Children’s furniture made to play and grow
Bruno Munari claimed, “a well-designed environment helps children grow and learn to be independent adults”. Amongst other things, the great Milanese designer imagined furniture that could transform into different objects, so that children could use them as toys and develop their creative thinking skills.
In the first half of the 1900s, the most common and widespread items of furniture for children – both in schools and in homes – were miniature versions that merely shrunk the size of pieces meant for grown-ups.
It was only in more recent decades that design research started approaching the issue at a higher level of complexity, thinking about space for children as a multipurpose microcosm where they can play and grow up at the same time.
Here is a small selection of modern children’s furniture, some of which by great Italian artists and designers.