Bilibo

(Welcome again to Karey and Lisa, a team of finalists for an editor position at AT:The Nursery. Comment away.)

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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.

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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

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