August 28, 2005

Leander Kid Beds: Something Is Rockin' In Denmark

If you were under the impression that Danish design's best days were behind it, well, you're high. Just check out these two complementary beds for kids by Stig Leander Nielsen and his company, LEANDERFORM.

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The Leander Cradle was introduced in 2003 and quickly became the best-selling cradle in Denmark. It's a cotton-covered cocoon bed which hangs suspended off the floor, either from the ceiling or from a sleek, optional tripod. The kid's movement causes it to rock gently, and there are testimonials from happy Danes of how their kid started sleeping through the night immediately after getting it. Obviously, the usable lifespan of a dangling cradle is limited (to whenever the kid can sit or pull himself up).

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But that's fine, because that's when you put him in the Leander Bed--where he stays for the next 4-5 years. The sweet, sweet, curved birch laminate bed starts out as a crib. [yeah, it's low; practically all European cribs are low like that.] As the kid grows, you can remove one slatted side, then the other, then the high ends, giving you a couple of nice toddler bed options. But then swap out the side runners and throw in the mattress extension, and the whole bed extends 30cm into a full-on toddler bed.

Even the sheets are cool (although I didn't think so at first). The all-over pattern turns out to be based on a giant paper cutout made by that most famous of Danes, Hans Christian Andersen. It looks a little crafty, but that's cool these days; plus, Andersen worked some little skulls into the design--just enough creepiness to make it work.

The downsides? Those sheets may signal a non-standard mattress size that locks you in, Stokke Crib-style, to their proprietary accessory selection. The spare, elegant design is marred by the giant LEANDER plaque right in the middle, the kind egocentric car dealers slap onto the tail of your otherwise pristine Range Rover. You should be proud, Stig, don't get me wrong; but less is more. Also, it's not officially for sale in the US; at 470 or EUR700 for the bed and EUR190 for the cradle (the tripod's an additional EUR115), the 17% VAT refund probably won't cover the hefty shipping charges. You know what that means: Road Trip!

Check product and retailer info at Leanderform [leanderform.dk via dt reader jimi]
Babycare.nl sells the cradle separately or as a value meal [that's Stig posing with the cradle, btw. Why do Euros always like the mosquito netting?]
The Leander Bed is available online for the UK at Oliver's or in Denmark from BabySam , who'll entertain the idea of non-EU shipping.

22 Comments

Dammit, now I am going to have to have another kid.

Leanderform has decided not to sell the cradle to the US because of the insurance/liability costs. They are, however, working on bringing the bed to the US.

I just double-checked and the Leander Bed is expected to hit the US in the first quarter of '06.

that is definitely a sweet-looking crib/bed! Will it be available in other colors? Maybe my next baby won't want to be a bed-sharer...

Why do Euros always like the mosquito netting on their baby cots? Because no one there has thought to install screens on their windows!

Spent three weeks in Southern France a few years ago with my then 3 month old babe...it was 1000 degrees C and we couldn't open the windows at night without first turning off every light in the place. Otherwise the whole house would fill up with mosquitos and moths (and possibly the bats hunting them) in 10 minutes flat. How quaint!

We have the bed, and it's really nice. We drove from Norway to Denmark to pick it up :) Saved us a wait, and we got a little trip out of it.

It's height is adjustable (two positions).

We searched everywhere for a modern crib to meet our home design needs. We looked at DucDuc, NurseryWorks and Oeuf. None were really what we wanted. What we wanted, needed really, for our daughter, was the Leander Cot Bed. My wife and I fell in love with the design and practicallity.

So, the next step was finding it and getting it to the US. We searched everywhere and ultimately found the best source to be: http://www.bumpto3.com/

Total cost w/ shipping and some extra sheet sets came to 610 GBP or about $1100 USD. They ship UPS and it should arrive in 7 to 10 days! We can't wait!

Just clicked on the link to Olivers for this bed and its not working so thought i would re post a link that goes to the right page, hopefully this will work

www.olivers-baby-care.co.uk

Just clicked on the link to Olivers for this bed and its not working so thought i would re post a link that goes to the right page, hopefully this will work

www.olivers-baby-care.co.uk

Just clicked on the link to Olivers for this bed and its not working so thought i would re post a link that goes to the right page, hopefully this will work

www.olivers-baby-care.co.uk

We just purchased the cot-bed and we love it.Only problem is we would like matching nursery furniture (chest of drawers/wardrobe/shelving) and we are finding it hard to match. Any ideas?
Thanks, Tanya

this message is for Seth posted on July 2006 about the leander cot bed purchased and ship from bumpto3. I have contacted bumpto3 and unfortunately they cannot ship the item international due to its size. Did you provide them with an independent currier to pick up the item and ship it to the states. I would like to know how you went about in making this happen. Thanks.

to anna (posted on February 20, 2008): Did you find a way to ship from bumpto3? Thanks!

This message is for Tanya posted september 2007 i have heard ikea malm furniture goes very well with the leander cot bed and is a good price

We have purchased the Leander Cot Bed for our unborn baby (due date november) but I have concerns about the gap between the matresses. Does this bother the baby? Can somebody please tell me if the baby is safe and happy in the leander...

Thanks

Leander bed - second hand

Dear all

Our daughter Lucia (born in January 08) is enjoying the LEANDER bed, but in December 09 she expects a baby brother and she does not want to share her bed with her little brother.

A new Leander bed is at the moment a bit too expensive for her daddy, so he is looking for a used Leander bed at a reasonable price. Does anybody not need it any more? Lucia's daddy would be happy to buy it for his junior!

You are welcome to make your offer to: urska.stimec@siol.net

Thank You!

Dear all
do as me, have a look at Leander webpage :o)

www.Leanderdesign.com

it's cool

Hi,
We're pretty much in the same situation (Tessa still enjoys her Leander bed, but her brother Tim has outgrown his cod and urgently needs a new bed too), and we were also browsing the internet to find a second-hand Leander bed... Did you get any positive answers on your query?
Thanks for letting us know.
Kind regards,
Tessa & Tim's daddy

Hey All,

I am so happy that Leander products are now in Hong Kong! My husband and I moved here from Australia and our baby is due in a few months. Was shopping around and saw this lovely bed, before which we had never heard of Leander before. And it appears that this bed is relatively new in Hong Kong. Pricey, but it is really a fine piece. My husband put it together in less than 30 mins and it looks just awesome in our home! Almost all our friends thing it's very elegant and simple! I heard that Leander has a new changing station shown this year at the baby fair.....can't wait to see!!!!!!

www.leander.com.hk

Fiona (Hong Kong)

May have for you...son is about to outgrow his and we will be replacing....still need it?

Geoffrey, We are looking for a second hand Leander bed for our daughter... still looking for somebody to take it off your hands?:) We live in Belgium.

Hi Parents,

We are expecting our first born in May 2012 and very very excited about it..on top of that fell in love with Leander furnitures. I am looking for a used/ second hand cot. Is there anyone who is willing to part with theirs? we are in Australia.

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