The Cécile & Boyd’s container space for World Design Capital 2014 (WDC #455) is intended to showcase the Power of Colour, Texture and Pattern in creating simple spaces that can be used by children for educational/ inspiring spaces like art rooms.
The colours are soft yet bold and graphically representing earth, horizon and continuing up onto the ceiling to represent the sky. The magnetic stripes across the back wall also allow the geometrical shapes to be arranged by the children in different patterns, allowing them to change their own environment. The colours therapeutic qualities are explored to create a space that is both calming and inspiring.
Inspired by the natural elements, the designers have brought nature into the room as much as possible. The ‘tree forest’ made by Farmacy is alien vegetation, stripped of bark and sanded raw, creating a fun area with additional opportunities for hanging up school bags etc. Moonbaskets’ crocheted rug symbolizes the earth, it is a tactile experience for barefoot children to literally feel the soft ground beneath their feet. Crocheted using rope and then stitched with blue rope to represent a river and ‘knotted’ with green grass felt, is a playful covering to the highly wearable vinyl flooring.
The tables by Pedersen & Lennard are made of birch plywood. The reading chair is made like a fun blob – almost an animal, almost a chair. You can wrap yourself into the stitched in blanket and get a hug from the giant pawed arms. It’s a little bit of fun to add to the playfulness of the space.
The Cécile & Boyd’s Foundation was founded by designers, Boyd Ferguson and Mia van Wyk, in June 2011. The Cécile & Boyd’s brand is inspired by the movement towards social design across the globe as well as the idea of giving back to society. Through using our design knowledge and experience, as well as the psychological and therapeutic qualities of colour, our aim will be to uplift children through the creation of ‘safe’ spaces with the hope of re-engaging children into their schools and society. The Foundation focuses on creating beautiful, harmonious and uplifting spaces in underprivileged areas in and around Cape Town to create awareness that even the simplest element, like colour, can be used to transform, encourage, heal and give hope to societies. Our aim is to enhance and install a series of spaces every year that will be used for the benefit of children, connected with a specific school or organization, or a community.
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