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Kitizo Furniture: Quality Children's Furniture Kits

High-quality, ready-to-build furniture in a kit that you build in your home with no woodworking experience.

Kitizo Furniture: Quality Children's Furniture Kits

High-quality, ready-to-build furniture in a kit that you build in your home with no woodworking experience.

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KITIZO: FURNITURE WORTH BUILDING

Quality, ready-to-build furniture in a kit.

The Flip Chair by Kitizo Furniture
The Flip Chair by Kitizo Furniture

ABOUT

Shopping for furniture you love can be frustrating. Quality pieces made with natural hardwood are difficult to find and very expensive. Lower priced furniture is widely available and often looks good in the store, but turns out to be poorly made of cheap materials. It falls apart quickly and inevitably ends up in the landfill. At Kitizo, it is our mission to give you a better choice: furniture that’s worth building, to last a lifetime. 

Kitizo Furniture Kits enable you to build beautiful, quality furniture; no woodworking experience required. We provide the materials and tools you’ll need, and guide you with detailed video instruction, so you have a fun, successful DIY experience every time. Welcome to a new flatpack furniture experience! 

Everything you need comes in the box. 

Fun and easy to build; solo or with others. Build one for someone you love today; because the most powerful treasures are of the heart.

Introducing our first product: The Flip Chair

The Flip Chair is the perfect piece of child’s play furniture: in fact, it’s three pieces of furniture in one. Place it one way and it’s a rocker; another way and it’s a stable seat; a third way and it’s a step stool. A nice marriage of beauty and versatility, the Flip Chair makes an ideal baby shower or child’s birthday gift.  Or build one together with your spouse (or a grandparent) before the baby arrives!

Owning a rocking chair provides more than just a comforting motion for your child. It’s also a beneficial method of developing balance and rhythm. Studies have also shown that rocking helps many children focus on the task at hand.

 Sometimes a stable seat is necessary for tasks that require a calm, steady body. The seat option on the Flip Chair gives your child a solid, comfortable base for doing everything from arts and crafts to playing with toys and blocks. 

 We’ve designed the Flip Chair to be the right height for standard bathroom vanities, tables, and counters so your child can develop the confidence and independence they need to perform regular tasks with ease.

Available in solid North American ash, or economical Baltic Birch Plywood.  

Left: Baltic Birch Plywood; Right: North American Hardwood (Ash)
Left: Baltic Birch Plywood; Right: North American Hardwood (Ash)

Whether you finish your Flip Chair with a clear coat, wood stain or paint, we can point you to natural, plant-based products that safeguard your child, as well as the furniture. 

OUR STORY

Katina Leodas was a community organizer, a lawyer, a mediator and a head hunter before founding Kitizo. She took up woodworking after struggling to find the quality furniture she dreamed of owning, at a reasonable price. Initially, she had a lot of fun building things to furnish her home and living surrounded by them.  Later, she decided to share that joy with others, even those of you who’ve never built anything out of wood and don’t believe you can. Psst: if you’ve baked a cupcake, changed a tire, planted a garden, or  . . . done pretty much anything with your hands, you can build this Flip Chair.

As a Baby Boomer, Katina was fortunate to grow up in a home furnished with some classic mid-century modern pieces and plenty of Norwegian wood, all of which inspired the 

designs of Kitizo furniture kits. Unfortunately, she studied law instead of design, so to develop Kitizo kits Katina collaborated closely with designers and craftspeople trained at the Rhode Island School of Design to prototype the furniture and then to reverse-engineer each piece as a ready-to-build kit that would be easy-enough for anyone to build, yet challenging enough to be fun. Each kit went through 3 or 4 iterations until we got it right.

After an exhaustive search that took her far from home, she found a terrific mid-sized company right here in Massachusetts to manufacture the kits.  

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Unlike some other Kickstarter companies, Kitizo has already completed its product development phase, partnered with a manufacturer and produced multiple samples. But, with furniture, as with many other products, producing in volume really impacts the price of each unit. The more we order, the less each unit costs, and the lower the price for you. 

Kitizo’s goal is to bring high-quality furniture within the reach of many. However, we are unable to produce large enough quantities of our products at a cost-efficient price. By leveraging Kickstarter, we can raise enough funds for our first production run and continue to scale the business thereafter.  Placing a large order lets us offer the Flip Chair furniture kit for the prices you see here. Your participation will make it possible!

WHAT’S NEXT?

While we’ve developed a collection of 3 pieces of children’s play furniture, we’re like some of the kids in our video, cautiously demonstrating that we can walk before we try flying.  For that reason, we’re launching with just the one kit, for the Flip Chair, at this point in time.  Check here to be notified when the Activity Table and Round Stool kits become available in 2019.  

SHIPPING  

Free shipping is included for all reward levels to the lower 48 states in the U.S. Unfortunately, due to the high cost, we cannot ship outside the US at this time. If you're outside the US and are interested in The Flip Chair, please reach out to us. We’re considering offering international shipping in the future and knowing where there is interest could be helpful. 

TIMELINE  

We plan to begin manufacturing within a few weeks of meeting our campaign goal. While we can’t promise it, we aim to ship a first set of orders before the end of 2018. All orders will be shipped within 60 days of the campaign close. 

It’s always possible that unexpected problems could arise. We promise to keep you updated on our progress, any delays, and what we’re doing to address them. 

Risks and challenges

Kitizo kits have been designed to be more than just an assembly project when delivered. They arrive unassembled and unfinished. We provide you with all of the required tools and materials to build each Flip Chair. We give you lots of tips and advice on finishes (clear coats, paints, etc.). All backers will need a common hammer. It will be ideal, but not necessary, to have a multi-tip screwdriver. At the time of delivery, we will provide written instructions in each kit; detailed video instruction will be available on our website and on YouTube.

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