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Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Twenty2 Designers as Kids

Kyra Hartnett, Twenty2

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4 Comments » | Published in Baby Blogapalooza 2005, General, Kids Rooms, Nursery  |  4 Comments

Kyra and her husband Robertson founded Twenty2, a Brooklyn-based design shop producing a variety of textiles and wallcoverings. Their latest creation is Wallbands, a line of easy-to-apply, pre-pasted, washable wall patterns.

Kids really seem to dig our Wallbands. When we showed our 5-year-old nephew Brooks some early samples of our Wallbands collection, he immediately said, “I want to see all of them” and proceeded to spread them out on the floor and choose his favorites.

When we introduced Wallbands a couple of months ago at ICFF in New York, one of the visitors to our booth was an 8 year old girl who returned several times dragging her mother by the arm to discuss which band she wanted for her room- and she wanted to buy it right then. The cool part was that she ultimately chose a pattern and colorway that we considered our most “adult.”

Kyra, Rob, and Wallbands from Twenty2This was so refreshing . . . it immediately made us recall our own first design projects . . .

Growing up, we were both allowed creative control over our bedrooms. Upon retelling of the many transformations of our childhood domains, we realize that we were each at our peak at about 11 or 12:

Rob had a family friend in the interior design business fabricate a custom bedroom suite to his specs – max headroom meets Andrew McCarthy. Sleek grey walls, and a coordinated suite of black laminate desk, dresser, side table, bookcase, and headboard with storage. His true masterpiece was a matching set of black wall mounted speaker cases (with black speakers and stereo).

At the same age, I was given full license to a third floor attic that my dad and I renovated to create an oasis. The open plan pre-teen suite – the “peach palace” – named for its monochromatic scheme carried through the wall color, bedding and wall to wall carpet. We designed and built an Asian inspired platform box frame so that my futon (yes futon) could float gracefully off the floor to complete the look.

If we had only been designing Wallbands back then . . .

See the Twenty2 line of Wallbands on Design Public

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  1. tara says:

    August 17th, 2005 at 8:00 am (#)

    Great products! I have really enjoyed the week (or 2!) of babies-and-design talk. Unfortunately, my (not yet born) babies will be in highschool before I can afford most of these products. My husband and I are both architects, and love the contemporary aesthetic. We are very interested in baby/child products with a simple, modern style, but we can’t afford a $1,500 crib or fabric at over $100/yard. The irony of having designer tastes on a designer’s income, eh?

    I think this whole discussion of babies and contemporary design is an important one to have. It needs to be taken to the next level though, to include affordability.

    In the meantime, we’ll try to get creative… I loved the link to the guy who used the maintenance cart as a changing table. I’m open to hearing about any other DIY ideas or sources of affordable products too. And we’ll save our pennies for one or two designer splurges, I’m sure.

  2. Drew says:

    August 17th, 2005 at 10:10 am (#)

    Tara: thanks for the comment! Yes, affordability is an issue near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately, ‘affordability’ and ‘new and emerging’ are not always compatible, because often companies need some scale to get the price down (think Ikea). Speaking of which Ikea has a number of afforable baby and kids options — I wholeheartedly recommend them too.

    At Design Public, we want to offer “new and fresh”. With new design, sometimes you get affordability, sometimes you do not. That’s the rub. Personally, I wish I could furnish an entire place with designer pieces, but in reality I opt for a blend.

    So as an architect, why not take a stab at designing an affordable kids’ line?

  3. tara says:

    August 17th, 2005 at 11:26 am (#)

    “So as an architect, why not take a stab at designing an affordable kids’ line?”

    That’s definitely something I’ve considered! Thanks for the feedback. And I agree – Ikea is a lifesaver!

  4. Hatch: The Design Public Blog » Blog Archive » What our Vendors are up to says:

    February 20th, 2006 at 1:09 pm (#)

    [...] Wow, congrats to Twenty2, the creators of Wallbands (remember, Mr. Kotter’s apartment-esque modern wallpaper borders that delight adults and kids?). They were invited by Ligne Roset to design a dining room custom colorway of handprinted wallpaper at Gwathmey Siegel’s Astor Place, and they executed it brilliantly. At first glance, I thought it was some sort of alterted dot-matrix pattern of tile. Check it out here. [...]

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