+44 (0)7585 557 469 or +44 (0)1303 487 730 office@obique.com
Obique Production

Obique Production

 Obique children’s multifunctional Montessori children’s furniture is manufactured in the EU from solid Beech and Pine wood.

Several manufacturers have copied the Obique design and produce these from cheap MDF and plywood and is delivered flat pack to be assembled using screws, that usually become loose resulting in the table or chair becoming unstable over time.

The original Obique multifunctional Montessori children’s furniture is engraved with the Obique brand name and is produced from solid Beech wood (frames) and AA quality ply (seats and backrests) resulting in a strong and lightweight product, that is delivered to your home fully assembled.

Genuine Obique products are designed to last for generations and will be loved by your children, grand children and great grand children for decades in the future.

We produce hundreds of sets of Obique multi-functional Montessori children’s tables chairs and bench sets every month, in a natural, white and dark finish.

All finishing stains, paints and varnishes used in the production of Obique’s range of children’s furniture is water based, VOC free and entirely child safe.

View the video below to understand the quality control, packaging and shipping processes of Obique’s multi-functional Montessori children’s furniture.

Visit the Obique Online Store

All Obique children’s furniture is available through our online store. We deliver across Europe and any other country upon request.

Obique Solid Pine Wood Kids Furniture

Obique Solid Pine Wood Kids Furniture

Obique Solid Pine Children’s Furniture

Obique Solid Pine Wood Kids Furniture is designed specifically for children without pinch points and sharp edges finished with VOC free varnish.Obique Solid Pine Children's Furniture Set of 5 pieces

 

What is Pine Wood?

As you may already know, solid woods are classified as either hardwoods or softwoods. It’s important to know that the description is based on the tree’s foliage rather than the strength of the wood. While hardwood trees lose their leaves seasonally, softwood trees maintain their leaves year-round. Softwoods aren’t weaker than hardwoods. Softwoods come from coniferous trees such as cedar, fir, and pine and tend to be somewhat yellow or reddish. Because most coniferous trees grow fast and straight, softwoods are generally less expensive than hardwoods.

Pine is a softwood that’s grown and used worldwide. Usually pine wood is light coloured with a prominent grain and has knots that are much darker than the rest of the wood. Pine is very easy to work with and, because most varieties are relatively soft, it lends itself to carving.

Pine is by far one of the most used materials when it comes to wooden furniture for your home. This is because pine has so many great qualities that make it the perfect choice for home furnishing. Typically, pine is used to convey a sense of lightness and simplicity. Being a softwood, it is light and knotty, perfect for country style furniture or rustic style furniture.

Why Consider Pine Wood When Choosing A Furniture Item?

As stated before, pine furniture is less expensive than many other types of wooden furniture. It can be painted, stained or covered in a clear coat of varnish. Because of the wood’s noticeable grain and knots, each piece has an unique look. Pine furniture blends well with other woods, allowing the buyer to mix and match pieces. Pine furniture adds cosiness to a room, and the wood is ideal for rustic or English Country décor. Pine’s colouring keeps beds, tables, chairs and storage boxes from appearing heavy and stuffy. Unfinished pine furniture, which can be personalised by painting or stencilling, allows great flexibility in a child’s room, as the furniture can be refinished and repainted as the child’s tastes changes.

What to Look For?

As for every item on the today’s market, the quality of pine furniture can vary widely. Although pine is more pliable than most hardwoods, pieces can last for decades if they are constructed well. Knots should be expected and can be attractive in a piece of furniture, but watch out for knots that create a hole in the furniture. Too many knots can weaken the piece. Although pine is a sturdy wood, it can easily be dented and scratched. Like all woods, pine will warp when exposed to constant humidity or moisture.

Pine Wood Furniture From Obique

Our Obique Solid Pine Wood Kids Furniture is made in the EU to the highest quality standards from solid pine and varnished with hard wearing high gloss, child safe water based varnish, to enable easy cleaning. Our products are entirely child safe in regard to the materials and design of the product. All too often, cheap children’s furniture is available from suppliers in online market places, that has not been properly designed for children. Manufacturing children’s wooden items is not just about scaling adult furniture to the size required for children. Obique’s best practice approach to manufacturing Obique Solid Pine Wood Kids Furniture starts with a design phase, that eliminates the dangers inherent in adult furniture, that could injure your children.

We believe that the critical areas in designing children’s furniture are:

  1. A solid, strong, sturdy construction to ensure stability;
  2. The elimination of pinch points to avoid injury;
  3. The elimination of scissor joints to avoid injury;
  4. The management of the weight of furniture components;
  5. The elimination of rough, sharp edges and corners to avoid injury.

