One of my favorite visits at the ABC Kids Expo 2013 was the TULIP Juvenile / Natart Juvenile display. With an entirely new, super-modern collection, I had a blast just listening in on the sales director’s product demonstrations. I took a seat in one of their incredibly comfortable (and ultra functional) new gliders and just enjoyed the show.
Tulip debuted the Soren Collection, which features angled legs with Mid Century inspiration. The round crib shown here converts to a desk.
The Soren Quattro is a crib and dresser combo which later converts to a twin bed and dresser.
The Soren Bunk is fully upholstered and includes four ladders so it can be placed anywhere in a room.
The Soren collection includes a total of 13 pieces so there’s lots to choose from.
The Natart Line features two new glider/recliners that are really unique. The Parker has the square back…
… and the Hannah is a round backed style. Both styles are available in Taupe or Gray microfiber or white or charcoal bonded leather.
What is really interesting about the gliders is that their arms can be raised individually, which can make nursing or just holding baby more upright more comfortable and relaxing. They also have a removable headrest that can better accommodate taller parents or can be used over the armrest for extra padding. These are some really neat new seats to consider.
You should be seeing these products at your favorite local baby stores very soon. They were a bit hit among retailers.
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This is one of my FAVORITE posts in my ABC Kids Expo coverage each year. I love to find new modern styles and options in out of the way corners. It’s easy to find modern furniture in the “Modern Child” section, but brands with more traditional lines are increasingly testing out modern designs and I love to showcase them.
First, my mouth nearly dropped open when I spotted this spectacular collection from Capretti Design. The quality of these is unmistakable. This is some serious construction and craftsmanship– Amish made in the US– and it’s beautifully obvious when you see these in person.
They’re calling this their Mid-Century Collection and it’s solid Walnut finished in tung oil. The crib retails for $2500 and the dresser is $3000.
Basically, I really just want this dresser in my bedroom asap!
Capretti Design’s Mid-Century Collection will be available in Sprout San Francisco locations (Manhattan, Chicago and San Francisco), Firefly Furnishings in Denver and Give Wink in the Miami area. I may have to stop at Give Wink to get another look!
I stopped in to see what the Australian brand Boori is up to and I discovered Boori’s Urbane brand, featuring two great modern collections. Omni includes a crib that converts into a twin size bed, a wardrobe and a dresser.
The Urbane collections are priced reasonably (Omni crib is about $600 and the Lucia crib is about $400) and are even Greenguard certified.
Next, at Childcraft, I noticed the Soho crib in this two-tone Oiled Oak / Putty combination. This is a beauty for under $300. I had to ask again whether that was the RETAIL price and they insisted it is. So if this is what you’re looking for, just wait until February or March.
Here is another version of the Soho crib, which incidentally converts to a toddler bed, day bed and full bed. The base on this version is a little different and I believe this one had plexiglass sides, which is kinda cool. I recommended they do this crib in white as well. We’ll see if they listen.
The Soho collection also includes a changing table, dressers, night stand and student desk.
Next, at Storkcraft, I discovered a collaboration between notNeutral and Zutano that has resulted in some really cool furniture. The notNeutral BB2 Convertible Crib comes in this color combination as well as white/espresso and white/natural.
Here you have the Tivoli Convertible Crib and Changer and the 3-Drawer Dresser. This will come in six color combinations which is good because this Expresso/Cloud combo is not my favorite.
I much preferred this Sunny / Natural combo that was on display at the Zutano booth. Cool, right?
Finally, I couldn’t help but be taken in by the sleek minimalism at Quax. This is not yet being distributed in the US but maybe they had some luck making contacts at the Expo.
What I really loved was how the crib converts into that awesome sofa down there.
I predict we are going to be seeing more of this feet first changing position making its way into more US nurseries. It really just makes more sense even though here it really blocks that top drawer.
The collection at Quax even included a toy box AND they make the plush toys and bedding shown in the display as well.
Would you be interested in something THIS minimal?
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The MDB Family of brands had a really strong showing at ABC Kids Expo 2013. With brands like Babyletto, Nursery Works (used to be one word- now it seems to be two), and Ubabub under its umbrella, they have a whole range of products for modern nursery furniture lovers across the board.
First from Nursery Works, the Vetro Crib looks better than ever in this gray Shadow Acrylic color. While the completely clear one disappears a little too much, the Shadow Vetro is a dark crib with a nice level of transparency.
Nursery Works also showed off it’s Empire Rocker in this crazy custom camouflage fabric. It’s a great reminder that any of their rockers can still be ordered with your custom fabric choices, but most importantly, notice that this isn’t actually a rocker! You will be able to order replacement legs to change your rocker into a stationary chair. This is a great way to extend the life of your furniture! I believe the replacement legs will be about $200.
It’s always a pleasure to see the Ubabub pieces in person, but they also debuted the prototype of the Pod Dresser. Designed to coordinate with the incredible Pod Cot, I hope to see a version of this available before too long!
Babyletto is entering the world of toddler furniture in a big way next year. With THREE new table and chair sets, they’re covering a range of modern styles. I can’t decide which I like best.
No, I lied. This Lemonade Playset is my favorite!
And it’s not just table and chair sets from Babyletto. Their Skip toddler bed is really sweet.
I’m not sure how I feel about Babyletto’s new rocking chair. Thoughts?
But I KNOW I love the Lolly Collection.
Finally, Babyletto is entering the textile business and I’m super impressed with the results. Designed in-house, the top two designs on each side will be released first with the bottom patterns coming out further in the future. You can also look for Pure Core and Coco Core non-toxic mattresses from Babyletto in 2014. These will come in regular and mini crib sizes.
