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Jumbo and Friends creates exciting, inspiring, original children’s furniture in the shape of beautiful stylish animals. Using the highest quality materials, our luxury nursery furniture is custom made and hand finished in the UK. Our design cot bed, toy cot and storage box seat will be a stunning addition at home or the perfect gift for your family or friends' kids!

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ESTHER'S BLOG

 

 

 

 

One Year

Esther GS

We are so thrilled to be celebrating our first birthday today! On Saturday 30th of January 2016 Jumbo & Friends finally opened their doors to the world during a fantastic week long pop up...

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Love song #2

Esther GS

This week has been a pretty special week for me.

It is Children’s Books Week and my little one, now nearly 3, is really into books. I feel proud and also relieved by this because when he was younger (even younger!) he wasn’t really that interested in books, his attention wandered off pretty quickly and he just literally forced me to close whatever book I had in front of him! I, of course, felt completely responsible and guilty for this ...

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Love song

Esther GS

This is a love song.

Don’t worry though; I’m not going to start singing! But I really really can’t think of how I would have done this without you, the all mighty Internet! There is no way, and I mean, no way I could have gained all the skills I have gathered for the past 3 years had it not been for the amazing, and mostly free, learning resources at your disposal nowadays.

One perfect example, in my experience, would be a piece of software called AutoCad. This is the architectural drawing tool of excellence and one that many product designers also use. When I started on my Jumbo journey I had never used it before.

So I had my lovely “concept” drawings to the T...

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Why an elephant cot?

Esther GS

I love animals.
Statement #1

Children love animals.
Statement #2

Animals aren’t square.
Statement #3

This is me rationalising the design process for Jumbo. See? I told you, I’m not a trained designer…

Now seriously, I think it’s the simplest way to explain it. I was trying to do something that pleased me as much as I hoped it’d please my soon to be born child. I wanted it to be different ...

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LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE STORY...

Esther GS

It’s 5 in the morning, I need to pee. I have been needing the toilet a lot more often lately but don’t want to over think. But I am thinking. Clearly. It says in the box it’s best when it’s the first pee of the day. Great. I am shaking because I am excited. I am also shaking because I’m VERY very scared… Get the thing out of box, try not make too much noise, don’t want to wake R up, this is between me and my pee. Never been great at collecting these samples (who would have thought in 2013 we’d still be peeing on a stick!) but I manage just about fine. 3 minutes of agony, my feet are cold, the lovely bathroom tiles aren’t very warm, nop

And then a big smile and a wee tear…

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