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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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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.
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.
The matching dresser is equally beautiful and full of useful storage space with customizable panel dividers in the drawers.
You can currently find the Oslo collection at Buy Buy Baby. Both the crib and dresser retail for about $400.
Project Nursery is doing a giveaway of the crib and dresser right now through Friday, May 3rd so if you like this as much as I do, be sure to enter!
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First from Nurseryworks, one of the most spectacular pieces at the show was this District Convertible Crib. This particular one is made of reclaimed white oak so it’s gorgeous as well as green.
Nurseryworks also displayed a limited edition blue Vetro crib.
Babyletto had the Skip collection. This is now my top favorite from Babyletto.
Even MDB’s DaVinci brand (which usually doesn’t quite fall into the modern nursery category) had a couple items that caught my attention. I think their Highland Collection is a beautiful bridge between traditional and modern. The straight lines make all the difference.
And the Jenny Lind Crib in blue is a fun modern twist on a traditional style.
So what do you think of MDB’s newest offerings? Any favorites?
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I never imagined that my life would include writing to tell thousands of people about a new dresser, but here we are, here it is, and this is the kind of stuff I get excited about these days. The Merlin 3 Drawer Dresser is exactly what you’d hope for from Oeuf and is a gorgeous and perfect addition to their furniture line.
This piece is available now for $920.
Hopefully the 6 drawer version will be available soon as well.
In other important Oeuf news, the Robin Crib is on sale right now. If an Oeuf crib is just outside your price range, maybe this will put it within reach for you. How does $499 sound?
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I’ve had the Cody Crib from Newport cottages on my modern crib guide for several years now, but I’m excited that they will soon be adding a second style that deserves a spot on the list! The simple clean lines of the Devon Crib can be used in any style room, and with 28 color choices (including the persimmon color shown here), you can achieve just the look you’re going for.
The crib is set to retail for $945, the dresser for $945 and the bookcase for $745. You can contact email@example.com if you are interested for now.