TOMATO KIDZ

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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.

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