Furniture, like clothes, are some of those things that children rapidly outgrow as they develop in size and interests. Many parents find themselves having to spend more money to keep up, but that's why it makes sense to choose the secondhand option for kids' clothes, and to purchase furniture that can transform as adapt just as your children do.
Dutch design firm Teehee created this duo of pieces that start off as cribs, but then can be converted to other uses, which is probably the most environmentally and wallet-friendly way to go about kids' furniture that would otherwise have to be discarded, sold or given away. Plus, the designs incorporate a sense that the furniture can become a backdrop to everyday play.
The Illeta crib can convert from a crib into a toddler's bed, and on the other side, has a changing nook placed in top of a child-sized wardrobe. A rack above assists in hanging clothes or baby mobiles in full view. It's the kind of stacked, all-integrated design that might be helpful in smaller spaces.
The Illa crib has the same idea, except adding on more storage in the form of a shelf, which seems deliberately designed to be more like a cubby, probably to discourage young ones from pulling toys off the shelf and making a huge mess. Coming with a longer clothes rack, and a height-adjustable mattress that can be both bed and sofa, there's also a low table that can be a changing table, desk and bench. There's also a detachable changing table that can be placed at a higher height, for parents with back issues.
Made in Europe with FSC-certified Scandinavian birch plywood, the Teehee founder Dolors Teixidor says on Dezeen that the units are made to nurture spontaneous interaction between family members, as well as to nurture a sense of familial comfort:
Babies and toddlers are not fans of change, their rooms become a shelter where they will spend many hours and they should feel comfortable in it. I like to think that I design 'little homes' that will grow with them. [..]
It's not about colours, fancy shapes or many features. For me it's about giving them the space to imagine, explore, play, and to be a child.
Like investing in clothing that is durable, higher quality and ethically made, we should take the same tack with our furniture. Yes, it may cost a bit more, but it's well worth spending a bit extra to have pieces you'll keep for many more years. More over at Teehee.