Think Beyond the Nursery Days With These 11 Hardworking Pieces For Your Kid’s Room

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo / Published by Dwell
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When investing in a nursery, think big picture and look for pieces that have the potential to go above and beyond your child's immediate needs.

The following 10 furnishings will bring character and function to their first space, without having to be swapped out as their needs grow and adapt.

1. A Piece That's 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 pieces that are both whimsical and functional. Even if your kid gets sick of it, its iconic design will fit right into any other room of your home. 

Eames Elephant
Eames Elephant
Charles and Ray Eames were known for being fascinated with certain animal figures—including elephants. Charles actually collected photographs of the animals from various inspirations around the world. In the 1940s, the couple designed the first version of their iconic elephant with molded plywood, which ended up requiring fabrication methods that were too complex to reproduce on a large scale. They only ever made two prototypes, in which only one exists today and is held by the Eames family themselves. Today, Vitra Design Museum produces the design with polypropylene in the same style as the Eames Molded Plastic chairs. Available in five colors, it holds GS and CE certificates that make it safe for kids. Photo: Courtesy of MASS Design Group
-Written by Paige Alexus | Dwell
Magis Puppy
Magis Puppy
 According to Finnish designer Eero Aarnio, “A chair is a chair, is a chair, is a chair...but a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair.” This thought process led him to design Puppy for Magis Me Too in 2004, an abstract plastic dog that’s meant to be used as a seat or sculpture. The rotational-moulded polyethylene material makes it suitable for outdoor use, while its lightweight form allows it to be easily moved around the house. As a designer who opened up his own studio in Helsinki in the early 1960s, Aarnio became known for experimenting with plastics, bold colors, and untraditional forms—all of which shows in his Puppy creation. Today, it's available in four different sizes and a handful of color options. Photo: Jack Thompson
-Written by Paige Alexus | Dwell

2. An Adaptable Bed

The Cabin Daybed, designed by Roberto Gil for Casa Kids, is a versatile and sophisticated design that can be used as a sofa, daybed, or bed. With an optional trundle bed feature for sleepovers, it can used differently for whichever sleeping stage your child is in.

The Cabin  Daybed also comes with additional features such as sliding drawers below the bed and a hanging tray. 

The Cabin  Daybed also comes with additional features such as sliding drawers below the bed and a hanging tray. 

Photo: Casa Kids www.casakids.com

3. Innovative Storage

This child's room shows multiple types of storage that helps keep everything organized, clean, and displayed playfully. Most notably, the Uten.Silo wall Organizer by Dorothee Becker for Vitra features containers in multiple shapes and sizes with metal hooks and clips. Designed in 1969/1970, it can be used to keep your kid’s small belongings organized—or can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, home office, or creative studio. Its durable plastic design makes it perfect for your child's school or craft supplies.

The boys’ playroom is outfitted with a Uten.Silo wall organizer by Dorothee Becker for Vitra and a pair of May Day lamps by Konstantin Grcic for FLOS that dangle from a set of Peace hooks by Louise Hederström for Maze.  

The boys’ playroom is outfitted with a Uten.Silo wall organizer by Dorothee Becker for Vitra and a pair of May Day lamps by Konstantin Grcic for FLOS that dangle from a set of Peace hooks by Louise Hederström for Maze.  

Courtesy of Lucas Allen/GMAimages


4. A Colorful and Hardy Flooring 

If you don’t find a rug that you feel will last for years, consider FLOR’s modular carpet squares, which allows you to customize your child’s flooring with easy-to-install tiles that are eco-friendly, recyclable, and are easy to clean.

FLOR's tiles are designed to be impervious to moisture, as spills and stains won’t seep through the carpet. 

FLOR's tiles are designed to be impervious to moisture, as spills and stains won’t seep through the carpet. 

