This magical design tour is coming to take you away…

While Kengo Kuma's fans are eagerly waiting for the V&A Museum of Design in Dundee, Scotland, to open its doors (that will be the first British building imagined by the acclaimed architect), the Design in Motion Travelling Gallery has launched the pre-opening programme. The designers featured in this touring design exhibition (February to June) all use digital technologies to push the boundaries of their discipline.

Re-designing William Morris… on your iPad

Developed by games designer Sophia George during her residence at the V&A museum in London, the Strawberry Thief game (that you can download for free from the App store here) was inspired by the William Morris pattern of the same name in the Museum’s British Galleries - so famous it had been featured on a stamp in 1982. "To be appointed as the first ever Victoria & Albert Games Designer in Residence", says the designer, "was a dream come true. The V&A is leading the way by embracing computer games as a creative activity and by opening up its collection for interpretation by a game designer. I used the history of British design shown in the Britain 1500-1900 galleries as a starting point for my research, and after weeks of research decided to focus on the William Morris textile pieces that are on display in Gallery 125g. (…) The aim of the residency was to release a finished game following a period of game production at Abertay University after my 6 months at the V&A. I wanted this game to offer a new and exciting interpretation of the V&A collections, as well as encouraging visitor participation and learning from the Britain 1500-1900 galleries." (…)

Design for kids in Milan: Cose da Bocia

"Cose da Bocia" translates to "Things for kids" (“Bocia” means ‘kid’ in Turin jargon). It is a collection of beds, wardrobes and writing desks in a modernist style, made of 100% eco-friendly materials. Cose da Bocia is designed by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa from Studio Uda Architetti. The collection has officially made its debut at the “Fuorisalone” Milano furniture fair, in collaboration with Milk Magazine. (…)

The Montessori School of Design?

Back to School! Good to see you again. Did you know that Maria Montessori (1870–1952), whose philosophy and methods still flourish today, was the first to create light, child-size desks for her eponymous schools (as I believe the French educational publisher Nathan also experimented around the same time, at the beginning of the 20th Century)? Read the timely essay by Heidi Newell that Core77 published here. And don't forget to pack your lunchbox, kids.

Michael Knap, PineStack

Bientôt Noël : à ceux qui cherchent le cadeau idéal pour un jeune enfant -mais fuient l'offre de jouets en plastique de mauvais goût souvent proposée, le designer danois Michael Knap dédie son jeu à empiler en bois "PineStack" (pour les enfants âgés de 18 à 36 mois). Christmas time! If you're looking for presents aimed at toddlers - and hate the usual tacky kids bright-hued plastic stuff, Danish designer Michael Knap's "PineStack" wood stacking toy (for children aged 18 to 36 months) should fit the bill.