Monday, November 29, 2010

Design Therapy: Oeuf NYC

All this knitting talk (and the start of the bitterly cold winter weather here in Vermont) got me to looking at handmade woollens for little ones. Oeuf is the perfect place to find unique handmade woollens that balance simplicity, character and style in their design.

Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan are the husband and wife team (French/American) who created Oeuf with the mission to design and manufacture beautiful products for children that were practical, functional and of high quality. The seed was sown in 2002 after the birth of their first child, and the couple have now realised their dream to bring practicality and style to the nursery essentials of a modern family, without compromising quality and safety. Read more here.

Oeuf has a strong commitment to the environment and fair trade, with all furniture being made in Latvia and knits created in Bolivia, the people working on each piece being guaranteed a fair pay and good working conditions, whilst using sustainable materials in their manufacturing. Oeuf tells us "our knits are made in Bolivia by a self-managed community of indigenous women. In line with fair trade principles, our artisans are paid a living wage, which enables them to afford healthcare and education for their children. This product is made from soft, luxurious alpaca wool which is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly."

Oeuf's latest collection of furniture and children's clothing is intended to be a paired down selection of essentials, pieces of high quality and often multi-functions, allowing parents to minimise "stuff" and maximise style. Who doesn't believe in that? Here we go....

Knits for Babies...

Nursery Furniture

It is NOT fair! Kids get all the cool stuff!


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