Training Dresser by Peter Bristol


Training Dresser by Peter Bristol

The drawers of this children's dresser designed by Seattle product designer Peter Bristol are shaped to match their contents.

Training Dresser by Peter Bristol

Training Dresser comes in two different designs, one for girls and one for boys.

Training Dresser by Peter Bristol

The graphics help children learn to find or put away their clothes.

Training Dresser by Peter Bristol

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Here are a few words from the designer:

Training Dresser

Like Dr. Suess and Pixar, the Training Dresser is for more than one audience. The informative drawers create an engaging dresser for kids and an iconic furniture piece for parents.

Training Dresser by Peter Bristol

Well considered and well made. The dresser is hand crafted and packaged with care in Eastern Washington by the crew Mountain View Cabinetry.

Training Dresser by Peter Bristol

The cabinet is made from ¾” ULDF and finished with conversion varnish. The drawers are 9 ply ½” maple plywood, dovetailed and finished with clear catalyzed lacquer. All cabinet and drawer components are cut, drilled and dadoed on a CNC table router. Assembled with a combination of screws, pins, staples, glue, and Pacific Northwest fresh air.

  • this is hilarious! Such a funny concept but incredibly clever. I don't think I would follow the visual cues though, too many rules for my dresser ;) Very clever and child friendly, thanks!

    • capslock

      lets not get too over excited here. its not that 'incredibly' clever.
      Its a dresser with some decoration. thats about it.

  • François

    Very cute! Love the idea… :)

    It will be nice to have some photos with some items inside of the drawers just for fun!

  • designeutral

    I like the concept and it's fun…but are we to assume that the 'skirt' drawer is for kilts or such? Please tell me it's found a way to not further genderize children's furniture (at least it's not pink).

  • Konrad

    ohh.. so its just for children?

  • memphis

    what happens if you are a girl but wear trousers? ;-)

  • douglas


    No, your chastising comment is not incredibly clever – if you actually think this doesn't exude wit and originality. Wit and originality are clever.

    • Mks

      I'm sorry, but I have to support Capslock here. This is a bit shuffle-repeat of what has been happening in the design world for the last 10 years. It's neither really witty nor really original. It's funny and cute nevertheless.

      • douglas

        There's way too much sour grapes on here, so perhaps I leapt to judgement capslock, and you may both be right.

        But if it is unoriginal, where's the precedent?

  • capslock

    i stand by my statement. this does not exude wit and originality. you must be very easily amused. ah well small things….

  • Rodrigo

    Capslock. Thats the incredible about it. Simple things are inteligent and incredible. Nice!

  • Michelle

    I like it, except why does it have to conform to the heteronormative rules that “girls must wear this, boys must wear that”? Otherwise, super fun concept for children.

    • I agree. It's visually funny but a bit offensive for my iconoclastic nature —submit to conformity! ;)

  • reailty

    Straight out of the coveted children’s book, “The Clever Carpenter” from the 1970’s… so is it still clever?

    • cradit

      designers are supposed to gather inspiration everywhere, arent they….?? so even if he came across it in the "clever carpenter", whats wrong with that? ever hear the phrase "there is nothing new under the sun?". Only because we cannot pin point where some designs come from doesnt mean theyre original and vica versa.

  • mr_silver

    @ douglas

    Originality, yes it is original, wit and clever equals novelty and novelty as a item that’s used for laughs and this project is one of them. The practicality of the project is questionable, for example the idea of being a training item for infants, children grow up at a fast rate and as a result this item in question will be made obsolete the material choice would therefore be impractical using plywood and having other description of the finishing’s used for this project suggest it is a piece of furniture that’s to be kept. The materiality should be thought of more carefully. The materiality should had been recyclable and disposable.

    • crackerjack

      Chill-out it's just a nice set of drawers. Once your children find them too infantile they could just be passed on to a friend.

  • douglas

    @mr silver

    Your forced reduction of wit and originality to 'novelty' is spurious and at best subjective. And your censorship of novelty (even accepting your definition) is self-righteous and presumptuous. Humour is an essential part of existence – no-one will die because they responded to this chest.

    As for children growing out of this furniture ; you could use the same arguement for toys, children's clothes, children's books, etc etc etc. The ideal thing would be to hand-it-down, but I'd carry on using it.

    Maybe this isn't entirely original, but what is? I just get a little tired of 'designers' nit-picking over something thats good because they haven't designed it, or indeed, anything of note.

  • Just beautiful and functional. Visually communicates purpose without words – but with a smile. This is definitely universal design, and not just for kids. Nice work.

  • lenzie

    @ douglas…. well said… couldnt have put it better myself..

    good job mr bristol

  • snoof

    one of the few childrens designs which seems fun for children, yet can also be aesthetically pleasing to parents. its a fun idea, even if not the most original…and definately going in the right direction when it comes to childrens furniture; not too minimalistic and boring, yet also not over the top with colours and shapes.

  • Chris

    This conversation is hilarious. Everybody has a PC bone to pick these days. Who cares if the boy and girl versions differentiate the attire – if you want to be really edgy then buy the damn girl version for your boy, or vice versa.

    Yes I feel like my childhood was repressed because my mom didn't take me bra shopping when my voice dropped. Good grief, kids can't just grow up these days, we have to hold panel discussions about whether or not they should be encouraged to wear boys or girls clothes.

    • markj

      hear hear!
      Any of you actually got kids….?!?

  • Fizz

    "The graphics help children learn to find or put away their clothes." So -educating children via more icons. The world is full of icons, logos and symbols. What is wrong with another (more essential) form of education – the teaching of words? In the good ol' days literacy was introduced at an early age by writing labels on drawers so that not only could a child identify the nomenclature of an item of clothing, it had the word to remember and so recognise as a read form. We are so visually indulged nowadays, perhaps to our detriment.

  • Guy

    Beautiful, fun, promotes tidiness, made from all kid-friendly components: So it ticks all the boxes with regards to furniture for a child's room. Peter Bristol seems to be quite a zaney designer. I perused his website and stumbled across his "Cut Chair", seemingly a optical illusion sculpture that uses a hidden steel plate beneath the unsevered leg to provide a stable base for a sawn-through chair, will take some persuading to get someone to sit down on it though.