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Functional diversity in furniture design

Kind + Jugend 2015 led the way: Durability and multifunctionality are still at the top of the list when it comes down to furnishing the children’s bedroom. This is demonstrated among others by “Grown up” – the furniture series that grows together with the child created by the designer from Cuxhaven, Annika Marie Buchberger, which was distinguished with the sponsorship award, the Kids Design Award.

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Design Parc, Perludi

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Design Parc, Perludi

Design: Simple shapes and contrasting tones

Thanks to a manifold selection of structured foils and décor as well as different facets and styles, taste is coming into its own in 2016. The modern and simple shapes create an air of timeless elegance in both the children’s and youth’s section. In this way, the furniture can be used for a long time and combined with each other.

The industry is in agreement regarding the design of children’s furniture: The current trends from the past year are also ongoing in 2016! Parents still prefer solid wood furniture, i.e. made of spruce, beech, birch, ash or oak, preferably in classic white. But also combinations between partly wood and solid wood as well as MDF furniture are still popular. Grey and brown shades as well as pastel colours and dark elements create interesting contrasts.

Children’s furniture that grows with the child

Parents want their children’s furniture to grow with their kids and want it to be alterable if necessary. For example, once the baby starts getting older the changing unit should turn into a chest of drawers and the spare bed into a bench. Mobile, foldable and inflatable as well as interlocking booster seats or easy-to-assemble protective guards guarantee high flexibility in their usage.

The furniture series “Grown up” by the designer Annika Marie Buchberger, does justice to the parental demands for “continuity at home”. The individual pieces of furniture convince with their simple design and can be used in many ways. They don’t have to be exchanged after the first three years of the baby’s life, they are simply extended or adjusted: The three basic elements, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and a table can partly be fitted on top of each other so that the height can be adjusted individually to suit the size of the child. A further example of the unabated demand for multifunctional children’s furniture is the multifunctional baby’s bed “NidoErgonomic Basic” by NIDO EDUCA S.L. From a bed with integrated lighting, through to a changing unit, it unites a combination of versatile technical attributes and fields of application. This earned the item the Kind + Jugend Innovation Award 2015 in the category “World of Baby Furniture”.

Ecological Children’s rooms

Children’s furniture not only has to look good, it should be suitable for all purposes. High quality is particularly important for the parents. They particularly award high marks for ecological production that takes health and environmentally-friendly aspects into account. If the desired furniture is additionally distinguished with an emission, stability or sustainability label, all necessary aspects have been fulfilled from a sustainability point of view.

What are your experiences regarding furniture design trends? Which products are favoured by the parents the most and which products are not selling well (anymore)?

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