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Piccoli & Co Q&A with Leopoldina Haynes - Best furniture collection 2014 - HIGHLY COMMENDED

We meet the co-owner behind the 2014 Junior Design Award-winning entry

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What is your name and job title?

Leopoldina Haynes, co-owner of Piccoli & Co.

Can you tell us a little about the furniture you have entered into the awards, and why you think it is award winning?

Our furniture collection is based on 18th/19th century French and Gustavian antiques, it’s handcrafted in solid wood and hand painted.

We have spent months thinking and creating products which are luxurious but affordable. Something we think it’s lacking in the nursery furniture market.

Why do you think it stands out among the plethora of children’s furniture available?

Having worked with antiques for many years, I’ve learned to appreciate the texture and muted colour of antique furniture. We wanted to create timeless beautiful pieces hand-painted in soft tones, which you couldn’t find on the market and stay away from the spray-painted glossy MDF furniture which is widely available.

Our pieces are generational and become family heirlooms handed down through the generations, giving each family the tools to make timeless and comfortable nurseries through sophistication and simplicity.

What do you think are the hallmarks of outstanding design in the wonderful world of children’s furniture? 

1. craftmanship: well-made items that last the test of time

2. beauty: classic beautiful design that complements the rest of the furniture in your house

3. flexibility: items with multi functionalities, cots that turn into beds, changing tables into bookcase and in general pieces that don’t age but grow with the child.

How do you balance practicality with beautiful design?

It’s all in the detail! The small things that makes all the difference, like the pull-out trays on our changing table. Small and discrete, but giving you flexibility and practicality without sacrificing the beauty of the design.

Where do you source your inspiration?

Our inspiration comes from 18th century and 19th century design. I used to be an antique dealer and I have a vast library of images of beautiful antiques which are a constant inspiration for new designs.

What is the parenting product you wish you had designed?

The simple muslin swaddle, simplicity and practicality at its best.


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