ECAL toys with Artek

Teaming up with iconic Finnish furniture company Artek, Bachelor Industrial Design students from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, under the guidance of designer Julie Richoz, present a collection of playful objects for children made from salvaged b-quality, rejected and half-finished materials and offcuts. Staying true to the spirit of Artek and its founders, the products promote conscious manufacturing and seek to highlight the natural materials that have gone into producing these designs.

The resulting collection made of upcycled components features a modernist inspired dolls house, a convenient wagon to move toys and other things around, quirky plush toys in the form of fish and sea creatures, a minimalist sledge to enjoy the snowy Lapland winter, a hanging ladder to reach for the stars, mesmerising marble mazes, a tiny theatre for a spontaneous play with your best friends, and a handy clothes rack to help tidy up your children’s room after a busy day – to name just a few.

This project was made possible with the kind support of the Summer University programme of the Board of Higher Education (DGES) – State of Vaud.