01 | play carpet

My aim of this concept was to create a so-called open-space for the kindergarten. So that all children, regardless of their background or gender, feel save to appropriate the space and make it their own. Bringing the different play corners (which you can often find in the kindergarten) in one product together, combine them and make them fluid. Through this fluidity, children are encouraged to discover new ways of playing and new perspectives. Indeed, this fluidity should break free the barriers in the child’s mind. For example, boys are often reluctant to play in the doll’s corner, not because they dislike playing in it but because it is deeply rooted in their mind that dolls are for girls. My interpretation of creating a fluid and open space is a carpet in which modules can be unfolded. Each module can be modified to create different shapes, and each one encourages different movements and activities. Because the modules of the carpet have an abstract and undefined shape, it leaves freedom for the imagination of the child. For example, it can be something from daily life such as a farm, a flat or an airport, but can also be something from the child’s imaginary world. Every child also has the possibility to create a shelter to be on its own. Besides building it up can require the collaboration of other children. When the carpet is not in used it can be folded and turned in a seating or mattress. The carpet can be used combined with other toys which can already be found in the kindergarten.

The size of the carpet offers the two possibilities of interactions: An arm interaction, but also a fully physical interaction in which the entire body is involved. This creates a feeling of deeper interaction not only with the carpet but also, more importantly with other people.