New Year, New Collection / makémaké
kinder MODERN is thrilled to start off 2018 with the introduction of makémaké, a new line of children's furniture designed by Stephanie Gilles and Laurence Hamelin and made consciously in France. makémaké stems from the desire to create poetic and eco-designed products for kids of all ages, using new technologies. Hybrid, figurative or abstract, makémaké’s products give children’s imagination free rein and stimulates creativity. Some of the furniture forms, shapes and lines take inspiration from artists such as Alexander Calder and Joan Miro. These flat-pack, self-assembly pieces are ingeniously designed without nails or glue in birch plywood from sustainably managed Finnish forests, and protected with natural oil.
Stephanie Gilles and Laurence Hamelin met at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris. After settling in Normandy, they worked together on different projects in design including exhibition scenography, interior and graphic design. They launched makémaké in April 2017, leveraging the expertise of many local enterprises they came across in their other work to develop and make this innovative children's furniture line. Say Gilles and Hamelin, "The Cherbourg area offers a lot of high technologies specialized in maritime and port industries, and we are making the most of the know-how that these local companies provide."