So what made enduring the craziness of the Melbourne Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo worthwhile?
For us, the highlight of the Expo was the Danish By Design stand. Of course it was also the most expensive stand at the Expo. Typical. Woe; the financial burdens of hipster taste.
Joyce and I have always loved Danish furniture design. High quality workmanship, gorgeous form and clever functionality; it’s the total package. If only it came with the price tag of Swedish design.
There were three stand-outs for us at Danish by Design:
1. The Leander Chair
The Leander Chair is a stylish timber high chair with adjustable straps, seat and footrests designed into it. This enables the chair to be adjusted and expand as the baby grows. Once your tot is six years old you can pull out the footrests and straps altogether and it functions as a ‘normal’ chair that can hold the weight of an adult up to 130kg.
2. Nathi Change Table
Ah the Nathi Change Table. I was especially enamoured with this piece of design. Basically it’s a wall mounted timber change table with mattress and shelves that folds away to hide all of the nappy-related crap. It would be a big saver of floor space in the kids room (important for our relatively cramped inner city life) and would hide the less glamorous side of parenthood from visitors behind a stylish Danish façade (important to our hipster parent cred).
I really wanted it, but at about $800, it was just too rich for Joyce and I :(.
3. Leander Bed
Last but not least, Joyce and I both fell in love with the Leander Bed on sight.
As the Leander website says, it’s “five furniture in one overall design”. A crib that converts into a cot and then into a junior bed (with two hybrid stages in between). Plus it’s gorgeous and has a similar colour scheme to the bed that Joyce and I use (which, by the way is by the aforementioned Swedish design company).
That being said, at $1800 our taste was too rich for our wallet again. So, reluctantly, we left the expo with our souls un-lifted and our wallets un-burdened by Danish furniture.
However, there’s a happy ending to this consumption driven story. Upon arriving home we thought we’d give eBay a go to see whether we could pick up any of the items we had our eye on on the cheap. Serendipitously, we found a sole Leander Bed on eBay, in an auction ending in a few hours time and based a few minutes drive from the area of Melbourne that we would be visiting the next day. Thanks to some deft auction sniping from Joyce we were able to pick up the Leander Bedfor around half the asking price at the expo – we were practically saving money by buying it! Score!
On a serious note, while still reasonably expensive, we think the Leander Bed is a pretty good investment. The benefit of high quality workmanship and timeless design over a cheaper and lesser quality option is that we think there’s going to be a reasonable shot of achieving some re-sale value for the bed once we’re finished with it.
Who knows, maybe a young couple will be in the market for a Leander Bed after going to a Melbourne Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo in 2015….
Posted: 27th October 2010