(Welcome again to Karey and Lisa, a team of finalists for an editor position at AT:The Nursery. Comment away.)
We know. The last thing you have room for in your apartment is an oddly shaped piece of bright, plastic quasi-furniture. But something about the Bilibo just makes you want to find the space for it. Bilibo is a simple plastic shell/toy/seat/whatever manufactured by Swiss company Active People. We'd file this one under the category of imagination toys – at first glance, you can't tell what it's for but you are certain that it is fun.
It has no lights, sounds or moving parts. In fact, it has no parts. Just one solid shell of recyclable plastic, low-tech high design. Its uses, however, seem endless – a rocking seat, a spinning carpet sled, toy storage, a hat. Our 9-month old loves to drum on it, sit in it, and spin toys around inside of it. Even better, Bilibo seems solid and open-ended enough to grow with her for years. If we had a yard, Active People also tells us that it's great for outdoors, too. Our practical side says why not just give the kid a salad bowl or a plastic bucket? But our design-geek side says this is beautiful and functional. Something perfectly designed, start to finish, specifically for kids' hands and heads. A well-spent 30 bucks. Bilibo is available in six different colors and at various online retailers, including Modern Nursery, Modern Seed, and Romp. -Karey and Lisa