For growing kids, play time opens up a whole new world of adventure and exploration which is why toys and playrooms are important elements of childhood. While classic dolls and cars won’t be going anywhere any time soon, educational and innovative toys have grown increasingly more popular in the market over the recent years. And because we love the idea of multi-functional pieces at home like modular chairs and sofas, we came up with a list of creative furniture that combines function and play.
Read on for plenty of play time inspiration.
Design Libero puts a whole new twist on animal furniture by adding a whimsical spin to the set. Outlined by a wooden cut-out, the Animaze features animal cushions that double up as seats or play surfaces perfect for toddlers. We love the collapsible feature that lets you use the cut-outs as desks, yet store easily as one whole piece. Think life-size puzzles and adorable animals.
Avlia Furniture System
Another furniture set inspired by the barnyard, Avlia is designed to mimic animals, in minimal wooden finishes. The simple design complements imagination and pretend play by encouraging interaction with the animals in a functional manner. From a pretty pink pig-shaped storage container with castors to a cow-shaped study desk, Avlia is an all-around addition to the kids’ room.
If you don’t keep pets at home, your kids will most likely want one of their own. Enter PET, a quirky imaginative stool kids can carry around wherever they go. With six legs and string handles at either side of the chair, PET allows kids plenty of fun imagining the different animals it could be. According to designer Inna Shimelmits, PET was inspired by observing the way children tend to develop attachment to their favorite toys and even furniture.
For a playhouse that’s as useful as it is pretty, Torafu Architect’s dollhouse chair checks all the boxes. We adore the bright red and wooden finish that would make a great accent to any room, but its brilliance lies in the dollhouse hidden inside it. Simply open the chair from the middle to reveal a two-story dollhouse that will capture the hearts of those who love imagining scenarios with their dolls.
Dice is another playful piece designed by Torafu Architects. Elegantly made with plywood and colored rubber edges, Dice was created as a multi-functional piece of furniture that kids can roll around to different positions in order to be used as a shelf, a workspace, or even a table with built-in drawers. The idea is that Dice can be used throughout childhood and even adulthood, either as furniture, or an item of nostalgia.
Finally, balloon-lovers will love Kingston University graduate Fern Toynton’s latest design for kids called the Inflate Kit. Each kit comes with different pieces of beechwood slats punctured with holes that can be combined by using inflatable balloons as joints to assemble toys and furniture. The Inflate Kit allows you to build airplanes, cars and even teepees depending on the combination of slats and balloons. As fans of all-things colorful, we definitely don’t want to miss out on the party.
Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. We’ve previously written about toys and tech for the toddler’s room, so check it out here. Spending time outdoors during the summer? Read our top picks for kid’s playhouses for the summer.
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