nendo: tokyo baby cafe nendo: tokyo baby cafe
apr 06, 2010

nendo: tokyo baby cafe

interior view of ‘tokyo baby café’

located in aoyama, ‘tokyo baby café’ is a space designed by japanese designer nendo. the ‘parent and child café’ is meant to be a place in which parents can enjoy having a coffee, catching up with friends etc., without having to worry about their children’s surroundings. the café houses a playroom and is stocked with books and toys to occupy the children. separate rooms for nursing and changing provide privacy. wide aisles take into consideration the use of strollers. in terms of safety, light switches and door handles are placed up high, out of children’s reach.

accommodating parent and child, the café’s interior plays on the difference in scale of its two very different-sized users, who see the world through different eyes. for example, the design of the tables. adults are aware of what is on tabletops, whereas children only see the underside of the tables. a table’s legs can look like pillars and the reverse of the tabletop is much like a roof to them. undersides of tables where parents don’t reach, hide pictures of parent and baby animals which entertain the children from a different angle.

the contrast between the ‘huge’ and ‘tiny’ furnishings, take advantage of these two perspectives. there is a large nursing sofa which becomes a playroom when blown-up on a massive scale, but becomes a diaper changing table when shrunken down to small proportions. big windows are paired with small ones, big light bulbs with tiny light bulbs, floorboards vary in size continuing on this play of big and small.

a large nursing sofa also functions as a playroom

nursing sofas can also act as changing tables

all photos by jimmy cohrssen

  • just for rich rich people, they forget to mention it.

    Diogo says:
  • It looks a bit creepy to me. The changing tables look like they are meant to be used for executions before. Its like a big funny farm for stylish urban people.

    Justus says:
  • These guys should collaborate with marcel wanders and studio yob to create an asylum.
    what, you mean they already did?

    liam says:
  • this cafe is mainy designed for moms…not for little ones…

    colour blind says:
  • interact at home…. stop inventing spaces we don’t need. This merely creates a retail space for something which should be free.

    kg says:
  • It is a fantastic concept – mums and dads need a place to get away from the stale home environment – or they need a place to go and rest a while – bring the nanny or the granny so you can have a break – and TOGETHER for a change – it is so surreal – I LOVE it!!!

    Reeb says:
  • nice for me, but too much sad for child

    kkk says:
  • the place is very boring for childs and the designer doesnt know that childs cry and a lot?? that can finish with the fun of all the people in the place!

    Marina Lin says:
  • Have a look at [url=http://www.lepoussettecafe.com] Le Poussette Café[/url] great place in Paris

    Doudou says:

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