Collector's classic: Simon Horn Lit Bateau cot|
On 01/07/2008 in Interiors
The adaptable Lit Bateau cot bed can metamophose into a child's bed and daybed sofa
First made in 1994, the handmade Lit Bateau cot from Simon Horn was the first to transform into a child’s bed and then a daybed sofa. Elegant and durable, it’s since graced the homes of countless celebrities, including Rod Stewart. Available in a range of bespoke finishes, the Li...
The A to Z of Children's Fashion - C is For Classic|
On 06/05/2010 in Fashion news
From Little Lord Fauntleroy frills to funky flares, even the youngest child can be dedicated follower of fashion with our A to Z guide
Trends may come and go, but the children’s look inspired by generations of royals (think Queen Victoria dressing her children in kilts at Balmoral; or little Charles and Anne in their double-breasted, velvet-collared Harris tweed coats) has run and run. Parents still swoon over “...
Collector’s Classic: Gnome stool table|
On 01/04/2009 in Interiors
Philippe Starck's Gnome stool table is now available in a new colour
When French designer Philippe Starck created his first Gnome stool table for Kartell back in 1999, the colours were so lurid that only the most committed Starck fans actually thought of owning one. Now that these stunning black versions of Attila (with arm’s up) and Napoleon (wit...
Collector’s Classic: Roberts Radio|
On 01/11/2009 in Interiors
The Robert's Radio has the royal seal of approval and has now been updated with DAB technology and LCD display
Designed in 1932 by east Londoner Harry Roberts, the Roberts Radio was used by the Queen during the Second World War and holds three Royal Warrants. The portable Roberts has even been produced in solid gold. Based on their iconic Fifties designs, the nostalgic RD60 model is bang ...
Collector’s Classic: Chester Mini Couch|
On 01/05/2010 in Interiors
This gold Chester Mini Couch will be a wonderful, shimmering presence in your child's room
This super-shiny gold Chester Mini Couch by Present Time would make a dazzling addition to your child’s boudoir. It may be a tad more blinging than the original Chesterfield first commissioned by Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, in the 18th century but it still r...
Collector’s Classic: Elephant Money Box|
On 01/08/2008 in Interiors
An elephant never forgets to save and your child won't either with this Seventies Elephant Money Box
Commissioned by a Swedish bank in the Seventies, this Elephant Money Box was given to children when they opened an account and came with the message that an elephant never forgets to save. While they are rarely seen these days, you can buy one online at Family Tree for £5. It’s a...
Collector’s classic: The Ladybird Wheely Bug|
On 01/05/2008 in Interiors
The Ladybird Wheely Bug is very beneficial for a child's developement as well as being good fun!
This has got to be one of our favourite pieces of design ever! Others have followed in its wake, including Mouse, Cow, Tiger and Bumble Bee wheelies, but for us (and our children) the Ladybird wears the crown. Beautifully crafted from the best quality materials to cope with hours...
Collector’s classic: The Elephant Stool|
On 01/04/2008 in Interiors
The postwar design of the Elephant Stool was reworked in 2004 using recyclable plastic and is now available from Nest
The Elephant Stool is one of the most famous postwar designs. Created by Japanese designer Sori Yanagi for Vitra in 1954, this stackable, three-legged product was originally designed to be made in fibreglass and came only in black or white. In 2004, at the age of 88, Yanagi redes...
Collector’s classic: The Casalino Jr|
On 01/03/2008 in Interiors
Alexander Begge's Casalino chair is making a comeback thanks to the Dutch manufacturer Casala
The Polish designer Alexander Begge designed just one furniture line which included the Casalino chair and it had all but disappeared from view. But it is now back in production after the Dutch manufacturer Casala unearthed the original moulds in a depot in Greece and shipped the...
Highly Commended Best Classic Toy 2012 - PlayPlax|
On 20/05/2012 in Toy Awards
Treasured heirloom playthings that will stand the test of time
An iconic design since 1966, the jewel-like colours of the 48 play pieces catch the light and can be transformed into anything!PlayPlax from £16, by Portobello Games