Whether you are in the market for a seriously upscale, statement style cot or just want to stickybeak on how the other half live, you have to check out cutting-edge designer, Nursery Works.
With the single aim of bringing high design into the nursery, Nursery Works collaborates with highly skilled American craftspeople to raise the bar of what is possible in the design, safety, functionality and quality of a cot.
There is no mass production with these designs; each product is made in low production runs in the USA to allow them more flexibility and innovation in their methods and materials.
Take the Lydian Crib for example. It features an 24 karat gold square base that houses a floating timber frame made from solid black walnut. Yes, that’s right, gold! It is a traditional style cot with an extravagant twist that makes it fit for royalty. And with a price tage of US$6900, it probably isn’t for us mere mortals.
If you are less about bling and more about artform than you might like to consider the Gradient Crib (pictured above and at top of post). This dynamic design is oval in shape and made from about 50 3D hardwood slats that connect in a continuous undulating pattern that look like ripples of water. This artwork/cot is the most expensive Nursery Works cot in production at US$7500, but it does seamlessly convert from a bassinet to a crib to give extra value and longevity for your outlay.
My personal favourite is the Highlight Crib. A more simple and modern design, the Highlight is all about clean lines with a bright pop of fluoro yellow that keeps it in the company of the ultra-chic.
Made from 100 per cent American white oak, this clever design offers two adjustable mattress levels and transforms into an adult sized desk once baby has outgrown it – I think I’d be in a hurry for bub to grow up so I can use it just quietly. Priced at a much more modest US$3900, this one just might be doable.
Last but not least is the signature Nursery Works original, Vetro Crib, which we first featured on Babyology back in 2013. A celebrity favourite, Kanye and Kim Kardashian as well as Beyonce and Jay-Z chose this minimalist style for their first babies. It was the first 100 per cent recyclable, non-toxic acrylic crib on the market and at US$4500 a pop, each cot is exclusively handcrafted and laser-etched with a unique limited edition number.
Click through to the Nursery Works online shop to see these functional works of art for yourself. They generally ship within the USA but shipping to Australia and other international destinations is available by arrangment.