As a family there’s nothing we love more than visiting museums. Our kids might still be small but they have already seen an impressive amount of exhibitions and museum collections. Fortunately, they seem to have inherited their parents’ love of art and history. And so they actually enjoy being carried around galleries and museums, painstakingly taking in the art and artifacts on display. Speaking of museum pieces: here’s a selection of independent kids brands that illustrate perfectly what happens when Modern Makers meet Old Masters.
PAINTED.amsterdam wants to inspire people with fine art on a daily basis and they do so with clothes and accessories that highlight the history of art. From socks to hats, from bags and gloves to baby onesies (as pictured): all items feature works by Old Masters and can be found both online and at several museum shops. All items are manufactured as sustainable as possible.
Meet the Rijkswachters. The ‘wooden army’ that once protected the treasures of the Rijksmusem and that have gotten a new lease of life as wooden robots. Each piece is made from wooden crates in which the works of art of the Dutch Rijksmuseum were kept safe while the museum was under construction. Every robot has a unique design and features a number with which you can find out (online) which piece of art it safeguarded. A miniature robot will set you back 25 Euro, a big one (with light) costs around 120 Euro.
My first Vermeer
The rooms of our children are adorned with little paintings and screen prints by different designers and artists. One of our kids’ favorite, and most affordable, ‘works of art’ is a miniature Vermeer by Rene Jacobs called ‘Girl with the Eyepatch.’ In his studio in Delft, Jacobs turns Old Masters into mini masterpieces, with a twist. The prints measure 10,5 cm x 9,5 cm, come in a lovely frame and cost just under 10 Euro.
*part of this article was first published on The Mom