The Mother child dining – modern kids furniture by Maartje Steenkamp


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

After the Art academy in France I went to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam to the architectural design department. In my last year i got my first child; Myrdin, he was our department baby and my inspiration for some furniture for children.

Why you design furniture for children?

I like objects, furniture or architecture with a story, with movement. Children grow very fast and a detail can contain a whole story.


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

I don’t think a child needs a special design but an environment that leaves space the move, grow and for imagination of the child.

What was your inspiration for product Mother Child Dining?

I was alone with my child and I wanted to picture the story of the contact between mother and child while eating. So all the dimensions and the form is based on the movements between the mother and the child. It’s a very intimate piece, there is only space for the two of them.

Mother Child Dining

Do you have children on your own? If so, how do they respond to your products?

I am the mother of 3 children. They all used the furnitures I made for them. Specially the Child Child Chair which is combination of two child chairs and a small table is a playful variation on the idea of the Mother Child Dining. When my son got a little sister, it was time to let them sit, play and have a nice child-to-child conversation on there own level.



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