It's a team effort by my wife Adrienne and myself. We started making toys shortly after our son was born almost a year ago. My wife and I both come from a fine art background, which is how we met in school, so we are visual thinkers which helps.
We wanted his toy box to have variety and some alternatives to plastic and battery operated devices, in addition we wanted to give him toys that allowed room for his imagination to develop.
Naturally our son is a great inspiration, as I write this he has rediscovered his stash of cardboard boxes and paper. There is something pure about the manner in which he plays and engages the world around him. I believe that our role as toy makers is to stimulate a child's imagination, we are involved at the front end and simply provide a stage, they decide the role it plays.
Well, I'm very excited about some of the new toys we are designing at the moment based on endangered animals, less emphasis on color and more about texture and form. However, the current toy that I think best meets our goals is the tree fort, it's a simple design that holds endless opportunities.
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