In case you haven’t seen, or have forgotten about the Bobbin activity center from Three Pears, I urge you to take a look at this beautiful modern alternative to the usual plastic nonsense. We’re mentioning it today because now it’s even more modern in MonoChrome!
There really is not another activity center on the market right now that I can recommend. It’s currently about $480 USD. Keep in mind that the price on the site is listed in Canadian dollars.
The next Cribsies category I love to check out is “Niftiest Play Table“. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.
Under the Play category, be sure to vote for your favorite as “Niftiest Play Table“. Are there any others you love that didn’t make the list?
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There are a few eye-popping new offerings from The Land of Nod. We’ve been waiting for this Spring 2015 collection since we saw previews of it on Instagram, and I’m just as excited about it now that I’m seeing all the pieces individually.
First and most notable is the Springwood collection. Designed by Maria Yee, each piece in the collection is handmade from bamboo and coated with a water-based finish.
The Springwood Rocking Chair is a unique, sculptural piece that adds a lot of style without taking up too much floor space.
The Springwood Crib anchors the collection, but I’m not sure why the back has to be higher than the front. I’m not usually a fan and don’t see the point unless it’s a crib that converts into a full bed, which this does not seem to do. $1500
Of course there’s a matching dresser ($1200) and changing top ($200). While the legs are beautiful, if you’re looking for a lot of storage, you might want to find another option.
Finally, there’s the gorgeous Springwood Bassinet. $550
The Land of Nod has really gone all out with bassinets this year and one might have to move from your “optional” list to your list of must-haves for baby!
In addition to the Springwood Bassinet, there’s the simple teak Olin Bassinet ($450)…
… and most spectacularly, the Norse Bassinet. This Scandinavian-inspired design is one of my favorite new baby furniture pieces in a long time. Other baby furniture brands are really going to have to start stepping it up in the design department!
There are a couple new small storage pieces that are worth mentioning. The Alto Bookcase comes in three colors with three base options that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect combo. I’m thinking we may need one in Walnut and White at our house. $250
I also like the little Next Chapter Bookcase. You can never have too many books nor too much storage. $250
Finally, the Neon Chalkboard Table is a fun pop of color for any child’s bedroom or playroom. It’s available with a hot pin or neon green base. $300
What new pieces are going on your wishlist?
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The collection features a beautiful white play table and bent plywood chairs with either rabbit or bear ears. Both adorable chairs come in birch or walnut and can be customized with fun fabric Play Stickers that can be removed and reused.
I’d even just want a set of the stickers ($19) to play with!
The play table retails for $269 and the chairs are sold in pairs for $226.
The Play Collection goes perfectly alongside any other Oeuf collections but it’s a clean modern design that you can be happy to place in any living space.
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With everything your active toddler needs, in a size that’s designed just for them, P’kolino’s Little Modern Collection has lots of great pieces to consider. Shipping May 30th, these are currently available for a reduced introductory price.
The Toddler Bed features a safe and stylish design with a hidden storage compartment at the foot of the bed. It usually retails for $300, but right now you can pre-order it for $250.
The Little Modern Toy Chest is 18″ x 15.75″ x 31.3″, so it’s a good deal bigger than previous P’kolino toy boxes have been. As their size was always my #1 complaint about them, this toy chest should finally do the trick! It retails for $170, but is available for pre-order now for $150.
The Little Modern Activity Table is similar to the table and chair set, but has as hidden play area inside and doesn’t include any chairs. It’s a great little train or play table for small areas. This retails for $150 but is available now for the introductory price of $130.
Finish off your toddler’s space with a comfy Little Modern Reader Chair. I wish we could have a couple of these in each of our preschool’s classrooms!
Congrats to P’kolino on this great new collection. I got a little nervous about your direction when I saw the Safari Adventure Toddler Bed and Bookshelf for Toys R Us, but you’ve redeemed yourself in my eyes.
With darker tones and a masculine flavor, I wasn’t surprised that this baby boy’s nursery was created for a first time, single dad. With dark wood floors and trim throughout the house, Amy Sklar had her work cut out for her when looking for a way to add some fun and light to the space.
Amy explains, “If we had started painting out the trim to make it lighter to work with the majority of the nursery bedding on the market, it would have really impacted the continuity with the trim and floors in the rest of the house, so we set out to find a bedding that would have the sweetness that the client wanted, but also work with the fixed dark elements of the house.”
The bedding she found, Ferm Living’s Mountain Friends, achieved the perfect tone and tied black and brown in with light blue. Amy used Farrow & Ball’s “Parma Gray” on the walls and the amazing wispy clouds were done by decorative painter Olivia Raeburn.
Apparently Amy reads BuyModernBaby too, so it’s no wonder
In addition to his nursery, this lucky little boy enjoys playroom perfection as well. With an Expedit full of Ugly Dolls, the play table that’s on my personal wish list, and some colorful art and accessories, this room will be fun and functional for years to come.
