atelier

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children bedrooms

When we first looked into this brief, we found a young family completely overwhelmed by the task ahead. 

 

Having moved from a small apartment, where all their three children were sharing a room, to a large house where each one had their own space, the parents faced the prospect of having to purchase considerable amounts of furniture and did not know where to start.

Furthermore, each child had different interests and requirements related to their varying ages. They wanted to make each one of the rooms feel unique without blowing the budget.

Location: Hendaye, France
Client: Familia Lanz-Kiwanuka

8 year old girl

Design Brief:

The existing room was white with oak floors and already had a bed and a built in wardrobe.

As well as a sleeping room, the proposal had to provide a space to read and study away from younger brother and sister .

 

The "client" loves nature and science and she was keen for this to be reflected in the design. Specifically, she requested butterflies, bamboo and pandas.

When we first looked into this brief, we found a young family completely overwhelmed by the task ahead. 

 

Having moved from a small apartment, where all their three children were sharing a room, to a large house where each one had their own space, the parents faced the prospect of having to purchase considerable amounts of furniture and did not know where to start.

Furthermore, each child had different interests and requirements related to their varying ages. They wanted to make each one of the rooms feel unique without blowing the budget.

Location: Hendaye, France
Client: Familia Lanz-Kiwanuka

6 year old girl 

Design Brief:

The existing room was white with oak floors and also had a bed and a built in wardrobe.

The "client" is very sociable and does not like being on her own that much. She much prefers doing homework and drawing in a room where there are other people.

 

The "client" loves mathematics, art, playing football, running and cycling but she is a girly girl.

Colours: 

 

The tones on this room are light greys , silvers and pinks. We have added some sparkle to transmit the wintery feeling she liked. 

Hideaway:

 

The proposal was for her bed which was made out of timber to be painted in grey. 

On the top of the bed, a canopy with fairy lights created a hideaway with cushions and blankets where she should be able to enjoy some time on her own without feeling completely isolated.

4 year old boy

Design Brief:

The existing room was white with oak floors and already had a bed but no wardrobes.

The "client" loves science and astronomy nature and he too was keen for this to be reflected in the design. Specifically, he requested a ceiling full of stars .

Age 4 , he loves being on his own playing but he loves even more being with his sisters, hence, we made the assumption that the likely hood would be for him to spend most of his time in the playroom. 

Play-mat:

 

Inspired by an idea we found on Pinterest, the proposal included a floor quilt made out of contrasting-colour cushions which allowed him to sit on the floor and play without getting cold.

Red: 

 

His room was on the small side , therefore we chose small and very affordable Ikea furniture (from the adult range) which we proposed to hack in order to make it eye catching and object-like. Red is a reference to Tintin's rocket.

playroom

Furniture:

 

We chose very simple furniture and kept it neutral except for the touches of red in the toy fabric boxes . This provided an opportunity for the room to adapt to the children as they grow up.

 

We proposed to build a table with a long kitchen side panel spanning between two lightweight trestles. This simple idea provided flexibility for all children to sit side by side and collaborate when necessary. It also allowed for storage units with their crafts to be located at either end.

 

Ikea has shelving units that when laid on the side work really well for children because in addition to allowing easy reach to the boxes, they could fit in the low ceiling area.

Blackboard:

 

Every child likes to draw with chalk on a blackboard and nowadays, you can buy boards in an adhesive roll which can be fixed on to the wall easily adding an interactive use which can be changed easier than any black paint.

 

It works really well in play rooms but also in entrance halls and kitchens where the family need to communicate their availability, for example.

 

Window:

 

Our family loves animals and we found some beautiful bird window clings  which make the windows feel extra special. As they are non adhesive, we'd expect those birds to end up in other places.

Design Brief:

Given the ages of the children, the playroom will need to double as an art / study room room.

It will, therefore, need to accommodate storage for a good amount of toys as well as  books and crafts. 

The room is 2.7 m wide but has a sloping ceiling towards one of its corners making the use of the slopping walls limited in height .

The walls are white and the floor and beams are oak.