Remember when we wrote a post about what kids can teach us about interior design? Well, one of the things was Kids need to have their space in the apartment, just like grown-ups do.
We all invest in great furniture pieces for ourselves, but we often buy a pour quality furniture for our kids because we have this thought in the back of our mind that they’ll soon grow out of it. So why invest in something they’ll use just for a short period of time?
But our kids need to learn early on about good quality design and learn to take care of valuable things. And if those pieces will improve their learning and growth, even better!
Kids simply amaze us, they always surprise us, the way they see things around them, how their imagination works are astonishing.
And also how playful they are, they just can’t calm down!
Remember how hard it was to sit still in a school chair? Raise your hand if your teacher told you a billion times to stop rocking in your chair. Well, up until now no one really thought about why kids do that? Why they can’t simply sit still? And furniture for kids was always just a smaller version of a grownup furniture.
Let’s revolutionise kids’ surroundings so they’re more fun & supportive for all.
Amazing designers from Benussi&the Fish or how they like to call themselves – two and a half men band, a family, a creative studio – designed a sensory furniture for kids – Tink Things, an award-winning furniture, that not only your kids are gonna love but it will simplify your life because it’s SAFE and FUN!
Here’s a background philosophy of their amazing work:
WHAT’S DRIVING US?
Sensory rich spaces work as a food for the brain, as real learning always involves patterns of physical activity.
We have this idea that kids’ spaces should feel completely different than they do. Children grow and learn by interacting with their surroundings. The way they filter and react to stimuli impacts just about everything else. It’s amazing to see the change and progress you can make simply by understanding children’s sensory needs and putting them first. So we did.
Learning, thinking, creativity and intelligence are not only processes that take place in the brain, but our entire body.
Physical movement and good sensory integration are crucial for development, learning and well being.
From the earliest childhood, throughout growing up and adulthood – physical movement and good sensory integration are crucial for development, learning and well being. Accompanied with positive emotional environment, movement plays a very important role in creating a nerve cell network that is the fundamental basis of learning.
Kids are sensory intelligent when they’re effectively filtering and processing internal and external stimuli. Sensory integration entails a whole spectrum of processes that serve as building blocks for growth, development and overall learning.
ALL KIDS ARE DIFFERENT
Children’s interaction with their environment is directly connected to their growth & learning. Why should sitting have to be boring?
Children differ in their ability to process and respond to sensory stimuli within an environment while engaging in activities. One child may have difficulty sitting still during group time, while another may move little during free play outside. They react in different ways because each child integrates the information obtained through their senses from the environment differently.
Sensory intelligence is encouraged by sensory rich environments that are designed based on understanding children’s neurological thresholds & their behavioral responses. Those kind of spaces are dynamic and fun, but also work as a food for the brain. They help with emotional regulation and aid concentration & memory skills, as real learning always involves patterns of physical activity.
For now, they designed two amazing and totally different chairs – Ika and Mia. While developing their product they considered all of the principles they find important, such as:
Using natural & hi-tech materials
Solid ash wood, 3D mesh fabric, aluminium
Testing & certification
OEKO-TEX® 100 & FSC certificates
EU tests for strength, durability, safety and stability
Setting up an eco-friendly production
Minimal production waste
Made from sustainable materials
Long lasting value
Following contemporary design aesthetics
Precise technology & manual finishing
Ika & Mia chairs are enjoyable & fun, they help with emotional regulation and aid concentration & memory skills
Ika’s non-fixed seat not only allows kids to move, but encourages constant rocking and bouncing. This has been proven to act calmingly & help with concentration. Ika is fun, but what’s even more important, it supports kids when they need a little boost or a moment to enjoy some playful fidgeting.
Mia’s fabric seat is fun and charming. It hugs kids and offers mild deep-pressure soothing which boosts serotonin levels and helps with stress. What’s more, if the child feels overwhelmed, he can pull up the cocoon and partly isolate himself, hoodie style.
They both come in two sizes: small (1-8 years) and big (6-13 years) and two colours: candy pink & cool grey.
The only problem now is which one to buy? Looking from our perspective we could use both of them ’cause we are in need of concentration most of the time, but we also feel like sometimes, when we want some kind of isolation, a cacoon chair would be perfect for that.
Maybe they would consider making those chairs for grown-ups…
If you fell in love with their philosophy and these amazing chairs the great news is: They are launching!
Starting from 11th November they will offer limited quantities of various discounts (from 60% to 10%) for pre-buy on Indiegogo.
If you want to grab these chairs when they’re more than half cheaper, make sure you’re on their list. Go to their web page and sign up for discounts. They will announce the exact time of launch directly by email only to their dear community.
Hurry up and grab your chair in time, your kid will be thankful!
* This is not a sponsored post. We’re not receiving any type of payment for this. We’re simply sharing something that we like, with the hope it will inspire you to appreciate the effort designers put in their products.