This week’s DMTV Milkshake visitor is designer and writer Sarit Shani Hay, founder and creator of Sarit Shani Hay Studio in Tel Aviv.
“When I started to design for children, it was not so common,” says Hay. “People asked me why we needed to design for children – children ruin everything. Luckily people now realize it’s very important to design for children – and [to consider] how we create a narrative and above all, how we use design as a tool for social change and make a better life for children.”
That’s the philosophical bedrock of Hay’s various physique of labor, which ranges from creating handmade toys and inclusive school rooms to designing play areas for kids at lodges and therapeutic environments at hospitals. For the latter, Hay works to infuse these areas with a transformative sense of play – the results of which she was capable of witness herself. “I’d come to the hospital to say goodbye to the staff, [but met] a young girl in the space – she was five years old and had just gone through appendix surgery the night before,” Hay says. “She was very frightened and confused, and I was curious to see how she was going to react. From my point of view it was sort of a miracle – after a few minutes, without any words, she started to react to the environment, and she looked calm and relaxed. It was like she was regaining control of her destiny. For me, it was a living demonstration of the power of a playful environment for children.”
Here is a collection of Shani’s work:
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and different retailers, can also be the writer of Faraway Places, a publication about journey.
Milkshake, DMTV (Design Milk TV)’s first common collection, shakes up the standard interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and business professionals to pick out interview questions at random from their favourite bowl or vessel. During their candid discussions, you’ll not solely acquire a peek into their private homeware collections, but in addition invaluable insights into their work, life and passions.