Seen at DDW: Material Teddy/ Makiko Shinoda
Material Teddy to the rescue! For healthy cognitive development, our senses must be stimulated from a young age. Yet, modern childhoods spent behind computer screens increasingly cause sensory alienation, believes Makiko Shinoda. Each body part of Material Teddy is made from a different, natural material to evoke contrasting sensations. One ear is heavy, the other is light. The head is made of porous leather so eager fingers can leave their mark over time, while the body is carved from camphor wood smooth to touch, with a pungent, medicinal smell. None of the materials is coated, so children can interact with the components in their purest form. On display at Dutch Design Week till October 30!