Too cool for stool – stylish kids furniture

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Nothing brightens a room quite like a showy floral centrepiece. But I’ve learnt the hard way that vases bursting with fresh flowers aren’t the smartest way to decorate with young kids in the house. So here’s a flower that even the most rough-and-tumble toddler can’t destroy. Hint: it’s not one of those garish fake gerberas from the local $2 shop.

Meet the sublime Flower Stool by Swedish designer Eero Koivisto. You’ll be happy to know the only delicate thing about this flower – which comes in bold black, white, red or orange – is its simple petal shape. It’s made from cold foam with a polyurethane surface. And while we don’t quite know what that means, we do know it’s damn tough. Damn cute too. Just like its Scandinavian Design Centre stablemate, the achingly adorable Frode Fish.

Kids can use the foam fish as a soft, comfy stool but it’s also meant for rolling, rocking, balancing and all sorts of other creative play. Which explains why Bolette and Louise Blaedel, the very clever sisters behind Swedish design house bOble, made sure it has no sharp edges or pointy corners.

The Flower Stool is US$424 and Frode Fish is US$63 from Scandinavian Design Centre, who will happily ship to Australia.

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