French Canadian design duo Salomé Strappazzon and Mikaël Mourgue introduced a whimsical line of eco-friendly children’s furniture the Salon International du Design Intérieur de Montréal this past May. By naming their collection “ToyToy” it aptly describes how they see the interaction kids will have with their products, and also conveys the simplicity of the lifestyle they strive for. Strappazon and Mourgue have a strong commitment to creating affordable, quality products that are manufactured locally. In addition to meeting all of these promises, their introductory ToyToy chaise is graphically fun and the simple assembly can practically be done by their twin toddlers, Lizzie & Titia.
There are many sustainable design considerations that went into a seemingly simple chair. The ToyToy chaise is made from a single sheet of recycled cardboard, which is precut and printed in a single color of environmentally friendly ink. Once the chair pieces are punched out from the flat sheet, there is no cutting or gluing required for assembly. The leftover cardboard bits from the printed sheet can be used to make sculptures, similar to making a house of cards. It is this element of play, encouraged by the leftover cardboard shapes, that makes it so notable. “My daughter, she made a hut for her dolls. The experience was interesting, as opposed to the traumatic assembly of IKEA furniture…”