A labor of love. We don't want any fathers out there to feel inadequate, but here's another example of an impending baby's birth inspiring a father to create a beautiful (excuse the pun) berth. In this case, however, the crib took longer to make than the baby.
Jeffrey Taras is an architect and a partner in 4pli
, an architecture and fabrication company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When he and his wife became pregnant, they started, as all new parents do, checking out cribs.
We looked at all the cribs on the market. We didn’t like any of them for a variety of reasons; design, poor construction; value for money, etc. Moreover, they all seemed the same, namely really square, bordering on unfriendly. Mostly I thought I could do better.
We often think we could do better, too, but we don't actually do it. Jeffrey set to work researching federal safety guidelines and thinking about his ideal crib: "friendly, inviting and soft, like a baby."
Three months after his daughter, Maeve, was born he was able to give her this crib. It's made of natural birch plywood, MDF and stainless steel and finished with low VOC milk paint and water-based polyurethane. Reception to the crib was strong enough that he's since sold two other cribs (at $3,500 a pop - hey, handmade takes time).
Whether you're a parent, designer or, in this case, both - we're always happy to see design innovation, especially when it's derived from a love of children.
You can check out 4-pli or contact Jeffrey about the Maeve crib here.
If your ego can handle it, revisit Burton's handmade crib.