L e k f u l l

EXHIBITED AT MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2019

04.2019  |  in collaboration with Ikea Sweden  |  Off the grid

Lekfull is a playful set of soft silicone containers aimed to encourage kids’ natural interaction with food with curious and more freely attitude.

The main focus is to create a sensory experience of drinking, eating and enjoying a meal, reating a more active connection with food.

BACKGROUND

The first experiences that children make with food are the basis for their preferences and for their behavior during the life.
Play involve different aspects like cognitive, imaginative, creative, emotional and social skills. Children can express their impulse to explore, experiment and understand.

 

APPROACH

The goal is decrease the amount of food waste, teaching kids to try eating also food that does not look tasty because rotten or bad-looking.
The focus wants to be using senses and perception as a tools that help kids to play in the kitchen.

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

The development of the set was focus on the use of senses and perception of food with the aim of making children more active participants and making them open up to novelty.
Since senses and perceptions became the tools and helpers that kids use when they play/eat in the kitchen it was strategic working on some common gestures and usual behaviours that kids show freely when they are free to experiment with food.
Another key points is the choice of the material: it has to be able to stimulate the use of the tools and to show itself as an active player.

 

PROTOTYPING

To realise three of the four molds to casting the final prototypes has been used 3d printed. In order to avoid imperfections the surfaces have beeen sanded and treated with filler  and primer to obtain smoth walls. The last mold has been built in wood and then treated in the same ways of the previous ones.  That is why the dimension suggested the use of another tenique instead of 3d printing. A vacuum machine has been used to work the silicone and take off all the bubbles inside.

 

 

RESULT

Lekfull is a playful set of soft silicone containers aimed to encourage kids’ natural interaction with food. Each container focuses on natural gestures that distinguish children in the kitchen, such as licking or eating with the hands. The objects are characterized by a cut and intuitive
shape, that suggests the direction of usage and at the same time allow them to experiment
freely. I was interested in exploring how kids find themselves in a context where the mess and having no rules is allowed.
The key point of the project is to create a sensory experience of drinking, eating and enjoying a
meal, creating a more active connection with food.

 

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