The Kids Are All Right

Objects Of Design #214: Wall Mounted Magazine Rack

Now, obviously technically this is a magazine rack but sometimes it pays to think laterally. Why not fix one shelf per subject next to teenager’s desk and get them to keep all the relevant exercise books and text books in the right place. Then they just need to check the timetable and tip the right…

Objects Of Design #213: Storage Section

I have tried to steer clear of too much expensive stuff in this series. I know that children grow and tastes change and it is harder to justify spending huge amounts of money on furniture that may well be rendered useless in five years time. But sometimes I think it’s justifiable a) so that you…

Objects Of Design #212: Hemnes Day-Bed Frame

If you don’t like metal frames (and for me they are slightly reminiscent of boarding school) this wooden one should fit the bill. A great single bed with storage underneath which also pulls out to be  double bed and, if they can ever be bothered to make it, will double up as a perfectly good…

Objects Of Design #211: Memo Pinboard Desk

This is a smart first desk which has been really thought about. There’s a pinboard at the back for sticking all those important memos – lists of best friends, which Lego set to buy next ,that sort of thing, as well as spacious drawer and a hole for computer cables so they’re not cluttering up…

Objects of Design #210: Mini Stool

The mission statement of this company says it all: kids furniture for grown up homes. Weamo make products for everyone that feels faint at the thought of a Barbie bike or a Ben 10 duvet cover. Their furniture is high quality, contemporary and well designed. It’s also hard wearing and easy to clean. These stools…

Objects Of Design #209: Flensted Mobile

The classic nursery decoration, mobiles come in a million different styles and shapes from cute to cool with variations in the middle. These are by Danish designer Ole Flenstead who came up with his first design in 1953. If you don’t fancy these whales there are lots of other gorgeous designs including balloons and elephants…

Objects Of Design #208: Rustic Wooden Storage Box

The trouble with a lots of kids’ storage is that by the time, they filled it with plastic tat or beautiful carved wooden toys (which, let’s face it we all want for the first child until we realise that toddlers hitting each other over the head with a wooden crane is a lot more dangerous…

Objects Of Design #207: Isaac Desk Lamp

Everyone needs a task lamp, either by the bed for reading or on the desk for studying. At this price they can have both. It bends and stretches and does everything a task lamp is supposed to do and that’s all you need to know about it really. Well that and the fact that my…

Objects Of Design #206: Face Painted Boxes

Keeping children’s rooms tidy is a perennial problem and I just hate all those plastic boxes. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got dozens of things  and they’re fine in their own bedrooms but when you have younger children whose toys end up in the living room and kitchen, then it’s good to find something that…

Objects Of Design #205: Clouds Bedding Set

Kids bedding is so often either stereotypical pink fairies and blue pirates or hideous cartoon designs which, while fine on the television, aren’t necessarily what you want to look at in your beautiful home. After all, you’ve spent enough money making all the other rooms conform to your  style, why does theirs have to be…