On "The Early Show" Friday, Brooke Stoddard, a top design consultant, showed what's the latest and greatest in cutting-edge children's furniture from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).
This wallpaper is fun, retro and fabulous. It comes in all sorts of great colors. A throwback to decades past of clunky lovable aliens, this paper can work for the entire room, or as a highlighted wall. The paper features a repeating pattern of four robots ranging from the cute to the fearsome and you can select, whether you want the pattern in one color, mixed colors or, perhaps for that true robot vibe, a metallic finish. Once that is decided, you'll just need to work out where to hang it. It's all hand printed, and it's sure to bring whimsy to any wall in your child's room.
Tam Tam Stools
2008 commemorates the 40th anniversary of Henry Massonnet's iconic Tam Tam stools of the late '60s. Now in production by Brandex, France, and stocked by AMEICO in a wide array of colors. The stools are a classic, simple and economical solution to casual, contemporary seating, as well as a creative small table or seat for children's rooms and play areas. The removable top allows a child to have a secret hiding place for small treasures!
It's an instant hit because of its versatility, comfort, ease to carry and snap together. An iconic photo of the very iconic Brigitte Bardot on a Tam Tam elevated the stool to cult accessory. Today, the Tam Tam is made in the same French factory using the same mold that gave rise to the original version. Collect all colors, or mix candy brights with futuristic metallics. Or, punch up a room with the graphic silhouette of a single stool in a contrasting color. COST: $48-$65
Hanno the Gorilla and Ursa the Bear
Like Hanno, the Greek voyager who discovered gorillas 2500 years ago, Hanno the wooden gorilla is brave, strong, and curious. His powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses, and his elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make him almost impervious to breakage.
Ursa's powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses, and her elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make her almost impervious to breakage. An enduring classic that will withstand generations of play.
COST: The Gorilla-$75
Basket weave Floor Mat
Basket weave rugs are manufactured with vinyl; they are sleek, easy-care and super durable. The basket weave floor mat has a non-skid surface on the bottom to keep the rug in place and prevent accidents.
AJ 4 Drawer Changer
This piece is made of 100 percent hardwood, non-toxic lacquered paint. It has a wall mount anti-tipping strap for ultimate safety. It's available in a variety of colors complemented by a simple white color. It's great for tall people changing babies, as it has a nice height with four drawers for storage. Ideal for any baby and toddler's room, and will last you forever.
Parker Play Table with Chalkboard Top
This piece is the perfect height for kids. It has a reversible tabletop. One side is a chalkboard for everything, from creative writing to doodles. On the other is a smooth top, ideal for play, and a great height for train sets. They contain nicely sized drawers for storage. And as your child grows, it can make a good coffee table.
This rug is fun, while being completely functional. It's street signs on a rug, but in more muted colors so it doesn't take the focus of the whole room. The muted colors won't show a great deal of dirt either. It's comfy meets cool, in the softest, sturdiest 100 percent hand tufted New Zealand wool.
Bird Tree Wall Sticker
Wall stickers are a perfect way to decorate for your children. They are fun, imaginative and interesting, without requiring permanent paint work. They are easy to apply (the application process is literally as complicated as applying a temporary tattoo), and the best part is, they come in great designs. We are featuring the bird tree, but the company also has an under the sea seen, an animal farm march, mushrooms and butterflies. They are easy to remove, if you get tired of the look.
Soft boxes are classic felt applications. They not only look great but can be used as nook storage for everything from toys to magazines. We offer them in many sizes and in uni- or bi-color style. All are made with heavy 5mm wool felt. They are perfect for kids, as they are extremely pliable.
Clover Activity Table, Berry Book Stool
Greenplay Children's Furniture is an eco-friendly choice that kids will absolutely love! The Greenplay Clover Table is built with a storage shelf underneath the work surface, ideal for stashing crayons, books, or anything that will free up valuable surface space. More importantly, Greenplay is constructed from 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials. Each table is constructed from formaldehyde-free materials. Choose from a recycled plastic or wood top in three different wood finishes or two different plastic colors. Make this the conversation piece of your elementary library or children's area.
For more fun design ideas for children, go to Page 2.