ECOLOGICAL DESIGN FOR CHILDREN INSPIRED BY THE MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY
Flowerssori is a line of furniture conceived for children (but not only!): Italian Design, totally sustainable, entirely handmade in Italy and specifically developed by a team whose leader was born in Chiaravalle, Maria Montessori’s birthplace.
Flowerssori is the compound of “Flower” (as a metaphor of knowledge and natural design) and “Montessori”, the woman whose method has changed the rules of pedagogy.
The feel for nature and the fascination exerted by the world of Maria Montessori were both consequential of and synergetic with the determination to develop a new type of furniture. This, we felt, should NOT be a small scale reproduction of an “adult” piece, but would have to become an object truly designed according to the ERGONOMIC and sensorial features a child requires. For this reason Flowerssori furniture is “SENSORIAL”. Because it has a visual and tactile impact, because when you move it you can feel the motion of the wood and appreciate its essence, thanks to the branding which ensures each piece is unique, numbered, and marked as Made in Italy.
Flowerssori: let’s return to the essence!
The prepared environment: where pedagogy meets home
Simple and logically predisposed, this space never becomes overloaded but tends to be organized with work areas and shelves in which materials are placed in a particular order, easily accessible and always tidy. The Montessori school environment is inspired by the modern house, with different, special spaces where to concentrate, grow calm, play, think and work according to individual time and rhythm. Child-sized furniture helps children to move freely, be self-motivated, independent and choose the activity they want to carry out and the material they want to play with.
Chairs and tables are conceived as light enough to be removed directly by the child, in order to naturally develop his/her sense of discipline. Besides, being intentionally a bit noisy if bumped into, this furniture draws attention to uncoordinated movements or stumbling, which allow children to perceive the physical limits of things. Furniture colors are mostly light so as to make stains evident and allow Montessori materials to stand out in the environment. The distinctive characteristic of Montessori furniture is that of being appealing, simple and well proportioned. It has to be made of wood and washable, so that it may be easily cleaned by children (an exercise that Dr Montessori considered highly educational).
Style and aesthetically pleasing design are two essential aspects of Montessori furniture. Its appeal rests, however, not in formal excess and luxury materials, but in the balance it achieves between simplicity and harmony of shapes and colors. Instead of paying constant attention to a traditional theoretical lesson, children tend to prefer real objects to work with and be challenged by: in this perspective, the Montessori environment offers specific areas set up with Montessori materials, which help children to learn.
- Practical life: here children carry out daily life activities using all sorts of real things, even made of fragile materials like glass, silver and porcelain. They are encouraged to look after themselves, their classroom and home environment, independently.
- Sensorial: an essential area of the Montessori environment. The so-called “conscious mind” of a child works from 3 to 6 years, when everything that has been absorbed unconsciously undergoes a process of understanding and learning. Hands play a very important role at this stage. This area helps children to strengthen and open up their senses as much as possible. Through sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell, the sensorial materials focus the child’s attention on physical experience.
- Culture: this area contains various activities, including Zoology, Geography, Botany, History and simple science experiments.
- Maths: Mathematical concepts emerge from the manipulation of special Montessori materials such as sandpaper numbers, number rods and golden beads. Children experiment and learn to perform basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Language: in this area children begin on their learning path by using sandpaper letters which help them to grasp the phonetic sound of letters. Later, they use the moveable alphabet, matching it with real objects and pictures.
What do you think about this kind of furnitures?
You can now find the Flowersorri furniture at My Family Shop