I love modern childrens’ furniture. Its a trend in juvenile products that has caught on like wildfire. But the funny thing is, most of the popular modern pieces are reissued mid-century designs. Something fabulous and unforgettable was happening in the 50’s. My second child Hudson is my modern child, I happily splurge on designer furniture for him that is a fraction of the size and cost as the originals. My inner child lives vicariously on those indulgences without sacrificing my adult decor style. I’ve already featured my son’s bedrooms as he progress from Nursery to Toddler, and along with a toddler comes (lots of) toys and play spaces. Here is how I live happily with ours.
Part 2 – Play Area
While his bed and dresser are in the bedroom, Hudson’s toy box, table and chairs are in the living room. He drags all the toys out there anyway so I decided not to squeeze them into the shared bedroom. There’s a funny little family story about how I’ve been on the hunt for a coffee table for a few years. With transitions in our life, moves and changes in spaces, I finally thought I was ready to pick something. Then Hudson needed a play table and pouf! I gained a “coffee table”, at least is looks good in my living room!
Hudson’s play area may intrude on our living room space, but I’m happy with the modern childrens’ furniture that I get to add to my collection. Like little works of art, the Eames Elephant and Panton Junior chairs are not just pleasing on my eye, their colorful, sculptural and nearly indestructible construction are perfect for my son’s rambunctious pretend play. And like all of our polypropylene furniture, they clean up like brand new with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
Modern childrens’ furniture isn’t cheap. You have to appreciate that you are paying for the design to justify buying it. I’m a big advocate of buying licensed design products, I don’t buy knockoffs, its sorta a professional courtesy. That doesn’t mean that I think there aren’t great designs out there without a big name designer name attached to it. Target and Ikea are excellent companies cranking out modern and on trend products. Hudson’s toy box is from Ikea and his table is from Target and they all look perfect together. We also pick up more expensive items one at a time. Obviously the pink Panton Junior chair is Macy’s, so we’ve had it for a few years. Hudson got the orange one for christmas and the elephant for his birthday.
My kidos love building blocks, this natural wood set from Melissa and Doug, sits out in a wire basket (from Moon River Chattel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) ready to be made into an architecural masterpiece on a whim.
So there are “toy box people” and there are “cubby box people”. I was once a “cubby box mom”, all of Macy’s toys were housed in cute little pink wooden boxes that sat on a shelving unit. I would stress over the collections being separated properly and spend way to much time organizing it all. I got over that and LOVE throwing all of Hudson’s toys in the toy box now. But it doesn’t mean that its completely an unorganized mess. The majority of the childrens’ bedroom closet is shelving designated for board games, playsets and a few cubbies. And within the toy box, I came up with a solution to keep collections like cars, puzzle pieces, block sets & Schleich animals grouped for easy play. I reuse the cloth pull string bags that sheets and other home items are packaged in for a few of those popular toys…..and then I toss them in the toy box, done!