A furniture piece to promote children to read
Most children start learning to read around age four, causing parents to find new ways to encourage them to get into the habit of reading. My objective was to design an object that will promote children around this age to read.
Link provides children ages 4 to 7 with their own furniture for reading. It gives them the option to sit on its solid surface made of polypropylene, on its bouncy bungee area or to get creative and use it what ever way they wish. They will also be able to use Link’s open compartment to place their favorite books or gadgets. Link is about 15 inches long on each side and weighs about 6 pounds. It will come in a variety of primary and pastel colors.
To start, I explored multipurpose furniture and children’s furniture. I found most children’s furniture to be colorful and playful and I wanted to include this feature to the piece. I wanted to add another element of fun as well as functionality so I was drawn to the playfulness of bungee cords and the versatility of multipurpose furniture.
I looked at primary and complex forms, exploring some of the different ways they could become seating. I decided to bring fun aspects to the design by playing with forms that intersect and by incorporating bungee cords. Finally I focused on making sure the form was appropriate for children of the targeted age group.