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Retro revival in the nursery

22 Jun 2020

Rattan furniture by Julius Zöllner

Rattan furniture ist very popular in the nursery - © Koelnmesse

Retro is one of the most consistent trends in interior design. Many retro elements can also now be found again in the nursery. Whether romantic bassinets, wooden toys or retro colours and fabrics: parents are utilising allusions to past times for the furnishing of nurseries and playrooms to create spaces with atmosphere and a feeling of emotional security.

Whether furniture, toys or prams, the increasingly digitalised children's world still can't be imagined without some pieces from the past: the lovingly restored dresser from great-grandma's childhood, the old bassinet in which generations of babies have already been rocked to sleep or mama's talking dolls from the 1990s are still around today – or are reissued and modernly interpreted in retro style. The world of outfitting for children and babies experiences such revivals cyclically. This is also shown by the current collections of the children and youth exhibitors.

Furniture: romantic and mid-century

Furniture is the segment with great potential for retro design. Very popular are rattan furniture, bassinets with baskets and a gossamer fabric canopy like the dreamy "Babsi" from Schardt or cots in 1960s style like the "Liddy" from Pali , which grows with the child and can be rearranged to form a living room suite. In keeping with this, the to date more pastel colour spectrum in the children's room has been expanded with muted mustard yellow, blue, grey and red-brown, as well as earthy green.

Condor Coupè by Hesba

Elegant deluxe chaises in sixties look also appear for showing off, like the "Condor Coupé" from Hesba - © Hesba

Toys: a boom for building blocks

In the toys segment, the advancing digitalisation of the baby and children's world is especially dynamic. Little digital natives thus grow playfully into the digital world, but many parents consciously wish for a counterweight and trust in proven analogue toys, preferably of wood. Some dig up their own old building blocks, the dollhouse or model railway, or they choose modern versions of the beloved classic toys: for example, the colourful "Stapelsteine" (stacking stones) from joboo or the HABA "Kullerbü Kugelbahn" (ball run) , which promote playing together, and thus also motor skills, the senses, cognition and creativity. In any case, analogue and sustainable toys have been enjoying a sustained boom for years and are an important sales promoter for the industry.

Prams: exhibition with sixties chaises

Retro is an attitude towards life and demonstrates a sense of style. Fashion-forward parents want to show this and turn the sidewalk into a catwalk. Besides technically upgraded electrical baby fireballs, elegant deluxe chaises in sixties look also appear for showing off, like the "Condor Coupé" from Hesba with a shining chrome frame, large spoke wheels and individually selectable covering or the "Classico Retro" from Mein Kinderwagen with a basket of natural woven willow. However, only the design is retro with these models. The equipment is up to date: with flexible options for expansion and adjustment, comfortable suspension and maximum safety. This is because parents are anything but backward-looking in such matters.

We are really looking forward to seeing the trends of the coming season!