Furniture by Spot On Square is the latest in modern and contemporary furniture. We first spotted a piece from this line in celebrity stylists Rachel Zoe’s nursery and have also recently added it to our boutique in Raleigh, NC (see pictures below)! Each piece from this collection is eco friendly and made from sustainable, durable and non-toxic products. Not only are they carefully constructed to grow as your family grows but their modern aesthetic integrates seamlessly throughout your home. We recently had the opportunity to meet the husband and wife team behind this gorgeous line of children’s furniture, Bob and Nicole Springer! Read on to find out how they got started in furniture design and which piece they love the most (for now at least!).
How would you define the Spot On Square style philosophy?
Simple, straight forward, innovative, and functional designs for growing families. Did we mention cool? We are inspired by and design for our family. We truly use many of our products in our home so they must meet the needs and expectations of our family. We keep design simple and straight forward, using innovative and eco-friendly materials to produce high quality products that can serve various needs in the home. Knowing firsthand how family needs change as children grow, we strive for each collection to seamlessly integrate throughout the whole home. Our aesthetic definitely falls under modern and we have always been inspired by the timeless designs of the mid-century era. We strive to continually raise the bar with innovation of design and eco-friendly material, being the first to offer products such as our Roh Crib featuring 100% recyclable, BPA and phthalate free acrylic sides.
What inspired you to become a designer and start a business?
Bob: I was first an artist and as a kid had no idea what Industrial Design was. It wasn’t until going to a fine arts college that happened to have a design program, that I learned about design and more specifically Industrial Design. I sat in on a presentation by the head of the design department who was covering the different design disciplines. I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to choose as a career. I was 20 at the time. Between then and starting a business I had a lot of different design opportunities that helped to shape my philosophy/thinking on design and ultimately how I approach it. When Nicole and I started Spot On Square, we wanted to do something that we could participate in, contribute to and ultimately gain satisfaction from as it is a reflection of the both of us.
Why did you choose to design children’s furniture?
Nicole: It seemed such a natural fit for us. Bob is an accomplished Industrial Designer and I am a former elementary teacher. It’s a perfect collaboration that brings our loves and educations together. Becoming parents was and is a huge influence as well. At the time we began Spot On Square, there was a lot of uneasiness for parents in this industry – we saw a need for responsibly manufactured products that adhere to the highest safety standards, putting the use of non-toxic, eco-conscious materials as a high priority. These are things we wanted for our own children and were confident most other parents felt the same. We design with our family in mind and still feel so honored whenever someone chooses our product for their home.
What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
Nicole: My favorite part of the day is once I bring the kids home from school. We have a snack together and everyone takes turns sharing about their day. Our kids are at an age now where I can share projects, ideas, etc. that I worked on any given day. I love seeing how their minds take it in and hearing their take on things. They feel this is their thing too and I love that.
Bob: For me the morning is great as I typically get up before the kids and do a bit of work when it’s quiet. Mind is fresh and I can get a lot done and then spend a bit of time with the kids before they are off to school.
If you had to pick a favorite piece from your collection, what would it be?
Nicole: Out of the current collections, it is the Roh Crib. It was the first US crib to use acrylic. Framing it with solid walnut gives it warmth… it’s quite architectural and I think it’s just a stunning piece.
Bob: I would have to agree with Nicole on the Roh Crib but we are working on some things that may change my mind in the future.
*Fun fact: Rosenberry Rooms just added the Roh Crib with one acrylic side to our boutique in Raleigh, NC! It looks fantastic, don’t you think?!
*Fun Fact 2: The Roh crib is also the crib used in celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe’s nursery for baby Skyler!
What sets Spot On Square apart from other designers in your industry?
Bob: We continually try to do innovative things that others aren’t. We were the first modern nursery company to focus on eco, first to use bamboo, first to do an acrylic crib in production. We’ll continue to lead in this area and offer exciting products that challenge the status quo.
Second, we are truly modern. We keep it as minimal as possible when we approach the design of our products always trying to extract anything we see as unnecessary. This is a tough thing to accomplish. When I look at other products on the market, it seems they are approached in a different way which is to add decorative elements to make them unique. We take a less is more approach.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
We have a lot of exciting news for fall! What we can share for now is to expect new collections to be introduced, along with a few new offerings for some current collections. We are very excited about it!
Now…Just for Fun
Nicole: I’m equal opportunity when it comes to food. I pretty much love it all.
Bob: Japanese… I love it all, Sushi, Udon, Ramen, Shabu-Shabu, need I say more.
Favorite TV Show
Nicole: Mad Men
Bob: Nicole copied me, Mad Men
Bob: Twelve Monkeys
Favorite Weekend Activity
Nicole: Spending time at the beach with the kids and a great book
Bob: Lunch at the Farmers Market in LA and afternoon at LACMA with the kids