A zoo for the whole family, zooModern is an American brand focused on making safe wooden animals.

We believe Play Matters!

At zooModern we design for imaginative open-ended play, with simple well-crafted toys using natural materials to give children a sense of well-being when discovering their world of animals.

Our personal mission is to add more moments to Play; to build things that encourage you to create your own imaginative stories.

As an Art Director at Sesame Street, I learned the value learning has on a child. zooModern was formed in 2018 after my work as a lead toy designer ended with Toys R Us. With the support and guidance from my wife, a first-grade teacher we strive to have safe, high-quality, all-natural toys made in the US whenever possible. zooModern’s selection of products is carefully designed for open-ended imaginative play with a focus on the animal world. to ensure they are made of using natural materials like wood and wool. All of our products are safety tested to meet ASTM standards. zooModern is an American brand that specializes in the design and development of natural wooden animals that help kids learn about their outdoor world. Our passion is to help your kids live naturally and learn about nature through our wooden animals.

zooModern is committed to designing and manufacturing using natural and renewable materials. We are a family trying to help other families, so we partner with a Nonprofit Organization that allows artisan women to earn a reliable, fair living wage while the majority of items are made in the USA.

Our family business is growing with wonderful new products each year.  Thank you to all of the people we have had the opportunity to connect with along the way.  We look forward to continuing to grow in the natural toy world along with you.  Thank you for shopping at zoomodern.

Everyone has a story. I hope to hear about yours soon. Here’s a 30-second version of mine.

I am an American toymaker known for creating handmade wooden toys, and one of the world’s best-selling wooden toy designers. In addition to his own workshop in Northern New Jersey, he also had a long relationship as a toy designer with the US toy company Toys R Us, leading the design of over $400M in sales annually. Most recently he founded his newest company, zooModern, which is focused on capturing the animal world in wooden form crafted in a fresh, modern, and creative way. With philanthropy and conservation central to the drive, his goal is to donate to both humans and nature.

Born in the farmlands of Ohio, at the age of 18 he published his first comic strip in the local newspaper titled Edna, named after both his Grandmothers, about the antics of an elderly lady. He faltered as a photographer at Ohio University and after only his second year, he dropped out after reading an advertisement (in the back of a comic book) for the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning. He again dropped out after his second year for lack of funds to return. He took on many odd jobs to get by like street sign painting and t-shirt printing, but soon after, found a freelance job as an illustrator in the children’s apparel industry. His work caught the attention of the Jim Henson Company, which taught him independent design and old-school craftsmanship. He moved forward to work with the Sesame Street crew handling their overseas cast of characters and learning the culture of the European markets. Most recently he worked at Toys R Us, helping contribute to designing their “Most Profitable Toy for the Year”, against the likes of Lego, Hasbro, or Mattel. So in 2018, he formed zooModern out of his passion for animals- and wooden toys. . . more to come!

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