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Brief Published: 23 Feb 2018

Classroom Furniture Helps Kids Concentrate

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Nine students from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts have designed and constructed a range of furniture pieces that aim to help schoolchildren stay focused in the classroom.

Presented as part of the Furniture and Light Fair at Stockholm Design Week 2018, the collection envisions a future where children are required to study for extended hours within densely filled classrooms. The resulting pieces encourage a more playful and active learning experience to help kids stay focused.

The designs acknowledge that children need a changing and transformable environment in order to stay engaged. Each piece encourages interaction: children can move and adjust the furniture to better suit their purposes, while also exercising their creativity.

Predominantly comprised of experimental seating designs, the furniture features adaptable elements and unusual materials to pique children’s interest and offer greater user control. The Shift chair, for instance, can be changed so that the backrest becomes the seat and the seat becomes the backrest, and can be sat on from any direction.

The Alert stool has a flat seat attached to a cone-shaped base via a moveable joint, allowing children to be active while seated. Meanwhile, the Log stool is made from a lightweight squishy foam, making it easy to be picked up and moved around by young children.

For more open-ended furniture designs giving kids creative control over their environment, see Toniture: Life-Sized Meccano for Kids. For more playful and flexible classroom furniture designs, read Designed for Fun: Home, Work & VR.