kinder MODERN is a leading luxury children’s furniture and rug design company and the only gallery worldwide specializing in vintage child design of the 20th century and inventive, contemporary design objects, furniture, and accessories. Lora Appleton, founder and creative director, is the creative force behind kinder MODERN and her meticulous curatorial work and nuanced collections are key to the kM’s success. Appleton’s ability to identify and cultivate emerging talent has singlehandedly enabled her to create a new niche in the over-saturated world of high design, one that melds iconic vintage pieces with fresh and fierce contemporary work.
The kM Historical Modern Collection includes rare design pieces dating from the 1920s-1980s, each item sourced based on its historical significance, craftsmanship, and innovation in materiality and design. Pieces include furniture by iconic design masters, such as Hans Wegner, Ko Verzuu, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Louis Avril, and Alvar Aalto, drawn from significant periods of design production in Europe and North America.
With a playful approach steeped in fantasy, kinder MODERN has carved the path for contemporary child design through collaborations with established and emerging product and furniture designers. These talented designers apply their creative thinking to the needs of children and families. The kM Contemporary Collection includes thought-provoking “few-of-a-kind” luxury children’s furniture, lighting, and accessories that fill a unique need in design for the family home. Current collections include furniture by Lucas Maassen & Sons, Philippe Nacson, WINTERCHECK FACTORY®, Clemens Tissi, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, and Liz Collins, among others. These small batch production pieces showcase kinder’s dedication to hand crafted, quality furniture and highlight what kM feels most passionately about: function, form, creative materiality, and innovative design.
In addition to working with top international furniture and product designers, kM launched kinder GROUND, an award-winning luxury modular and area rug line at ICFF 2014. Designed by creative director Appleton, the line has expanded to public contract projects, amenities spaces, and collaborations with major brands, as well as the much anticipated Artist Collection, featuring the ceramic patterns of Cody Hoyt. studiokinder, kM's creative design studio, debuted in March 2017 with the Heritage Collection, a multi-functional collection of furniture for children. studiokinder focuses on designing and producing beautiful and functional furniture, objects, and interactive public spaces for children of all ages.
After the gallery’s debut at New York City's Collective Design fair in 2013, kinder MODERN has continued to lead the conversation in child design through innovative exhibitions and thought provoking dialogue. kinder MODERN has sold both historical and contemporary pieces to the esteemed Brooklyn Museum, prominent private collectors and collections; exhibited at ICFF, the Architectural Digest Design Show, Sight Unseen OFFSITE, IDS Toronto, PULSE New York, and PULSE Miami Beach; and has had items featured in The Shop at Cooper Hewitt, Barney’s New York, and Grey Area's summer 2014 show at Glenn Horowitz in East Hampton. kinder MODERN’s summer 2016 exhibition with Miami's Nina Johnson Gallery (formerly Gallery Diet), Wrap Your Arms Around Me, explored the ways in which children, small in size, but large in our lives, are both literally and metaphorically embraced, contained, and surrounded by the objects and people they encounter. kM also produces kinder JOURNAL, the first periodical devoted entirely to child design.