Tulip Juvenile

Here at FAB, we are very selective (okay, downright picky!) about the products we carry.

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Space in any boutique store is precious and thanks to TULIP Juvenile (a division of Natart Juvenile, Inc.) our furniture section is one of our favorite spaces. Made in Canada, just next door in Québec, TULIP is a company dedicated to the European style of fine furniture building, with a modern twist – not only in their aesthetic but in their green manufacturing processes. TULIP furniture does its part by using sustainable components like bamboo, formaldehyde free glue, MDF, and paint/varnish, as well as 100% water based stains whenever possible. They also enforce a stringent recycling process throughout the entire manufacturing process. We love knowing that this product is ‘user safe’ not only in its design but in its child-friendly materials.

A child as the end-user dictated a new take on the typical sterile design of modern furniture. The modern aesthetic that we know and love is there, but subtle differences such as smoothly curved corners and edges makes for a modern product that children can enjoy comfortably. Even when their convertible cribs are in full bed mode, thoughtful touches such as low footboards are always space conscious and family friendly.

Natart Juvenile was first founded in Rome, Italy in 1988 and moved to Québec in 1995, bringing with them their commitment to high quality and design as well as something more, the old world practice of apprenticeship. When someone is hired to work at Natart’s Québec production facility they begin a 2-3 year practical training program, in coordination with the province’s Ministry of Labour. While this form of apprenticeship requires a great deal of patience and care on the employers part, it is extremely effective in producing a highly skilled tradesperson. Which is of great benefit, not only to the company that they commonly feel a familial allegiance with, but to society in general. With no prior experience, by the end of three years, the participants are skilled enough to complete a full cycle of fine furniture building or finishing. Providing autonomy and the ability to transform materials into art, rather than having only the limited ability to manipulate materials through a standard factory setting.

Human intervention is the key to the soft lines and fine finishes of TULIP furniture. And human intervention is the heart of apprenticeship.


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