Wooden Dolls House and other Childish Tales for SS17 by Ferm Living

by Scandinavian mum

The wooden dolls house by Ferm Living was one of the most exciting news when it was launched in the lifestyle area at Ciff Kids in Copenhagen month as back. And now it’s finally landing in stores, together with the rest of the beautiful interior SS17 collection from this Danish company.

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Where to find wooden toys and furniture by Jabadabado

by Scandinavian mum

We have previously mentioned the Swedish company JaBaDaBaDo and the high quality wooden children’s furniture and their exclusive wooden toy range, designed by the husband and wife team Eva and Calle.

We have received an email from one reader of Little Scandinavian:

Hi can you help?
I’m trying to get hold of Jabadabado wooden market stall which you featured on your site, I’m based in the Uk and the pressie place no longer stock it, do you know where else stocks it? I’m desperate to get it for my daughters 3rd birthday.
Thanks for your help and time.
Best wishes, Caz

Dear Caz. We have written to Jabadabado, asking for UK stockists. As soon as we receive a reply we will be featuring it here. Meanwhile -enjoy the fun and colourful wooden toys and furniture display!

Best of the New Ikea 2012 catalogue

by Scandinavian mum

Foldable, stackable, affordable -beautiful -It’s out! The NEW Ikea catalogue 2012 is out! For fans of the Swedish furniture design house every new catalog is like a proper treat as Ikea’s designs are functional, stylish and most importantly reasonable.

This year the emphasis is on maximising small homes, get more into it and more out of it. It’s all about clever use of space and furniture that multitasks. No need to throw anything away as Ikea has storage systems for the tiniest and most hidden part of your home. It’s 374 pages of sustainable living.
We love visiting our local London store to admire the tastefully put-together set-ups, to visit all the pretend homes and most importantly indulge in the yummy Swedish meatballs. By the way, did you know that in Scandinavia we eat them with steamed potatoes, not french fries? Try it next time! Anyway, we had a look through the catalogue, and this is what caught our eye… The best of Ikea 2012 for the children.

For the nursery we think the handmade Byholma armchair would make the perfect nursing chair with it’s rounded and soft shapes and reasonable price. The adjustable Hensvik cot shows us that you don’t have to rob the bank to get your hands on a Scandinavian Designer cot.

BYHOLMA armchair £79
HENSVIK cot £59.99

Children’s Ikea isn’t only about extendable beds and fun lighting. They also have a great selection of educational toys perfect for role play in addition to more practical things for eating, sleeping, bathing etc. We love the simple stuff, like the three small soft mouses in white, grey and brown. Given to us as a present many years ago they are still with us. The girls plays with them all the time. They are soft to touch and small enough to go in your pocket. So excellent to bring on trips. We also love the Ikea Junior Kitchen unit. We visited some friends in Oslo this summer, and their 2 year old was cooking all day long on hers. Last but not least, the blackboard, the Måla easel. They never grow tired of it! Only remember to take some pictures now and then of their precious artwork before its wiped out.
GOSIG mus soft toy -perfect for role play! In brown/white/grey £0.99 each
DUKTIG Mini-kitchen £89.99
MÅLA easel £15.99

Most children are back to school and homework is back on the agenda. An inviting workspace will probably help getting started on both spelling and maths.
We think the tween and teen girl would love the Isala laptop table and the whole set-up as shown in the left picture. Fabrics, shelving units, pictures and light all create a private and cosy atmosphere for the older girl. We also think that roses are beautiful and that a grown up girl would appreciate the nostalgic romantic style in her room.
New ISALA laptop table £149
EMELINA knopp bedlinen 3 pcs £10.99

For the young man in the house this clean and functional style might be exactly what he wants. The desk is available in three colours; white, white and orange (as seen in picture below) and our favourite white and birch.
Beat the price: Shelf, desk, chair and lamp £116.47 (page 254)

Did you know that the Ikea catalogue is the worlds most read commercial print? Haven’t received a copy in the mailbox yet?
No worries, as you can view the Ikea 2012 catalogue online.

Children’s vintage and design furniture and toys

by Scandinavian mum

Looking for a true design item for your child’s bedroom, unique vintage or contemporary classics? Molly-Meg’s vintage kids furniture gallery displays a collection of classics from the 1950s to the present, sourced from all over the world. Occasionally we’ve also seen a few Scandinavian classics, Danish contemporary design furniture in children’s sizes.
It’s like visiting flea markets all over Europe at the same time finding that exact piece you were searching for, only without having to travel and to search through stacks of not so desirable items before hitting gold!
Molly-Meg says: By offering a carefully selected range of “Miniature classics” for children by leading designers, our aim is to show that good design is not just for adults. Taste and style can appeal to every age and blend seamlessly into any home.
If you’re looking for a true design item for your child’s bedroom, that very special stand out piece for a personal touch, all pieces are unique and comes with a history, can be found in the UK based online children’s vintage and design furniture shop Molly-meg.co.uk

Child's Pine Cubist chair £55
Vintage Swan Rocker £98
Casalino Junior 1970' chair £100

The So-Ro cradle

by Scandinavian mum

The contemporary cradle from the Norwegian design company So-Ro is the first product in the So-Ro series.

The So-Ro cradle is innovative in its class, both in terms of design and functionality. The design focuses on the baby’s comfort and development. So-Ro creates products that form a balance between activity and calmness in the baby’s first year. By combining modern Scandinavian design with proper therapeutic function they’ve managed to create a product which forms a simple and harmonious life.
Available in three colours, price approx £400.

Learn more about this true Scandinavian design piece at http://www.so-ro.com

Photo: So-Ro

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.