WHEN Michael Aram and his partner, Aret Tikiryan, welcomed their twins, Anabel and Thadeus, into their lives last year, they were living in a sleek modern triplex.
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“We had glass stairs, cement floors, balconies with 20-foot drops and three bathrooms, but not one bathtub,” said Mr. Aram, 49, who owns the decorative accessories and tabletop company that bears his name. “The apartment was so unsafe for them.”
It didn’t matter too much at first, but when the twins, who are now 20 months old, began walking, the couple had to rethink their living space. Earlier this year, they moved into a smaller single-level apartment. And suddenly storage became an issue. Particularly in the children’s room.
“My feeling is that everything in their room should be fun, with color and things that move and interact,” Mr. Aram said. But at the same time, he said, “We try to engage them in the fun of picking up after themselves, so it’s not a totally disorderly environment.”
They are aided in their efforts by a phalanx of plastic storage bins, as well as dressers from Ikea, but are always looking for more options. With that in mind, Mr. Aram took to the streets, his family in tow, to enlighten a reporter on the finer points of children’s storage.
First stop: Cristina Dos Santos in TriBeCa. The multifunctional pieces from the Casa Kids collection he found there, like chairs with drawers and secret compartments, were a hit with parents and twins alike.
“I love the playful drawer and lift-up seat, which are a new twist on old-fashioned school chairs,” Mr. Aram said. “Best of all, it would be easy for my kids to pull themselves in and out of, and playing peek-a-boo with the stuff inside the chair might be a good way to teach the kids to put things away.”
At ducduc, in SoHo, he checked out the AJ three-drawer changer, an item he described as crucial for a child’s room because of its multiple storage options. The open shelves, in particular, would be “perfect for diaper storage,” he said. At least “until the kids discover they can pull them out onto the floor.”
Online, he stumbled upon the Pin Pres bookshelf by Ooo My Design, which promised “endless hours of fun,” he said, as well as “very interesting and unexpected storage. You could do art on this or teach kids words by making various shapes. It can morph into a million things, so they’ll never get bored of it.”
But his favorite piece was the Pickup (Your Toys) Truck at Tambino.com, which managed to be both toy and toy storage simultaneously.
“It is the epitome of perfect solutions for kids: multifunctional, playful, educational, inspiring and fun to use,” he said. “Now, if only it had an art station in the front seat and a roof with a changing table.”