Storage for all children who know best
Have you also stood there and looked out over a sea of toys, clothes and other things? That’s when you wish you had a magic wand to quickly get everything in its correct place. Nicolas Cortolezzis and his colleagues at Children's IKEA don't know much about magic, but they know a lot about smart storage. They developed the popular STUVA storage system. But the rounded openings replacing the usual handles let dust in. After some development work, they found a solution. And made some other improvements while they were at it.
"The idea for STUVA was that all things should have their obvious place in cabinets, drawers and on shelves. We adapted the height so that even a three-year-old in their 'I can do everything on my own' phase should be able to reach their favourite things", explains Nicolas.
The response from families with children was positive. STUVA really made keeping things in order much easier. But there was a problem.
"When we visited homes some of the families told us that the openings could let both dust and insects in."
Back to the pattern shop. The solution: a recess in all doors and drawer fronts.
"The handle would still be an integral part of the front, so that nothing stuck out. We also wanted to keep the grip-friendly shape, but rounded the edges slightly."
The team also added new colours, such as tomato red and green. And all parts were safety tested again.
Life in constant change
STUVA/FRITIDS might not create a great deal of magic, but smart and safe storage can at least help you enjoy small moments of orderliness and peace of mind in everyday life. And regardless of living situation, it's important with well-thought-out design and colour, according to Nicolas.
"We wanted to give STUVA/FRITIDS a cheerful and playful look. Good storage doesn't need to be boring."