Furnishing a room is child’s play with Jenny’s Blocks

If there is one thing that my boys love to do, it’s to take a flying leap from our (very sturdy) red gum coffee table onto the couch, superhero style. Of course they are not allowed to take flying leaps off the furniture but since when did that stop a three-year-old superhero on a mission?

Check out the neat ‘furniture’ by designer Jennifer Esposito. Jenny’s Blocks, as they are known, is a collection of furniture pieces that is simply crying out to be leapt on, rolled on, moved around and played with. Jenny’s Blocks were created when Esposito couldn’t find furniture that was stylish and kid-friendly. Esposito is mum to three boys so I suspect, much like my household, there are lots of unexpected superhero leaps.

Jenny’s Blocks borrow concepts from early childhood development techniques – playing with blocks stimulates young minds and provides lots of opportunities for social, physical, intellectual and creative development. Watching her own boys play with blocks led Esposito to think about furniture pieces that could be configured to fit together or stand alone.

The blocks unfold origami-style into a child’s life-size indoor playground but when the kids are tucked in for the night, they can be put back together in a configuration to suit the adults of the house. The signature ottoman unfolds into two semicircle rocking chairs and four half moon shaped kids seats – no doubt kids could do a lot with those six pieces.

Jenny’s Blocks are made of dense foam that can stand up to the most active of kids and come in a wide range of fabrics, colours and patterns to suit any décor. For a family living space, you might select neutral mock-suede pieces but go with neons and that shaggy white alpaca fur, distressed patent leather and hot pink crushed velvet for the playroom.

Contact Jennifer Esposito designs directly for more information.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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