September 3, 2007

Enfant Modernisme: Kazam Evolutionary Table At Balouga


The Parisian kids gallery/shop Balouga is officially launching its first collection of kid desks this weekend at Maison & Objet, the big trade expo. It includes one desk we've seen before: La Foret des Boites by Matali Crasset, a refugee/survivor of Philippe Starck's whimsical sweatshop [and, if memory serves, a Balouga neighbor].

And two new bureaux évolutifs, the Kazam 01 & 02, by Mahmoud Akram, which reconfigure from infant to toddler to teen/adult height. The seemingly simple tubular steel and molded laminate tables have various slots and accessory shelves that look like wings--or those magazine racks on the treadmill at the gym.

It's kind of refreshing to see kids design from a modernist culture where Breuer and Le Corbusier still have a place at the table--even if it is an Eames Shell Chair. The Kazam also reminds me of the furniture in Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle, only not actively hostile to its design-loving users.

Mahmoud Akram's Kazam child's desk, check Balouga for colors and pricing, which I believe starts around EUR900
[, thanks to veronique for the heads up]
Previously: Matali Crasset's kid's desk for Balouga
Rocker from Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle

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