Founded in 2004 by fathers DJ.B. Schneider and Antonio Turco-Rivas, P’kolino (pronounced PEE-KO-LEE-NO) is a one of the featured brands here at Modern Tots and one that focuses on innovative toys, kid’s furniture, and home decor.
The idea for creating P’kolino began when Schnieder and Turco-Rivas were attending Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts (near Boston) for their MBA studies. The duo shared a goal to “Make better products to improve play at home,” which essentially guided them down the path to launching P’kolino. With the help of nearly two dozen international design students from Rhode Island School of Design, Shneider and Turco-Rivas designed the first generation P’kolino Play Table — a simple yet beautiful play table that’s designed to meet the unique needs of young children. The P’kolino Play Table was an instant hit, as it received numerous awards, accolades and recognition throughout the world.
But Shneider and Turco-Rivas didn’t stop with their award-winning Play Table. The two businessmen and fathers continued to push the boundaries by developing new products like the innovative Clothes Tree. As the name suggests, the Clothes Tree is a child-friendly accessory on which children can hang their coats and clothes. If you’re a parent who struggles to keep your kid’s room and free of dirty laundry, this might be the solution to your problem. Children love the neat design of the Clothes Tree, which essentially encourages them to put up their clothes.
Another popular product by P’kolino is the Little Reader. Made of 100% ultra-durable, stain-resistant foam, this is the perfect chair for young children. It comes in a variety of color and even different styles like the football theme.
One of the reasons why P’kolino is such a success is because founders Shneider and Turco-Rivas place an emphasis on products that are attractive to both children and parents. Their vast array of toys, furniture and decorative accessories are fun for children to use, but they also possess a simple design that flows well in most modern-day homes. Other toys made by fly-by-night companies are designed for the sole purpose of enjoyment among children, but P’kolino products are both fun for kids and attractive as home decor furnishings.
Today, P’kolino products can be found in over 2,000 retail stores, businesses and outlets throughout the U.S. and 15 additional countries. Shneider and Turco-Rivas continue to produce cutting-edge products with the help of international designers as well as their friends and family members.