We are super excited for our friends Mina and Carlo as their clever IO Bunk Pod has been awarded the Golden A Design Award in the Furniture Category.
The A Design Award and Competition aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide in all creative disciplines and industries.
The IO Bunk Pod is a gorgeous addition to a child bedroom with a sleek, modern and futuristic design. We parents loves the IO Bunk Pod because its a piece of furniture that will grow with your children. Once the kids are grown up or do not wish to sleep in the same room, the IO Bunk Pod turns into two different single beds.
Designing for children always represented an interesting challenge. With children’s products the challenge is a lot to do with how they can stand the test of time in order to get the maximum usage, whilst at the same time be adaptable, functional, fun and easy to use. The pod was partly inspired by this challenge as much as a personal desire to create interesting piece for my own children.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
IO Pod is an all in one space for children to sleep, store and study. It has been conceived with an ease of assembly in mind and can be configured in numerous ways including a bunk bed, two separate single beds, a top bed and desk area beneath as well as a bed and desk separately in order to suit a family’s evolving needs. The engineering behind the concept enables parents to easily convert it whilst providing children with opportunities to enjoy it and treasure it as they grow.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
One of the key advantages of the piece is in the ease of its assembly. With a minimum number of components each of the beds consists of just four end sections, four side panels and two bases. All components are secured with concealed fixings. The bases are secured to the end pieces and side panels with a series of hex head screws, this requires just one alen key tool to construct the individual beds. Once the beds are assembled a ladder is fixed into position with six locating wooden dowels. When in its bunk pod configuration the top and bottom bunks are easily fixed together with just eight screws to complete the assembly. The lower bunk is easily configured from a bed to a desk by relocating the lower bunk base and securing it in place with a series of screws.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project took eight months to complete from its initial concept through design process, testing and modifications to the final product. The piece was produced in Europe and tested by Fira, Furniture Industry Research Association in London. IO Pod was first shown in London during London Design week in 2013.
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|PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
IO Pod is conceived with sustainable thinking applied to its design. The multifunctional aspect of the design ensures that the product can be used over a long period of time and in many different ways. Scandinavian birch plywood was chosen because of its strength, warmth and durability with other versions also having an outer laminate layer providing extra protection. The manufacturing process of the piece combines skilled, local craftsmanship with the latest CNC technology with the intention to minimise waste and to achieve high quality throughout all aspects of design. The product was tested by FIRA and it complies with all relevant UK and European safety regulations.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Material: Plywood and High Pressure Laminate 230cm (W), 94cm (D), 155cm (H) Flat Packed
Bunk Bed, Modular, Versatile, Adaptable, Multi-functional
IO Pod was created as a response to a request from my daughter who wanting a bunk bed. Initial research was then carried out to understand better how particular design can be used and how it can fit into children’s and parents lives. Research into safety regulations and testing was carried out which resulted in close collaboration with FIRA testing facility in London. We wanted our product not only to be versatile and functional but safe too.
The challenge was to combine all our key objectives into a single design that children would grow up with and use through various stages of their life, yet at the same time ensure that the engineering behind the concept enables easy assembly and conversion for parents. Another challenge for the design was that we had to adhere to strict safety regulations during design process and at the same time ensure that the integrity of our vision for the piece was preserved down to every cut and bend.
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Zac is a little boy three years of age who recently had his room totally redecorated at the same time as his family’s house in London. His mother, who is an interior designer at Canham & Hart reveals her inspirations and a few useful tips and advice for designing a kid’s room.
WHAT WAS YOUR INITIAL IDEA BEFORE THE DESIGN PROCESS BEGAN?
I wanted to design a space that was playful, stylish and contemporary and of course a fun place for Zac to play with his friends.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE DECORATING THIS ROOM?
Zac’s bedroom was very dark, especially being located at the back of the house, so we stripped the walls and painted them Farrow and Ball All White and laid pine floorboards which we also painted white. Straight away this made a massive difference, transforming the room from a dark and dingy space to a lovely light and airy bedroom. I chose Ferm Living Harlequin wallpaper because of it’s striking pattern and because it would make a great feature wall. I also thought the patten was timeless and not too babyish so it should stand the test of time.
