Having kids may have put a serious cramp in my interior decorating style but I’m not quite ready to settle for the Elmo-shaped armchair my daughter spied at a local department store last week. No. I’d much prefer to seat my offspring in something like this Bertoia Child’s Diamond Chair from Knoll Kids.
There’s something about the Diamond’s classic shape (US$530) that screams modern masterpiece. But in a nicely subtle way. Which is so much more my style – yours too, I’m guessing – than any fuzzy-wuzzy armchair with built-in googly eyes.
The new release Knoll Kids collection contains plenty more pint-sized pieces from the annals of iconic 20th century furniture design that will have modern-leaning parents in raptures. We dare you not to love the Womb chair, a scaled-down version of the original by Finnish design god Eero Saarinen. Of course, at US$2380, you might not be so fond of the price.
The retro Risom Child’s Chair and matching Amoeba Table pictured below is a little more affordable but no less stylish. It’s priced from US$197 per chair and US$404 for the table. Visit Knoll to drool over the entire kids’ range while you wait for Australian stockists to be announced. Or just say `to hell with it’ and organise your own reshipper from the States.
If you don’t have the budget or the patience to wait for a genuine Knoll, try Little Nest for Australian-made pieces with a similar modernistic flair.