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Kinder Realm - Exquisite, whimsical environments and educational tools for children and adolescents.

Whimsical environments, fine furnishings and learning tools for the young at heart

James Carlin

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1975 with a BFA degree in studio art, I settled easily into a career as a furniture designer and builder. For seven years friends and acquaintances ordered custom hardwood pieces of furniture and I was greatly honored that nearly everyone gave me the basic parameters of size and function but left the overall design to me.

From 1985 through 2006 I taught in public and private schools with students aging from 2nd grade through high school.

I earned a Masters Degree in Gifted Education in 1993 and taught gifted middle school and high school students in the Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Northern Colorado for the next seven years.

I have owned Kinder Realm since 2009.  I started building mainly with my love of children as the guiding principle and have become a custom shop, building for every need.

Today, Kinder Realm presses onward…working mainly with custom orders for both indoor and outdoor furniture and architectural components (doors, playhouses, garden structures,) I am stretching the 'norm' and bringing a world of art into every situation. Still reaching for a realm of new possibility, of creativity and wonder for the young at heart of every age.

  • BFA fine art (CU-Boulder, 1975)
  • MA Gifted Education (UNC, 1993)
  • Furniture Designer and Builder 1975 – present
  • Teacher (1985 – 2007)
    • Elementary and middle school classrooms,
    • Jr and Sr high homebound students,
    • Jr and Sr high gifted students
  • Father of two children – grandfather of one