Play is fundamental to a child's development, but what happens when they don't have access to proper playgrounds or stimulating environments? Students from the HDK master program Child Culture Design created an exhibit to explore new ways of bringing play into everyday objects to help foster imagination and creativity. Dubbed "Play In Progress", the exhibit was one of our favorites at the Salone Mobile. See all the highlights ahead!
Designed by Jessica Arosenius for both adults and children to use together, the Block.210 is a cool coffee-table with a surface packed full of building blocks.
Johanna Larsson‘s cool table features transparent color plates that can be arranged and rearranged to create different tabletop scenes that push imaginative thinking.
At first look of Hide||show appears to be nothing special, but just put a kid in front of one of these and you’ll realize that there is definitely something more to this cabinet. The cabinet features two pairs of handles — one ordinary set for adults and a pint-sized set of hole-like handles for children. The variation indicates different accesses to function, and give children the feeling of exclusivity in their own world.
Lin yu nung‘s Inside Out Lamp is a piece of furniture built to integrate the more refined world of adults with the playfulness of a child’s. The design encourages children to scribble their artwork on the lampshade to make it beautiful and unique.
Inspired by the game of “hide and seek”, Behind the Curtain blocks out part of a white curtain with color to create a secret space for a child to be alone in his/her world.
The idea behind Playble came from Helga Bjorg‘s childhood memory of playing with her family’s coffee table. Here she turns the table into a playful slide.
There is even a blackboard hidden beneath the table where children can share their secrets!
Griet Boucique has designed an ‘Alternative Playground’ – a landscape of soft seats – that questions what is a ‘good’ play environment for a child? The design considers material usage, its impact on the environment, and how different textiles can the way a child engages in play.
Designed by Gustaf Nygren, Cloud is an art concept created for public places such as entrance halls and waiting rooms. By moving the rain-like string, both the light and sound begins to shift.
Designed by Denis Drouet, ORDER in CHAOS is a table that encourages play between children and adults. A jumble of colorful ropes under the table provides a hiding place and encourages kids to turn single strands of rope into different designs.