Tools at Schools.

Tools at Schools. Designed for kids by kids
Designed for kids by kids

The design process can teach children how to create, how to communicate their ideas, and how things are actually made.
Tools at Schools is a partnership between Bernhardt Design, creative consultancy Aruliden, and The School at Columbia University. Forty-five students were asked to create the classroom of the future, using their daily school environment, evaluating the items they interact with most frequently and envision better and more efficient solutions.

The students immersed themselves in the entire design process, from research and ideation, to hand-sketching, 3D drawing, creation of scale models and ultimately launch. They experienced the magic of design, when their ideas were turned into production drawings and came to life on the factory floor. They learned to effectively communicate and sell their ideas both verbally and in writing.

Tools at Schools debuted at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.

Manufacturer: Bernhardt Design, USA
Design: The School at Columbia University and Aruliden

Tools at Schools 1. Project Introduction:

Tools at Schools. The Process (videos):

Tools at Schools 2. Research and Big IdeasTools at Schools 3. Scale ModelingTools at Schools 4.Rendering

Tools at Schools 5.PrototypingTools at Schools 6.Final Project Launch


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Joe Palmer said...

Applause to the School at Columbia University. To me, it seems the educational aspect of "Tools at school" is infinitely more important than anything else derived from the project. Of course it's nothing new. Good teachers have always been doing this sort of thing whatever their subject, usually in defiance of their curricula and supervisors, and with a ludicrous paucity of means. The system is just not geared to it. It is a regrettable symptom of what we have arrived at that it takes a particularly favoured institution and professional promotion to get something like this into the public eye. Let's hope this is not just another "one off" and that the School continues: perhaps some administrator, civil servant or politician might notice.

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