Kids have a special set of eyes to watch the world. Their creations are naive and full of dreams. There is something extremely positive in childhood: children have this surprising freshness and honesty that we can only aspire to comprehend. They have no experience; they are virgin of competition and promotion. They build crudely and dirtily and do not focus on the look of their design: it is too long and superficial. During our workshops, we try to show the children some new ways to connect their fantastic imagination with functionality. Our students hold a certain imagination that designers can only envy. Their creations are surprising, probably thanks to their spontaneity and their naivety facing judgment.

Hina and Olivia

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Second Marveland Workshop

Monday, November 1st
For this second workshop, we had three participants: Yasin, Lewis and Omar (8 years old).
Omar is actually Yasin’s brother.
The work started immediately. They were extremely excited with the second session. We were happy about their positive attitude: motivation, enthusiasm and interest seem to be essential for creation.
We have chosen to divide the workshop in two parts: half an hour of three dimensional mock-ups and another thirty minutes of sketches.

The 3 dimensional objects

As a brief, we had in mind to ask them to concentrate on tools, as we did during the previous workshop. We asked them to invent something to reproduce beautiful circles, as they all have some difficulties to draw perfectly round rings.

Omar, the oldest of the group, has created this instrument that vacuums ink and acts as a stamp to print some disk shape. A handle was integrated, to make it functional and easy to use. Designer Omar has also cut out a round piece of sponge to control the flow and to enable the colourful liquid to spread out regularly.

Like his neighbour, Lewis made a stamp, but this time, with two disks. According to him, you can make more disks than Omar. He was inspired by the fountain pen he uses everyday at school. The mechanism creates suction to transfer ink directly through the pipe into the Ink reservoir.

The youngest boy, Yasin, made a ring out of clay, to create ‘Os’. We believe it is dedicated to his older brother Omar. He also shaped some round smooth pebbles to steer his pencil in the good direction.
Yasin is the youngest, but he is the only one who can make the difference between a disk and
a circle.

Hina asked them to imagine a seat as something that could support their young and light bodies
and on which they could rest. They started drawing.

"The power behind the throne"

Omar has drawn a Throne. He did not really use the world Throne, but he described his design as an extraordinary chair that would give him power, authority and dignity. is the reason why he drew a crown, we thought. He also added some limbs, such as arms, hands and legs. As the name suggests, an Armchair needs Arms. But, we believe the hands were a bit more unusual. We first thought they were cup holders. No, according to the designer, they are part of the design and they are here to prevent him from leaving his powerful spot: the hands are shaking other hands and are opening the doors. The legs are also very important as they transport King Omar from Place to place. Yes, the throne walks and acts as a vehicle.

"Lounging in the air"

Lewis has imagined a Lounge chair with a massive back rest where he could lean back and relax.
To him, it is crucial to have an extra piece to have his legs supported. The chair is adjustable: the part for the feet can be folded under the sit if not in used and the back rest is retractable. Lewis Lounge chair can be employed as an ideal setting for a quick nap or as a reading area. But one of its additional qualities is to have integrated wings that can obviously fly and take the designer for a sky ride.

"Rodeo bicycle"

Yasin seems to be interested in wheels. He keeps on drawing them. This time, He has sketched some kind of bike that could project him in the sky. His concerns were to create a device that he could seat on while moving forward. But more than anything, the main function of the RB is to enable Designer Yasin to rebound and to reach the clouds.

And then, after the furniture production, we suggested them to imagine a hat, to match with the shoes designed during our previous workshop.

"Crowned head"

Omar has represented a top hat with a crown on the top. It fits with his chair and with his interest in royalty. He needs the complete outfit!

"Pit-bull hat"

Lewis is fascinated by monstrous creatures and needs to translate this obsession in his designs.
He is interested in security. It is why he has drawn this freaking hat, to defend himself in case of attack as a molosser would do.

"This is for men, This is for ladies"

Yasin has a wide imagination, but he draws very small objects for his very small body. He has scribbled down a mini Tam o' Shanter beret as a kind of mix between the Scottish cap and the French bonnet.
That is for men, he said. For the lady, he has imagined a pink eared bowler hat, to listen to the gossips when it is cold.

The designers of this second Marveland session: Omar (8 years old), Lewis and Yasin

Hina et Olivia

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London, East London, United Kingdom
Olivia and Hina met in France in 2005, during their Art and Design Bachelors at ESAD de Reims. They both studied together for their Masters in London, at the renowned Royal College of Art, in Platform 10, where they graduated from Design Products in 2009. Since Then, designer and Illustrator Olivia Decaris has spent her time working from her own studio, running workshops and participating in design groups throughout Europe while negotiating her first projects going into production. In the meantime, Hina Thibaud has been working on the design of a hat collection in collaboration with knitters and stylists and has started developing children products such as My Theatre Suitcase. A common interest in the theme of ‘childhood’ has united the two designers on collaborative projects such as the instauration of Children’s design workshops and the curation of exhibitions.