Oeuf (pronounced UH-F), which means “egg” in French, is about simple, clean design applied to the necessities of a well-equipped nursery. Husband and wife owners, Michael Ryan and Sophie Demenge, understand the importance of intuitive, space-saving designs that make sense for a cohesive look throughout the home, especially for the demands of a modern lifestyle. Oeuf’s designs have done an amazing job of finding that balance between quality and functionality without sacrificing style and most importantly, safety. They also employ eco-conscious manufacturing processes that promote sustainability and make this an all around great line of quality children’s furniture. I recently had the opportunity of seeing their line at the ABC Kids Expo and immediately fell in love with this simplistic yet stunning collection. To see the video we shot at the show, click here. If you have a modern decorating style or simply want beautiful furniture you can trust for your children, be sure to check out Oeuf and keep reading to discover the inspiration behind this clean and refreshing line.
How would you define Oeuf’s style philosophy?
We don’t really have a philosophy per se. It’s more a lifestyle. Less is more. Always buy quality, know who/where things are made.
What inspired you to become a designer and start a business?
I always made things and so did Michael. When we met, I was finishing my degree in industrial design at Pratt, Michael already had a factory in Brooklyn so it just seemed like the more natural thing to do.
Why did you choose to design children’s furniture?
When we were expecting our first child we couldn’t find anything that made sense for us. The choices were very few, traditional and the quality was not great at all. We found there was a huge disconnect between the nursery and with the rest of the home so we decided to make everything for our daughter. The first piece was a bouncy chair than we made many crib prototypes and bedding and well pretty much everything!
What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
My days are always different. I do love walking to the office with Michael after dropping off the kids to school (which is on the way to the office). It’s a nice time to have a bit of quiet catching up time before the crazy day. The most rewarding part is coming home to my children at the end of the day.
If you had to pick a favorite piece from your collection, what would it be?
I like all the pieces, I have lived with those pieces. They correspond to a specific time in my life, meeting my kids needs and indulging design-wise with my husband Michael. One of our latest pieces, the Perch Bunk Bed/fort was designed for our then 6 year old son. I lay in that bed with him every night to read stories and sing or play with sheets to make forts. All the knitted goodies are sprinkled all around the house and my kids’ friends’ houses. It’s really fun to design, especially now with both our kids giving insights and ideas.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
Yes lots of news but top secret for now!
Now…Just for Fun
Favorite Food – I go through phases and when I like something I can eat it everyday 3/times/day. Drives everyone crazy in my house.
Favorite TV Show – I love Frontline
Favorite Weekend Activity – We all enjoy getting away from the city and spend time in the woods upstate on the weekend.
Favorite Band – Kind of the same idea as food. I go through phases, right now I am in a nostalgic French mood and listen to Charles Trenet/Georges Brassens/Serge Gainsbourg all day long… Almost over though.