Working with children is a journey through the freest forms of creativity, devoid of useless superstructures and a constant source of unexpected stimulus. We got proof of this at the two workshops – Saturday, 5 October and Saturday, 12 October – that we organised at Casa su Misura, the Padua furniture fair, inside the Città Invisibili Kids Village, a special area reserved for children and their parents.
In this space, the children got to look through enchanting books, listen to stories, participate in creative workshops, draw and read with their parents, who in turn had the chance to get advice about what and how to read to their children and how to design a room specially for kids.
During the workshops, which were called ‘La città diseducativa’ (literally, ‘the city of setting a bad example’), the LAGO Personal Kid Designer and the Città Invisibili workshop leader guided the children through the planning of a very special house, filled with dream rooms and secret spaces.
It was interesting to discover the places where children like to hide themselves at home, what their favourite room is and how they would change the furnishings if they could. These workshops helped us better understand their needs, the colours and materials they like best and which kinds of environments make them feel safe.
The most fun thing was to see them interacting with our furniture, while they read, coloured and played.
Their creativity was expressed with complete freedom … and just a few crayons were all it took to transform two Air Wildwood benches into blank sheets for their names, flowers and dreams.
A restyle that we liked so much that we decided to display the benches, together with their ‘dream house’, in our Art Waiting Room.