need a baby cradle?
in 1867 the austrian manufacturer J. & J. Kohn became thonet’s chief competitors using the art nouveau stylish bent wood technique. this egg shaped cradle held soft cushions and the arm above supported draped netting. why would one need draped netting? in tropical climates, it helps to keep bugs out, but i put some netting over my first child’s crib to keep cats out. i suspected the cats would leap in and sleep with the child. by the time i had my second child, i realized i need not worry about the cats. europeans do not have so many bugs, but they may have had cats… and a few worried mums.
i found this crib on the museum of modern art’s website (moma). their collections section has some good finds for furniture classics, with links to more info about the designers and the history of those times. the site is a bit tricky to navigate, but it is worth the hunt.