It was love at first sight when I entered Majella Skansebakkan’s home: perfectly arranged rooms, no clutter in sight, and a kids’ bedroom that doubles as a product showroom straight out of a catalogue. A very comfortable setting, too, for Majella to tell me a little about her children’s furniture business, Ni-Night, and its new range of products.
What’s the design inspiration behind Ni-Night?
After living in Singapore for 10 years and having three children of my own, I saw a gap that needed filling with good-quality children’s furniture – made from wood and not MDF. The range is simple and clean, and all of the pieces have been designed to complement one another.
Can you describe the manufacturing process?
The furniture is made in Vietnam from designs prepared by my husband and me. The process for this new collection has taken an enormous amount of time, from finding a new supplier who makes good quality furniture to visiting the factory every three weeks to check on the samples and production, and then shipping everything to Singapore. Finally, after six months of checking and double-checking, it’s here – much to our enormous relief!
Any special features?
The furniture is made to meet mandatory Australian and New Zealand Safety Standards from a hardwood called rubberwood. Rubberwood is a plantation timber that is harvested for sap for up to 30 years. Once it dries out, the tree is lumbered for furniture and a new tree is planted in its place – this makes it a wonderfully environmentally friendly product.
What would you recommend to complement your new furniture range?
As the furniture is white and simple in form, it’s easy to create a beautiful space for your child. Whether your children dream of becoming princesses or superheroes, they need a room that inspires. This is easy to achieve with a great duvet or feature carpet. Wall stickers are fantastic fun, and the personalised artwork that is available now is very special.