Contemporary Furniture Trends for Families

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Take a deep breath, we're about to talk big design concepts...and big pricetags. A few weeks ago we attended the International Furniture Fair. It's always so inspiring to see the coolest and trendiest designs for home.Of course, we're always after the family-friendly angle--and there was plenty to see. And fear not for those moms without deep pockets. We event found a few "steals" in the contemporary offerings.

lucite crib

Inspired by Charles Hollis Jones, a pioneer in acrylic furniture design, the Vetro crib is a unique and sophisticated sleeping spot for your little one. Crafted from non-toxic and recyclable lucite, our patented* design features beautiful curved edges and three level mattress heights. ($3500)

funky toilet

This LOU toilet has instructions on it and a splash guard--how cool is that! The lid lift and seat indents allow access without that icky, cold porcelain contact. The children's lid option allows your whole family to enjoy LOU without having an unwieldy contraption to swap on and off.

desk

Part of the Tools for Schools program, the design studio aruliden, together with Bernhardt Design, worked with eighth graders to teach the value of design as a problem-solving tool. Forty-four eighth grade students were immersed in the project, from research to ideation to 3D modeling and ultimately launch. The result? A collaborative vision of today'??s classroom '?? designed for kids by kids.

d-torso

Part origami, part construction kit, this new design tool fromD-torso impressed us. Assemble all the laser cut parts to create cute animals. Ecological and educational these toys were developed by Yuki Matsuoka in Japan.

wallpaper

We loved all the modern wallpaper.

umi project

Um Project's milk stools are right-sized for kids. We love the pops of color. Perfect as occasional seating or accent piece in your child's room.

ICFF is THE spot to identify furniture trends. Don't miss the 2012 show.

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