Javier Mariscal, Magis, Italy, www.magismetoo.com
Spanish designer Javier Mariscal made his name with the creation of Cobi, the mascot for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Now he has a range of designs for Italian furniture manufacturer Magis, whose children’s line, Me Too, launched in 2005. Made of moulded polyethylene, the Nido (‘nest’) is one of those toy/furniture hybrids that is very popular in design-conscious families. It is not a storage unit, though you could use it as such. It is not a tent, though children may enjoy camping out in it. It is an enclosed place to sit and play, in which children seem to revel. Its floor has a grass pattern and there is even graffiti on the underside of the roof. The Nido is suitable for outdoor use, and measures 83cm high, 150cm long and 104cm wide (32x59x41in). With its bright yellow and green plastic form and protruding eyes and tail, the Nido looks like a giant bug about to swallow something... like children bearing toys, snacks and secrets, no doubt.
Adapted from Designed For Kids by Phyllis Richardson (Thames & Hudson, £18.95).