Whilst our Obique Solid Pine Wood Kids Furniture is designed for use in the home, the sturdy construction of our products ensures they are ideal for use in a commercial nursery or Kindergarten. Our beautifully made solid pine children’s furniture was designed to survive rough handling by smaller children and will last for decades.

Obique Solid Pine Kids Furniture

View Obique solid pine kids furniture in our online shop
You can purchase al Obique products directly from our online shop.
Visit the Obique online shopVisit the Obique Blog

Obique Uses Child Safe Solvents Without Volatile Organic Compounds

Obique Uses Child Safe Solvents Without Volatile Organic Compounds

Obique uses child safe solvents without volatile organic compounds

Here at Obique, we take all the necessary precautions when designing and manufacturing furniture. Obique uses child safe solvents without volatile organic compounds so that its products are truly child safe. From using water based paints and varnish, with no VOC (volatile organic compounds), to designing pinch free furniture with rounded edges, we always put children’s safety first.

Why should we always pay attention at the type of paint used on children’s products?
There is much to learn about the precautions you must take before buying anything for your home or nursery. As if the colour choices alone weren’t enough, you also have to take into account the dangers of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are found in paints.

Generally you can choose between two types of paints: water based and solvent based paints (or oil-based paints). Solvent based paint contains a significantly higher level of VOC than water based paint and these solvents are responsible for the strong odour noticeable in all products painted with such paint. The solvent based paint is used on a large scale because it’s cheaper than using a water based one. Obique only uses child safe solvents without volatile organic compounds.

So what are these VOC and what are they used for?

As previously stated, VOC stands for “Volatile Organic Compounds” and are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. One of the volatile compounds commonly found in paint is formaldehyde, which evaporates from paint at room temperature. Formaldehyde can cause nausea or skin irritation, leading in some cases to contact dermatitis. Also, benzene can cause cancer and other serious health related problems.

VOC Free Paints

These VOC emit gases because of their volatile state at room temperature and these gases are emitted long after the paint is dry. For some paints, it has been reported that only half of their VOC are emitted in the first year. Obique Uses Child Safe Solvents without volatile organic compounds

 

What are the health implications from VOC exposure?

Exposure to VOC can lead to many health problems from very serious ones, like cancer, to headaches, irritation of the ears, nose and throat. In cases where they were ingested, VOC caused kidney and liver damage, but also affected the nervous system.

  • Eye irritation – redness, itchiness and tearing;
  • Coughs;
  • Allergy and asthma symptoms are worsening;

Ok, but when does it become dangerous to your children and what is the incidence?

Each person reacts differently and we have to take into account the fact that our children are more vulnerable because of the size of their developing bodies. Children are closer to the ground and they’re in contact with chemicals on the floor, carpet or furniture. They’re always sticking their hands in their mouths and eyes and in this process transferring any chemical residue they pick up. Also, it is known that kids breathe in more air per minute than adults. Without knowing, many well-meaning parents are exposing their children to high levels of VOC.

The solution?

Whenever you buy something for your children, for their safety, look at the type of paint used and not just the price.

Obique VOC Free Wooden Children's Toys

Obique wooden toys are finished in VOC free Paints and Varnishes

Obique 3 in 1 Adult Multifunctional Nest of Coffee Tables Set of 2 or Children's Multifunctional Montessori Furniture Set of 2, One Small Bench or Table and One Large Bench or Table Beech Wood, Dark Stained.

You can purchase this product directly from our online shop.

Visit the Obique Online StoreBuy This Product Now

Children’s Wooden Toy Pine Bunk Bed for Two Dolls With Mattresses and Pillows

Children’s Wooden Toy Pine Bunk Bed for Two Dolls With Mattresses and Pillows

Why is Cindy on the floor?

Obique children’s toy dolls bunk bed and other dolls accessories.

The Obique children’s toy dolls bunk bed is manufactured from solid pine wood without preservatives and chemicals.

How many times did you have this conversation with your child?:

  • Sweetie, why did you leave Cindy lying on the floor?
  • Well, let me tell you what happened: I put her in the bed next to me when I went to sleep, and she must have gotten up to get a sip of water from the glass on the nightstand and fell to the floor…
  • Really? She was thirsty then, was she?
  • Yes, absolutely parched…

What’s that you say? Too many times to count? Look no further, we have the solution right here! With our Children’s Wooden Toy Pine Bunk Bed for Two Dolls With Mattresses and Pillows, your child will never forget to tuck the precious companions in at night.

