Mum and Dad Factory is a French company created in 2013 by Clotilde Le Théo, a state-certified architect, and Laetitia Olsak, a graduate in Art History and Interior Design. Together, they make the daring challenge of offering parents an alternative to traditional children's furniture. Each of their creations responds with simplicity, singularity and practicality to the needs of young and old.
Mum and Dad Factory also favours the use of quality, natural and sustainable materials. The products are manufactured by European partners who apply strict labour, safety and environmental rules.
Do you have a preferred material? If so, which one? Is it related to a particular meeting or event?
Wood is undoubtedly our preferred material! It is a living and natural material that gives each piece of furniture a unique character. Moreover, it offers many possibilities; machined, turned, moulded, bent, we love it in all its forms!
What type of product do you design?
Furniture and decoration for young and old.
The starting point of your creations? (the material, the shape, a particular desire?)
In our creative process, we think first of all of function and then of course a material or a shape will seem more appropriate to us.
Our creations are nourished as much by our own experiences and needs as by those of our entourage and of course by children!
More generally, inspiration is everywhere, every day. In architecture, design, art, crafts, but also in fashion or our travels.
We are also sensitive to the trends that surround us, to the colours and atmospheres, but we always try to detach ourselves from them or make them our own so that they look like us.
object you created that you are most proud of and why?
We particularly cherish our little rattan chair. Behind its apparent simplicity lies a real technical complexity and we are very proud that it is made in France by a passionate craftsman.
Self-publishing: a trend? a need? a necessity...?
Self-publishing has been a matter of course for us since the beginning of our adventure. Mastering each step of the creation process, from the simple idea to the completion of the finished product, fascinates us!
What would have been your job if you had not been a designer?
Architects (this is our initial training!)