Our container space for World Design Capital 2014 is intended to showcase the Power of Colour, Texture and Pattern in creating simple spaces that can be used by children for educational/ inspiring spaces like art rooms.
The COLOURS are soft yet bold and graphically representing earth, horizon and continuing up onto the ceiling to represent the sky. The magnetic stripes across the back wall also allow the geometrical SHAPES to be arranged by the children in different patterns, allowing them to change their own environment. The colours therapeutic qualities are explored to create a space that is both calming and inspiring.
Simple PLASTIC chairs, that are low-cost and readily available, are slip covered in FELT with oversize stitching to emphasis softness and cocoon and resulting in fun comfortable seating, with covers that can be removed and washed. The tables by Pedersen & Lennard are made of birch PLYWOOD. The reading chair is made like a fun blob – almost an animal, almost a chair. You can wrap yourself into the stitched in blanket and get a hug from the giant pawed arms. It’s a little bit of fun to add to the playfulness of the space.
We are inspired by the NATURAL elements and have brought nature into the room as much as possible. The ‘tree forest’ made by Farmacy is alien vegetation, stripped of bark and sanded raw, creating a fun area with additional opportunities for hanging up school bags etc. Moonbaskets’ crocheted rug symbolizes the earth, it is a TACTILE experience for barefoot children to literally feel the soft ground beneath their feet. Crocheted using rope and then stitched with blue rope to represent a river and 'knotted' with green grass felt, is a playful covering to the highly wearable vinyl flooring.
STORAGE is crafted using simple OSB board made into boxes and hung on hooks over a peg board to make adjustable versatile storage areas.
A HUGE THANK YOU to our contributors: http://pedersenlennard.co.za/; http://www.moonbasket.com/ and http://www.farmacy.co.za/ and ENORMOUS gratitude to Elvis & his team, Sarah Pratt, Tracy Lynch and Mia van Wyk. Photography Henk Hattingh