Photo: FLOR


5. Not Your Old-School Bean Bag 

Ligne Roset's classic Togo series was such a natural fit for children, that Designer Michel Duaroy miniaturized them with his Mini Togo collection

Ligne Roset Mini Togo
Ligne Roset Mini Togo
Designer Michel Ducaroy miniaturized the Togo, a Ligne Roset classic for over 40 years, due to popular demand. The Mini collection takes the same principles of shape, function, comfort, and safety to create fashionable furniture for the younger set—children ages 5 to 12. Multiple density foam construction and quilted covers with matching tufted buttons create an ergonomic chair that is just as supportive as it is aesthetically appealing, making it the perfect choice as an accent piece in a children's playroom or an addition to a Togo sectional.   Photo: Courtesy of Ligne Roset
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products

6. A Modern Rocker

Every nursery needs some type of rocking chair. Whether you choose to include an heirloom from your grandmother, a plush upholstered rocker, or a more modern version—like the Eames Molded Plastic Rocker—don't forget to consider how the chair will fit in the room as your child gets older. 

Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes filled Chad and Courtney’s son’s room with an Eames rocker and a Hiya crib from Spot on Square. 

Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes filled Chad and Courtney’s son’s room with an Eames rocker and a Hiya crib from Spot on Square. 

Photo by Mark Mahaney


7. A Cool Modern Credenza 

Though it's sometimes necessary, certain pieces of furniture you choose for your child's room doesn'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. The Elko series includes small credenzas with pops of color that blend modern construction with midcentury form. It'll play multiple roles throughout its life.

Eastvold Furniture Elko Series
Eastvold Furniture Elko Series
Based in Minneapolis, Eastvold Furniture designs and crafts heirloom pieces that can "be passed down to future generations." The Elko series includes coffee tables and large and small credenzas that marry modern construction with midcentury form. Choose from a variety of colors for the laser-cut steel base and from bamboo, walnut, or white oak for the wood. Reinforced mitered joints allow the grain to sweep around the furniture. On the credenza, two grain-matched doors part effortlessly to reveal adjustable shelves and wire management portals that allow flexibility in media storage. Photo: Courtesy of Eastvold Furniture
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell

8. A Functional Trunk

Inspired by a traditional trunk from the 19th century, The Trunk is a streamlined, modern, two-box construction from designer Gesa Hansen of The Hansen Family. It opens up to reveal dresser drawers, cupboard shelving, and so much more.

The Trunk features a hat tree, flip-up mirror, cubby holes for shoes or papers, two drawers, and two large shelves for additional storage.

The Trunk features a hat tree, flip-up mirror, cubby holes for shoes or papers, two drawers, and two large shelves for additional storage.

Photo: Courtesy of The Hansen Family

9. Comfy Cushions

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. 

Playful cushions in fun colors and soft, durable fabrics are a welcomed addition to any child's room. 

Playful cushions in fun colors and soft, durable fabrics are a welcomed addition to any child's room. 

Photo: Courtesy of Iglooplay


10. A Desk to Grow With

Eventually, most kids need a designated spot to do their homework. Designed by Lithuanian designer Inesa Malafej,  My writing Desk (MWD) for Emko features storage space around the edge of the desktop so that necessary objects can always be tidy, in sight, and easily accessible. 

When Lithuanian-born Designer Inesa Malafej designed "My writing desk" (MWD) for Emko, she was aiming to reduce clutter that creative work brings to the table. 

When Lithuanian-born Designer Inesa Malafej designed "My writing desk" (MWD) for Emko, she was aiming to reduce clutter that creative work brings to the table. 

Photo courtesy of Emko


11. A Tough and 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. It can act as a place for visitors to prop while they spend time with your child, which can be made softer with a pillow, throw, or cushion. It'll be a piece that your child will end up loving as they get older.

Bend Lucy Series
Bend Lucy Series
Los Angeles-based Bend Goods focuses on functional, sculptural furniture that is playful in shape and color. 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 available in a spectrum of popping colors. The Lucy comes in many incarnations and is suitable as a dining chair, bar stool, or accent chair—the Macrame Hanging Lucy allows you to lounge in the shade of a tree. You can also pair her with her counterpart, the Ethel Chair. Available with a Sunbrella seat pad or a leather saddle, the Lucy series offers versatility as well as comfort. Photo: Courtesy of Bend
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell

Jennifer Baum Lagdameo

@jennifer_lagdameo

Jennifer Baum Lagdameo is a freelance design writer who has lived in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Tokyo and Manila. She is currently exploring the Pacific Northwest from her home base in Portland, OR. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferlagdameo

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