DESIGN FOR CHILDREN
Good design searches for the perfect human scale.
Icons of design, like the Eameses and Enzo Mari, pioneered this approach. They made room in their practice for the conundrum of how to create child-friendly designs that can be adjusted to kids’ growing bodies. The spaces in which both adults and children live can and should be human-oriented on every level. The scalable flatpack furniture by House of RoRo builds and expands on this design philosophy.
“We underestimate children if we think they’re only attracted by a design if it is frivolous”, Rosseel muses. “I like to focus on the playful interaction with an object rather than the shape of it.” She baptized the project House of RoRo, named after her son’s favorite “doudou”, a white bear he called RoRo.
Multifunctional and versatile, the designs of House of RoRo have a function that is gender neutral and not age-specific. “I was looking for ways to combine toy storage with functional furniture that would look good in our home, while reducing the clutter”, says Rosseel. She wanted the pieces to grow along with her son, so she gave them rotating legs, allowing the seating or desk height to increase by 2” increments. “Kids grow fast and if I was going to make a product, I wanted it to be as sustainable as possible and not have it end up in landfill after 2 years.”
The creativity fostered by the colorful rhythm of shapes in this collection encourages children’s development. The tactile process of House of RoRo cultivates a kid’s sense of being part of the world. By participating in the furniture’s creation, children learn about agency and self-reliance.