company profile

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Founded in 2013 by Lora Appleton, kinder MODERN is a contemporary and vintage design gallery and studio. Applauded for its foundation in inspired and historical child design, the gallery has evolved into offering full collections for every part of the home and commercial environments. Appleton’s ability to identify exceptional and emerging international designers as well as helm her innovative design studio has enabled her to cultivate and produce an unparalleled collection of furniture, objects and rugs for exemplary residential and commercial projects including homes, amenities spaces, hotels, public space, educational environments and more.  

 Wrap Your Arms Around Me / Nina Johnson Gallery

kinder MODERN engages dialogues in design through its thought-provoking gallery program and exhibitions including participation with Collective Design, Nina Johnson Gallery, ICFF, Sight Unseen OFFSITE, the Architectural Digest Design Show, IDS Toronto, PULSE New York, and PULSE Miami Beach among others. The gallery's eclectic offerings include historical vintage, contemporary production and custom made-to-order pieces, the result of solid relationships and collaborations with leading-edge designers from around the world. Having led the conversation in child design since its inception, kinder MODERN is an established design authority and continues to focus on creativity, materiality, construction and craftsmanship in all of the designers and designs represented. kinder MODERN has had both historical and contemporary pieces acquired by the Brooklyn Museum as well as prominent private collections.

Visitors to our Flatiron / No-Mad gallery will find a welcome atmosphere featuring our compelling collection of furniture and objects including pieces by acclaimed international designers Lucas Maassen & Sons, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Liz Collins, Clemens Tissi, Sarit Shani Hay, and Visser & Meijwaard, among others. The space also houses our stunning, luxury rug offerings - as well as our historical modern collection of rare child design pieces dating from the 1890s through the 1990s by such design icons as Hans Wegner, Ko Verzuu, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Louis Avril and Alvar Aalto.


 Elle Decor, April 2017 / Designer Kelly Behun 

Elle Decor, April 2017 / Designer Kelly Behun 

Rug Collections

Launched in 2014, kinder MODERN’s award-winning rugs are bold, handmade with 100% New Zealand Wool and incredibly durable. With sophisticated design and sustainable production, kinder MODERN creates beautiful textiles for contract and residential use, including luxury modular and area rugs and spectacular wall-to-wall options. With impeccable craftsmanship, the colorful geometry of our kinder GROUND collection and the stunning abstract patterns of the Artist Collection, kinder MODERN has your floor covered. For more details, click on the Rugs link in the left navigation!


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kM Design Studio / aka studiokinder

Lora Appleton established ‘studiokinder’, her in-house design studio, to develop sophisticated children’s furniture and objects that she was not seeing elsewhere. Combining high-end construction with family utility, studiokinder focuses on designing and producing beautiful and functional furniture, objects and public space for children of all ages. Filling the void in handcrafted quality furniture for little ones (ages 2-16) and their grown-ups, studiokinder’s mission is to investigate the development of a growing child’s mind and body and translate those needs into useful, luxury furniture for play and study.

Architects, interior designers and developers call on kinder MODERN’s expertise to design and furnish playrooms, amenities spaces and educational settings. We work with clients to conceptualize, design and enhance unique environments for children of all ages and their families, so that these amenities spaces are on par with the rest of the luxury offering. With durability and functionality as top priorities, kM uses high-quality and cutting edge materials to create whimsical, yet practical, play environments. kM offers the best in child design, through award-winning design specialists as well as partnerships with our stable of designers to create one-of-a-kind installations.


 Inheritance by Liz Collins for ARE

Inheritance by Liz Collins for ARE

kM Commissions

kM facilitates the commission and fabrication of site-specific design works and installations for both private and public space, including restaurants, hotels, kids clubs, residential amenities spaces, and indoor and outdoor public design. Our design studio produces the project work from concept to completion, supporting our designers by overseeing every step of the design process and facilitating communication between the designer, developers, architects, engineers and fabricators. We carefully consider the commissions' purpose, budget, space and other practical and creative necessities, to ensure a smooth design and installation process.


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KINDER journal

KINDER is a bi-monthly journal exploring child design of the past, present and future and is published by kinder MODERN. This is the first periodical devoted entirely to this rapidly growing design niche. KINDER seeks to share ideas and engender dialogue, by examining the work and influence of iconic designers of the twentieth century whose work focused on children and engaging in conversation with contemporary designers, curators and educators. Through various contributing editors and design experts, KINDER explores a wide, yet nuanced, range of topics, featuring academic editorial with an international perspective. Click on the Journal link in the left navigation to read back issues and join the mailing list!