Fort Makers Brings Iconic Children’s Book ‘Goodnight Moon’ To Life

If you’ve ever been within 30 feet of a child, you’ve probably heard or read the legendary children’s book Goodnight Moon. If you are a parent, you most likely memorized all of the words years ago. New York-based design studio Fort Makers brings the colorful book to life through an impressive exhibition called Goodnight House. Goodnight House is re-imagining the bunny bedroom with a range of commissioned works and furniture from contemporary designers and artists whose work exudes a childlike wonder. Commissioned works include: the upholstered bed and hand-woven fabrics by Liz Collins; Ceramic table lamps by Samuel Harvey; a rocking chair, stool and a cloud-shaped bedside table and a storage unit by CHIAOZZA (Adam Frezza + Terri Chiao); Painting by Marcel Alcalá; Picture frames and hand-carved wooden spoons by Nick DeMarco; Candles inspired by Goodnight Moon characters by Janie Korn; Candles in the color palette of Goodnight Moon by Crying Clover (Sara Gernsbacher + JPW3); Ceramic clock on Keith Simpson’s coat; Ceramic bowls by Lauren Elder; Shino Takeda ceramic mugs and bowls; Night rug and ottoman by Tamika Rivera; painted silk curtains and pillows by Naomi S. Clark, co-founder of Fort Makers; and a lightweight dollhouse light, black balloon light, and etched wooden cubes from For Makers co-founders Nana Spears & Noah Spencer; and more.

Cloud-shaped bookshelf and pulp stool by CHIAOZZA Hand-carved rabbit by Noah Spencer Primary ring carpet by Liz Collins candles from Crying Clover ceramic bowls and mugs by Shino Takeda

Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, was first published in 1947, but Fort Makers curated a collection of merchandise that give it a modern twist. It’s such a classic that its place in American culture is forever cemented by an “understanding of comfort, sleep, compassion, and imagination.”

Hand-painted curtains by Naomi S. Clark Framed painting by Marcel Alcalá with frame Hand-carved wooden rabbit by Noah Spencer Ceramic clock and urns by Keith Simpson Stove carpet sculpture by Liz Collins

Rocking chair and stool by CHIAOZZA hand-carved wooden rabbit by Noah Spencer hand-painted cushion by Naomi S Clark painting by Marcel Alcalá with a frame by Nick DeMarco hand-carved wooden cubes by Fort Makers night rug by Taika Rivera

“Goodnight Moon, while subtly subversive, allows us to see through a child’s eyes and gives us important tools for innovation. It’s something worth celebrating, ”said Nana Spears, co-founder and creative director of Fort Makers. “We asked every artist to continue to reinvigorate their childlike understanding of the world around them and to create objects that are not inhibited by the horrors of adulthood. What could be nicer than comfort and play? “

Painting by Marcel Alcalá with frame by Nick DeMarco Dollhouse light, wooden cubes and Eclipse wall lamp by Fort Makers Primary ring carpet, upholstered bed and bed linen by Liz Collins Night rug by Tamika Rivera ceramic lamp by Samuel Harvey Cloud table by CHIAOZZA Hand-carved wooden rabbit by Noah Spencer

Painting by Marcel Alcalá with frame by Nick DeMarco Dollhouse light by Fort Makers Upholstered bed and bed linen by Liz Collins bedside rug by Tamika Rivera cloud table by CHIAOZZA

Hand-carved wooden boxes by Fort Makers Hand-carved wooden rabbit by Noah Spencer painting by Marcel Alcalá with frame by Nick DeMarco ceramic spoons by Shino Takeda

Cloud table by CHIAOZZA ceramic lamp by Samuel Harvey

Ceramic cups and bowls from Shino Takedo Hand-carved wooden cubes from Fort Makers

Dollhouse light by Nana Spears & Noah Spencer Hand-woven rug by Tamiko Rivera

Ceramic clock and urns by Keith Simpson character candles by Janie Korn hand-carved wooden cubes from Fort Makers

Ceramic clock by Keith Simpson character candles by Janie Korn

Painting by Marcel Alcalá with frame by Nick DeMarco

Painting by Marcel Alcalá with frame by Nick DeMarco

Painting by Marcel Alcalá with frame by Nick DeMarco

Ceramic mug by Shino Takedo character candle by Janie Korn

Candles from Crying Clover

Candles from Crying Clover

Ceramic mugs by Shino Takedo Hand-carved wooden spoons by Nick DeMarco

The Goodnight House will run at Fort Makers, 38 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 through May 27, 2021. The gallery is open Saturday, 12pm to 6pm. Appointments are available from Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm

Photos by Joe Kramm, courtesy of Fort Makers.

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