Some of the world’s most iconic designer furniture is distinctly cool comfort for today’s children. So how has this modern design evolution come about?
Nonetheless, despite the success of these better-quality products for children, it wasn’t until 1997 that designs for children started to catch up with the innovation that grown-ups had been enjoying for decades. That also happened to be the year my first son was born and the year Ikea launched their children’s furniture range. This followed the same successful formula as their adult furnishings: bold, simple, inexpensive and appealing design. More importantly, the success of this children’s range revealed a groundswell of design-hungry parents ready to go beyond the run-of-the-mill high-street regulars to deck out their nurseries and children’s rooms with more quirky designs.
In 2003, another big step towards better design for children came with the decision by design company Offi, led by then Creative Director Eric Pfeiffer, to commission top-quality designers to produce a children’s range thatwould complement their collection of high design pieces (Pfeiffer himself has become one of the most sought-after designers of modern, functional and funky furnishings for children). Along with designers such as Karim Rashid and Roberto Gil, Pfeiffer produced a line of top quality children’s products for Offi that are now sold worldwide, and their list of designers and pieces is steadily growing.
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