During Vienna Design Week, kidsroomZOOM inhabited a 200 square meter apartment in the centre of Vienna, featuring furnishings by 25 selected international designers. The show was a snapshot of contemporary design for children—uniting art, product presentation, events and workshops in a fun and hands-on way. The presentation was done in an easily identifiable context of a domestic living space—very far from a white gallery with "please don't touch" signs.
Featured in the pictures above is the Punch'n'Cuddle—"emotional furniture", created for punching and cuddling as the name suggests—and the Kidsonroof cardboard castle.
The modular den structure TukLuk is made of foam triangles with magnetic connections.
The show was very well perceived by kids and kidults. A fun yet stylish ground for playful anarchy, with lots of different furniture and toys to be tested. Following the slogan How old r u?, the participating designers and curators put themselves on the level of the youngest ones, scrutinizing the positioning, importance and approach to furniture and everyday objects for children.
One of the workshops was conducted by Noa Haim of Collective Paper Aesthetics, assembling paper triangles to different shapes.
Brit Leissler lives and acts between London and Berlin. After receiving a Master degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London she started her own Shoot the Stylist! design studio. She also works as a design educator for various institutions and founded Punch'n'Cuddle Ltd., producing and distributing her own products.
When taking a break from the design world she writes, sings and composes quirky electronic pop or travels the planet. Brit loves all forms of eccentricity, joins up the dots and aims to get into interesting conversations with all kinds of weird and wonderful people. As a hardcore digital camera gunslinger she shoots everything that moves and grooves. She doesn't eat animals, is hot for cheese, loves the Kensington Squirrels, robotic dance moves and life enhancing ideas.