Play, Grow, Share
Children grow at a fast pace and are always filled with curiosity. This can lead to a constant change in their personalities and needs, which may at times require various adjustments. It is inevitable, especially for parents, to have reappearing needs and desires in providing accordingly to those changes.
The increasing capability of generation-Y parents, in addition to how researchers and/or psychologists emphasise the importance of play in children’s learning, therefore has its impact to potentially increase and create large numbers of abandoned toys in every household, this is especially evident in households with younger children, who are generally characterised by short and limited attention spans.
The project is trying to create more efficient and environmentally conscious methods in designing toys, by proposing an ‘open-ended play’ furniture system, that encourages creative and imaginative play for children. Its value is based on the idea of “versatility”, in how the pieces could be integrated into various, limitless approaches to playing. This encourages children to engage in creating and reimagining their own creative space.
Each component is designed by incorporating children’s interactivity and behaviour within play-environment spaces. It also comes with an added objective on how it could be utilised beyond its toy functionality after the play-activity ends.
The end product comes with the idea of “extended function”; on how the products could be shared and/or used with an entirely different role; with means of creating a longer-lasting artefact for play by assimilating multiple functions after it has fulfilled it’s primary function as an object of entertainment.