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kodomo

teaching children to appreciate device-free downtime

As a youth mentor, I've noticed that because of their inherent characteristics, mobile devices can be extremely attractive and addictive for children. Research shows that child phone usage continues to increase at an alarming rate.

the story

42% of children spend 30+ hours on cell phones per week

53% of children in the United States own a smartphone by the age of 11.

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On top of this, I've observed parents using mobile devices to pacify their children. Although this may provide a short term solution, it doesn't teach children positive behaviors and coping mechanisms.

In order to teach children to grow up without overusing technology, I decided to create a piece of furniture that gives them their own space to relax and destress.

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the design objective

Create a space for children to destress without electronic devices.

inspiration

form exploration

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final product

子供 (kodomo) creates a space for children to be themselves without unnecessary distractions.

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standard colorways: recycled plastic + fabric cusions

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premium option: maple + wool cushions