How to make your child's play space the envy of the neighbourhood
Creating a cool kids’ space that’s the talk of the playground will be child’s play with our top 10 picks. Give your imagination free reign and ‘I’m so bored!’ tantrums will soon be a thing of the past and Junior’s diddy chums will be begging to come round to play…
1 A rockin’ rocking horse
This isn’t just any old rocking horse, this is Rocky the rocking horse by Marc Newson for Magis, £651, at Utility. And what a magnificent steed he is. Just the chap for carrying gallant young princes and kick-ass princesses – this is a 21st century beast! – into battle against black-hearted knights and fire-breathing dragons. Or for daredevil jockeys bent on practising for the Grand National…
2 Wonderful wall artLions and tigers and (polar) bears – oh my! Nubie’s ultra-plush animal heads, from £45 each, will provide hours of jungle-inspired hijinks and strike a chord with future Steve Backshalls everywhere. And with more than a touch of The Northern Lights‘ armoured hero Iorek Byrnison about it, we simply must have the polar bear.
Meanwhile, Ikea’s Slätthult butterflies wall stickers, £4 per set, will definitely float the boat of wannabe entomologists.
3 A marvellous multitasker
A desk and chair in one Le Chien Savant desk, £220, by Magis Collection Me Too at Made in Design is a great multitasker. Designed by the one and only Philippe Starck, it will be the perfect fit for nascent novelists.
4 A cool table and stools set
Working the pretty pastels trend, the bestselling Flexa Play table, £80.19; and coordinating stools, £47.79 each, at Smallable, are ergonomic and will get the creative juices flowing of the next generation of Hepworths, Hockneys and Hirsts.
5 Great lighting
As Livingetc readers know, lighting can make or break a room and that holds true for a playroom too. These unashamedly kitsch Pineapple lights, £60 each, by Goodnight Light at The Kid Who will appeal to young guns with a finely developed sense of the ridiculous.
And for more minimalist-inclined mini-mes, this leggy, 3-D Lowres elephant Light, £210, by Ngispen at The Conran Shop, which is
‘ride-able’, has all the right style moves.
6 A fab rug
With its delicious Smarties-esque design, Hay’s candy-coded Pinocchio rug, £220, at Utility is giving us a major sugar rush just looking at it – and future Bake Off hopefuls may well be inspired to cook up their very own Sickly-Sweet Speckled Sponge!
7 A mega mobile – or two
A playroom just isn’t a playroom without a modern mobile. First up is Flensted’s smile-inducing 3 Happy Seal Lions mobile, £20, at Utility, which bobs along a treat and will have Junior signing up for early work experience at the local aquarium.
A dramatically different take on a trad mobile is the light fantastic hanging Cloud hanging sculpture, from £152, by Magis Collection Me Too at Made in Design. Made of wire mesh, it ties in nicely with the trend for all things weather-related and is sure to be a big hit with mini meteorologists.
8 Wicked wall hooksWhether Junior uses them to hang his dressing-up clobber or his little friend’s coats, these Bang Bang Kid coat hooks, from £35 each, at The Kid Who are bound to inspire a cool game of Cowboys and Injuns. Stick ’em up!
9 A cosmopolitan clock
Tomorrow’s future movers and shakers will get a buzz from Habitat’s Jet Set metal wall clock, £30, which will help them keep an eye on the goings-on in the world’s big three financial/style/fashion capitals, along with Tokyo (not seen).
10 Design classic seating
And last but definitely not least, it’s never too early to invest in a design classic. Little Livingetc can already tell her Eames from her Jacobsens, so we were thrilled to see The Conran Shop‘s selection of mini design classics…
Is it a chair? Is it a table? Is it a toy? Listen up, the Eames Red Elephant, £167, by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra, has the power to be whatever a growing imagination wants it to be.
Mummy and Daddy are bound to have a few Ghost chairs knocking about and now it’s Junior’s turn – the Lou Lou Ghost chair in Light Blue, £72, by Philippe Starck for Kartell, will make a playfully witty addition to any enfant terrible‘s room.
Definitely a piece for a power player, this Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair – 3107, £1,650, in Elegance tan leather will see Junior seeking a seat on the board…