WHAT WERE YOUR MUST-HAVES FOR THE ROOM?
Zac has a lot of colourful toys which I wanted to incorporate into the scheme – the pops of colour add to the playful nature of the room.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRACTICAL ELEMENT IN THE ROOM?
Zac loves reading so the bookshelf is a great way of displaying his books as well as allowing him to access them easily.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PARENTS CREATING AND DESIGNING A ROOM FOR THEIR CHILD?
My advice to anyone designing a children’s (bed)room is to buy inexpensive furniture as things get knocked & damaged easily. I would also avoid using carpet so you don’t need to worry about spillages etc . A feature wall is a good way of making a room standout, plus it’s much cheaper to wallpaper one wall instead of the entire room and there is a great selection of wallpapers available on the market today. Children want to be able to access their toys and books easily so it’s important to choose furniture that is functional. Dressing a room with different textiles such as cushions and blankets is another inexpensive way of giving character and warmth to a room.
Words and images via http://www.kidsinteriors.com/
Harlequin Wallpaper by Ferm Living available in our store here - Samples available on request.
Bookcase : Great Little Trading Company I Cabinet : Ikea I Extendable bed : Ikea I Wardrobe : Family Heirloom I Toy storage bag : Tellkiddo I Rug : Habitat I Pendant origami light: Snowpuppe I Harlequin wallpaper : Fermliving I Shutters : The Traditional Shutter Company I Turquoise chair : Tolix I Toadstool silver lamp : Heico I Paint : Farrow and Ball
Architectural design, planning and site supervion : Vorbild Architects
Last week we got together with local photographer Rebecca Fitch Photography . Rebeccas is specialised in newborn photography and family photography. We just offered a few of our products and she came up with the most amazing images. Here a sneak peek ...more to follow
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Ms Little Rabbit Cushion from here
Polka Blouse by Fub Clothing in store only!
Hint of Mint. Freshen up your baby`s room with this cool pastel hue - great for boys and girls - and perfect colour to see you through spring too.
Copy the look with:
- Half Moon Wallpaper in Mint by fermLiving Kids available here
- Shelving with Brackets in Mint available here
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What if the wallpaper was on the ceiling? Something unusual to free your walls, that could bring a touch of color in the room, whether it`s a kid`s room or living room.
The ceiling usually is a wall which is painted with light colors, in order to increase, to the eye, the size of the room. Low white ceilings make the room seem larger and much brighter, especially if there are small windows.
Placing wallpaper on the ceiling is finding a new point of view and have fun with the decoration.
Copy this look with our FermLiving Harlequin Wallpaper
Toddler bed in White / Walnut by Oeuf NYC available in store
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Our January shop window is dedicated to all mum to be in 2017 and how to welcome your baby creating a safe, natural and organic nursery.
We`re celebrating the end of 2016 with our favourite products of the year.
"I like the smoothness of the bold concrete and I am forever seeking ways for a tidy and
organised desk." Alessia, Founder
Concrete Desk Set, £50.00
"I love the Llama jewellery box. I like its natural beauty. A gorgeous ornament that would sit beautifully
on a dressing table but has a special secret little box." Mirella, Shop Manager
Llama Jewellery Box, £36.50
"I like the Zebrano wooden watch. The gold detail gives the watch a classic look while the wood
adds a touch of distinction." Claudio, IT
Zebrano Watch, £105.00
We`d like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy, peaceful, and joyful holiday. From all of us, thank
you for the wonderful year and look forward to seeing you in our shop
Scoreboard Coat Hanger, £130.00
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This popular annual event is enjoyed by many of the local residents and has a good turnout each year.
Bring along your family and friends to soak up the Christmas spirit and festivities taking place on Station Road, Packhorse Road and Oak End Way.
Lots of local businesses have stalls showcasing what they do and giving away goodies!
Browse the shops and take advantage of the late night shopping.
There’s something for everyone:
There’s plenty of games and activities to keep the children occupied as well as adults (you may even get some hot mulled wine to warm up!)
Gerrards Cross looks beautiful with the bright Christmas lights illuminating the town.
