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.
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.”
“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? “
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.