6 Ikea Hacks: KURA Children’s beds

DesignJoyBlog 6 DIY Ikea KURA Hacks

It’s so difficult to find good and creative furniture for kid’s and all of the nice ones are so expensive!! I think it’s pretty fair to say that most families end up having one of these at home, no? KURA beds are not only affordable but they are very versatile. Here are some lovely hacks and with a little creativity and some tools you can transform your child’s room from the boring ikea look to a fabulous childhood wonderland.

Happy weekend!

1. Such a wonderful little forest house via Ikea Hackers

2. Here’s a proper little wooden cabin via Ikea Hackers

3. A fire station via The Share Space

4. This cute modern cabin via Vintery Mintery

5. Wich would love to have their own ball pit? via Rusta Upp

6. And the easiest of the all using stickers from StikkiPix

Fun play! Colourful playgrounds designed by Monstrum

If you ever wondered what the world looked like inside the mind of a small child, I’d say these whimsical playgrounds by Monstrum come pretty close to describing it!

Founded in 2003 by Danish set-designers/artists Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, the Studio’s designs look more like theatrical settings than regular playgrounds, being composed of giant bugs, flowers, whales, castles, rockets, robots and anything else reminiscent of the truly fantastic world surrounding us. Much like our little ones’ imagination, the fantasy is infinite!

Every design by Monstrum takes into consideration not only the visual design and safety, but also the motor challenges of children in different ages. As such, they carefully consider each activity proposed and organize the playing areas according to age groups, creating a special universe in which younger and older children play alongside… And above all, they just look like so much fun!!

All images via Monstrum

Playmobil’s imaginary museum: the work of french photographer Richard Unglik

I think there is a chance this might very well be the best thing I’ve seen… ever!

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I had been dying to visit this exhibition since I first saw a poster last january in the streets of Lausanne. And  I finally made it!!! Well worth the wait, and certainly the trip, french photographer and film maker Richard Unglik’s playmobil reenactment of famous artwork is absolutely impeccable and topped up by an outstanding choice of venue.

A few years back, in the early 2000s, Richard Unglik set out  to tell the “history of the world” using playmobil figurines, a little help from photoshop and a lot of creativity. Since, he has published several books portraying this work.In this exhibition he ‘has taken History of Art’s great works and made Playmobil® scenarios out of them – the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Guernica, etc.’ by dressing them up in costumes from the famous paintings. Unglik has worked with his “world travel friend”, belgium artist Bruno Peeters, aka Brubil, to create the sets. Brubil has also made three giant models using real playmobil toys for the exhibition, one of a fortified castle and two Swiss panoramas.

The twenty large format images of this imaginary museum are on view in the Hall of Coats-of-Arms. A brilliant choice as the grandiose of this perfectly restored room gives a certain credibility to the tiny figurines, making it even more believable that the images portrayed in this imaginary museum could be real.

Beginning in April, you can also enjoy an unusual tour of the castle by a medieval guide for free! While you’re at it, check out the prison that inspired Byron’s famous poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’.

The exhibition entitled “Le musée imaginaire de Playmobil” is showing at the Chateau de Chillon until the 25th of may 2014 and it’s definitely worth the trip!

Gallery 1: All Images ©Richard Unglik Via Visual News & Casterman

All other images by Julia Christ