This project was developed with inspiration from trees growth rings, årringer . As a kid I remember my fascination with being able to count trees growth rings to see how old they were. This learned me not only to count, but also to get great admiration for trees and how long it takes for them to grow big and old. When you understand the time it takes, you get greater respect for the material and for nature. The whole experience between generations when on a trip in the forest has been the main focus for developing Årringer. The learning and experience both users, kids and adults, get from spending time together in nature or at home, and that they have the possibility to build the circles together after what situation they want to use the product in, makes the users actively participating in the design of their product. This makes the product show the personality of the users, and makes it possible not only to use it as toys, but to bring the product with them into their adult lives.
Årringer can be put together to different sized containers, the small ones can easily be brought with the users on trips to collect cones, rocks, blueberries or whatever the users might like. Årringer gives the users opportunities to further activities at home, where they can make things from the collectables like a cone farm f.ex.But it can also be used for storage, or to be played with together with others or by yourself.The primary user group, kids from 3-12, will use the product very differently, where the youngest needs help from the secondary user group, adults, to build the circles together, the big kids will use it more for storage, display of collectables, work plate, seating etc. The separate circles makes it possible for several children to play with the circles at the same time, and makes it easy to repair. The many areas of function makes Årringer functional, personal,unique and durable. Designed to create personal attachment between the owners and the product through experience and personalization.
Photos: Laila Meyrick