The furniture shop your knight or princess would love

by Scandinavian mum

Rikke Baek and Anette Schack founded the Danish company Fairytale Design in 2003 with the aim of creating imaginative furniture for children 0-8y. Choose between 6 different children’s furniture lines; Soldier, Knight, Pirates, Prince Little, Princess, Ballerina, Lady and Puppy.
Shown below is Ballerina and Soldier.
All furniture, textiles and accessories are made with environmental care. Read more about fair trade and slow fashion here.

With lovely illustrations, Flash Player and music the web page www.fairytaledesign.dk would be fun for your child to visit as well.
In fact I think they would love shopping for furniture when they have the opportunity to catch butterflies at the same time!


Peters chair by Hans J. Wegner

by Scandinavian mum

The Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) designed Peters chair and table when his good friend and colleague, Borge Mogensen, fathered a son in 1944. It was rather difficult for Wegner to find an adequate christening gift because of the war. So he decided to make one himself, and what was more appropriate than a small piece of furniture for the new borne.

Peters chair is unique because its simplicity. It consists of 4 flat parts and can assembles without the use of tools. In fact it’s so easy to assemble that a child can do it! As a result this piece of design furniture can not only serve as a sturdy high quality wooden chair but also a fun and creative assembly toy that they can take apart and rebuild again and again.

As this is a classic, a fine example of great danish design, it doesn’t come for free. But in our opinion it’s well wort the investment. Visit carlhansen.com for list of UK dealers.

Contemporary wooden toys designed in Denmark

by Scandinavian mum

Moover Toys are a fantastic range of Danish designed wooden baby walkers, ride ons and push along toys. They are sold very successfully throughout Europe and are now available to the UK market exclusively through Hippychick.

Also winner of The French Toy Federation’s Best Toy Award 2010, the Mover range consist of five retro styled toys, doll’s pram, baby walker, dump truck, baby truck and rocking horse, available in natural or cherry wood.

Beautifully crafted, they will help children explore and enjoy their world. A ’must have’ heirloom toy for every family, and as typically Scandinavian crafts -designed to last for generations.

Competition on now, closing date of 30th June 2010: Win A Fabulous Moover Pram Worth £65!
Enter here: www.hippychick.com

Small, but sturdy and stable

by Scandinavian mum

Aksel, the chair from Norway, is simple, pure in style, traditional & elegant. Handcrafted from the finest natural materials since 1938, is carefully built to provide you a lifetime of enjoyment.

Choose between the Aksel Children’s Chair, the smallest one. Delivered with or without arm rests and as rocking chair or Little Aksel, children’s chair for the dining table, for the ages 1-3 years. Delivered in beech wood, stained or painted design. Seat made of plaited sea grass or the Aksel Junior, suitable for children from 3 years up to 10 1/2 years. Seat made of plaited sea grass. Excellent for children in a period when other children’s chairs are too small and a normal chair is too large.

Visit the UK agent M & I Agencies for more information and details.



Photo: Aksel Hansson

Kids love (Sebra) design!

by Scandinavian mum

Sebra Interior is Danish design company founded by designer Mia Dela in 2004, who after having children of her own, got inspired to produce toys, furniture and textiles for kids with a particular focus on children at play and the space they inhabit.

Sebra’s products exude a joyful mix of old fashioned crafts like crocheting and knitting; and modern, eye-catching, durable designs in beautiful colors and inspired shapes, made to blend naturally into a child’s daily life of playing and learning.

Visit Sebra for more inspiration.

Will we ever get enough storage for toys?

by Scandinavian mum

This is the toy that served as a model for Theodore´s fine design comprising Leka’s logo. When Evy Westerberg-Lindqvist introduced her product in 1962, the magazine “Family Record” wrote: “The Trojan horse is the model for this fun toy that works both as a stool and the location of blocks and small things.” This is still valid today, but Yngve Eriksson has made sure that the horse received hefty rubber wheels and nice round shapes and made it available in all Leka´s bright colors.
Eriksson designed this little wooden horse with inspiration from his mother-in-law Evy Westerberg Lindqvist’s furniture series for children from the 60’s and 70’s. When Evy passed away Yngve wanted to give new life to the unique products which had once been so popular. The result is this collection which is made almost entirely in Northern Sweden. The collection’s mascot is this Trojan horse.
Perfect for all those bits and bobs, secrets and goodies!

Available online at scandinavianbrandsonline.com Prices from £65

Photo: Malou Barré