Bedding for dinosaur-lovers and our favourite Japanese toy-maker
We’ve long been fans of Rafa Kids’ function-meets-form approach to furniture design. Their modern but playful toddler bed now comes in a sophisticated chocolate-brown colour. £695
Rafa Kids as seen on Cuckooland
Hear Me Roar
Transform bedtimes into an adventure with this dinosaur bed-set, ideal for a mini paleontologists. An ingenious way to encourage intrepid littles to go to sleep. £49 for a single-size duvet and pillow cover;
Snurk as seen on Nubie.
Ready, Steady, Cook
The latest minimal import from Scandinavia is this swish play kitchen from cool brand Kids Concept. It comes with a stove, oven and sink – and the sweetest utensils to match. It’s as good as any adult kitchen. £124.95;
Kids Concept as seen on Cuckooland.
This toy wheelbarrow isn’t just beautifully designed – it’s also ethically made. Great for developing little ones’ balance and coordination, it’s also a perfectly stylish toy storage (and transport) solution. Price to be announced;
Easter can’t come quickly enough if it means we can adorn tiny feet in these sweet bunny booties. Part of a range of rabbit-themed goodies from Meri Meri, they’re comfortably above chocolate eggs on our spring shopping wishlist. £18;
Words Helen Baron
In Japanese, “ki” means “wood” and “ko” means child, which gives you a good idea of the kind of product Japanese toy brand Kiko+ specialises in.
Inspired by art and play, the brand crafts beautiful, unique toys and objects that engage children’s senses and inspire their imaginations. Already well known for its city playsets, which pair quirky wooden vehicles and magnetic chalkboard surfaces with world-famous monuments (think the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and Tower Bridge), Kiko+ also does a fine line in toy sushi sets, gumball machines and even a wooden take on the classic Etch-a-Sketch.
The brand’s eco credentials mean you can buy their goodies without trepidation: all the wood comes from sustainable forests and every toy exceeds global safety standards. The firm’s logo is restyled for each design as a way of symbolising all races and cultures around the world, while the “+” in the brand’s name is a shout out to the people who helped grow the company.
Beautiful design that wears its (happy, humane) heart on its sleeve, Kiko+ makes the kinds of toys your kids will remember – and probably pass on to their own children – when they’re grown up. It doesn’t get better than that.