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OS > kids toys

on 2012-11-12 21:06
Posted in: OS explorations .


For the kids toys project we took the BlocBox, an existing OS component and cut it into pieces. We then passed these pieces to a number of other designers, craftsmen, students and asked them to build a kids’ toy or furniture from it.

The resulting object series ( a sled + a chair + a sand digger + a swing) illustrate the flexibility of the Blocbox component  as well as the new opportunities that are offered by an open modular system as a whole.

The choice for kids furniture has multiple reasons:

First of all, small kids grow fast, so there is a real need for objects that can adapt and grow with them. Secondly, kids toys and furniture are most of the time very simple objects, which makes them interesting for Fablabs or home fabrication. and thirdly these objects have the potential to generate a community around them .. a community of motivated young fathers sharing experiences, exchanging knowledge and uploading new designs .. (and of course eager to create thé coolest toy for their kid).

Last but not least, if your kid has outgrown its toys, the components can again be reconfigured into other objects, such as a suitcase or a toolbox.

This project shows contributions of Marijn Van Der PollChristiane Hoegner, Tristan Kopp & Ricardo Carneiro, Artin Aharon and Thomas Lommée






















Sled by Artin Aharon in collaboration with Thomas Lommée 








Suitcase by Marijn van der Poll







ToyBox by Christiane Hoegner






Sand digger by Ricardo Carneiro and Tristan Kopp.