Thanks for sharing the photos of this incredibly dramatic yet super sweet nursery and the sophisticated but fun playroom, Amy! You do amazing work.
Browse more of the talented Amy Sklar’s projects on sklardesign.com.
Pkolino’s newest table and chair set, the Little Modern Table and Chairs, is now available for pre-order. $230
The table top is reversible with wood on one side and chalkboard on the other. The top is also split for easy access to storage underneath. It’s a nice marriage between P’kolino’s Chalk Table and their Little One’s Table and Chairs. Check out their website for their full selection of play tables.
When someone asks me what I think is missing in the modern baby world, one of the first things I think of is an exersaucer, jumparoo, activity center type thing. These are those hideous plastic monstrosities that toddlers of a certain age really love. Parents love them because they’re a safe place to put a baby (who can hold their head up and support their weight on their legs) and watch them play somewhat independently.
I KNEW it was possible to make a modern version of these– one that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have in the house. I’ve finally found the perfect design (and as you can imagine, there’s a price tag to match). The Bobbin Triple Play Centre from Three Pears is just what I’ve been dreaming of.
With solid maple legs, Greeguard certified finishes and formaldehyde free MDF surfaces, this play center is as safe and eco-friendly as is it spectacular. It comes in five different modern color combinations. Shown above is “Petal Pusher” and below you can see “Sea Legs” with the addition of the Bobble Toy accessories. These can all be attached to the table surface with detachable suction cups. Babies can reach all the way around the table because the seat rotates 360 degrees on an aluminum turn table mechanism.
Once your toddler is a bit bigger, you can lower the colored platform to make room for their longer legs.
Finally, when the life of the play center has run its course (and you’d be getting ready to donate the giant plastic play center), you remove the Bobbin top, flip it all over and you have a modern kids table. Add a couple Milking Stools and you can continue to use the Bobbin for several more years!
I am so excited about The Bobbin and the entire line of products from Three Pears. As I have warned you, the price is steep. The Play Centre is $850, the toys range from $35 to $70, and the stools are $70. Shipping to the US is an additional expense.
Update 3/6/2013: The price for the Bobbin (via comments below!) is now down to $550. Much easier to swallow. Hooray!
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I’m delinquent blogging about Tambino, but a couple of their newest products ensured that I could no longer keep this brand to myself.
As soon as I spotted their amazing new Typographic Easel, I had to let you take a look. The easel is shown here with the Typographic “H” Chair and the Typographic “K” chair. Oh, the letter A as an easel. How perfect.
Then there’s this brand new little beauty. The Pickup (Your Toys) Truck is part toy chest and part kid’s desk. Fun and function all in one. Make room in your playrooms. I adore it!
These number tables are unlike any others. They’re the ones I’ve been long overdue showing you. Pick an oversized 2, 3, 5 or 6 table. There’s also an 8 Activity Table (not shown). They all have numbers for legs as well. How cool would it be if your preschool used tables like these?!
You can also enjoy the numbers in a smaller stepstool form. The 2 and 4 Stepstools are available in a variety of colors.
Tambino has also been getting some attention for their use of the number 5 as a Toddler Table Stand!
At this point, can you imagine how excited Count Von Count is getting?
And if you want to go really batty with Tambino, check out their modular cushion sets like this starfish.
I’ve shown you MUCH of what Tambino offers, but to see it all, I invite you to visit their site and take a look at the rest. If you’re ready to buy, feel free to use my affiliate link and visit their Amazon Shop.
The last Cribsie Awards category I’d like to review with you is “The Perfect Little Play Table.” You may be aware of my long-time search for the perfect play table, so it was interesting to see what the Cribsies came up with as their list of finalists.
Next, at the other end of the price spectrum, is Ikea’s Sansad Table. For $50 you get a nice, large, solid surface with legs that are adjustable to three different heights. I’m not a fan of the leg colors but you could probably dress it up with a little DIY.
Offi’s Play-A-Round Activity Table retails for $300. I think I would have had Offi’s Woody Chalkboard Table here instead, because this table isn’t really that exciting without the matching Mini Drawer Chairs. The table and chairs are designed by Roberto Gil.
You all know I’m a big P’kolino fan but I truly would have been shocked if one of P’kolino’s play tables wasn’t on this list. In this case, their Craft Table is the big finalist but the Chalk Table and Safari Tree Table would have been great picks as well.
Plan Toys, a favorite toy brand, has their own version of the Play Table. It’s perfect for Plan City or Plan Toys’ Train Sets. Retails for $200.
The Land of Nod is another wonderful place to search for play tables. I’ve been admiring their Mojo Table for a long time but this year, their Activity Table was a Cribsie top pick. Available in White, Honey and Espresso, the table comes with or without storage bins, has different height legs (low, medium and high) and an optional paper roller.
Is your perfect play table on this list? Who are you voting for?