INTRODUCING THE DUMBO DESK by CASA KiDS

Back to school means the air is a little different, young people and their backpacks are filled with new and exciting challenges….and what is more important at this time of year than studying and staying organized? With that in mind, Roberto Gil, Casa Kids’ Chief Designer, has taken a very custom project, inspired by well-known artists and designers, and released it in a streamlined version to the public. To discuss his latest design, Roberto Gil talks about the DUMBO Desk.

Q: Why do you call it the DUMBO desk? 
Roberto Gil: Our early version of this desk was originally designed in DUMBO in Brooklyn, New York and became part of what would call our DUMBO Collection.

Q: Why did you design the DUMBO desk?
RG: I thought of the idea of the DUMBO desk because kids like to focus on homework when they have a really nice desk. Kids are actually relieved to do their homework on it, and they love having their own desk designed for them, instead of their having to use a kitchen table.

Q: What was the inspiration for the DUMBO desk?
RG: The upper part of the DUMBO desk was partly inspired by the the beautiful, minimal floating plywood boxes created by Donald Judd. The overall desk design was also influenced by industrially produced furniture of Jean Prouve. Judd was strict and rational; Prouve, playful and artistic. Prouve did colorful bookshelves with staggered vertical partitions and overhanging shelves; so you have distinct horizontal and vertical influences in the desk. My love for Mondrian is also a bit present in this design.

Q: What is age range for the DUMBO desk?
RG: Ages 8+ up . Kids can do their homework at the DUMBO desk until they are grown up. The desktop height is only one inch lower than a full-sized adult desk, and is able to fit an adult iMac, plus files. 

Q: What are the features that would prompt a child to use the DUMBO desk?
RG: The main thing is that it is functional. A child can use the desk all the way through adulthood! It comes in birch, walnut, and oak with different painted finishes. The shelves include wire management for a surge protector, other cords, router and modem, plus DUMBO desk has functional holes and grommets. Part of the DUMBO desk design includes thin, flat drawers for pencils and sheets of paper. There are smaller shelves for pencil sharpeners, toys, drives, techie things and CDs. And room for a printer! 

Q: You have a theory about children and their own “space” - can you hare more on this?
RG: I really believe that children feel better and more accomplished when they have their own special place to complete their work...not at the communal kitchen table. They go to “their space” and consequently, kids can then do their homework. As a designer and maker of beds, desks and other furniture designs, parents tell me all the time that their kids sleep better in their own beds and can work more autonomously if they’re in their desk space. 

Q: What do parents need to know about the DUMBO desk?
RG The DUMBO desk can last 20 and more years. Parents can get jealous over this desk -- It is the archetypical adult desk... with storage. 

Recommended for children ages 8 and up. 
Dimensions are 84" L x 82.5" H x 22" D. 
Available in birch, walnut, and oak in a variety of painted finishes.

Price: Starting at $5,000 USD

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THE BEAUTY OF WHITE FURNITURE - OUR UNIQUE RENDITION ON THIS TIMELESS LOOK.

Summer is here and many people have been lightening up their homes for the season. More often than not, the color white is associated with the warmer months because it compliments the vibrant colors of the season and helps turn even the smallest of rooms into spacious areas that are drenched in sunlight. But why stop there?

The beauty of owning white furniture is the timeless look it provides through all seasons and it's ability to unify many design concepts. Whether you're a fan of the subtle elegance of minimalism or plan on creating a whimsical color scheme for your child's room, white furniture will help highlight the intricate details of the space and make splashes of color pop.

When looking at our furniture, you will notice a unique detail that has recently gained popularity in the home design scene. We've opted to let the natural beauty of our birch plywood show by leaving the edges exposed. Although they are sanded and finished, the edges of our plywood still retain an organic look with distinct lines and alternating bands of color.  When combined with our white finish, the product is a beautifully contrasted piece of furniture with plenty of character.

A Field Trip With AltSchool

This winter, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of talented first graders for their class field trip. The children were learning about furniture, so their teachers asked if they could visit our workshop to see how furniture is made.

