I should quickly point out that this isn’t a post about design for vertically challenged people; I just found out earlier today that my sister is having a baby girl. Woo Hoo! I am very excited to say the least and am already imagining all of the wonderful little things I am going to buy. I just have to remember that a baby is not going to care about or even comprehend ‘design’ and not get too carried away buying things that are really about how much I love them.
Anyway to celebrate my sister’s good news I thought I’d share with you some of the interesting, funny, beautiful and just downright cute little design bits and bobs for children that I have come across recently when I have been looking for inspiration for treats to spoil, what I now know will be my new little niece. Some of them are more practical than others but all of them are very very cute and, not surprising given some of my other posts, very Scandinavian. Anyway enjoy…
3D Mobiles by Flensted
First up are these beautiful 3D mobiles by Danish brand Flensted. Flensted have been making mobiles since 195, they do one thing and they do it very well. I really like the elephants or ‘Olephants’ and also these cute little ‘Happy Wales’. They can be found at the Little Baby Company and the Olephants are £18.50.
In fact, baby or no baby, a mobile is a wonderful thing to have and Flensted also have a range of brilliant ones for adults too.
Secret Friends Collection by Lucky Boy Sunday
Next stop, but staying with Denmark (damn those Danes really know how to design!) are these quirky soft toys from the brilliantly named Lucky Boy Sunday. They are an odd-looking bunch of characters that don’t come cheap (Danny Blue, bottom right is £70) so it might be a bit much to buy the whole set. At that price maybe they are one to sit looking pretty on a shelf, in sight but out of reach. Available at Kidsen.
Babies and small children wrapped in Norwegian alpaca wool, what could possibly be cuter than that? Ethical Norwegian brand Alpaca Society produces simply gorgeous products for babies and children – everything from baby suits to booties, pyjamas and cardigans to dresses and fluffy teddy bears. AlpacaSociety.Com
Pick Up by Alfredo Häberli
I couldn’t actually find the price of this fantastic Pick Up chair/walker anywhere. It’s one of those ‘email the designer’ ones, so let’s face it, it ain’t gonna be cheap! That doesn’t’ mean that we can’t swoon over it though. Designed by Alfredo Häberli (born in Argentina, so we have actually left Northern Europe) in response to the question he asked himself, “why there were no exclusive objects designed just for kids and their needs?”
Pick up is made by Swedish company Offect (okay, so back we go to Scandinavia), so if you really want one, get in touch with them and while you’re at it please buy me one too.
Trunki by Magmatic
Trunki is designed by multi award winning designer Rob Law, a Dragon’s Den reject (bet he is having the last laugh now) who designed this ride-on suitcase when he was studying. I love the bright colours and think children would absolutely love playing on these, definitely a good distraction if you are trying to get them on a plane or boat with minimal fuss. From £29.99, John Lewis.