PLAY+SOFT is a research project on new soft furnishings for young children, resulting in a line of around 200 products. The laboratory process involved the collaboration of twenty-eight international designers, teachers, and pedagogistas: the dialogue between pedagogy and design and the theoretical reflections that were developed.

The PLAY+SOFT furnishings comprise a wide range of product types including soft three-dimensional “landscapes”, micro-places, transformable seating, play structures, mats, modular forms, burrows and shelters. They are made of eco-friendly materials, fire-resistant but soft to the touch, in a broad range of colors and textures. They are designed for use in any place inhabited by children, not only infant-toddler centers and preschools but also shopping centers, restaurants, airports, waiting areas, and other public places.

The PLAY+SOFT project is part of the ongoing research carried out in the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, in particular as regards designing the environments in which children live. This line of research includes the metaproject “Children, Spaces, Relations” (Domus Academy, Reggio Children 1998), a text of reference at the international level that has been translated into English, Chinese, and Korean. The PLAY+SOFT project once again involves the encounter between design and the pedagogical experience developed in the schools for young children of Reggio Emilia, considered a reference of excellence at the international level. In continuity with the metaproject, PLAY+SOFT aims to make the environment in which children live the adventure of their growth and the formation of personal identity a place that is complex and stimulating, introducing new sensory qualities into the landscape of the early childhood environment: softness (tactile and visual); pliability; a variety of consistencies and textures; finishes that are smooth, “rough”, or elastic; and a chromatic landscape that is richer than the simplified red-yellow-blue.

The soft things of PLAY+SOFT are designed to help create environments for children that are multi-sensory, enjoyable, and beautiful.

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