Yes, they’re a kids’ seat. No, they’re not plastic

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 Is it just me, or do these look good enough to eat? No, they’re not boiled sweets. They’re so bright and shiny, but no, they’re not plastic.

Believe it or not, the Mini-Mello Pouffe is made from bamboo. This clever, unobtrusive children’s seat by Ekobo ticks all the eco-friendly and fair-trade boxes. By combining contemporary design, traditional hand-crafts and renewable resources, Ekobo have created a piece of furniture for kids that will certainly appeal.

Apart from being the perfect little spot to perch, the Mini-Mello can be turned upside down and used as a little basket – neat!

The Mini-Mello is available in five colours (red, fuschia, lime, black and white). Parents might lean toward the neutral black or white to fit in with the living room decor but I say let the kids have their way and go for the brilliance of those brightly lacquered neon colours.

Mini-Mello’s are €49 each and are available from Kids Love Design, who ship to Australia. Check out the Ekobo site for a glimpse at the adult size Mello – not sure how they would stand up to the elements, but I think they would look fantastic outdoors.

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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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