New York City
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
MBB Architects
New York City

MBB was selected from a diverse group of international designers to develop a classroom furniture prototype for the UNICEF Innovations Lab. Intended for deployment in Sub-Saharan schools in Africa, we designed a methodology that researched existing classroom furniture throughout the world and focused on surveying school furniture use in Rwanda and Malawi. The collaborative design process involved engaging educators, fabricators and children in Rwanda and Malawi as well as UNICEF teams in New York and Copenhagen to develop highly informed design solutions. The locally fabricated, child-friendly furniture has the potential to impact thousands of children in UNICEF-sponsored schools. The resulting furniture is playful, promotes classroom flexibility and provides the comfort that helps children focus on learning.


The UNICEF Classroom Furniture project was a 2016 Architizer A+ Awards Finalist for the Plus Category of Concepts: Architecture +Humanitarianism. 


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