Nothing makes me happier than something surprising and adorable. YLiving’s latest addition, Mr Maria, fits the bill perfectly. While technically these imaginative lights are intended for the kids room, that doesn’t mean I can’t add one as a “conversation piece” in my living room where I can secretly delight in it daily.
Jannes Hak and Lennart Bosker founded the Dutch design studio Mr Maria in the heart of Amsterdam where they spend their time making warm creations fit for any interior and children of all ages. Combining a subtle mix of modern simplicity and classical values, Hak and Bosker bestow their creations with a playful artistic character without compromising sustainability or quality. The resulting line of delightful lamps feature LED lighting. The dimmer switch provides just the right amount of light for everything from reading to sleeping.
While I pretty much adore every single light in the Mr Maria line, my hands-down favorite is Miffy. A character in a beloved children’s book series from Holland, Miffy the bunny and her friends like to go on adventures. Miffy would be absolutely charming in a nursery, playroom or as the bedtime guardian while the little ones drift off to sleep.
Hailing from Japan with a long history, Kokeshi dolls are often gifted when a child is born for good fortune. The traditional minimal style and kind face give these dolls a pleasing presence. The Kokeshi lamp will brighten any room while filling it with a feeling of tranquility.
Easily the most recognized icon in the world, the Smiley lamp is sure to light up anyone’s day. Originally created for a newspaper promotion to make people happy, the logo highlighted good news to help readers see the bright side of life. Tuck him into a corner or on a bookshelf and you won’t be able to help but smile every time you see him or a guest stumbles across him.
Although she’s not a lamp, nothing can diminish Snuffy’s irresistible character. Known for being Miffy’s best friend, Snuffy is an adventurous little dog that often saves the day. Now she can join your toddler’s adventure as their trusty steed and faithful companion.
Let your inner child run free and add a touch of sweetness and light to your favorite room. Mr Maria’s adorable range of characters are so irresistible, you’ll have a hard time choosing your favorite.
Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.