The first part of the class visit consisted of a factory tour. Roberto showed the children our machines in action, explained how it is used and stressed the importance of safety while using the equipment. We also assembled a bunk bed so the children can see how it's done.

For the second part of the visit, we took a hands on approach and had the children sit and design their own bedrooms with tape, stickers, construction paper and pieces of wood. They loved the activity time and were thrilled that they were able to take their finished products home with them.

Before the kids left our showroom, we gave them black and white sketches and asked that they color and return them for a contest we were running. The winner will be receiving a custom Casa Kids tool kit.

AND THE WINNER IS... AUDREY!

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

When a client hires us to design custom furniture for their home, we take the responsibility very seriously. From selecting the materials we work with to installing our furniture, we pay attention the even the tiniest details so that our clients are always satisfied by our work.

When a client requests a home consultation, one of our designers will go to their home to measure the room and discuss design ideas before providing them with sketches of what the room would look like with the new furniture. We also provide our clients with rendered proposals that show the front and top view of where the furniture will be placed, along with the appropriate measurements.

After the design is selected, we work with our clients throughout the design and fabrication process and make changes as requested. When fabricating the furniture, a CNC Router is used to ensure we obtain the most accurate cuts possible. The edge are then sanded, rounded and coated with a non-toxic, water based finish. We always leave the edges of the furniture exposed, as the lines that show have a natural appeal.

Once the furniture is fabricated and constructed, we inspect the pieces thoroughly before scheduling a convenient delivery date with our clients. The end result is beautifully constructed furniture that can be enjoyed for many years.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BUNK BED

It can be hard to decide on a bunk bed for your children. Many factors such as ceiling height or customizations can be a big part of your decision. Below is a comparison of our three most popular bunk beds.

So, if you are looking for a highly customizable bunk bed and have higher ceilings, our Marino bunk bed may the best choice for you. If you have lower ceilings, the below picture of our bunk beds show the minimum ceiling heights needed for our bunk beds.

If you have any other questions regarding bunk beds, please feel free to fill out the form below.

HOW SAFE IS YOUR BUNK BED?

For growing  families, a bunk bed is a great way to free up floor space in a small shared room. However, instead of seeing it as a space-saver, kids will be excited to see their bed resembling playground equipment. This type of sleeping arrangement can make most parents nervous, especially since the top bunk can seem high for a small child.

The good news is, bunk-bed-related fatalities are extremely rare. However, a study conducted in 2008 found that between 1990 and 2005 in the United States, approximately 36,000 kids per year were treated for bunk-bed-related injuries.

To minimize these risks, parents and kids must be aware of bunk and loft bed precautions and safety. 

 

The Right Bunk Bed Meets Safety Standards

Make sure that your bunk bed complies with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Some basic guidelines are:

Guardrails - The height from the top of the mattress to the top of the rail should be a minimum of 5". Rails must also be continuous on all sides of the bed. 

Openings - Gaps, openings and holes must either be small enough that it doesn't allow a child's head, limbs or torso to pass through or big enough that it allows it to pass through completely. Safety standards state that openings should be 6" wide or less or 9" wide or more, and never in between.


Choose the Right Spot

In the Corner - Ideally bunk beds should be place against two perpendicular walls, providing support and preventing falls.

Watch out for Low Ceilings - The height from the top of the mattress to the ceiling is important so that the child doesn't hit their head when sitting upright in the top bunk. Do not place the bunk bed underneath hanging lights and ceiling fans.

 

Teach the Kids About Safety

No Playing and Jumping - Educate your kids on bunk bed safety. Teach them to refrain from jumping and playing on the bunk bed particularly on the upper bunk.

Children Under 6 Should Not Sleep On the Upper Bunk - Safety standards recommend that a child under 6 years of age, not sleep on the upper bed. However, if your child is a restless sleeper then the upper bunk may not be a good fit even if he or she is much older.

Do Not Hang Scarves, Jump Ropes, and Belts - Although the most common bunk bed injuries are concussions that result from falls, the deadliest are from suffocation from strangulation. 

By ensuring that the bunk bed is sturdy and located in the right spot and your kids know the safety rules, you will not lose sleep over your kids' bunk bed.