Quebec-based Natart is one of the few survivors of the shake-out of Canadian nursery furniture makers, most of which succumbed to competition from Asian imports.
While Natart Juvenile did briefly flirt with making its cribs and dressers in China in the late 2000’s, the company now produces all its furniture in the small hamlet of Princeville, Quebec.
Natart’s mojo is high style furniture—designs you won’t see elsewhere in the market. Touches like silver paint finishes and sculptured dressers help Natart stand out from the crowd.
Prices for Natart Juvenile cribs average about $1100, with models that feature upholstered headboards running $1100-$1800. Yes, $1800.
Yes, that is expensive, but the quality is there. Dressers features self-closing glides, center stabilizer bars and other quality touches. New in the past year, Natart Juvenile has rolled out several styles with upholstered (tufted) panels.
Price and style-wise, Natart is on par with Restoration Hardware—except Natart is made in Canada, while RH imports from Asia.
We recently toured Natart’s Quebec factory and were impressed—Natart’s emphasis is on eco-friendly furniture, married with an Italian design influence (founders Tony and Michel De Bonis moved Natart from Rome to Quebec in 1995).
Natart features three division: Natart, Tulip Leander and Nest.
While all of Natart’s furniture are GREENGUARD certified to be low emission, Natart’s Tulip sub-line takes the eco-angle one step further: all its cribs and dressers feature “all engineered recycled wood (MDF) and bamboo components.” Tulip cribs run $1100, which include the conversion kits to confer to a double bed. A three-drawer dresser is about $1000.
Newest to the Natart family is the Leander line, which is imported from Denmark and features an oval crib that converts to a twin bed (like the Stokke Sleepi). Price: $1300, which includes the conversion rails. Confusingly, this brand is sometimes referred to as Nest Leander.
Nest is a collection of less expensive furniture, with cribs at $600-$800. While Nest furniture is simpler in design compared to Natart, the line still features some of the touches you see in the upper-end brand (example: the rustic look of the Provence collection; self-closing drawers for dressers, etc).
Natart/Tulip/Leander/Nest are sold in specialty stores, with just a handful of online dealers (Bambi Baby, for example). No Amazon, no chain stores—so this brand will take some effort to see in person (Natart’s store locator). And considering the dwindling number of specialty baby stores out there, there are some areas with no Natart dealers at all (Colorado, Oregon, Arizona—sorry, no Natart dealer for you).
In a nutshell, Natart Juvenile is an excellent choice if you want to avoid Chinese-made furniture and are willing to pay extra for the eco-focus. Rating: A