Everyone has been young and we all carry memories from our childhood as well as from the time of being a teenager. It can be difficult to remember what we were appreciating when being younger, how were we thinking, fantasizing and solving problems?
We live in a world that is constantly changing. This makes every generation unique but what we can share across different generations is the fact that we are all in the process of growing up. As well as growing up as a person, we at HDK are also growing up as designers. In the design process we believe we can become more creative, make better decisions and have more fun by getting in touch with our inner child. The Grow up! exhibition intended to remind one about the childhood and to emphasize the needs within the process of growing up today.
Below we present a selection of the designs of the HDK students:
HIDE & KEEP designed by Karin Strömberg
The starting point for HIDE & KEEP is to take the teenager seriously. The product defends teenager's right to a private life and offers an opportunity to hide things that he or she does not want to show. HIDE & KEEP is inspired by diaries, jewellery boxes, wedding chests and secret compartments.
The product it self symbolizes the teenager, with a hard surface and a soft and fragile inside which he or she does not want to show with others. HIDE & SEEK is a product that adapts with the user. When the user is ready to reveal his or her inner self, the product can change and open up.
HIDE & KEEP is made of moulded birch veneer with a walnut veneer surface, white varnished MDF, metal legs, rubber band and flock-polyamide fibre inside.
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LEAF RUG designed by Junichi Tokuda
Leaf Rug is inspired by a blanket of leaves. It could be enjoyed by both children playing with it as well as cats and other animals resting on the leaves.
This product can be used indoors in various situations such as on the floor or on the seat of a chair. Normally you have to buy rugs in different sizes, depending on each room's specific dimensions, but with Leaf Rug you can scatter various amounts of the leaves throughout your home. The leaves can be used on their own or together in layers depending on the circumstances. Because of the small size of each leaf they are easy to move around and be placed in new situations both by children and grown ups.
Leaf Rug is made of 100% wool.
DREAM BAG designed by Ulrika E. Engberg and Kasper Medin
A furniture to rest in, play with or to dream away in. Close it into a bud and let it blossom when or wherever you want either inside or outdoors. Made from foam filled polyester, beaver nylon and is easy to bring with you.
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SNUG designed by Fredrik Färg
Children that are to go to bed are often scared if they can't see their surroundings and would therefore like to have a small light lit in their room.
In Swedish Snug means pleasant, safe and cosy, but it is also the name of a product that has its starting point in lights ability to create security. Snug is a friend during the night with a comfy light and a friendly shape that can shift character. The possibility to switch places of Snugs pillows together with flexible joints makes it easy to give the lamp different expressions. The lamp is cordless so it can be placed anywhere in a room, e.g. sitting on a shelf dangling with its legs.
The prototype is made of aluminium, steel and birch. The pillows are made of polyester fibre and are covered by cotton canvas. The pillows are lit from inside by eight LEDs.