Today’s parents want the nursery to blend with other rooms, reflecting a modern aesthetic.
Once upon a time, baby’s room had a style all its own. But today’s parents want the nursery to blend with other rooms, reflecting a modern aesthetic.
Furniture designers and retailers have responded with lots of interesting options.
Jonathan Adler recently launched a collection of nursery furnishings for Fisher-Price. The New York-based designer’s line includes the Fisher-Price Jonathan Adler Deluxe Convertible Crib ($800 at fisher-price.com), featuring Adler’s signature honeycomb motif, as well as Ming-inspired feet capped in polished nickel.
“I wanted to incorporate some of my favorite motifs and materials, to elevate the Fisher-Price design aesthetic,” Adler says. “The collection has a whisper of Italian Modernism and a twinkle of design panache.”
Convertibles are a trend, according to Jill Fehrenbacher, founder of the design site Inhabitat and its offspring, Inhabitots.
“We’re seeing a growing interest in multifunctional furniture,” she says, “and this is especially true of new parents who are anxious about buying a storeful of baby gear. The idea that a crib could convert to a changing table or toddler bed is one with inherent appeal because it extends the value of what’s typically a large purchase.”
Fehrenbacher herself is a fan of the Oeuf Sparrow Crib ($820 at oeufnyc.com), created by New Yorkers Michael Ryan and Sophie Derenge. “Awesome functionality, safety and clean modern looks,” she says. “I bought this crib for my son and we’re still using it now as a toddler bed for my 4-year-old. It’s moved through two different homes, from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific, and has weathered it all beautifully.”
More affordable cribs can be found at Ikea, where trim, contemporary models sell for around $100. Or opt for the Stuva Crib ($199), which is convertible and includes under-crib storage drawers in several colors.
The new Babyletto Bingo Crib ($549 at babyletto.com) is made of sustainable New Zealand pinewood and has midcentury lines, incorporates handy storage cubbies and comes in a right-this-minute white/ash/cool-mint color scheme. It includes a toddler-bed conversion kit.
P’kolino’s Belle Convertible Crib ($900 at pkolino.com) has a lattice-patterned headboard that contrasts nicely with a deep gray, shell pink or pale blue base. P’kolino’s website offers customizing, too; you can design your own headboard from an array of images, colors and fonts.
If budget’s not an issue, consider the futuristic Ubabub Pod Crib ($2,300 at yliving.com). Curved plywood forms the front and back of the crib, while clear acrylic, laser-cut with tiny stars, makes up the side panels.
Nurseryworks is always pushing the envelope on baby furnishings. Its Gradient Crib ($7,500 at nurseryworks.net), designed by Matthew Grayson and Eric Lin, has undulating 3-D forms that create an asymmetrical silhouette.
“The goal, and challenge to ourselves, is to create something that doesn’t conform to the standard perception of what a crib is supposed to look like,” says Lin.
And finally, for the high-tech parent, Swiss designer Yves Behar has introduced the charmingly named Snoo Smart Sleeper ($1,160 at happiestbaby.com). Produced in collaboration with its inventor, pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, the sleeper’s smart-technology mattress responds to a baby’s fussiness with soothing motion and white noise. Parents can also control things remotely. A swaddling outfit secures baby inside the bed, which features sturdy white mesh sides in a walnut frame, with white, hairpin-style steel legs.