Sensory for Welcome to Wasteland centres around the first developmental stage in a human’s life, Infancy. While each stage of life brings its own psychological, biological and social developments, infancy is the stage in life where humans establish the majority of their physical and psychological growth. An infant’s body and the brain are in constant overdrive and in a continual state of stimulation and development. Within their first year, a child develops at an extraordinary rate. By their first birthday, they will not only have tripled in size but every part of their being will undertake an immense rate of progress and development. However, their first year of life also brings a mass of products ranging from clothing, toys, sanitary products and bottles. 

By the end of their first year, one accumulates and is left with a large number of used items, some of which cannot be donated and others that hold a sentimental attachment. The designers have chosen to explore working with these used objects from the first year of a child’s existence, with the goal of creating items that the child will utilise in the next stage of their development. Morphing used baby garments, toys and packaging into objects for use by the same child in a toddler’s playroom. Repetition and raw materials have been a driving narrative throughout each object. There is a huge emphasis on sensory development at this age with increased physical mobility leading to increased cognitive development. The designers have hoped to create tactile interactive forms that celebrate imagination, investigation and learning.

NGV (National Gallery Victoria) Melbourne Design Week: Welcome to Wasteland – Exhibition.

Product Design & Development
Material research

Photography: Kristoffer Paulsen

Collaborators: Friends & Associates 

Designers: Rachel Byron, Ryan Robinette