Designer Giles Miller Creates Textured Kids Playhouses for Koto Design – Giles Miller Studio believes in enriching the way we experience our surroundings. The first consideration for any piece by Giles Miller Studio is always its environment – whether that is a natural landscape or the tone and direction of light in a public building. The resulting work brings a defining character to the surrounding space.
KOTO teamed up with London based designers, Giles Miller Studio to collaborate on “Grace” the elegant and sophisticated of the three playhouses. The interior is painted with chalk paint to allow the children to draw on all surfaces. Simple furniture elements including 2 storage seats and a small table allow children to make a home of it and keep their special books and toys stored safely. The floor surface is covered with natural grey felted wool to add some softness to the space.
To achieve this, he used a hexagonal-shaped walnut tile, named the Alexander. Each piece was positioned at alternating angles to give the surface a three-dimensional, textured quality.
Inside the cabin, walls are covered in chalk paint – allowing children to draw on its surfaces. Simple furniture items, including seats with hidden storage and a small table, give them a space to sit down and read a book.
This is the first time Miller has partnered with Koto Design. Previous projects by the London-based designer include a spherical sculpture formed from hundreds of reflective “pennies” and a shingle-covered pavilion for the English countryside.
For this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, he worked with watch brand Shinola to create a pavilion made from 8,000 lightning-bolt-shaped pieces of plywood.
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