Back about six years ago when I was shopping for our first crib, they were still made only for sleeping babies and not for their style-conscious parents. But these days, moms have a whole array of amazing, inspired options, and one of the most incredible we’ve ever seen are the super cool new Ubabub cots. Most of the newer, modern designer cribs at baby furniture stores still give some sort of nod to the old classic bar sided cribs, but not Ubabub, which really has reinvented crib design. The versatile Pod (pictured) as well as the mid-century inspired Nifty...Read More
Category: Kids’ Furniture
Despite the fact that looking at this kids furniture got The Gummy Bear Song stuck in my head (no, I won’t burden you if you don’t already know it), I’m totally grooving on these adorable gummy bear chairs from yam & toast. They’re sweet without going overboard–a great alternative to neon and licensed characters, but still colorful and appropriately kid-like. yam & toast makes all of their furniture in Brazil, using wood harvested from managed renewable forests, so it’s a choice you can feel good about, too. And if the wee gummy bear chair delighted you, they also have...Read More
Back when my son was born, saying that you wanted a green crib meant you were literally looking for a crib that was painted green. I’m really thrilled now that more and more companies are offering eco-friendly options that are stylish too, like the new IoLine crib from Kalon Studios. The IoLine crib is made with all-natural, non-toxic bamboo with sort of a mod-meets-mission vibe. Open, geometric patterns on all sides give you a great view of your baby, and him a great view of the world around him. The collection also includes a changing trunk with great storage,...Read More
I have a confession: I have two children and I’ve never owned a crib. As a co-sleeping family, we’ve never really needed one. But now I’m going to tell you about the most beautiful crib I’ve ever seen, by which I mean the one that’s making me think I want it if I ever have another baby. Presenting the Luxo crib from Bloom. Sigh. Just look at it. Soft, clean lines. Beautiful colors (it’s available in a pure coconut white or a striking white and cappuccino combination). And the clincher? With an add-on conversion rail, it becomes a sleek...Read More
When you discover a kids shop through the Wallpaper* Magazine Facebook Fan Page, it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to have taste up the wazoo. So when I clicked over to ella+elliot, yep. That’s just what I found. This beautiful Toronto store carries pretty much every brand we covet, and their crib selection alone will make modernists get as drooly as their babies. But I was really excited to discover this new-to-me HiLo high chair by Canada’s Age Design, which comes in all sorts of fabulous colors and rings in at about half the price of other popular...Read More
I hate my hand-me-down crib with the passion of a thousand fiery suns, which is why it’s in pieces in the attic while my kid sleeps in an old pack-and-play the color of used hospital scrubs. In my dreams, I’ve got something from Muu Furniture – I’m thinking white with vines, please. And a slice of chocolate pie. If you thought Muu had cute kids’ furniture before, wait until you see the new Ray Collection for the nursery which packs a lot of style and grace into an affordable price point. This is what we call a win-win-win situation....Read More
I remember waddling over to the glider section of the baby mega-store. I eased myself onto one of the basic floor models. It wasn’t much to look at (which is a nice way of saying, butt ugly), but I felt like I had discovered heaven in chair form. Well, if that was the Dark Ages of gliders, welcome to the Age of Enlightenment. The Grano Glider Recliner from Monte Design is not only one of the most incredibly comfortable gliders you’ll ever sit in, but one of the most sleek and stylish ones you’ll ever see. I love that...Read More
We tend not to post too many recalls here of brands we don’t tend to cover because, ugh, there are a lot of recalls. But in this case, today’s Stork Craft crib recall of 2.1 million units is the largest crib recall ever, so it seems to warrant a mention. Particularly because the faulty plastic hardware on the drop-side has lead to many injuries and several fatalities. We’re sick just thinking about it. Do you own one of them? According to the Consumer Reports Blog: The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009. The recall...Read More
Small space furniture is just getting smarter and smarter and I’m so glad to see that one of our fave U.S. kids’ furniture makers, P’kolino, is getting in on it with their Klick table and chair set for kids. Kids up to about 7 can sit on the cushioned birch plywood seat to sketch out their very important architectural blueprints or pen their first novels, and when they’re done, just slide the chair right into the table, Tetris-style and stash the cube away in the corner. It comes in three snazzy modern color combos, and I particularly like that...Read More
The brilliant folks at Oeuf have listened to the pleas of cash-strapped moms like me and created a new kids’ furniture collection that is chock full of the design and eco-friendliness of their other collections– but at about half the price. The new Oeuf Robin Collection includes a crib that converts to a toddler bed and a changing table/dresser, both of which are made of 100% sustainable wood and painted with water-based paints. The new collection keeps with the commitment to modern design, green materials and high function that Oeuf has focused on since starting the company in 2002....Read More
