15 April 2014

Designed for the little ones - Design per i piccoli

Milan Design Week - Brera and Tortona districts

Design rocks

Le chien savant, by Philippe Starck

On my way out of the Fritz Hansen showroom I spotted this writing table for children displayed in a shop window. Le Chien Savant, by Architect and Designer Philippe Starck, could help make studying fun. This piece of design was part of a series of products created purpusefully for children, suggesting designers awareness of children's presence in society is strong.

Japanese designer Tomoko/T.Magpie presented her new product Bimbi in the Temporary Museum for New Design, in the Tortona district. This easy to assemble flat pack chair made of recycled cardboard, available in several patterns, was part of a general trend at the fair to support sustainability.

In Superstudio Più, also in the district of Tortona, I found Googy. This rocking horse was made of fabric and wood. It is produced in two sizes, for kids and for the child that is in all of us, and most grown ups visiting the fair wanted to have a go.

Bimbi, a 'green' space-saving chair

Googy, the rocking horse?

a rocking horse and stool from the Salone Satellite

And finally, I spotted this wooden rocking Vespa in Tortona, parked next to some bicycles. I didn't find the name of the designer, but I know a few little ones that would like to own one!

Rocking Vespa


  1. Great post! I think that if designer's put themselves in children's shoes and in those of the elderly, then society will almost certainly benefit from it!

  2. Oh dear what a bad use of the saxon genitive!

  3. I didn't try Googy, I'm afraid, Angela.
    You're right Charlie! Design for all!