The home’s historic trusses were lightly sanded and whitewashed.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 4 of 20 - 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.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 5 of 20 - Wayfair &amp; Designer Gunnar Larson give Rebecca Minkoff's kids a unique nursery makeover. Watch how CREATE Clear applied over a featured wood wall in the nursery lays the perfect backdrop for this high-end design, http://www.ideapaint.com/article/wayfair-roomover

Wayfair & Designer Gunnar Larson give Rebecca Minkoff's kids a unique nursery makeover. Watch how CREATE Clear applied over a featured wood wall in the nursery lays the perfect backdrop for this high-end design, http://www.ideapaint.com/article/wayfair-roomover

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 6 of 20 - The Ellery swivel glider offers perfectly proportioned comfort for snuggling with your little one.<span> <a href="/discover/madeinamerica">#madeinamerica</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/nursery">#nursery</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/furniture">#furniture</a></span>

The Ellery swivel glider offers perfectly proportioned comfort for snuggling with your little one. #madeinamerica #nursery #furniture

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 7 of 20 - 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.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 8 of 20 - The Bennett bedroom furniture collection is based on a 19th-century French cabinet we discovered in an antique shop. Featuring quality craftsmanship by Pennsylvania woodworkers, Bennett is an updated twist on a classic design and is built to last. <span> <a href="/discover/madeinamerica">#madeinamerica</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/furniture">#furniture</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/nursery">#nursery</a></span>

The Bennett bedroom furniture collection is based on a 19th-century French cabinet we discovered in an antique shop. Featuring quality craftsmanship by Pennsylvania woodworkers, Bennett is an updated twist on a classic design and is built to last. #madeinamerica #furniture #nursery

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 9 of 20 - Schmidt selected Oeuf’s Robin crib for Finn’s soon-to-be sibling. The bird mobile is by Tamar Mogendorff.

Schmidt selected Oeuf’s Robin crib for Finn’s soon-to-be sibling. The bird mobile is by Tamar Mogendorff.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 10 of 20 - Teague plays in his Hiya crib from Spot on Square.

Teague plays in his Hiya crib from Spot on Square.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 11 of 20 - Unison is known for its gender-neutral bedding: Stripes and jaunty prints suitable for baby boys or girls are equally appealing to design-minded parents. (Sailor + Regatta crib set from Unison, $44–74)

Unison is known for its gender-neutral bedding: Stripes and jaunty prints suitable for baby boys or girls are equally appealing to design-minded parents. (Sailor + Regatta crib set from Unison, $44–74)

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 12 of 20 - Baby Max’s bedroom (in his parents' Los Angeles A. Quincy Jones house) is outfitted with a Gulliver crib and a red PS cabinet, both from Ikea, as well as a Birds in Harmony mobile by Christel Sadde and Katsumi Komagata for the Museum of Modern Art Store. The custom "I brake for unicorns" neon sign is from Let There Be Neon, a shop in New York City.

Baby Max’s bedroom (in his parents' Los Angeles A. Quincy Jones house) is outfitted with a Gulliver crib and a red PS cabinet, both from Ikea, as well as a Birds in Harmony mobile by Christel Sadde and Katsumi Komagata for the Museum of Modern Art Store. The custom "I brake for unicorns" neon sign is from Let There Be Neon, a shop in New York City.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 13 of 20 - Evidence of the children’s burgeoning furniture collection is found in their room, which features an Eames Hang-It-All (not shown) and a bed/crib by Stokke.

Evidence of the children’s burgeoning furniture collection is found in their room, which features an Eames Hang-It-All (not shown) and a bed/crib by Stokke.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 14 of 20 - Young parents Ainsley Ryan and Chris Showalter created a freestanding OSB (oriented strand board) structure inside their Brooklyn, New York, apartment to house their daughter Tatum’s room, as well as their own connecting master bedroom. The crib is by Oeuf.<br><br>Read the whole story here.

Young parents Ainsley Ryan and Chris Showalter created a freestanding OSB (oriented strand board) structure inside their Brooklyn, New York, apartment to house their daughter Tatum’s room, as well as their own connecting master bedroom. The crib is by Oeuf.

Read the whole story here.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 15 of 20 - When baby Jean is older, he'll join older sister Eva in frolicking in and around the nooks and crannies of the partition. For now, however, he sleeps in this compact space with room for his crib, books, and toys. A small window with a sliding shutter placed next to Eva's pillow looks onto the crib, so she can watch over her brother at night.

When baby Jean is older, he'll join older sister Eva in frolicking in and around the nooks and crannies of the partition. For now, however, he sleeps in this compact space with room for his crib, books, and toys. A small window with a sliding shutter placed next to Eva's pillow looks onto the crib, so she can watch over her brother at night.

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20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 17 of 20 - The office, which is also Lily’s room, features a Babyletto crib and a Smileywalls wall decal applied atop Normandy paint from Benjamin Moore.

The office, which is also Lily’s room, features a Babyletto crib and a Smileywalls wall decal applied atop Normandy paint from Benjamin Moore.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 18 of 20 - A bunny mobile by Flensted hangs over the crib, while the felt mural provides a soft and colorful backdrop. The Excel floor lamp in the living room is by Rich Brilliant Willing.

A bunny mobile by Flensted hangs over the crib, while the felt mural provides a soft and colorful backdrop. The Excel floor lamp in the living room is by Rich Brilliant Willing.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 19 of 20 - The Stonorovs couldn’t find a crib they liked and that fit their budget, so Tolya<br>custom-made Niko’s sleeper out of walnut plywood and 3form plastic circles laser-cut by East Bay Laser &amp; Waterjet. Otto made the sliding changing table out of solid walnut. Worried that their dog, Oscar, was feeling neglected, he built a Japanese-style water and food dish for him.

The Stonorovs couldn’t find a crib they liked and that fit their budget, so Tolya
custom-made Niko’s sleeper out of walnut plywood and 3form plastic circles laser-cut by East Bay Laser & Waterjet. Otto made the sliding changing table out of solid walnut. Worried that their dog, Oscar, was feeling neglected, he built a Japanese-style water and food dish for him.

20 Cool Cribs for the Modern Baby - Photo 20 of 20 - The clients didn’t know the sex of the baby so they chose decor that would work for either while still keeping it bright and colorful. One of the walls is covered with a Minikani Lab mural that sets the tone for the room.<br><br>Photo by Jacob Snavely

The clients didn’t know the sex of the baby so they chose decor that would work for either while still keeping it bright and colorful. One of the walls is covered with a Minikani Lab mural that sets the tone for the room.

Photo by Jacob Snavely