In the blink of an eye they’ll be walking and talking, and if you forgot to look down the line, you’ll be headed back to the decorating drawing board. Skip the trip with the following furnishings, a collection of kids’ pieces that will bring character and function to their space as they age.
Pieces That Are Playful, Multifunctional, and Iconic
Though these two pieces were clearly designed with young souls in mind, they do double duty as both decorative items and seating options. Vitra’s Eames Elephant—designed by Charles and Ray Eames—and the Magis Puppy—designed by Eero Aarnio—are iconic, whimsical, and functional. Even if your kid moves on, the designs will complement any room in your home for years to come.
An Adaptable Bed
The Cabin Daybed, designed by Roberto Gil for Casa Kids, is a versatile yet sophisticated design that can be used as a sofa, daybed, or simply a bed. An optional trundle feature makes it perfect for future sleepovers.
Keep everything organized, clean, and displayed playfully with the Uten Silo wall organizer. Designed in 1969 by Dorothee Becker for Vitra, the organizer features containers in an array of shapes and sizes, and metal hooks and clips. Used it to keep your kid’s small belongings in order—or hang it in the kitchen, bathroom, home office, or creative studio. Its durable plastic design makes it perfect for school or craft supplies.
Colorful and Hardy Flooring
If you can’t find a rug that you feel will withstand wear and tear, consider FLOR’s modular carpet squares, which allow you to customize your child’s flooring with easy-to-install tiles. They’re eco-friendly, recyclable, and easy to clean.
Not-Your-Old-School Bean Bag Chair
Ligne Roset’s classic Togo series was such a natural fit for children that Designer Michel Duaroy miniaturized them with his Mini Togo collection.
A Modern Rocker
It’s not a nursery without a rocking chair. Whether you choose to include an heirloom from your grandmother, a plush upholstered rocker, or a more modern version like this rocker by Charles and Ray Eames, remember to consider how the chair will fit in the room—or your home—in the years to come.
A Cool Credenza
Don’t forget that certain pieces of furniture you choose for your child’s room don’t have to be specifically designed for kids. Case in point: Eastvold Furniture of Minneapolis creates well-made furnishings that are designed to be passed down to future generations. Their Elko series includes small credenzas with pops of color that blend modern construction with midcentury form.
A Functional Trunk
Inspired by a traditional trunk from the 19th century, The Trunk by The Hansen Family Trunk is a streamlined, modern, two-box unit from designer Gesa Hansen. It opens up to reveal dresser drawers, cupboard shelving, and so much more.
These fun, sculptural Throwing Stones from Iglooplay are covered in 100-percent wool and encourage lounging, stacking, and playing. Inspired by river stones, they’ll be enjoyed way past early childhood.
A Desk to Grow With
Eventually, most kids will need a designated spot to do their homework. Designed by Lithuanian designer Inesa Malafej, the EMKO My Writing Desk features storage space around the edge of the desktop to keep things tidy, in sight, and easily accessible.
A Tough Yet Lightweight Statement Chair
The Los Angeles–based company Bend Goods focuses on functional and sculptural furniture that’s playful in color and shape. Lucy, the brand’s most popular wire chair, is crafted from hot-dip galvanized iron to prevent rust, and topped with a powder-coated finish. Add a soft pillow, throw, or cushion and it becomes the perfect place for friends or family to visit with your child.
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