Finding the right children’s furniture for the somewhat smaller families in vogue today in Switzerland can be a bit of a head-scratcher. Parents with lesser incomes will have to climb into their little cars, ride out to one of the larger outlets and condemn their children to a brand-less existence. The Sneetches with the stars and more garnished bank accounts, on the other hand, can try such brands as the Italian Doimo and the Belgian Pazapas. They have put together a wide collection of children’s bedrooms, bunk beds and bridge unit compositions that try to appeal to a wide range of tastes. A solid swatch for the room’s colour is de rigueur, but the companies do broaden the concept of functionality.
In standard design, the bunk bed is just another space saving device, and is taken no further. Doimo, on the other hand, has tinkered with this assumption and added a bench on the upper bunk, so that the room’s inhabitant can benefit from more daylight. The rest of the room is strategically filled with shelves, a desk and other storage possibilities. Another set up aims at giving parents a way to check up on their children to make sure they are safe without being too intrusive. Switzerland’s strict safety standards means the company uses non-toxic paints and panels with low levels of formaldehyde emissions. Of course, modularity allows the customer to put together a child’s room according to the space given. www.doimocityline.com The fusion of choice and multi-functionality are paramount for the Belgian Pazapas as well. The brand was conceived by two young mothers who were dissatisfied with the limited choice of market furniture and accessory selections for their kids. Such need-based collaboration produced children’s furniture items in the spirit of modern home design – practical and functional. Pazapas’ lamps and furniture can be outfitted with a wide selection of materials that will change the ambiance of any room in one fell swoop. The standard fabrics used on the furniture can be changed according to customer need, leaving the imagination a certain amount of leeway. And the furniture is rather affordable. www.pazapas.be
18, rue des Eaux-vives, Geneva
Pazapas furniture can also be found at select outlets:
Au Berceau d’Or
8, rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva
Alte Landstrasse 156, Thalwil
Article by Robert La Bua