Michael Yates: The Rolling Desk

Looking to create the perfect study spot for your little one as he or she gets ready to head back to school this September? The Rolling Desk by Michael Yates combines the designer's thoughtful and flawless execution with his commitment to accessible design. Like all of Michael’s work, each hand-crafted desk is destined for a long-life and unique journey as it transitions from a practical addition in a child’s space to a treasured family heirloom. Available exclusively at kinder MODERN, visit our website to learn more or place an order. Felt color and paracord can be customized. Rolling Desk / Michael Yates / USA, 2016 / White Oak, Felt, Paracord / H 27 in, W 46 in / 16 in 

Designer and artisan Michael Yates has been producing custom, limited-edition, and production furniture and objects since 2003. In addition to his ever-expanding production furniture offerings, his adult portfolio includes custom residential furniture, exhibition spaces, restaurant, and other commercial furniture, and architectural installations. The engineer-turned-woodworker's studio has earned a reputation as a go-to resource for elegant and thoughtful design, as well as unwavering standards of craftsmanship. All work is produced by Michael and his team of craftsmen, both in Red Hook, Brooklyn and in his primary production shop in Austin, TX.

Michael is currently a fellow at the prestigious Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, where he is working on a new furniture collection for adults that includes a wardrobe, bench, chair, and mirror. He also teaches product design at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Miami Kids Explore kM at Gallery Diet

 Image via Instagram  @kindermodern

Image via Instagram @kindermodern

kinder MODERN's summer gallery exhibition at Miami's Gallery Diet has been a huge success with some very little critics! Check out this fun video from the Miami New Times and see this one-of-a-kind collection of vintage and contemporary child design put to the test! Little ones jump on Sarit Shani Hay's sleek crocodile, take the vintage Walkee for a spin, and sit down for the tiniest of meetings at the ADO play table -- practical, functional heirlooms meant to last for generations. 

Feltro at kM!

We're written before about how obsessed we are with Feltro and are proud to announce that these fun, oversized magnetic felt tiles are now available at kinder MODERN! In the words of designer and founder Sam Kennedy, Feltro "is a system of magnetic felt tiles that bridges the gap between toy and home decor. Designed for multi-­generational, open­-ended play in shared living spaces, Feltro playfully adapts to your home, office or public space as an interactive toy, versatile design feature, and dynamic creative thinking tool." Click here to learn more and purchase your Feltro starter pack today!


Chicago's FrankenToyMobile traverses the city in the summer months, encouraging "imagination and curiosity by providing free, hands-on workshops where youth and adults reuse toys as raw material for original creations." Kids are invited to deconstruct old toys and refashion them into their own unique playthings. Frankentoy's creators, artists Andrés Lemus-Spont, Marya Spont-Lemus, Louis Fernandez, and Michael Pecirno, feel this venue encourages experimentation and allows children to challenge the expected gender norms of today's toys and embrace the possibilities that lay beyond. In Chicago this summer and want to check it out? Visit their website for a full calendar. This Saturday, July 16, 2016 will find the Mobile at the Albany Park Library from 1-3p. 

kM @ Gallery Diet

kM was thrilled to open our new exhibition this past weekend in Miami. Wrap Your Arms Around Me is a collaborative presentation of vintage and contemporary children’s furniture and design curated by kinder MODERN and Miami’s esteemed Gallery DietWrap Your Arms Around Me examines 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. Contemporary design by acclaimed international designers is displayed alongside pieces of historical significance from the 1940s to the 1980s and paintings by artists Michael Clifford and Nates HeigesWrap Your Arms Around Me is Miami’s premiere child design exhibit and we have been honored to receive amazing support from the local community and international press. Visit our website to see the show’s one-of-a-kind historical vintage items and beautiful new contemporary work, notably Sarit Shani Hay’s playful crocodile, Philippe Nacson’s delightful Mini Ant chair, and Lucas Maassen’s thought-provoking Le Chaise/La Chaise limited edition chairs.