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Item of the day: I love Bokkie

Durban's Wendy-Lee Douglas has developed a very specific design niche in the form of children’s furniture and decor. She has quickly become very well-respected in Durban design circles for her fun, functional and quirky items and ideas. Her design studio, which also caters for “grown up bokkies” is called Sketchbok while she sells her products under the "i love bokkie" label. Durbanites will be familiar with it from her stall at the popular i heart market. Douglas describes her business as “A home grown, made in Durbs, true to South Africa, antidote to made in China kids’ brand.” One of i love bokkie’s most innovative creations is this Ellie Drawing Table. A roll of paper is inserted onto the rollers and moved along with a winding handle. The perfect thing to keep little hands busy creating masterpieces for hours, without piles of discarded paper lying all over. It also makes a funky feature in a bedroom or playroom and with its clever design and sturdy materials, it is sure to last and be passed on through the family. We love the fact that this design would have worked on an ordinary, rectangular table yet Douglas has made it into a little elephant to add some playfulness, elevating it into a perfect focal point for a child’s room. The functional details, such as the ellie’s ears which form storage bags for crayons, are really clever additions too. Find i love bokkie's online shop here or call Wendy on 082-890-2032 to buy your own Ellie for R975.