The designer billycart


There is something delightfully ‘homemade’ about the PLAY series of children’s pieces. The use of a wooden crate as designer Jesper Thomsen’s starting point gives the collection a slightly haphazard, quirky look. I have no doubt that the look will really appeal to children. Parents can take comfort in the fact that there is nothing haphazard about the pieces at all – in fact, each is individually handcrafted in Denmark from solid beech.

The stand-out in the collection is unquestionably the soapbox cart, or better known to Aussie kids as a ‘billycart’. I’ll never forget my first ride in a billycart – the exhilarating feeling of travelling fast, close to the ground and being slightly out of control. I suspect that the PLAY soapbox cart would be a much smoother but no less exciting ride than the rickety cart I enjoyed many years ago.

In creating the collection, Thomsen felt that it was important that the pieces were for children, as opposed to small copies of adult furniture. He also wanted to capture the combination of play and creation. Most people’s billycarts were made in the garage by adults and children together and Thomsen was careful to express this sentiment in his designs.

The collection also includes a bench, a table, chairs and a blackboard. Thomsen notes that the pieces are available in any colour you want, as long as it’s yellow!

The PLAY series is available from Bodie & Fou, who ship internationally. The soapbox cart is £2150.


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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