ISSUE 17  |  North Country

Handmade Kids’ Furniture from Objets Mecaniques in Montreal

April 30, 2014 5:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

Objets Mécaniques is the work of Ariane Ouellet-Pelletier and Ariane Martel-Labrecque, who specialize in making practical objects using sustainable materials and techniques–and their own French-Canadian style. The two met at architecture school and after being dissatisfied with their first professional experiences, decided to start their own venture. They introduced Objets Mecaniques, their online store, in 2012 with milk-painted cutting boards, wooden planters, and beds with built-in storage. We’ve been visiting regularly ever since, and were happy to discover their latest addition: a playful children’s furniture collection in wood with artful hints of color.

Above: All of Objets Mécaniques children’s pieces are made to order of locally sourced wood finished with non-toxic natural oils.


Above: Painted with stealth bits of pale color, the Chair for Kids has a seat and backrest made from the workshop’s own leftovers and pieces of recycled wood. The legs and base of yellow birch. They’re $150 CAD each, and buyers can select a range of color options, including “with a little pale green” and “with a neon pink thin line.”


Above: Like the chairs, the Table For Kids has a top made from wood cutoffs and a yellow birch base and legs. The table is available in two versions: a plain pale wood top or one with a dark triangle in a corner; $165 CAD. 


Above: The Tent For Kids is intended for “reading a story, napping, and hiding from monsters”; $285 CAD. The is shipped in pieces that assemble easily, and can be folded when playtime is over.


Above: The tent is covered with fabric that has hand-painted glow-in-the-dark stars that light up at night.

Above: The Outdoor Swing is made from braided polypropylene rope and a wood plank that has been through a torrefaction process, making it naturally weather resistant; $90 CAD.

Go to Objets Mécaniques to see more.

Looking for sustainable children’s furniture? Check out LA-based Kalon Studios and Battistella’s Woody collection. Over on Gardenista, have a look at a Hidden Brooklyn Garden Intended for Kids Only