We recently finished our basement, and having a spiffy designated playroom for the kids has done amazing things for my sanity. Now it’s time to find storage for all the toys we so eagerly transferred there. In my search for the perfect playroom storage solution, I happened upon dad Dennis King’s fantastic looking wooden storage cubes. Made by hand from reclaimed wood and finished with natural materials, these smooth-edged rustic squares will look great in pretty much any space. You can stack the storage cubes on top of each other like shelves or even flip them over and use...Read More
We’re all major fans of Knoll studio, which is synonymous with elegant, modern furniture design. So we’re especially happy that they’ve rolled out Knoll Kids, featuring scaled down versions of some of their most famous pieces. Your child can return to the womb, literally, in Knoll’s funky Womb Chair, which I have always loved for its simplicity and comfort. Imagine your child doing arts and crafts at a Rinsom table and chair set. I swoon just thinking about it. Although the pieces are smaller than the originals the price tags are anything but. The Maya Lin children’s stone stools...Read More
If only there was a way to make children’s furniture stylish enough for your taste, but durable enough that you can drag it outside for birthday parties and spring playdates. If only there was a way to make that furniture from recycled milk jugs and detergent bottles, so you could justify the fact that it costs more than your average kids’ table and chair set at Target. Oh, wait — there is. notNeutral teamed up with Loll DESIGNS to do all of the above, and the result is the fabulous looking BBO2 line of kids’ tables and chairs. It’s...Read More
So it’s not as though Q Collection Junior offering truly eco-conscious nursery items is new (it’s a whole year old), but we do love their new 3-in-1 convertible Luna Crib which helps you get more for your money as you do more for the planet. The crib is constructed of locally-sourced birch, 100% made-in-the-USA, and carries the prestigious Greenguard certification which basically means it’s as natural and non-toxic as possible. And to prevent the short trip from nursery to landfill, it converts to a toddler bed and then a day bed, hopefully for years of use to come. Those...Read More
What do I see when I look at this cloud? I see a floor free from clutter. The metal Cloud Shelf is the perfect place to stash toys, books and even my son’s prized Spongebob baseball hat. It’s deep enough to actually put stuff on at 6 inches, the lip keeps books from falling off, and a hook wrangles jackets or backpacks below. Grab a few – they’d look great on a wall at varied heights so create a stylish and functional storage solution for your kids’ bedroom, a playroom, or any room where your kids, and all their...Read More
We always say we have the best readers in the world (it’s true!) and it’s especially the case they point us towards wonderful brands like Rice. This Danish housewares company is run by a mom-and-pop team who’s amassed a dandy selection of fair trade housewares, accessories and children’s items— but think less international flea market and more Cookie magazine. You’ll find a great selection at UK webstore Nettle Green where we found everything from tumblers for the bathroom to these beautiful raffia toy baskets for kids that look like a sweet pink house or a cool European garage. Psst…US...Read More
The problem with a lot of desks for kids’ rooms is that they look so serious and boring, I can’t blame my kids for falling asleep before they even get through their spelling assignment. That is certainly not the case with the kids’ desk from Fun House Furniture, which reminds me of something I might see walking across the screen in Fantasia. Each piece of kids’ furniture at Fun House is custom built by experienced cabinet makers in North Carolina in your choice of color combos, using formaldehyde-free maple plywood and maple lumber. Given how many hours my kids...Read More
One month after Christmas, and I still have no idea where half of these toys are going. I definitely need The Toy Store by Oeuf, a brand new super three-level toy storage system that offers a nice modern alternative to plastic storage bins. I love that the deep bins swivel forward so that even my four year old can reach the top shelf to put away his little toy cars. And, unlike some toy storage pieces that should never leave the light of a child’s bedroom, The Toy Store looks too cool to be hidden away. In fact, once the kids...Read More
When you think Eames you probably think wood, but for kids raised around the Eames Elephant, they’ll grow up to associate the designer with a rainbow of colored plastics. It’s a stool, it’s a bench, it’s decoration. It’s pint-sized modern aesthetic, somehow making sleek lines seem cuddly. I’m telling you, there was nothing this cool around when my kids were toddlers. Which is a shame, because I’ve always sort of wanted an elephant. -Mir Find your Eames Elephant, and more cool modern kids’ furniture, at...Read More
We all think that we’ll use our baby gliders once the little ones become big kids, but if your glider looks anything like most glider chairs, then I’m here to tell you that, no. You won’t. However Q Collection, as part of Q Collection Junior, has just introduced the Alberto Glider chair which is eco-friendly, cozy, and gorgeous. I swear this glider chair can actually make the transition out of the nursery and into the living room when you’re ready to snuggle up with something other than your baby– like a good book or a cup of Darjeeling. On...Read More
