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Can Designs Be Child's Play?

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With "Design and Childhood" as the theme of Index-Design's latest issue, on line since March 1st, the team of writers set out to discover the best there is internationally; the result is an assortment of furniture and objects likely to make the adults green with envy.

The 13th edition of the cybermagazine includes a portrait of Ducduc, a New York firm with a well-developed social and ecological conscience that specializes in design for children and whose collections oscillate between classicism and innovation.

Another article presents some new styles of schools being designed in response to the latest teaching approaches emerging, and as most of the schools built in the 1950s and 1970s become obsolete.

Index-Design also takes a look at "Trait d'union", a project that consisted in developing evolving furniture for children during a study semester at a university in France. The mandate was to design a sleeping area that will evolve with children from ages 0 to 5, and older if possible.

In the international section, Solenne Bonnet Masimbert reviews the latest concepts and designs seen in January, at the Maison & Objet show in Paris, while the address book is dedicated to Brussels.

Index-Design's mission is to serve people associated with interior design by giving them access to a "community" and to help gather all information relevant to the field through networking with interested parties. In addition to its bimonthly cybermagazine, Index-Design offers a database-style tool intended to help professionals in their work by offering them quick access to a wide network of information.