I joined Manhattan Toy in January 2014 as Creative Director. I lead the design team, and I am responsible for new product and the visual identity of Manhattan Toy.
I began my career as an illustrator for a stationery company. My love for art and pattern spills into my living space and beyond - wallpaper, wool blankets from Norway, PJs and party dresses.
Before joining Manhattan Toy, I was a Trend Director for a gift and product company. This experience refined my ability to transform trend into successful product. Travels to Scandinavia and Japan made a profound impact on me. The simple, clean aesthetic inspires the design choices for Manhattan Toy.
I also love toys! My miniature woodland figures, and bear collections are now legit!
Favorite childhood toy: My TINKERTOY® building set… although Hot Wheels® were a close second!
Favorite Manhattan Toy:
Favorite childhood toy: Holly Hobbie Doll
Favorite Manhattan Toy: MiO because of the boundless environments you can create, and all of the happy colors and patterns — it’s so uplifting to play with.
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Favorite childhood toy: Pokemon Cards
Favorite Manhattan Toy: The Tree Top Adventure is one of my favorite toys I designed. It has a lot of play value that promotes sharing and different developmental skills. Designing this toy was a challenging, but fun process figuring out the structure, art, and play elements. It being one of the first toys I designed makes it special, too.