We can’t think of a better combination than DIY-crafts, cardboard, and kids—and Swiss architect Nicola Enrico Stäubli’s FoldSchool furniture does just that. What’s even better is that these chairs-for-kids (or for the kid in you) aren’t products for purchase, but rather FREE downloadable patterns from his website. All you need is a printer, some cardboard, and a pair of scissors, and you’re on your way to sitting pretty with your tots on some truly green, interactive, and surprisingly sturdy seating. Your three options are stool, rocker, and chair, each of which are simple to create and would make a great eco-design crafts project for you and your little one on a rainy day.
We love Nicola’s design-for-all attitude: in his own words, “mass culture is run by superficiality and ecological absurdity”. Foldschool supports craftsmanship as a face-to-face approach to design and brings together product and user the closest possible. The mindset of Foldschool is to restore design to one of its original missions: to provide a product at an affordable price through a smart manufacturing process.”
These easy-to-make furniture pieces are ideal for getting young kids interested in design and construction, and can even be used as part of a homeschooling curriculum. The furniture can be painted or decorated with découpage to suit each child’s preference, and their unique shapes lend perfectly to imaginative play: stools can transform into rocket ship seats, and rockers can be rideable dragons and unicorns. It’s great to see how recycled materials can be put to such innovative use, and getting kids involved in eco-friendly projects from day one sets them on a wonderful path of conservation, as well as creativity.