Nendo Designs Tokyo's Baby Cafe With Shorty In Mind
From mental health facility to child care cafe, Japanese design house Nendo, headed by the brilliant architect Oki Sato, is setting the pace for consumer-oriented design. Surprising twists and unexpected turns populate the design of Tokyo's MD.net, and luscious landscapes of miniaturized furniture invite the kind of child's play one only reads about in Alice In Wonderland.
In pale blue and white and evenly spaced recessed lighting, Tokyo's Baby Cafe is a playground, a cafe, and a shop that offers all relevant conveniences to everyone from pregnant mothers and to parents and their kids up to the age of 7. Short tables and chairs abound for reading and eating, lots of light wood floor space for strollers, carriages, and kid bikes and cars, and yes, giant playgrounds on softly-fenced sofas that protect kids from falling.
Door handles are place high so children cannot hurt themselves and the Cafe's windows and mirrors are placed appropriately for parents and kids, high and low on the walls.
The Cafe also has a library of more than 600 books for babies and kids.
The Tokyo Baby Cafe has hospitality for nursing moms too. And it employs "senior moms" to assist them in everything from changing their babies to shopping for the latest clothing and toys.
This nursing chair is scaled down to become a child's cushy chair.
Nendo reports that even the larger items, like the tables, have kids in mind. If sitting under an adult-sized table, a child generally sees nothing but pillar-sized legs and a roof, but in the Tokyo Baby Cafe, there are pictures of animals and their babies on the underside of the adult tables, so that infants and kids can enjoy lying under them.
Yes, I think Lewis Carroll would have loved it in the Tokyo Baby Cafe.