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Kinder Realm - Exquisite, whimsical environments and educational tools for children and adolescents.

Whimsical environments, fine furnishings and learning tools for the young at heart

StP Booth
Educational Tools
James Carlin

Kinder Realm

Founder & Lead Designer of Kinder Realm,
James Carlin


James' imaginative vision is evident

in every piece

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1975 with a BFA degree in studio art, I settled easily into a career as a furniture designer and builder. This came about after giving some friends a wedding gift of a coffee table I had designed as a sculpture project. For the next seven years friends and acquaintances ordered custom hardwood pieces of furniture and I was greatly honored that nearly everyone gave me the basic parameters of size and function but left the overall design to me.

My love of interacting with kids became apparent while working out of my small shop in the town of Berthoud, Colorado. Several neighborhood kids, a few living in apartments just above my shop, came to visit regularly. I found I enjoyed showing them how tools are used and helped several of them to build some simple projects.

Read the rest of James' Bio Here

Smithsonian Craft Show

April 20-24, 2016

The Smithsonian Craft Show is widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious show of fine American craft. This year we were honored to be among the 121 artists selected from over 1100 applicants nationwide.  The show is held in the National Building Museum in Washington DC. 

Our booth, and especially the Gateway Cottage was swamped nearly the whole time with kids who settled right in - putting on puppet plays at the theater window, with teens who loved to climb up to the loft to relax with each other and text their friends, and with adults who often asked if we couldn't make the cottage just a bit taller. 

American Crafts Council - San Francisco

This American Crafts Council Show, held at the Fort Mason Center - the old naval base, now a National Park on the San Francisco Bay - was our first craft show in August of 2015.  We managed to display a full cottage - minus one wall to allow folks to see inside a bit easier - as well as a dresser, a "tower Cabinet' and an "Incline cabinet," all in a 15' booth space ... a bit cramped.  It was an honor and a delight to enter into the national craft scene here. 

American Crafts Council - St Paul, MN

April 8-10, 2016

St. Paul, MN


This juried show invites 225 artisans to exhibit some of the finest handmade craft - from jewelry and ceramics to metal sculpture and fine furniture.  Held in the prestigeous River Center in St Paul, Minnesota, this annual three day event draws over ten thousand craft lovers. The delight on the faces of both adults and children as they explored the cottage and furniture pieces brought us great joy.

We were honored with the award for best booth design.