Fun and functional – the two adjectives I think pretty much every piece designed for children should deserve. And this new table and bench range by British designer Steuart Padwick certainly earns them both.
They have an intriguing background too. Last year, Steuart won a competition to design a table and chair set for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and this new collection is based on those designs (and named the Cambridge Collection in their honour). Made of bent plywood (a personal fave!), the activity table features a pull-out drawer, and the finish has been kept pleasingly neutral, with simple white-painted accents, meaning it’ll fit right into your home.
What I love most about this design is the little curved bench, which can fit two children or one grown up. Kids’ table sets often come with stools, so the benches really caught my eye. The curved lines are particularly child-friendly too, which is so important when you have a toddler who’s prone to knocking into things (as I do!).
Interestingly, the Cambridge Collection will be sold through Land of Nod, part of US homewares giant, Crate & Barrel. There are lots of US brands these days selling direct to the UK, so it’s always worth checking them out.
Oh and if you want to see the design that the Prince and Princess have in their nursery, here’s a pic below. Sadly not available to buy, but isn’t it gorgeous?!