Designers Discuss the Modern Kids Room


Mental Note. Must visit Cooper-Hewitt on my next trip to NYC. A branch of the Smithsonian Institution since 1967, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is unique in the U.S. as a museum entirely focused on historic and contemporary design.

Through the museum’s educational programs, it brings together professional designers and folks like us Design Junkies. I enjoyed this video of its recent museum lecture, ‘Designing the Modern Kids Room with Cookie Magazine,’ hosted by Kiera Coffee, Cookie’s Home Editor.

Coffee was joined by:

You can view the video here: Part 1, Part 2

All the designers include the child in the design process, and a theme of the presentation is the idea of incorporating in a room whatever means magic to a child. Magic can be different for each child. Here’s what I think was most magical in the rooms the designers shared:

  • The slide! in the London house
  • Caleb’s room
  • The Alice doors
  • The lighting in the girl’s “nesting place”
  • The color schemes from children’s paintings that Mishi shows
  • The co-op play space

Other good ideas: The old book pages as wallpaper and later the enlarged book pages as artwork, the clothespins gallery, the stenciled acorns in the pink room, the polyptych giraffe artwork.

So sit back with the beverage of your choice and enjoy this video. One caveat—the speakers delivery isn’t the most captivating—but the content is interesting, and the slide show of kids room designs in Part 1 is fascinating.

Thanks Cooper-Hewitt and Cookie!

What did you think was the most magical idea in the video? When you were a kid, what would you have liked in your room?

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