Castor & Chouca’s convertible baby bed: from bassinet to bed to table
By Jude Garvey
February 2, 2010
Realizing that little ones grow up so fast designers are increasingly creating innovative baby products that are designed to last. The Soleil 1,2,3 baby bed from Castor & Chouca, is a case in point. Made from eco-friendly, recyclable materials - it starts off as a baby bassinet, it then transforms into a child’s bed and finally, a child’s desk. This is one clever and functional piece of furniture that can be used long after your child has grown out of diapers.
The Soleil 1,2,3 cradle is designed to be portable so it can be kept close to the family. The base is made from 20 mm bamboo slats and the cradle has automatically locking wheels for added safety. The supportive mattress can be reclined to reduce reflux and the mattress cover is washable. The cradle is like a wooden vat that has large transparent plexiglass windows - so you can keep an eye on your little one at all times.
As the child grows, so does the Soleil bed. The mattress is adjustable in two height positions and one window can be unscrewed for the child to get in and out of once they are old enough. A kit is included so you can change the bed into a junior desk with a cream lacquered tray-top. A change mat can also be purchased which sits across the top of the bed.
The convertible bed was designed by Castor & Chouca, a French company dedicated to providing products that are ecologically-friendly and recyclable. Bamboo is used in many of the products, as it can be grown without chemicals and grows in a short period of time. Other materials used include linen, organic cotton and recyclable components.
The cradle measures 40x80cm (15.7”x31.5”), the bed measures 70x140cm (27.6”x55.1”), and weighs 80kg (176lbs). The kit, including cradle, bed and desk components, is priced at EUR1,290 (around US$1,800 at time of publication). See Castor & Chouca for retailers.
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