10 Beautiful Children’s Toys That Double as Design Pieces


With the growing number of innovative, covetable toys flooding the market, we generally divide children’s toys into two categories: there are the toys that we wish we had when we were growing up and then there are the toys we wish we had now. The latter group interests us much more for obvious reasons. Gone are the weird, felt-made animals and oddly-smelling plastic figurines of our childhood, designers have started creating beautifully crafted toys that would blend just as seamlessly in a modern loft as a child’s playroom. Inspired by the fantastic Century of the Child exhibition currently up at the MoMA, after the jump we’ve rounded up some of our favorite design-minded toys that we wouldn’t mind showcasing in our homes.

Olga Rocking Horse by Sirch

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Leather Toys by Ellen Heilmann Kathrin Schumacher

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Pin Pres Shelf by OOO MY DESIGN

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Asterisk Puzzle Tool by Christina Sicoli

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Stacking Wooden Toys by Imagination Kids Toys

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Roadster Saab by Ulf Hanses

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Bennett House by Brinca Dada

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ArcheToys by Floris Hovers

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Hukit Children’s Bounce Seat by Alex A.R. Pederson

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Vintage Pedal Plane

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