kinder MODERN Curates Chanukah & Christmas

kinder MODERN presents you with our Curated Chanukah & Christmas List to inspire the smallest of people and the greatest of collectors. Happy holidays from kinder MODERN, and here’s to more collecting in 2014! 

Sophisticated gifts for kids can include precious objects, inexpensive paper items, and art made from interesting materials. We've noticed how quickly some toys can get moved to the back of the bin--why not invest in an amazing object your whole family will enjoy?

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ART & OBJECT & DECOR:

Drooling for these incredible handmade people blocks; a collaboration between Andy Rementer, one of our favorite illustrators/artists, and Belgium based Case Studyo:
Case Studyo People Blocks / Andy Rementer / Age: 3 & up

What parent, at some point, doesn't think to put initials in their kid’s room?  This metallic monogram takes it one step further with the hottest alphabet around in patinated fine silver: Neon Alpbabet / Study O Portable / Age: all

A playful pop of color in neon resin and marble, perfect for the display shelf:
Reality Pickup / Areaware / Age: all

This silver turtle box, would be perfect on a teenager’s night stand, desk, or on mommy's vanity: Turtle Box / Areaware / Age: 6 & up

We dig dolls of every era, but lean towards the modern slant.  These Alexander Girard reintroduced items are lovely. Our gallery normally steers clear of the reissue, but this is a fun exception: Wooden Dolls (all of them!) / Alexander Girard / Age: 6 & up

Another really lovely doll and a futuristic one at that.  The students of Bauhaus were so far ahead of their time: Futurist Doll / Age: all

With a face to cheer you, this up-cycled plastic pig is, hands-down, a fun favorite: 
"Jerry" / Abyu / Age: all

Who wouldn't want this incredible piece of art in their kids space? Using found materials, clay, fabric, and paper mache', Souther Salazar elevates ordinary materials to the extraordinary: I Hope You Know Where You're Going / Age: all

A good place to huddle up and make some art: Kids Tent / ferm LIVING / Age: 3 & up

White, other-worldly, wonderful: we desire Jim Oliveira's totem sculpture in a kids or family space (these are many colors).  New word: white-chic.  We love Mondo Cane: White Totem / Mondo Cane / Age: all

Boys of all ages (and girls, too) will love this ode to the Mexican wrestler.  Nothing more colorful or fierce than a Luchador: Lucha Libre Bank / Dora Caza / Age: 8 & up

PLAY & RIDE & INTERACT:

Building blocks are taken to an altogether fun level with the clock totem by Dino Sanchez.  Love the faces . . . for great play or display: Totems / House & Hold / Age: all

A super fun historical and beat up toy, this tractor has been around since the 1960s. We dare you to destroy this ride-on by Community Playthings:
Ride-on Tractor / kinder MODERN 

Chic paper costumes for year round imaginative play: Paper Costumes / Omy / Age: 3-8

We're addicted to blocks, because there’s nothing better than a mixed use kids’ item. Play or display, you decide: Blockitecture / Areaware / Age: All

As a super fan of Keith Haring’s art, what's cuter than sitting on it? : 
Chair / Vilac / Age: 2 & up

Dominoes are a family staple. This set from Mertens-Kunst could not be more fun:
People Dominoes / kinder MODERN / Age: 3 & up

Renate Muller's incredible rhino therapeutic toy is a wonderful addition to any kids room for play or display.  Get it at R20th Gallery: Rhino / Renate Muller / Age: all

Cathy McClure's mechanical works are evocative of children's toys, but are incredible and thoughtful sculpture. I want one!! There I said it: Tumble Time / Age: all

Everyone loves to rock, and we've seen grown-ups fall for this organic shaped French 'duk' rocker from the 1960s--it quacks us up: Duk Rocker / kinder MODERN / Age: 2 & up

We're a bit biased on this one, as there's not much Casati Gallery presents that we don't want, especially this Enzo Mari Pesce Puzzle, with a psychedelic 70s vibe. We would surely swim with the fishes for this one: Puzzle / Casati Gallery / Age: all

To display or sail?  That is the question. (We personally say display.) Haptic Lab knows about catching chic air for sure:
Sailing Ship Kite / Haptic Lab / Age: 3 & up (with supervision)

Get the art going young . . .  give a kid a polaroid and see if he makes a living!  Ha!  We’ve been using our instamatic to make amazing photo books since our boy was 3!: Instax 90 / Fuji / Age: 4 & up

Not much can top the fun on this toy camera lego: Nanoblock Camera / photojojo / Age: 8 & up

We love anything mini, and also super dig paper art.  Combining both these items, this town is an inexpensive work of art.  Robert Czajka knows what’s up: Paper Town / The Kid Who / Age: 4 & up

Alex Hellum for Kids on Roof rocked the cardboard art with this one.  The Trojan Horse is so many good things: recycled cardboard, simple clean design lines, and animals: 
Trojan Horse / Kidsonroof / Age: 2 & up