A modern-day playground. Habi Kids to provide room for imagination

A modern-day playground. Habi Kids to provide room for imagination

Habitare’s children’s area, Habi Kids, is a statement in support of children’s play spaces. The area will be conceived by the artist and graphic designer Janine Rewell and a special designer of children’s events, Aino Heikkinen. Habitare will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki from 12 to 16 September 2018.

Rewell and Heikkinen say they admire playgrounds commissioned from private designers. The playgrounds have original designs, and they, for example, take into account that there are always adults in the area with the children.

“We would like to open a debate on how to develop urban playgrounds, other play spaces, or even places for brunches, and how to make them more versatile by including designers and artists in their conception”, say Janine Rewell and Aino Heikkinen.

“I’d even go as far as to say that children have a right to high-quality and meaningful experiences”, says Heikkinen.

“When designing for children, you often need to tear down your own walls. A child’s world is about marvelling at life and being carefree. This could be supported by, for example, designing playgrounds with shapes and activities for which children themselves can find uses in play. You can go a little crazy, and even be anarchistic, in the design of spaces for children. Habi Kids is an example of a common space and a meaningful experience for both children and adults”, add Rewell and Heikkinen.

Going beneath the surface in Caterpillar Kingdom

Caterpillar Kingdom, which emerged from Habitare’s theme of Roots, is all about playing with shifting sizes and looking at the world at the grassroots level.

“We wanted the space to include an amusement that does not directly tell you how to play with it. So we came up with this gigantic, 40-metre soft caterpillar, which can be used as a slide, or to climb on and lie around on”, say Janine Rewell and Aino Heikkinen.

“When playing, children often imagine that they are in places that they cannot really get in or fit in. At Habi Kids, we play with shifting sizes and shrink the child to the size of a bug, by enlarging the world around the child”, says Rewell.

A main partner of Habi Kids, the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, will bring an environmental education perspective to Habi Kids, and will introduce children to the diversity of nature and life beneath the surface.

More information:
Habitare, communications manager Johanna Suni, tel. +358 40 515 4216, johanna.suni@messukeskus.com

Habi Kids
Habi Kids is a children’s area produced by Habitare, which, this year, is designed by the producer Aino Heikkinen and the illustrator Janine Rewell. The main partners of Habi Kids are the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia and PixMill, and the other partners are Taito Group, Finnurmi, Kallio Music School, and Floramore. The Habi Kids programme and workshops can be found at https://habitare.messukeskus.com/habi-kids/.

Janine Rewell is an internationally renowned Finnish artist and graphic designer, who is known for her rich and colourful style. Rewell’s clients include Google, Samsung, Finnair and Nike.
Aino Heikkinen specialises in the production of children’s events, and is one of the founders of the Skidit children’s festival.

Habitare, the largest furniture, design and interior decoration event in Finland, will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki, from 12 to 16 September 2018. Habitare offers experiences and ideas on interior decoration, and on the functioning and look of homes and other spaces. Habitare highlights the ideas and works by a new generation of designers, and sparks discussion. The International Friend of Habitare in 2018 is Cara McCarty, the curatorial director at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. To be held concurrently with Habitare are Antiikki, HiFi, and the Habitare Pro professionals event. www.habitare.fi | @HabitareFair | www.facebook.com/habitare | #habitare2018 |