When I first came across this small space specialty hotel in Paris I was instantly in love. So what does a high end hotel have to do with children's design in the home? I'd be happy to show you — as long as you don't make fun of my crazy awesome Photoshop skills.
This small area resides in the lobby of the HI matic hotel and is a great nook for folks to hang out, work or wait for a ride. After examining the set up, I think it could easily be reconstructed in a children's room, even a small one and yield amazing results for both play and storage. Plus — you don't even have to be an architect to recreate it.
Although the photo above may look like a Photoshop train wreck (which it is), it's a quick sketch of how you could create this in your own home and even expand on the idea. The base could easily be constructed from a bookshelf and a single wall cleat (or additional bookshelf if you want it to be free standing) covered in planks. The metal poles on the corner could be square tubing if you have access or easily be made from lengths of plumbing pipe which the hardware store will cut to size for you on site.
Additions that could make it all inclusive would be bars on the end to form a closet, a bookcase or shelving at the back that might hold art supplies and baskets of toys and potentially a fold down table and make seat backs that fill in the hole where your feet go. Why? It would then be an extra bed for a sleepover for friends!
The best part is the whole thing creates a work station that's tall enough for parents to help out with projects without killing their back, bending over at a kids table and makes this play or creative area something special while also providing storage space. You can check out more of this hotel space over at Dezeen.