Let’s pretend I’m having another baby, and as long as we’re pretending, let’s pretend I had a budget transplant! Okay? So we’re pretending, and I’m heading over to tiny Décor for a couple of the notNeutral Tetra 2 changing table/dressers, plus a few goodies from CMP faves like Mod Mom toyboxes and Avalisa wall art so my baby will have the coolest nursery anywhere. And the Hi Mr. Oak Tree pillow is so sweet and contemporary, it’ll look right at home in my imaginary nursery. All the tiny Décor textiles are handmade here in the USA with organic and...Read More
BabyBjorn did a really brilliant thing when they launched their fantastic, comfy new BabySitter Balance bouncy seat – they created an adult-size version and let the product review editors all sit in it. What they didn’t do is figure out a way to cajole us out of it when the event was over. This is definitely the bouncy seat to covet for those of you who cringe at the scary neon fabrics from other manufacturers. Not only are the colors soothing and modern, the Babysitter Balance is incredibly thoughtfully designed. Basically a baby’s own kicking and bouncing activates it,...Read More
Back when I was shopping for nursery furniture, eco-friendly meant the crib wasn’t painted with lead-based paint. Well looky looky how much has changed in a relatively short period of time. Today, cribs with “a conscience” are becoming much more readily available from companies like Spot On Square. CMP introduced this amazing mom and pop operation back in January, and since then they’ve added several more products we’re loving including the gorgeous new Hiya Rocker. This sleek, extra-wide kiddie rocking chair features a book bin in the back to hold a stylish kid’s favorite page-turner. The MDF is finished...Read More
I’m in favor of pulling out all the stops to decorate my children’s rooms beautifully. But since a little redecorating is inevitable between preschool and high school, that means choosing furniture with some built-in flexibility. Woodworker Robert Kwak’s beautiful new furniture line at Muu incorporates modern lines and sustainable materials to create furniture that’s perfectly suited to any kid’s room. But it’s the custom MuuPanel system that really makes this furniture stand out. No generic baby illustrations on these interchangeable panels; from guitarists to helicopters to Japanese blossoms, these motifs will stand the tests of time–and fickle tweens. Even...Read More
I kind of wish Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture would stop making so many cool new pieces for kids because frankly, our we don’t have the room for all of it. Next up: Her adorable new Woodland Mod Owl Toy Box, handcrafted safely and beautifully with eco-friendly birchwood right from her studio in LA. The design is so cute with those cut-out eyes as handles that it might even invite your little hurricane to stash his Matchbox cars and Lego pieces at the end of the day without prodding. It would look great as a set with her...Read More
Have you ever entered a room in which the kids have been playing (usually too quietly) only to find that they have rearranged all the couch and chair cushions so that they can walk (tumble, jump) around the entire room without stepping on the (enchanted quicksand) floor? It isn’t pretty, although it does look like fun. For those who can afford to upgrade from couch cushions, check out the soft foam Tea Pods by iglooplay. Turn the larger one on its side and it’s a rocker. Turn it the other way and it’s a stool. Or maybe a rocket...Read More
I am not of the mindset that children’s furniture should be serious – or any furniture for that matter. Give me some bright lime green plastic dining room seats over a set of stern Teutonic stiff-backed chairs any day. Oh wait, I already have them. No surprise then that I fell instantly madly in love with Jellio which designs heaping amounts of fun into every piece that they make. Inspired by candy, classic toys, and other icons of childhood, I’m going nuts for the candy button bench complete with rubber “candy dots,” the Lite Brite inspired table that glows...Read More
It is not generally cheap to go green. I mean sure, compact fluorescent bulbs can save you money in the long run and hybrid cars make sense with gas prices these days. But we all know that feeding the kids the organic mac n cheese and decorating the nursery with sustainable bamboo furniture is not exactly for bargain hunters. Now there’s an affordable and eco-friendly option for kids furniture in the playroom table set from Way Basics. It’s lightweight, sturdy, and made entirely from recycled paper. Also, very very cute. Particularly at $120 for the whole set. We found...Read More
Say “bean bag chair” and my mind flashes back to 1975, an image of a shiny vinyl blob sitting on shag carpeting. I can even conjure up the squeaking sound it made when I landed on it. The bean bag chairs by Cocoon Couture? Yeah, not one of those. This Australian company uses pinwale corduroy and vintage fabrics to create soft, sturdy covers with a smile-inducing critter sewn onto the side. Stop by Cute-ture to pick out your favorite among half-a-dozen forest friends. My favorite? A toss-up between the sweet bird and Little Foxy who embodies charm and cool....Read More
It isn’t often that the kids and I both love a piece of furniture. To them, furniture isn’t something to covet but something on which to climb, or at best, throw their stuff. So I knew I’d found something special when I spied the gravity-defiant bookshelves from Dust Furniture which look straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. We equally loved the unusual, curvy design and the bright, fun colors of the handmade furniture from this husband-wife team. I also liked that it would get their books off the floor. This is definitely not the kind of furniture you...Read More
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