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Kid Safety or Design Aesthetics?

Would you sacrifice a floating walnut staircase for your children's safey? Or turn a formal dining space into a romper room?

An article in today's New York Times discussed one of the the biggest trades of late in life parenting — high design for lil darlings. And while some parents eventually buckle to inevitable change, others stand resistant.

For couples deeply rooted in design like Kipp Cheng and Mark Jarecke, the unraveling of their aesthetic was all too much. It said:

“We spent years collecting meaningful, quality pieces,” he said. “Getting those kinds of pieces — the handmade silk pendant lamp, the teak Danish sideboard — it’s a huge project. Basically each room was finally done, and then it all got blown apart.”

To see what happened,


Reluctant to get rid of their glass-top Noguchi coffee table or razored edge Barcelona chairs, Chen and Jarecke eventually gave in since their son's well being was in jeopardy.
The piece said:

As for the coffee table, they avoided doing anything until Beckett gave them no choice: while learning to walk last summer, he used it as his main training prop. “He’d cruise and trip and hit his face on the table’s edge,” Mr. Cheng recalled.

What's your opinion on this issue?


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