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UK £25.00
US $35.00
256 pages
350 colour illustrations
22.5 x 19 cm (8.75 x 7.5 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4700-6
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Designs for Children
Furniture, Accessories and Toys

Agata Toromanoff

As many parents know, decorating and furnishing a child’s room can be both a pleasure and a problem: you must somehow find a balance between practicality, playfulness, comfort, safety, originality and making the most of the space available. This stylish book shows how some of the world’s best-known designers and design companies have risen to the challenge of creating furniture and accessories specifically for children. It presents some 250 designs, both iconic pieces and more recent creations based on the latest technological advances. Rather than being merely scaled-down adult designs, the best designs for children respond to their express needs: as well as being durable, safe and easy to clean, they nurture a child’s development and encourage creativity and the use of imagination. From Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Aarnio and Nanna Ditzel to Marcel Wanders and Javier Mariscal, and from Knoll and Artek to Alessi, MDF Italia and Magis, the biggest names in design have produced beds, tables, chairs, storage, rugs, cutlery and playthings that can be used from an infant’s earliest days through to the start of adolescence. The three main sections of the book – furniture, accessories and toys – are subdivided into such categories as cradles and cribs, shelves, mirrors, clocks and animals. Throughout, concise descriptions are accompanied by colourful and lively images. Whether you are a style-conscious parent seeking ideas for a functional yet fun nursery, bedroom, playroom or study, a design professional or simply a fan of contemporary design, this is an enchanting survey of excellent, clever, child-friendly design.


A delightful book showcasing the best in contemporary design for children
Features some 250 children’s product and furniture designs from such designers as Alvar Aalto, Nanna Ditzel, Javier Mariscal and Marcel Wanders, and such companies as Alessi, Kartell, Magis and Vitra
Provides boundless inspiration for transforming children’s spaces

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Author Profile

Agata Toromanoff is an art and design historian who has curated numerous contemporary art projects. She has written features for the art press and is the author of several books, including Chairs by Architects (2016), Sofas: 340 Iconic Designs (2018), Vases: 250 State-of-the-Art Designs (2019) and Designs for Children (Merrell, 2022).

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