I really like the colors in these rooms from Laurette. (the furniture is pretty great too ... and yes, its the same staged room for both pics but the surrounding colors make it really two different spaces)
David Rockwell is taking his brainchild, Imagination Playground, and making this summer in NYC a bit more enjoyable for the kiddos and the kiddos at heart. Starting this weekend, a 825lbs, 75 piece mobile fun zone will pop up in the garden at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. June 6th look for a fun zone in Washington Sq Park and on June 26th, another pops up down at South Street Seaport. On July 17th, another fun zone will grace The High Line. For Mr. Rockwell, it was his mission to promote unstructured play ... allowing the user to design whatever they desire. I cannot wait!
I was blown away with the design and execution of this children's loft bed, storage closet and shelving piece. The architect and designer, Sandra Courtine of Ciel Architects, did a stellar job. Honestly, it's so refreshing to see work like this. It's a great dose of minimal and well-considered design inspiration for a friday! You can see more pics HERE. (photos by Mirela Popa)
The eDesk is a designers approach to helping the developing world attain education. eDesk is low-waste and is manufactured from renewable material. Humanitarian aid organizations can use the design as open source for free. The eDesk can be produced cheaply but is durable and can provide children in impoverished or natural disaster ridden areas a devoted space for learning.
Ships and transports in a flat panel. Assembles without fasteners. Can be fabricated locally or shipped inexpensively. 3 sizes available. Functions as a desk and inspirational tool for any student regardless of geographic location. If you are involved with a Humanitarian organization involved in education please contact HERE for information on utilizing the eDesk. The desktop has an educational laser etched graphic by Simone Rebaudengo, as well as assembly instructions on the desk side.
Soft Rocker by Alissia Melka-Teichroew is a rocker stool for young and old. By extruding the silhouette of a standard rocking chair and subtracting the back, a different yet familiar object is created.
This rocker was a collaboration with Palau and comes in many different colours and fabrics! You can view this and many other amazing bits curated by Alissia and Jan Habraken during ICFF at the CITE showroom starting May 15th in NYC.
Recession Design is all about D.I.Y. design. It is a collection of objects created using everyday DIY products that are processed and assembled using common utensils and accessories. Such is the case with their Giocattolo Toy Truck and Divano Leto Sofa Bed. [*]
OTTO is an electronic musical instrument developed by interaction designer Luca De Rosso. Just plug it into your computer, drop a beat into it and feel the music with your hands. I really like seeing these types of advances in technology that are both intriguing for adults and children. (via)
Yesterday afternoon, I was thrilled to see this event, that just so happen to take place in a store that I really love....Partners and Spade. I was so very thrilled to be able to see and touch Renate Müller's line of Therapeutic Toys. Originally designed back in the 1960's and 1970's, these were reproduced back in 2008. The jute, which is an open weave material, lends such an understanding to the complete tactile experience. Not to mention the use of the calming colored leather is stunning. The pieces are not only large in size, but a grand and important symbol for therapeutic design...... done extremely well. The toys were used for balance training and orthopedic exercise as well as for sensory exercise and hand-eye coordination for mentally and physically handicapped children. You can email Partners and Spade for information on purchasing these toys HERE
Studio GORM have come out with a sweet interior piece of fun called Construction Quilt. It works as a carpet, a couch cover and can be converted into a landscape for toy cars or fort to play in. It works off a simple grid of triangles made of dense foam and covered with wool felt.
Bholu designer Jodie Fried is collaborating with Porter's Paints on a vibrant new range of wallpaper designs. This collection, which holds true to the brands message, is inspired by the drawings of children in underprivileged communities in India. The collection is called Menagerie, has some pretty playful designs. (via)