Next week, I’ll be kicking off a special series of posts for fall that highlight sustainable décor/accessories/gear meant for a part of the home that I admittedly don’t discuss too often: nurseries and kids’ rooms.

It’s not that I purposely avoid everything and anything relating to anklebiters, it’s just that as an apartment-dwelling non-parent I’m fixated more on dwellings inhabited by big kids trying to striving to live greener lives. But after spending Labor Day weekend with an apartment-dwelling peer with child (an adorable one, I might add) I decided it was high time to give interiors for little ones a go. But before I do, here’s a look at a series of standout toys/décor objects meant for both adults with an appreciation for eco-design and nature-curious kids that have graduated from the plush stuffed animal stage. 

Meet Ursa the BearUrsa MinorSimus the Rhino, Hanno the GorillaHanno Jr., and Hattie the Elephant, all members of a delightful menagerie of wooden animals designed by Brooklyn-based David Weeks for Areaware. Each critter is made from sustainably harvested new-growth beech wood and an elastic band that allows for nimble movement.
Sure, Ursa and co. are wooden animal figurines but I think they'd find suitable homes perched atop a living room bookshelf or coffee table ... they did take home a coveted Good Design award, after all. If one of these critters does indeed find itself in Junior’s play box, just remember that they’re anything but plush — they’re rugged and truly built to last — and probably not best left in the hands of  a toddler.
Each animal is sold separately, available directly from Areaware or Tweek and range in price from $55 to $125. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Areaware's eco-wood menagerie
Hanno the Gorilla, Ursa the Bear and co. are animal 'toys' made from sustainable beech wood that can be equally appreciated by green design-savvy adults and nat