Our design inspiration: kids.
Architect Katharine Huber has been driven by the philosophy that good design is not just about making work that is aesthetically pleasing, but about fulfilling a genuine human need. When she became a mom, she noticed the wonderfully weird ways that her kids interacted with furniture. They wiggled, they sat on their feet, they never considered that chairs were only meant for sitting. She realized that kids’ furniture should be strong enough for their rambunctious ways, yet light enough for them to pick up and rearrange to their hearts’ content. She also knew that a design of simplicity would provide the perfect canvas for a child’s imagination.
Katharine created the original Wit prototypes for her children, who became the first “testers,” and helped inspire and refine all of the thoughtful details, like rounded edges, concealed connections and sturdiness to withstand kids’ instinct to move. Their timeless design and quality craftsmanship will keep them in your family for generations.
The Wit Chair was recognized as one of the best residential furniture products of 2018 by two prestigious Architecture and Design industry organizations, Architizer and The Architect’s Newspaper. The chair was selected as an Architizer A+ Award Special Mention and also received an Honorable Mention distinction by The Architect’s Newspaper. As the Architect’s Newspaper says, the Wit Chair was selected for “changing the formula for children’s furniture” and for “evoking timeless simplicity and tailored function.”
The Wit Chair has been recognized for its significance in design by four prestigious Design and Architecture industry organizations.
Architizer A+ Awards, Special Mention
The Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful products and architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.
The Architect’s Newspaper Best of Products Awards, Honorable Mention
Products are recognized for innovation, aesthetics, performance and value. “The Wit Chair was selected for changing the formula for children’s furniture and for evoking timeless simplicity and tailored function.” A/N
Interior Design Magazine Best of Year, Honoree
Design industry's premiere design awards program, honoring the most significant products and projects of the year and recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe.
IDA International Design Awards, Silver Winner
A great product has the potential to be life changing. It can be simultaneously beautiful and innovative, useful and creative, designed to solve a problem, make life easier or simply spread joy. The International Design Awards rewards the strategic thinking and imagination which goes into making a product which will be used, valued and perhaps even loved by its market.
As an architect, Katharine has worked on architecture projects as vast as an international airport and has created objects as small as a side table. Her design approach was formed through her experience working for international architecture firms of Richard Meier and Partners, SOM, Polshek Partnership and Ennead Architects on university, cultural and institutional buildings. Her work consistently stands out for its attention to scale and sensitivity towards human interaction with the built environment. Katharine knows that good design matters, and its beauty and function can bring about a sense of well-being and positively impact and enhance people’s lives.