Small pleasures: Perfect pieces for the kids' cabin
by Tory Kingdon
Interior design for children can be tricky. How does one maintain the perfect balance between style, safety, fun and practicality - especially when on a superyacht? Make your little ones’ on board quarters hardwearing and fun with these perfect pieces, says Tory Kingdon...
For children’s linen that is whimsical without being gaudy, try online boutique Smallable, which stocks brands such as Le Petit Lucas du Tertre, Maison de Vacances, Maison Baluchon and Little Cabari. Add a Naturalmat mattress, organic and handmade in the UK, so your little ones’ sleep set-up is toxin-free as well as being stylish.
Sunbrella’s range of outdoor fabrics can be easily brushed or wiped clean of dirt, making them perfect for upholstery and cushions in kids’ cabins. Choose from the vibrant primary colours of the Bengali collection or the softer pastel geometrics of Hexagon.
Dragons of Walton Street wardrobe
For almost 40 years Knightsbridge-based Dragons of Walton Street has been making hand-painted children’s furniture, and murals for nurseries and playrooms. An interior design arm works on bespoke commissions; for a recent superyacht
project it created a sea-world scheme for a children’s cabin, which included a four-poster cot and this wardrobe, painted with different vessels to inspire future sailors.
The George Nelson ball clock is a mid-century design icon and will add some colour and charm to a child’s cabin wall.
Make reaching for a book a little more interesting with this tree bookcase, which holds up to 100 volumes.
This sweet “mouse ears” oak bench by Nofred comes in its natural colour, as well as white and grey.
Tai Ping rug
Tai Ping’s Petite Galerie collection of rugs will add vibrancy to a cabin, or a bespoke design can be made seaworthy and child-friendly, too.
Huzi Design ping pong table
This table tennis table and chalkboard combo is great for playing in small spaces.