Come and DrawBy Angelique Dominici
Children are wildly creative. Give my son crayons and he will draw on our dining table instead of on the sheet of paper provided. He truly thinks out-of-the-box. I’m sure most children are the same, hence the advent of washable ink, and the interior design trend of walls done in chalkboard paint.
Instead of hindering the creativity of children, and stopping their self-expression on furniture, designer Tian Tiang from Sweden created Come And Draw. On this table, little artists can doodle, make that first masterpiece and indulge in graffiti to their heart’s content right on the actual table top. In the same light, budding interior decorators are free to design their own table.
Come And Draw aims to promote improvisational drawing in public places such as kindergartens and waiting areas. The table top is composed of 300 layers of round colored paper in six shades, functioning as a storage of stories and conveying playfulness. The paper spins, to encourage sharing and collective creativity. It’s possible to purchase refill paper in sets of 300.
The idea is to deliver both high design value and environment-friendly, safe products for a creative children’s environment where kids feel free to play. They use local materials and produce locally for a sustainable society. It comes flat packed, is easy to assemble by hand with no tools necessary.
Come And Draw was a finalist for the Dwell Modern World Award, exhibited at the Los Angeles Convention Center last June. It is included in the Top Five children’s furniture in 2011 by Top List Design Magazine in Hungary. It is nominated as best children’s furniture of the year by Family Living, Stockholm.
It is in limited production, handcrafted by a Swedish carpenter in Gothenburg, Sweden. Untreated local wood is used; environment friendly safe paper from VIDA Paper Sweden; paint proved to use for toys according to SS EN 71-3. They ship worldwide. Visit the Tian Tang Design website for more details.
November 1, 2011 by Guest Writer