Carlos Ng is a New York City designer at the Parsons The New School for Design. His Little Architect’s Toolset was created as part of a third-year product design studio called Small Things Matter, which challenged students to design inexpensive objects that could be sold for under $30. Students were also tasked to create an object that tied into a social cause and a charity, from which proceeds of the sale of the object would benefit so as to leverage consumerism to affect positive change in the world. The school and the students partnered with Brooklyn-based Areaware, a producer of everyday objects who will produce the winning designs from the studio.
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The Little Architect’s Toolset is made up of a 12″ ruler, a protractor and a 45/90 triangle. The tools, which teach kids about basic design principles, can come apart like puzzle pieces and reassembled in a variety of configurations like building blocks. “The Little Architect Toolset was inspired by young architects who have a dream to one day design and build the world’s most amazing building,” explained Ng. “Each of these tools comes apart into puzzle-like pieces, and are interchangeable to create brand new tools.”
The Little Architect’s Toolset is the winner of the first-ever collaborative design competition at the annual Wanted Design 2014. Areaware will now produce the children’s toy set with Carlos Ng receiving royalties and a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Architecture for Humanity.
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