I’ve got a tattered old sideboard in the kitchen which I rescued from the side of the road. I keep meaning to revamp it so it resembles something vaguely mid-century modern, but can’t decide what colour to paint the sliding doors (well that’s my excuse for it sitting in the state it’s in). But after seeing the real craftsmanship of parent, woodworker and entrepreneur Robert Kwak, I’m going to leave furniture design to the professionals and save myself a lot of hard work in the process.
The delightful thing about the pieces from Muu is that they come with magnetic interchangeable panels (the MuuPanel System) which can be custom-designed with your child’s name on it. So you can change the look of the cot, storage unit or dresser as you wish. As Kwak says on his website "As parents we have learned that there are two universal truths about kids: one, each child marches to his or her own individual tune; and two, that tune changes all the time." How true that is.
With these gorgeous panels — cherry blossom, mopeds and helicopters, whales and butterfly to name a few — you can update your furniture as the children get older or if you redecorate. The Sonic Boom and Amplified panels will especially appeal to teenagers.
The Sam Collection (pictured below) is Muu’s debut suite of modern sustainable furniture, made in the US by Robert, whose family has over three decades of woodworking experience. The range is named after Robert’s grandfather who sold children’s shoes from his shop in Brooklyn, New York.
Muu does not currently have an Australian distributor, so shipping will have to be arranged. Prices range from $750 to $2000, while replacement panels go from $120 to $200 depending on the size.