Angela Belt is a freelance stylist, designer, and writer in the New York Area. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Rue Magazine, Redbook and EBONY. She was the stylist for the interior design book, REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul.
As a stylist and a mom, when I'm planning a kid’s room, I have some very definite ideas about what I want to see. I want to create a space that is whimsical, magical, and taps into a child’s imagination. I also want a space with a design aesthetic sophisticated enough that I like to be in the room as much as my child does. The iconic Bubble chair, and the 6 offshoots that it's inspired certainly fit the bill for a piece that my child and I can appreciate together. These chairs are ideal for so many things – whether it's a hanging fort, reading a book or listening to music, a bubble chair is just the perfect cozy spot to relax, daydream and create. These chairs are also so stylish that they don't even need to be confined to the kids room. They'll look just as good in your living or rec room, or even a little nook in the corner of a living room.
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The Bubble Chair From CITE
The Bubble Chair was designed by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio in 1968 as an update to his first design of the Ball Chair. The intent of the chair was to create something light, transparent, and through heat and acrylic material the Bubble Chair was conceived. Some of the most amazing attributes about this chair is when you sit inside the chair its as if you are in a womb, and all of the outside noise is canceled out. These chair has been featured in magazines, museums, and venues all of the world, but recently it has found its home in kid’s spaces.
You can purchase a licensed version of the Bubble chair from CITE in New York City. This famous design has also been faithfully reproduced by several other vendors including Tribeca Home who distributes through Amazon. One thing to note with this chair for installation is that the maximum weight capacity is 300 pounds, so don’t let all of the kid’s friends jump in at once!Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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The Armadillo Chair by Ola Giertz
The Armadillo Chair by Ola Giertz Design is a functional piece of art. Believe it or not, this hanging chair was made specifically for children. The chair is made from beech and walnut veneer, giving it the flexibility to fold and re-shape itself to whatever position your kid wants to sit in. The coolest part is that it can completely fold up, and be a great space saver for a small nook in your home.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Oblong Hanging Swing
This unique oblong shaped Rattan chair retails at Serena & Lily. It was created from a Scandinavian design in the 1960s. The shape of this chair gives a new twist to the standard hanging Rattan chairs we see everyday. In the kid’s playroom, it is mixed with lots of colors and patterns to let this hanging chair blend into the space.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Hanging Blackpod Chair
This Hanging Pod Chair by Lindayy is a modern cocoon, and a spot for the kids to chill out. A chair like this can truly fit in any modern interior space, forget the kid’s wreck room, these chairs fit flawlessly in this modern living room space. These chairs come in natural and chocolate rattan fibers, and the cushion covers are removable for easy cleaning.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Round Rattan Chair
A modern interpretation of the original Bubble Chair by Eero Aarnio, this rattan hanging chair is sold at Anthropologie. This is the perfect chair for a kid’s room with a more eclectic feel. With a Morrocan rug, and teals and pinks to mixed throughout the space, this hanging chair, with its rattan frame and gunmetal colored chain, will add some warmth to your kid’s space.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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This is the Globo chair by The Camping Hammock Company. This indoor/outdoor hanging chair is a cool nest anywhere you place it. It’s unique circular shape with minimal wood beams allow the chair to have an extra oomph of cushioning for your back. So placing this chair in your kid’s room is a no brainer. It’s weather resistant, which means its extra durable to stand up to the elements of your kid’s daily play routine. Plus its plush cushions make it the perfect landing spot for story time with you and the kid for sleep time.