DESIGNING A KIDS ROOM
IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
“Children’s games are hardly games. Children are never more serious than when they play,”
said the philosopher Michel de Montaigne back in 1500, and this was later backed up by the Italian educator
and neuropsychiatrist Maria Montessori, who changed our approach to small children and their activities
for ever. Because the latter really do amount to work, requiring commitment and seriousness,
helping children master and hone skills and abilities that will serve them well throughout their lives.
NOT JUST A COLOR EXERCISE
There are still some people who underestimate the design of the kids room, deeming it nothing more than an exercise in colors, rounded shapes and miniaturized versions of adults’ objects of desire. They may be dying out, though, judging by how many brands and designers take a serious approach these days to a whole range of issues that involve education, gender difference, ecology and emotions when creating furnishings and spaces in which our children can grow, experiment, and share experiences. In order to become independent men and women.
DESIGNED FOR DEVELOPMENT
The intention is to overcome the distinction between the way in which adults and children see things, starting with the space, fluid and dynamic naturally, designed around the development of the youngest children. It doesn’t matter how much there is, what really matters is conceiving a structured and colored world, perhaps with a “magic room” effect for the youngest. Rather like the sort of kids room you might dedicate to the liveliest and most curious children. It could be a multicolored realm – in pastel shades so as not to overexcite them – with essential pieces.
TO PERCEIVE AND EXPLORE
Materials count as much as shapes. Children perceive and explore the world around them with their hands, they are more sensitive to materials and can discern, for instance, that wood is a living thing, emitting heat and a particular scent. Environmentally-friendly and natural design, with simple lines and neutral colors is a mission for the perfect kids room, meaning that even furniture for the very youngest can’t fail to have a vintage flavour and a genuinely sustainable and atoxic soul.