Rip + Tatter: chair for children by Pete Oyler


Tell us about your background.  How did you become a designer?

For as long as I can remember I have been creating things, working with my hands, and experimenting with materials. I studied furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design and have had an active practice designing furniture and objects for a wide range of clients and companies since graduating in 2009.


What was your inspiration for  Rip + Tatter – your chair for children?

The Rip + Tattered chair was inspired by the ephemeral and imaginative nature of childhood.


Suitable design for kids – what does that mean for you?

Designing for children offers a unique opportunity to embrace a wondrous and whimsical spirit and to invoke a sense of playful curiosity.


What toys did you play with as a child? Did you have a favorite toy? Do you still have it?

I spent much of my childhood playing outside–I loved to climb trees, build forts, and often played in the creek that was near my house. When not outside, I loved reading books, building small worlds with legos, and playing with my yo yo.


Do you feel there is a toy that every child should have?

I think the Rainbow Makerby Kikkerland is an excellent addition to any child’s object repertoire.


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Photos Matthew Williams