What: Bough House Toys, a new line of handmade, sustainable and gorgeous wooden toys and kids’ furniture. (The name pulls from–yes–the BauHaus school of design and Mies van der Rohe’s whole less-is-more ethos.) The idea? Simple, well-constructed toys that last through multiple developmental stages (3 to 12) will help a child create, imagine and just do more … for longer.
The first available toy is the tablet (pictured above), a little mini lap desk that uses magnetized wood to hold paper in place. (Great for car trips!) The wood is formaldehyde-free birch plywood that’s milled in the U.S. and polished with beeswax and mineral-oil finish.
Who: Co-founder Anna Burke is a South Philly mom (her daughter, Harper, is almost two) and an art therapist who’s paired up with friend and woodworker Rob Dobry. They wanted to make toys that would foster creativity and imaginative play a little more than just your average mini Barbie iPhone.
Why: “Around the time my daughter started really interacting with toys, I was deep into my thesis research and beginning to understand a bit more about how creativity is a major part of the development of a child and how important play and imagination are for developing skills to help you interact in the world,” Anna says. She realized how much she wanted to tweak her Harper’s toys — and after a conversation with Rob about the types of toys they both wish they’d had as kids, the seed for Bough House was planted: They’d mesh his woodworking skills with her understanding of how a kid’s creativity can be developed. They founded Bough House in June.
The scoop on other toys: The tablet is the only piece out right now, but the duo is currently designing a number of larger pieces designed for creating art and playing. “I can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet,” Anna says, “but you’ll be able to make art, read, make a fort, play, imagine, do homework and measure stuff …. These are unique and innovative pieces of furniture.”
Where you can get it: The brand new site is here. Like the tablet, and/or the mission? Visit the kickstarter page. The first 29 people to order through the site will get $10 off the retail price; the second 29 will get $5 off. And they’ll be shipping the Kickstarter incentives before the holidays. AND there’s a launch event at Cloth on September 20, from 3:30 to 5:30 (with snacks!), so you can check it out for yourself.
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Photo credit: Bough House toys