I recently profiled furniture maker Nick Hollibaugh on my other blog, but when he showed me this piece, I couldn't resist saving it for BabyG! Nick first made this absolutely beautiful cradle for his own daughter. I love the play of modern forms and finishes on such a timeless baby item. Like all of Nick's creations, it's beautifully proportioned and expertly crafted. If you'd like to order one of these very few-of-a-kinds, please contact him here. (To see more of Nick's furniture, click here.)
One thing I love about my currency trading husband is that he saves me the trouble of having to do my own currency exchanges. Unfortunately, his instant conversions are not always in my favor. Like with this 1436.45 € bed set from Nonjetable. That's $1940. Yikes!
But then again it is beautiful. And considering that it's really four pieces in one (plus you get the 100% cotton mattress), that's actually not too bad. I mean, were you to buy a separate bed, mattress, and three toy boxes you'd be close to that figure anyways, right? Plus it's so compact and versatile; the two side chests can be used as bedside tables, and the chest at the end of the bed can serve as either a bench or a table. All this and you get 330 litres of storage. (Dang my husband can't instantly do that conversion.) Perfect for an apartment or any child's room. 'Cause really, when do you not need more stylish storage for all those toys? Did I mention that it's eco-friendly too? Yep, I'm sold. I don't need my husband to tell me, it's a deal! Now for the shipping cost conversation...
I'm a sucker for any design featuring stamps - like every Illustration graduate - so this Eiffel Tower chair immediately caught my eye. It's so much more sophisticated than the normal offerings for kids.
£70 - 85, UK delivery only at present.
When we were first looking round for nursery furniture, my mother brought me down to earth with the comment that a baby would sleep just as well in a cardboard box as in the designer cribs I was eyeing up. I took her point.
But given that one eschews the cardboard box option, wouldn't it be nice to buy something not just sufficient, but beautiful as well? I've just come across Ubabub, from Australia, and I'm impressed.
Their Pod 'cocoon cot', pictured here, features a transparent panel to make checking on the baby really easy - and, to placate my mum's simple tastes to some extent, perhaps, the whole caboodle converts into an equally stunning junior bed. Check out the rest of their lines too: this really is gorgeous stuff. Sorry, mum.
I just discovered this company while browsing the delectable offerings at Smallable. I'm not sure if their products are available in the U.S.. But if not, they soon will be, because WE:DO:WOOD's constructions are that beautiful! Conceived by designers Henry Thygesen and Sebastian Jorgensen, each piece is a simply stunning example of modern functionality and minimalist grace. I love the organic forms and the contrast edging, which gives them a little extra punch. Committed to the environment, WE:DO:WOOD designs are eco-friendly too: all are crafted from sustainable bamboo.
The rocking swing is just about the finest example of its kind I've ever seen, and the desk and chair combo are so unique they make me long for homework! That's saying something.
If anyone knows of a US shop that carries WE:DO:WOOD, please let us know, DO! If you can't wait til they arrive Stateside (and I understand why) then you can order them via Smallable or Design Delicatessen.
I know I'm late to the game, but I just bought my first pouf. And I admit that the reason I hesitated was I never really understood them. Or even more truthfully, given all the other pieces of furniture I needed, I felt I couldn't justify spending good money on such "frivolity". Now, I'm a total convert.
Of course designwise a pouf provides an interesting transitional element between chair and floor. It is an excellent way to add texture, a little splash of color, and whimsy to a room. But it is not merely a pretty thing. Turns out it is actually functional and is a great way to get down on the kids' level! We sit on ours, "ride" it, jump off of it (well, the kids do, not me). In fact, I've now decided that no house should be without one! Especially not when they're as gorgeous as these knit cotton ones from Ferm. I suggest you get one for the nursery and then gradually try them out in other spots in the house. I'm sure you'll be a convert in no time as well.
If you like the plain orange set, above, wait til you find out what else she'll do. You can choose from a selection of Marimekko fabrics and have them upholstered, leading to stunning pieces like the huge polka dot one below. Gasp.
This chair and table set from Volume Zero - available from Rose and Grey - slots together with no need for nails or screws, always a good thing when there are precious little fingers at stake.
I especially like the simple but pleasing shapes of the table. It's simultaneously solid, and playful.
This children's chair was designed in Denmark, back in the Fifties: it's now been recreated for today's kids to enjoy. Cleverly, it requires no screws or nails to hold it together, thus meeting the safety standards of even the most fretful parents.
With its curved lines and coloured highlights, it looks good too. The only downside, as always when it comes to classic reproductions, is the price label. Let me sum that up in two words: not cheap. It may be time to start exploring the yard sales of Denmark...
We all know how difficult it is to transfer a just-fallen-asleep baby from your arms to its cradle. Well, maybe that'd be easier if the cradle were right there by your side. That's the concept behind the Rockid.
Here at Babygadget, we appreciate furniture that grows with your offspring. Apparently, once your kid has outgrown the crib section, the Rockid can be transformed into one big rocking chair, which looks like it ought to have room for at least one adult and child to sit companionably side by side. All good.