More From The “Century of the Child”

 

I wrote about the issue “children” seen in a new aspect in my last post “Why Finnish Babies sleep in a cardboard box” and got the idea to tell you a story about a Danish architect and his invention on baby safety creating a beautiful crib bed.

John Keats 1795-1821

John Keats 1795-1821

During the WWII Denmark was occupied by the Germans. All building material and most of our food supply went to the Germans from the time they took over our country. Viggo Einfeldt was an architect and he had a thriving business.

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Viggo Einfeldt in his drawing office

If he wanted to continue he could have collaborated with the Germans, which unfortunately a lot of firms did. I am glad to say that he didn’t do that.

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 Junoseng from an advertisement from the fifties from Viggo Einfeldt

To survive he had to review his business idea.

A tragic incident with a baby being suffocated in his bamboo crib bed fostered the idea to create a safe crib that could be extended with the growing child. The original bed has a renaissance now due to the beautiful timeless design and can be seen in magazines for interior design. It is not produced anymore, but the old original beds were made in such a high quality that they can be used today after some renovating. They are also objects of collectors. I would love to have one for my growing flock of grand children.

You see different models on the photos. Viggo Einfeldt made two different kinds. The first one turned up to be too expensive to produce as the idea was to give it various functions. Unfortunately he died far too early in 1955 and the production stopped shortly after.

 My friend Dorthe Lohmann, Viggo Einfeldt’s grandchild has let me use her pictures and she owns the rights for the Junobed.

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The Juno I cot bed taken at the exhibition in Sweden about the “Century of the child”

The thought of safety in our baby and children’s products are not so old. My uncle was born in 1925 and he got some of his finger cut off in his push chair. I could imagine the despair and sadness of my grand parents. In my early childhood the small chairs behind parents bicycles were so dangerous, because the children’s legs could get into the wheel.

I will close with some more pictures from the 1950s taken at the exhibition “The Century of the Child”.

 

6 Comments »

  1. Truly a remarkable and revolutionary man! My husband’s family is Danish and I’ve heard a little about this fascinating man and his designs. Thank you for sharing this look into his life and history.

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