Instead of dumbing down design for kids – their clothes, toys and furniture – why not raise the game by taking cues from the very best in adult-centred design? This may not be a new concept, but it’s taken a surprisingly long time to filter through to products we can actually buy.

French furniture-maker Mum and Dad Factory is among those leading the charge for a new, design-conscious kidsware aesthetic. They create beds, chairs, desks, shelves and other accessories with one eye on the nursery and the other on the essentials of great design. Not great design for kids, you understand: great design, full-stop.

As such, they’ve produced a boutique range of beautiful furniture that’s at once modern, minimal and homely. Our pick is the chaise, a small rattan chair crafted by a rattan-bending specialist that, given half the chance, we would definitely buy in adult sizes for our kitchen table. Alas, it’s only available for ages two to six.

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