Refugee camps are not very hygienic- as people have to adjust on ground even for sleeping. But babies are vulnerable, so they cannot get peaceful sleep in such conditions and require some isolated space to rest comfortably. Keeping in mind the comfort of infants as well as children within refugee camps, U of S engineering students (Pritam Sen, Sakib Ahmed and Tanakan Sojisirikul) have designed affordable furniture pieces, using cardboard.
They created a prototype crib for children to get comfortable sleep even in refugee camps. Cardboard is used because it is a good insulator and provide a perfectly insulated bed for infants to sleep at night. Apart from the crib, other prototype designs include furniture units such as chairs, desks, dividers, storage units, etc.
Designers Clayton Dordu and Jeremy Truscott have designed a small children’s chair, after seeing a nomadic tribe in Kenya where most children sit on ground. This chair can be easily assembled and disassembled as per the user’s need, moreover it can be carried easily from one location to another while travelling. These cardboard furniture pieces were showcased on April 8, 2015 in Saskatoon. The project is really helpful for people in refugee camps to live conveniently without compromising the comfort of their children.