Add the date to your diary and remember to bring along your hats, scarves and gloves to keep warm!
VISIT OUR SHOP AT 14 STATION ROAD, GERRARDS CROSS, SL9 8EL, BUCKS, UK
Our 2016 Christmas Gift Guide is Out with an edited selection of our unique gifts for her, for him, and children. Should you wish to receive it by post, please send us an email with your postal address to email@example.com ....discount included!
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Hidden among the trees in a beautiful piece of Cornish woodland is the steam bent house
that British designer Tom Raffield built.
Tom and his wife Danielle have long dreamed of being able to live and work amongst
the trees and after two years of hard work and creative exploration they finished
their biggest project to date.
Mastering the same techique used in his lighting, Tom created a gorgeous,
natural, wood home.
Tom Raffield Wood Design Lighting are available in store here
We are very happy to introduce in our Gerrards Cross boutique the gorgeous clothing of Danish label Fub.
Adorable and ecological, Danish label Fub launched in 2008. Designer Anne Sofie Olrik uses only the finest wools and softest organic cottons, this is a collection that feels as good as it looks.
Timeless design with unique detailing in serene and gentle colours make Fub’s pieces stylish wardrobes staples every child will want in their wardrobe. Mix and match their signature knits with anything and everything for understated kids contemporary cool.
Fub is a brand that is reputed for its excellence. Children can’t resist the softness of its materials, and their parents, the simplicity of its cuts. Very conscious of the environment and of children’s health, Fub makes its children’s clothes from organic fabrics, without any pesticides. A collection made up of chic basics and minimalist vibes that remain loyal to the Scandinavian spirit, perfect to heat up your style!
Fub clothing are certified OEKOTEX class 1 so extremely safe for newborns due to absence of chemicals.
We are excited to see our Star Music Mobile in the November issue of glossy Baby London, the must-have luxury magazines covering the journey from pregnancy to new motherhood and beyond.
STAR SPOTTING: How to light up your little`s one nursery with cute cosmic and whimsical star-shaped accessories.
Our Star Music Mobile is made of organic cotton, soft and safe for your newborn. Buy it from Here
If you like Stars, check out our Soft Textile Light Star here
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Beautiful graphic wallpapers are such an impactful way of bringing vibrancy and visual interest to your interior design. And this is especially true of Scandinavian brand ferm LIVING’s range of striking and easy-to-hang wallpaper designs, which can instantly transform a child’s room into a life-sized illustrated storybook.
Here some inspiration ideas:
Harlequin Wallpaper in Grey, also available in Pink and Mint - SHOP NOW
Cloud Wallpaper in Mint, also available in Pink - SHOP NOW
Native Wallpaper - SHOP NOW
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I am glad to announce we have finally opened our first kids boutique. Based in the vibrant town of Gerrards Cross, the shop is a little gem for unique, quality kids furniture and gifts. We promote International Independent Designers as well as brands like, FermLiving Kids, Emeco, Perludi, Little Green Sheep, IO Kids Design.
Our product range include iconic bunk beds, award winning crib SnuzPod2, Little Green Sheep organic mattresses, kids desks, organic textile and wooden toys.
I hope you like our selection as much as we do.
Come and visit us at 14 Station Road, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8EL
We are SO EXCITED and proud to announce the forthcoming opening of our first ever showroom this spring in Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire
The new 70-sqm showroom is E-Side’s first foray into bricks and mortar and will display the best in children’s furniture design – from bunk pods and desks, to stools and storage boxes – alongside some of the brands best selling iconic furniture design.
It is set to be the destination store for fans of modern, striking, sustainable lifestyle products – a unique treasure trove of earth-friendly delights.
The new opening of our first showroom signifies a very exciting new chapter for us as a business. There is often a misconception that sustainably made eco furniture is somehow a compromise on integrity, quality and aesthetics, so we want to elicit people’s curiosity and champion products that exemplify luxury eco design that is clever, striking and relevant to modern lives. To see is to believe, so the concept store will be an open, interactive and cosy environment in which to experience these amazing designs up close.
Hope to see you soon!!!
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