Werkelkueche Toy by Christine Oehme

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Werkelkueche

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Toy

INSPIRATION:
The world of children is actually colorful, loud and diverse. But this children's world is often divided into gender stereotypical roles: the clothes are either pink or blue, in the toy department mystical fighting ninjas ”for boys” and cute dolls ”for girls” are sold. This suggests to even the youngest children what social images and expectations are placed on girls or boys.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The ”Werkelkueche” is a gender-open activity workstation for children. It combines the formal and aesthetic features of children's kitchens and workbenches and thus opens up playful possibilities that are beyond gender stereotypes. The curved worktop can be a sink and a ski slope. The side compartments offer storage space or can bake crispy rolls. The interchangeable tools allow children to realize their ideas and imitate the adult world.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The ”Werkelkueche” is an open-ended, intuitive play space for children. There the world of adults can be imitated in a playful way, conflicts can be negotiated and security gained: Who am I and how does it feel to slip into another role? These experiences are an essential part of the child’s self-identity.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2020 with extensive research with parents and social workers. I developed the Werkelkueche as part of my bachelor thesis at the Berlin University of the Arts. The project was completed in December 2020.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The worktop of the ”Werkelkueche” is made of thermally deformable birch plywood from UPM. This material allowed me to give the rigid wood a soft, deep groove. This material is in optical and haptic contrast to the powder-coated sheet steel on the front and rear walls.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
710mmx440mm780mm

TAGS:
children, kids, toy, gendersensitiv, kitchen, workbench, play, moulded wood, sheet steel

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Expert interviews and surveys with parents, the influence of gender in children's worlds, five qualitative interviews with educators and leaders, survey with over 900 individual answers, gender plays a subordinate role in children themselves up to the age of three, but from the point of pregnancy a clear distinction is made between male and female through the social environment, clothing and objects, parents want more so-called gender-neutral things

CHALLENGE:
The challenge in the conceptual work was the fusion of existing toys and their design opposites. I wanted to make a design that was recognizable and at the same time completely new. From a technical point of view, the thermal deformation of the birch plywood was a particular challenge. After several weeks of experimentation, I had found the right bend angle and also a way to connect this countertop to the rest of the pieces.

ADDED DATE:
2021-03-09 14:43:04

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Manuel Meinhardt, Werkelkueche, 2020
Image #2: Manuel Meinhardt, Werkelkueche, 2020
Image #3: Manuel Meinhardt, Werkelkueche, 2020
Image #4: Manuel Meinhardt, Werkelkueche, 2020
Image #5: Manuel Meinhardt, Werkelkueche, 2020

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Registered Design. No. 402020204285-0001. Christine Oehme. 2021

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Christine Oehme

PROFILE:
Christine Oehme is a young designer from Berlin. With the project “Werkelküche” she did her bachelor's degree at the University of the Arts in Berlin, the largest art college in Europe. The designer has planned to develop the project to market maturity.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Werkelkueche Toy by Christine Oehme is a Nominee in Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Werkelkueche Toy by Christine Oehme is Winner in Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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