Lora Appleton, founder of kinder MODERN and the Female Design Council,
is a leading voice in New York City design, paving the way for designers and makers with her meticulous design vision, nuanced collections, and curatorial leadership. As founder of kinder MODERN, the only gallery in the world curating, collecting, and selling contemporary and historical vintage child furniture, Appleton’s modus operandi is great design equals smart and happy kids.
Appleton is also the principal designer at studiokinder, kinder MODERN’s in-house design studio, designing and producing sophisticated, yet functional, furniture, rugs, and commissioned public spaces for children of all ages. She additionally serves as the publisher and editor-in-chief of KINDER, a quarterly journal exploring child design of the past, present, and future through pedagogy and materiality. Under her curatorial guidance, kinder MODERN has grown from an entrepreneurial gallery into a robust design authority, offering a full range of collections, from the epicenter of the home to commercial projects including residential amenities, commercial hospitality, public installations, and educational environments. kinder MODERN pieces are also on view in the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection and sought by prominent private collectors. Appleton’s acute ability to identify exceptional pieces and emerging talent has enabled her to cultivate and produce kinder MODERN's unparalleled eclectic furniture offerings from an international roster of established and burgeoning designers, while also executing vigorous programming, including in-house exhibitions and offsite collaborations with revered and innovative institutions such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Prelude to The Shed, the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia GSAPP, and more.
In 2017 Appleton founded the Female Design Council, an action-oriented membership organization dedicated to supporting women in the field of design. The FDC provides professional support, guidance, and mentorship, while fostering dialogue and spurring action on the issues facing women in a predominantly male industry. During NYCxDESIGN 2018, alongside Egg Collective, Appleton co-curated Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks, and Mavens, an FDC-supported exhibition showcasing contemporary and vintage pieces by female designers from around the world.
A graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Appleton launched a boutique hospitality design and branding agency which she steered for several years before the birth of her son in 2009 when she began collecting intelligent design for children, a passion which eventually became kinder MODERN. Appleton continues to lead the conversation about the importance of thoughtful and practical design in the family home, communicating with women, families, educators, collectors, and designers through a variety of mediums and platforms. Her work has been recognized in Architectural Digest, DAMNº Magazine, Elle Décor, Interior Design, The New York Times, New York Post, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and Wallpaper* Magazine, among others.
She resides in Manhattan with her son, who continues to be her muse.