This article originally appeared on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined.
It’s easy to be creative when it comes to spaces designed for children. All interior design aims to reflect the personality of the client, and with children’s rooms, this means being as unique as the youngsters themselves. Whether it’s for a tranquil, Scandi-style newborn’s nursery, or “magical furniture” to fit a playful theme, these stylish pieces will appeal to clients of all ages.
For its children’s range, Urban Avenue curates designs from established, highly renowned European makers, as well as up-and-coming, cutting-edge brands.
1. Urban Avenue
Urban Avenue was founded in 2016 by interior designers Inga Fraser and Charlotte Pugh and offers a curated collection of modern furniture and lighting. Its range of children’s furniture and accessories focuses on styles that will appeal to children and adults. “We love to find pieces that will remain useful for many years, such as cribs that transform into day beds or changing tables that become full-sized desks,” says Fraser.
Oeuf creates elegant yet whimsical decor that is at the same time kid-friendly and perfectly at home in a modern, stylish property.
New York-based Oeuf was founded by husband-and-wife design duo Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan in 2002 after the birth of their first child. “At the time there were no appealing cribs on the market, so we made one we liked,” says Demenge. “Then we found that other parents were looking for the same thing. That’s where our Classic Crib started, and we developed other modern essentials from there.”
The unique beds, chairs, lighting, and storage from Circu—such as the Bun Van bed—aim to give life to the dreams and playful imaginations of children.
This Portuguese company is known for its ultra-deluxe designs that aim to turn children’s dreams into reality. Designing to the tagline “magical furniture,” each piece from Circu is handcrafted and hand-tailored, such as the Bun Van, above. “The brand promotes the idea that magic and fantasy don’t have age boundaries,” says founder and head designer André Oliveira.
Uuio’s toys and furniture are functional and timelessly stylish, contributing to the overall design of the family home.
Pia and Johann Cohrs started Hamburg-based brand Uuio in 2016 after struggling to buy a bed for their daughter. They aim to create pieces that are stylish and functional but also timeless in feel and built to last. “We like the idea of furniture that can be passed down through generations,” says Pia.
Woven from elephant grass, and coloured with non-toxic dyes, each Moses basket from The Wanderer comes with a custom-made mattress for a newborn, and can be reused as a functional design piece as the baby outgrows it.
5. The Wanderer
Working with artisan Ghanaian weave collectives, The Wanderer, based in London, sells striking woven Moses baskets made from elephant grass with geometric patterns and cured leather handles. Each basket comes with a bespoke foam mattress and an organic fitted sheet, making them perfect for newborns. And part of the profits goes towards the charity Afrikids, which helps clothe, feed, educate, and provide support for vulnerable babies and children living on the streets in Africa.
Freyr and Fell encourages a more mindful approach to buying and has curated a collection of simple, beautiful, and useful pieces for the everyday living.
6. Freyr and Fell
Drawing inspiration from their travels throughout Denmark and Norway, the creators of Freyr and Fell have curated a collection of carefully crafted linens, soft toys, baby sleepsuits, and a fun teepee that all display a simple, Nordic sensibility while being practical enough for everyday use. They stock a range of designers whose minimalist patterns decorate natural 100% cotton designed to get softer after every wash, encouraging longer nights for little ones.