Best Toy Brand | Junior Design Awards 2021

The Junior Design award winning toy brands for 2021 are...

djeco

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WINNER OF BEST TOY BRAND: GOLD

WHO: DJECO
WHAT:
A heritage French toy brand known for classic toys, games and puzzles.
WHY:
The popularity of this brand is reflected in the Judges’ comments, which are a glowing endorsement of everything this highly creative French family business has achieved. The sheer breadth of beautiful games, stationery and toys available from this brand means there truly is something for every child and our panel all commented on the beautiful, artistic packaging, presentation and content of all these games, that have still a hand finished feel in spite of their now global presence. Our JDA judges felt that this was a toy brand with real integrity that had stayed true to its original ethos to place illustration and innovation at the heart of what they do and keeping the magic of childhood in mind at all times.

Djeco is brilliant in their designs and creativity. Pepper looooves the cubic house 🙂
Bonnie Van Geel and Pepper, Photographer and Child Model @pepper.pics
Djeco is my absolute go to for games and craft kits. So many different options that keep the kids entertained for hours and really good quality. The kits never fail to turn out beautifully either!
Chloe Thurston, Stylist and Infuencer @chloeuberkids
Very clever product that I can imagine will inspire imaginations!
Sonia Haria, Beauty Director, The Telegraph Group
Before you even get to the toys, you are delighted by the charming packaging design, everything feels really special and there is always an element of learning too.
Yvadney Davis, Children’s Stylist

WHERE: DJECO

WINNER OF BEST TOY BRAND: SILVER

WHO: WIWIURKA

WHAT: The WIWIURKA XXL Rocker Board

WHY: This beautifully made slatted rocker board that comes in stunning rainbow stripes or beautiful neutral wood really excited our judges who loved the long term use and versatility of this product. The panel could see that this rocker would provide kids with a prop to stimulate plenty of imagination driven games as well as being great for improving balance and gross motor development when used as a rocker. The hand finished, small scale production and sustainability of this brand really impressed and everyone agreed that they would love to have this beautiful looking toy in their home.

These are such a great, fun and versatile product for kids! Rock, climb, use as a shop front etc etc. I particularly love the rainbow one!
Chloe Thurston, Stylist and Influencer @chloeuberkids
So creative, versatile and fun!
Bonnie Van Geel, Founder @pepper.pics
Love the design and would look nice in my home as not too bright and childish! Can imagine kids using this in so many different ways.
Emma Paton, Stylist and influencer
So simple yet brilliant! My kids would love it.
Sonia Haria, Beauty Director, The Telegraph Group
Love the versatility of this toy and how it can grow with kids. So much fun!
Yvadney Davis, Children’s Stylist

WHERE: WIWIURKA

WINNER OF BEST TOY BRAND: BRONZE

WHO: Matchstick Monkey
WHAT:
Matchstick Monkey Teething Toys and Teething Starter Sets
WHY:
These brightly coloured, easy to grip, pleasure to chew, teething toys have been keeping babies’ gums happy since 2015, but they’re so iconic, it feels as if they have been with us for so much longer!Our judges all had great affection for this brand and many of them had given the teethers to their own babies and were excited to see new additions to the range, including handy silicone Finger Toothbrushes and a very cute looking Flat Face Teether. Over all, the JDA judges thought this brand produced extremely effective teethers that double up as fun toys that gives babies the real satisfaction of having something to grip onto and the joy of a friendly face to look at!

So many great points about this teether. I love that everything has been really well thought through from a real Mum's point of view. The anti microbial protection, non toxic silicone and that it seems to be ideal for babies to chew it at all angles!
Chloe Thurston, Stylist and Influencer @chloeubderkids
When my kids were babies they absolutely loved these!
Sonia Haria, Beauty Director, The Telegraph Group
Love the breadth of colour, these are iconic and a must-have for babies.
Yvadney Davis, Children's Stylist & Art Director
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WHERE: Matchstick Monkey