Last but not least, DaVinci’s ever-popular Jenny Lind crib will soon be available in this sunny yellow color.
Congratulations to the MDB Family on a great show. To celebrate, they’re offering you 10% off any purchase on Babyletto.com from now through November 15th. Unfortunately that won’t cover any of the new things here, but they do already have a great collection.
Giggle is introducing their exclusive Signature Crib and Signature Dresser in an all white or white with orange combination. Shipping in mid-October, this fall and Halloween season is the perfect time to debut this bold fun version of Dutailier’s Pomelo collection.
If you’re looking for anything in orange, you’re going to have to try at giggle. Many of these items can ONLY be found in these orange versions from giggle. With special arrangements with brands like Boon, Baby Bjorn, Ubbi, P’kolino and Kid-O, giggle has carved out a special little niche!
giggle Moses Basket ($90), giggle Better Basics Fitted Orange Striped Crib Sheet ($40), Orb Bottle Warmer ($30), Fresh Changing Station ($60)
Chalkboard Storage Bench($70), Giraffe Silhouette Lamp ($175), A to Z Magnatab (Upper Case)($28), Free Play Magnatab ($23)
Chalkboard Bookshelf ($120), Chalk Table & Benches($100), Go Car ($13), Tug Boat ($17)
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Giggle’s exclusive Gustav collection is now available for pre-order. This crib and dresser from Troll Nursery are beautifully hand-crafted from European birch and feature a clean Scandinavian style including visible dovetail joints.
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Arm’s Reach Concepts is known almost exclusively for their line of co-sleepers. While they are the experts when it comes to functional co-sleepers (bassinets that attach to the side of an adult bed), the designs of their products thus far haven’t been quite blog-worthy. Coming next month however, ARC is branching out in the the world of nursery furnishings and their first collection, the Contempo Crib and Changing Dresser are worth sharing and taking a look at.
The Aurora Contempo Designer Crib can be pre-ordered now and is expected to ship in October. It is a 4 in 1 convertible that transforms from crib to toddler bed, daybed and a full-size bed (with additional conversion kits). This new crib retails for $726.
To round out your nursery set, the Aurora Contempo Changing Dresser is available for $526. After diapering days are over, the changer makes a good bookshelf or TV stand and the changer can be reused as a coffee table tray.
I hope this new style transfers back to their co-sleeper line. What do you think of the new pieces?
It’s almost too beautiful for words. I already loved the American-made solid wood nursery collections from Kalon Studios, but their Echo Crib and Dresser and Caravan Crib and Dresser are now available in an oiled wood finish that is magnificently modern and truly timeless.
If you don’t want to be stuck with a color choice and are tired of two-tone nursery furniture, the gorgeous natural oiled wood finish is a reason to shop Kalon Studios for your modern nursery.
I’m thrilled with this new option.
I know that NUMI NUMI‘s new Wired collection is inspired by modern technology and a busy urban skyline, but what was really speaking to me this week was the beautiful natural bamboo materials and the Amber finish of the Wired Crib and Wired Changing Table. I really did start with a more urban inspiration but scrapped it all in an effort to not distract from the design of the crib. Instead, the coral and blue color scheme worked with the Amber color and became this fun, warm and feminine design board.
1- Paper Doll Garland in Around the World from Layla Lou Studio- $14
2- Astron Mid-Century Modern Pendant- $155
3- Wired Crib from NUMI NUMI Design- $1790
4- Clochette the Fairy- $56 and
Cloud the Cat Mini- $44 from blablakids
5- Petit Collage Dress ABC Poster- $12 (clearance so shop quickly!)
6- The Rocking Horse from Wee Rock Toy Co.- $300
7- babyletto Madison Swivel Glider, Ecru- $350
Coral Throw Pillow Cover by Ktparkinson $20
8- Wired Changing Table from NUMI NUMI Design- $1890
9- Jaipur Maroc Nyasha Rug 8′ x 10′- $644
10- Medium Logan, Brooklyn and Primrose houses from Lille Huset- $35 each
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Inspired by the skyline of New York City, the Wired Crib replaces the usual slats found on most cribs with a playful urban design. While the form of the crib is evocative of modern architecture and technology, the bamboo finish is warm, natural and of course, eco-friendly.
The matching Wired Changing Table makes even better use of the beautiful bamboo.
Unique, eco-friendly, cutting edge design that is made in the USA is not cheap. The Wired Crib is $1790 and the Changing Table is $1890. A Toddler Bed conversion is an additional $400.
As way of disclosure, I want to mention Numi Numi Design is one of our wonderful advertisers but you know I’d be sharing this set with you regardless!
One of my important stops over my vacation last week was my first visit to The Land of Nod store. You may have seen some photos on my Instagram feed if you follow me there. Obviously I’m a fan of their impeccable curated collection of goods and their new additions for Fall 2013 are no exception.
Here are my top 5 furniture picks from The Land of Nod for Fall 2013.
First and foremost are the Oslo Crib ($1400) and Dresser ($1500) by ducduc for The Land of Nod. There are a few great color options for this set and I just adore it from the contrasting framed top down to the tapered legs.
Acrylic furniture and storage is all the rage right now and the Now You See It Acrylic Book Cart ($250) is a perfect new way to store and display a colorful children’s book collection.
The Numbers Pouf ($100) is a fun room accent piece. I’m always on the lookout for great new poufs and this is something just a little bit different.
And finally, on the border or furniture and decor we have The Land of Nod’s Four Story Wooden Wall Shelf ($150), which is a perfect place to display little collectible treasure that children tend to accumulate.