Here at Modern Urban Baby we love anything sustainable. One approach to responsible manufacturing was represented at ICFF by Connecticut’s ducduc group, introducing their new Mason Gray line. Based in a restored 1897 building on a reclaimed brownfield site, and eschewing particle board and MDF for wood certified by The United States Green Building Council, this company epitomizes smart use. Named for ducduc’s CEO’s daughter Mason, and the Chief Creative Officer’s daughter Gray, 2009’s offerings are intended for “fans of ducduc who also appreciate something more traditional.” Wonderful clean lines and pulls are complemented by hand-applied stains in bright colors (our pick: the fuchsia and green mix) or subtly gorgeous shades including the perfect powder pink. Something about the look says Doris Day film, something says Hamptons, but it all adds up to a green gorgeousness you can be environmentally comfortable coveting.
Cradles are perfect for newborns, convenient for new parents to carry from room to room and small enough that an infant doesn’t get lost in his own bedding. But your child soon outgrows the convenience and suddenly that expensive cradle becomes a disposable piece of furniture. That’s why we love the the Eco Cradle by Green Lullaby. The cradle is made of recycled corrugated cardboard so it’s durable and because Green Lullaby only uses non toxic paints and adhesives, you can rest easy knowing your little one will not be breathing any harmful chemicals. It’s easy to assemble and folds flat for storage or travel. A great solution for traveling parents or babysitting grandparents. Once the cradle has outlived its purpose your older children can use it as a play crib for their own “children” or store it away for baby #2!
All tongue in cheek of course but we’re pretty sure baby wouldn’t think of leaving this concept crib by designer Greg Ball. Like most hip urban parents Greg became keenly aware of the redundancy of ho-hum baby furniture. Inspired by impending fatherhood, Greg developed the x-crib by taking a humorous approach to the confinement of crib-dom by incorporating barbwire cutouts to the sides of his unique baby bed. The crib’s bright colors and playful design are certainly a shot of contemporary spirit to an otherwise monotonous industry.