Dutch designer Ben Van Berkel, inspired by his personal experience as a parent facing his children's small but great achievements, is tackling the design of a children's collection for the first time. "Giro Kids" is a basic table set complete with everything a child needs to eat their first meals on their own. "Doraff" is a multifunctional seat that leaves room for their innate imagination and creativity: a unique shape which, depending on how you position it, resembles the stylised silhouette of a dog or giraffe.
"Doraff" is a seat, but also a furnishing element that enriches the rooms it is placed in: a presence with an original and colourful design that adds character to any space. From a functional point of view, "Doraff" lends itself to several uses, inviting children to use their playful imagination.
Positioned to resemble the abstract figure of a giraffe, it offers a comfortable, high backrest, but can also be ridden by the child and embraced by its long neck. In the other position, it resembles the stylised shape of a dog on which the child can sit using the "head" as a surface on which to play and draw or eat lunch or snack.
- One object, multiple functions. A piece of furniture but also a children's chair with a dual nature: a simple seat or a small workstation with a surface on which to draw or do other things.
- Designed to meet the needs of children, to stimulate the fundamental path along which active play develops their creativity and independence.
- Colourful, durable and safe because it is designed to ensure complete stability when used as a seat by children
Proposed in three colours: red, light blue and yellow
- Can also be used outdoors
- Made in Italy with 100% recyclable thermoplastic resin
- Size Description
Height 28 cm
67 x 55cm
Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honors in 1987. In 1988 he and his wife, Caroline Bos, set up an architectural practice in Amsterdam named Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau, which realized, among others projects, the Karbouw office building, the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. In 1998 van Berkel and Bos relaunched their practice as UNStudio, where UN stands for "United Net". Ben van Berkel has lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. He has led Diploma Units at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (1992-1993) and the Architectural Association in London (1999). Before he became Professor Conceptual Design at the Städelschule in Frankfurt in 2001, he was Visiting Professor at Columbia University, Princeton University and Harvard University. In 2011 Ben van Berkel was appointed the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Central to his teaching is the inclusive approach of architectural works integrating virtual and material organisation and engineering constructions.