November 17, 2008
Vintage Furniture designed for Kids
When a kids magazine (Beijing Kids) asked me earlier this year to compile an article about vintage furniture for kids I had to google about 'vintage furniture' as I only was familiar with 'vintage cars' - so far.
That's why the article goes like this:
"A car is considered a vintage car when it is at least 20 years old. The same goes with furniture. Vintage furniture may have the aesthetics of the colorful and playful ’70s or arouse a serene feeling from another time – one that was simpler ..."
The article with a list of addresses can be found online:
Classically Chic - Vintage Furniture designed for kids
It was not easy to find good addresses for kids' vintage furniture. Most finds were French shops - and my favorite address in France is Bianca & Family
Since I was in contact with them for the article I receive their newsletter about 'nouveautés' ...
I always wanted to make a small post about them. They not only sell their finds, they also restore old kids furniture, mainly old school desks and chairs (see first pic above), and they have vintage toys. I am really tempted to get one desk set for my son, although the desk space seems a bit small. Maybe a double desk. It reminds me of my childhood at school.
Bianca & Family
268 rue des Ecoles
35800 Saint Lunaire, France
Phone: +33 (0) 688 790238
Shipment worldwide upon request.
Two more cute French shops with vintage stuff for kids:
Petit Blanc d'Ivoire
Another good address not only for kids:
Maison du Monde
Alternatively register with ebay and define some long term queries and get finds by email - e.g. from Ebay (France)
The German Architectural Digest (AD) magazine features in its November issue a 6 pages long article about the 'First four walls', stylish children rooms (Kinderzimmer).
The following brands are mentioned:
Bianca & Family, Richard Lampert, Habitat, Petite Boutique, Ralph Lauren Home, Petitcollin and Oliver Furniture.
More vintage kids stuff in blog land (with further links):
Harry's (New) Room by Anna Spiro
Vintage Kids Room for Pink by Di Overton
vintage furniture for kids by Danielle de Lange