The Wolfsonian Museum Shop carries a line of beautifully crafted rocking animals created by Miami-based Wee Rock Toy Co. Made of bamboo plywood manufactured with a soy-based adhesive and finished with a food-safe conditioner, the toys are chemical-free and sustainable. The company currently offers five rocking animals ($300 each): horse, gorilla, elephant, rhino, and giraffe. We caught up with Wee Rock’s designers to learn more.
Go back about a year, and Catherine O’Sullivan and Michael Galea had no intention of starting a business making heirloom-quality rocking animal. A year ago, the two were seniors studying architecture at the University of Miami and wanted to make a baby gift for one of Catherine’s cousins in Ireland—something that could be transported easily. They settled on the idea of a rocking horse “because it is so classic and iconic,” Catherine says, and because Michael does a lot of woodworking. That decision also may have been influenced by the handcrafted wooden rocking horse from the 1940s that Catherine had as a child—and still has.