Let’s build with balloons, by FERN TOYNTON.
Furniture element made with balloons? Fern Toynton has designed a self-assembly method to create inflatable furniture and toys.
With the Inflate Kit you get beechwood slats with holes ready to be fastened together with sausage-shaped party balloons. When the balloons are used as fasteners, they create joints, allowing furniture to be assembled and used for its children creators.
Fun, and flexible, let your future inventors and designers try the Inflate Kit to create their own unique chairs or other items that can adjust as they grow. These innovative, fresh designs are perfect for older children to create with the help of others, whether it’s an adult or another peer.
“If you inflate something through a hole it creates a joint because it inflates on both sides, making it difficult to pull out or remove the inflated piece,” Toynton explains.
“The toy requires more than one person to build it. This encourages teamwork in a time where children spend a lot of time on electronic devices.”
The Inflate kit is accompanied by an instruction manual. It gives users suggestions of what they can make – including types of furniture that are not load-bearing – but Toynton notes that the aim of Inflate is to encourage creativity and exploration.