The Complete Turn
Did we forget that playing is the most important ingredient of a healthy childhood and the best tool for proper forming of the new generations? Children furniture and space are topics that we, here in Serbia, have ignored for years. If one word could summarize this year it would be “restart”, Let’s imagine for a minute that we can press that restart button and erase the memory that stops us from thinking freely and thus return to childhood at least for a moment. “The Complete Turn” is a spatial system aimed at preschool children. A circular wooden panel and four supports, joined together by ropes, make up the base of the spatial structure functioning as a workspace. Twelve children can play around the system, under it, or inside it. By placing one of the two canvases on the base, the space is given a new purpose. By means of transformation, this workspace becomes a place for playing, seclusion, exploring, or an exhibition panel for drawings and objects. The system is developed so as to meet the children’s need for a space that belongs to them, and, conversely, one to which they belong. The possibility of taking the entire system apart is another of its advantages. The structure divides and builds the space regardless of its characteristics and elements, it is a space in itself, for children. This system, inspired by a real-life experience of a child meets the needs of children for their own space. The aim is to encourage the proper development of preschool children through play. The educational aspect is reflected in the influence on various segments of children’s development, and from the educator’s perspective can be seen as a tool to help them in that mission. The transformations of this system enable the development of spatial perception in children, where one thing is viewed and used in multiple ways. Self-actualization is regarded as one of the crucial steps of children’s work. Putting the drawings and objects on display is now a compulsory item at the end of each creative process. A simple form allows children to form an abstract opinion. Aimed at multiple children, the project brings them together unobtrusively, teaches them how to work in a group and creates an environment for peer education.
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Marija Kojić is an interior and furniture designer, who lives and works in Belgrade. She finished master studies in 2018. at the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Belgrade, module Interior and Furniture Designer. So far she took part in a number of collective exhibitions in Serbia and other countries. She has realized projects in the field of interior and product design. She also acquired informal education as a participant of the second generation of Nelt educational program. For the project “The complete turn” she won multiple awards in Serbia as well as the region. She is a cofounder of the “Centre for Participatory Education” association as a part of which she was one of the authors and art director for “Andramolje” project – an eco-friendly toys for children. Hired as a designer at “Art Up Society”, marketplace and platform for independent artists and designers from Europe. She is currently employed as a product designer in a design studio.