The beloved dolls will be carefully placed in their own bed, right next to the child’s, so that they can all enjoy a good night’s sleep, after a day filled with tons and tons of fun and activities. Obique children’s toy dolls bunk bed ensures the dolls will have a cushy time in the comfortable bed, which comes complete with mattresses and pillows.

Our Children’s Wooden Toy Pine Bunk Bed for Two Dolls With Mattresses and Pillows, fits two 36-cm (14-inch) dolls, has a sturdy construction and is very easy to assemble.

So, in order to solve the accommodation problems that your child’s dolls have, look no further and click here.

Obique children's toy dolls bunk bed

Obique children's toy dolls bunk bed

Obique children's toy dolls bunk bed for Two Dolls With Mattresses and Pillows

Obique 3 in 1 Adult Multifunctional Nest of Coffee Tables Set of 2 or Children's Multifunctional Montessori Furniture Set of 2, One Small Bench or Table and One Large Bench or Table Beech Wood, Dark Stained.

You can purchase this product directly from our online shop.

Visit the Obique Online StoreBuy This Product Now

Photo frames

Photo frames

Technology now offers a way to store and display all of your favourite pictures using only a single frame – a digital one. Even so, we believe that the classic photo frames that you hang on your wall or place on your desk have their charm and bring that extra something to your home. A picture is worth a thousand words, so exhibit your photos in one of our gorgeous photo frames so that everyone that visits your home will see them.

Proudly display your fondest memories of times spent with family and friends or beautiful holidays abroad by encasing them in one of our exquisite photo frames. We have items that feature multiple frames, so you can swap them out and create a stunning collage of your fondest moments.

Obique Photo Frames

If you prefer minimalist colours, you can opt for one of our black or white frames, or if you’re a fan of the shabby chic style, we have quite a few photo frames that you will suit your tastes. Whatever your interior style or colour scheme is, we’re sure you’ll find a photo frame that’s perfect enough to fit both the photo it holds and its surrounding. Fill your home with great photos of friends and family and capture them beautifully in one of our great value photo frames.

Nowadays, we all store hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures on memory cards, computers, digital cameras and telephones. But when was the last time you actually looked at all those pictures you have stored? A collage photo frame allows you to choose a few favorite pictures and display them in plain sight, and we guarantee that every time you will see them they will give you a nice warm feeling of happiness.

Display fond memories of family, friends, pets, holidays, special occasions and moments to remember, in beautifully looking photo frames from Obique. From magical moments to inspirational landscapes, keep memories alive with beautiful photo frames.

Obique Photo Frames

Obique manufactures a wide range of Photo Frames
You can purchase all Obique products directly from our online shop.
Visit the Obique online shopVisit the Obique Blog

Children’s wall clock

Children’s wall clock

Obique Children’s Wall Clocks

Learning How to Tell Time – Necessity of a Wall Clock in the Child’s Room

Whether you’re teaching your child to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, a wall clock with a child-friendly finishing is all you need.

Most parents are complaining that children prefer the digital clock instead of the analogue one because it’s easier to read. Although we agree, we believe that every child needs to learn how to tell time sooner rather than later.

Children's Wall Clocks

It seems that what confuses children the most about telling time on a clock with hands it’s the fact that the numbers have two separate meanings.

When starting to teach a child how to tell time, first of all make sure the child can count to 60. Trying to teach the minutes in an hour before the child can count that high will be discouraging for the child and frustrating and unproductive for both of you. Another thing that helps is teaching the 5 times tables. Understanding 5…10…15…20…etc. will make it much easier to conceptualise the minute hand on a clock. Quickly being able to count by fives makes learning how to read an analogue clock much easier.

If you find that your child is still struggling with telling time, consider buying him a watch to wear and replacing the digital clock in his room with an analog one. Save the clocks with Roman numerals for when he’s a little further along!

Teaching your child about hours and minutes doesn’t have to be a chore anymore. Everybody knows that children respond better to a playful manner of learning new things. Having a wall clock of their desire, shaped like a spaceman, princess, elephant or something else that the child loves will make the task of learning to tell time way much easier and pleasant.

Also, having a clock in every room is a smart way to stay on schedule. Wall clocks work well in almost any room so why not getting one for your child’s room?

Check our entire collection of children’s wall clocks and choose the one best suited for your child: butterfly, panda, motorbike, lion, elephant, ladybird – plenty to choose from!

Obique Children's Wall Clocks

Obique produces about 20 different children's wall clocks
You can purchase all Obique products directly from our online shop.
Visit the Obique online shopVisit the Obique Blog