I have been searching for a while now to find cool, fun and unique furniture for a childcare centre I am currently designing for infants, preschool, kindergarden to 13 year old development and care. Through my research I have found a couple of favorites outside of the basic Ikea kids section that I thought I should share. Please let me know if you know of any other great companies that have inspiring product and I will be sure to look into them and add them to my post. Thanks to all my twitter friends who helped me find some of these cool lines!
Adrenalina is an Italian furniture manufacturer who’s products are for big and little kids alike. These pieces are unique, colorful and entertaining and a GREAT way to add playfulness and character to a childs space. These fun shapes and bright colors are stimulating and original. I wonder if anyone in Canada sells this line?
Fatboy furniture has evolved over the last few years. This high end Italian fabric bean bag company offers many variations of their original including an outdoor option in rain, stain and uv resistant coatings. They also have some cool partnerships with Marimekko and even a line of metallic finishes. The Junior sized bean bags (40″x55″) are $198CAN the full size original (55″x70″) $298CAN and the Marimekko (55″x70″) is $378.00CAN. In Edmonton you can purchase Fatboy products at Dwell Modern .
Feel More Human is a great company that supports a modern lifestyle. The target of the products they carry is to have a cleaner, healthier and less cluttered life. I commend them on their statement to have responsible business practices and I fully support both their mission and product. Amongst all of their home, gift and lifestyle products they have a great collection of well designed modern kid and baby products. Some of the lines they carry include: Spot on Square, Oeuf, Pixel Organics, notNeutral, OFFI and KLT Works
Wesco N.A. is an International children’s soft play manufacturer that creates developmental play products for childcare facilities, airports, museums, malls and anywhere else you need to keep a terrible 2 occupied and happy! These indoor playgrounds are great for any scale of space and can all easily be stored if they are for seasonal/occasional use.
Sitting Bull has some cool bean bags, pet bags and other fun lounge furniture. The products are made of a great washable, durable fabric in fun and original designs. The latest collections patterns were designed by Michael Sieger a product designer at Sieger Design in Germany. The polyester beanbags cost $219US and are 71″ x 55″ x 12″
Ella and Elliot is a Canadian supplier of fun juvenile kids furniture. Cribs, gliders and rockers, change tables, loungers, beds, storage, desks and miniature modern classics like the Barcelona chair, Diamond chair, Panton chair, Womb chair, Eames molded plastic rocker and Kartell Ghost chair all kiddie sized! The have some great eco-friendly lines particularly in cribs and dressers and a fantastic line of kids accessories.
Feel Good Designs is dedicated to development, learning and quality of play for young children through good design and eco friendly choices. Their products are the outcome of the children, spaces, relations research project and are made in Italy. These products are the result of ongoing collaboration between designers, architects and the world-renowned schools. They also provide custom services and interior design services for public space projects. The two main product lines are Play+Soft and Atelier 3. Here is a slideshow of their product offering.
more kids stuff:
Baltus Kids Childrens bedroom furniture in bright neon lacquer colors