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Brief Published: 3 Nov 2017

Toniture: Life-Sized Meccano Furniture for Kids


Inspired by Meccano construction kits for kids, designers Sunghyeop Seo and Sujeong Han of South Korean studio G280 have created Toniture (a portmanteau of ‘toy’ and ‘furniture’). The industrial-looking components allow children to build their own life-sized toys, which double as desks, chairs or shelves. 

Combining plaything and functional home accessory, the set includes around 50 different modules of flat geometric shapes and brackets that are joined together with easy-to-use screws. Simple, Ikea-style assembly guides assist with more elaborate designs, such as a giraffe/high stool, dog/bench, rocking horse and wheelable cart. However, children can also pick and choose from the pieces to bring their own ideas to life.

Building on the inventive and educational quality of Meccano’s smaller-scale toys, kids are encouraged to experiment and invent physical forms – learning about design, spatial awareness and engineering by interacting with objects that are both playful and functional. 

For more on how designers are reinventing old favourites for adventurous learners, read Gen Alpha: Childhood Rebooted and Twists on Traditional Toys.