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?
While the quality of the materials and the design has improved, so too have the number of parents willing to pay for products that are both more pleasing on the eye and more environmentally friendly. This has resulted in a demand for children’s furniture that is not only modern in style, but also well-constructed, made from chemical-free, sustainable materials, and which can be transformed or reconfigured as children grow so that it will last through childhood and possibly be passed on to future generations.
Indeed, a product’s adaptability is increasingly seen as the key to success for many children’s design companies. Following on from the success of the Tripp Trapp Chair, Stokke launched two products that could be converted from nursery use to early years – the Sleepi Cot in 1999 and the Care Changing Table in 2001. “We don’t create throwaway items,” says Marianne Strand, citing environmental issues and global financial troubles as factors in Stokke’s success. “They all have an environmental benefit because they will last.”
In April, Silver Cross will launch the Doodle High Chair, which converts to a table when your toddler becomes a preschooler; Magis has the Trioli, which converts from a chair to a rocker; and Offi have the Roll-top Bench, a seat that also doubles up as a storage unit.
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