A little bit vintage, a little bit abstract and a whole lot of fun! Eclectica Kiddo believes art can create a positive, creative and inspirational space for your child. They offer a collection of fine art and unique designs by talented artists from all around the world. If you are looking for art just for kids that will transform their room into a modern, magical and fun space you have found it! Meet the ladies who make this magical collection a reality!
Name: Laura Liatis (& Emily Mann)
Business: Eclectica Kiddo
How would you define the style philosophy and style of your work?
Eclectica Kiddo is really all about presenting modern and imaginative artwork of the highest quality, designed especially for children. We believe in good design for everyone, and we have a strong conviction that beautiful spaces inspire creative thinking.
Why did you choose to create children’s art?
Emily and I spent many years working in fine art consulting, which we both loved, before starting our own families. But when we had our own kiddos, we both decided we needed to take a break from the non-stop travel and long hours and do something that would work better for our families. Also, we very quickly realized that we could not find the quality of artwork that we wanted for our own kids’ spaces, and that was really frustrating for two gals who had always loved art so much! There are so many gorgeous and finely crafted cribs and dressers available now, but it seemed like there was a hole in the market for some amazing, high quality artwork for kids. Emily is a very creative person and talented artist in her own right, and I have a long background in dealing with the business side of art and am obsessed with quality control, so we decided to pool our skills and challenge some of the talented contemporary artists that we knew in order to see what they could create especially for children’s spaces — and the results blew us away!
What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
It is truly such a pleasure to work with images and artists that we believe in so strongly. There are few things more rewarding than searching for and finding the perfect artist and imagery. I am not an artist myself, so the entire creative process always completely and totally amazes me, and it is fun for me to watch ideas unfold and see the work in progress sketches evolve into the final image.
It has also been very interesting for us to see which images in the line people are responding to best and how they are using them in their design. Between Emily and I, we have four kids preschool-aged and under, so we have a totally amazing in-house test audience to interact with who will always tell us exactly what they think about our new ideas and imagery! (Honest Toddler, anyone?) We are looking forward to continuing to find new artists and to produce fresh imagery which will appeal to design-minded parents.
What sets your products apart from others in your industry?
The most unique part of Eclectica Kiddo’s products is the amazing, inspiring imagery. We love that many of the artists that we work with had never created artwork specifically for children before, so the imagery they created is distinctive and playful, but also sophisticated and multi-faceted.
Also, we are completely fanatic about quality. We only work with the most talented artists, craftsmen, and framers in order to produce products which we are very proud to carry. By having both wonderful imagery and very high standards for quality, I think we can offer artwork which can be enjoyed and loved for many years – beyond the nursery and the playroom years.
And, although our artists may come from around the globe, we are deeply committed to creating all of our products by hand here in the USA. I think this is something a lot of our customers appreciate as well.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
Yes! There are lots of exciting things in the works here at Eclectica Kiddo.
We are working with some of our current artists as well as with a few new artists to collaborate and see what inspires them next as we will be adding fresh new imagery to the line about twice a year. We also will soon be releasing a series of adorable small works on panel which can be hung as a grouping or in a gallery wall.
And there are lots more ideas floating around EK headquarters about new products, special art events for kids we will be hosting with our retailers, and lots more, so please keep your ears open to see what comes up next!
What is the inspiration behind the ‘Sweet & Modern’ design inspiration board? What style/mood does the artwork give?
“Morning on the Lake” and “Under the Lanterns” by Kelsey Garrity Riley are just such wonderful images and a couple of our very favorites. She has an incredible talent and is so unique in that her artwork combines a charming, vintage flair while still being a bit quirky and fun. And it is so compatible with contemporary design, so it is perfect for the style of artwork at Eclectica Kiddo.
We thought these pieces would be wonderful in a nursery, especially a nursery for a lucky little girl. These images are so very feminine and sweet without being overly traditionally pink or girly. They are images which will inspire a child to imagine a whole wonderful fairy tale with these fanciful scenes — every time I look at them I see some new, sweet detail. But I don’t think they are strictly nursery art; they are elegant enough to be treasured for many, many years and move into an older child’s room. Actually, I have these pieces hanging in my personal office because I find them so delightful. They are framed in a gorgeous natural maple veneer frame which blends well with the natural woods which we are quite popular now in nursery design. We selected a variety of products by amazing companies like BlaBla, Ouef, and Ferm Living that produce distinctive, high quality children’s décor, with which we are proud to be associated. I love the combination of different textures – the juxtaposition of tones gives this nursery a more sophisticated look which will allow it to grow with the child for many years.
If your a mom who loves a new take on traditional styles then you have found a perfect match with Eclectica Kiddo. The sweet characters and playful scenes shown throughout the collection are sure to be loved by your child and you!