Tomato KidZ creates furniture for children. Their designs are quirky and colourful, and are made to resemble castles and playhouses. They look to toys, story books and children’s movies and games for inspiration, mostly to cater for their export clients in the UK and US. Most of the designers in their team joined soon after graduating from university, and consider themselves very lucky to be exposed the furniture export market at such an early stage in their careers.
When designing pieces of furniture, they work by first understanding the constraints of the project, utilising ways that would best realise their initial ideas and concepts. “The key to a successful design is the trust between the engineers and our team,” the Tomato KidZ design team echoes. “We need to convince them that our designs are feasible, and we must understand the engineering aspects of the design so we know what can or cannot be done.”
The team loves to work with Medium-density Fibreboards (MDFs), a type of engineered wood created by breaking wood residue into wood fibres which are then combined with wax and resin binders to be formed into panels by applying high pressure and temperature. The Tomato KidZ team enjoys working with MDF because it can be easily shaped, which is crucial in the design of their award-winning children’s furniture.
The team is happiest when their designs are well-received. It is from there where they derive their satisfaction because they know that they are meeting their clients’ dreams and visions.