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Photography studio by Input Creative Studio features a turquoise playhouse

Input Creative Studio has created a New York studio for a children's portrait photographer with a playhouse-shaped niche in one wall (+ slideshow).


New York-based Input Creative Studio designed a neutral space for Studio Eight Photos, then made a couple of playful additions that keep children entertained both in between and during shoots.


A custom-made playhouse area is integrated into one wall, while a full-height blackboard becomes a giant drawing surface.


"Thinking back to our childhood memories, the idea of using wooden toys as our inspiration surfaced. The simplicity, warmth and nostalgia of the toys in addition with clever engineering gave us the idea to develop a playhouse, called Toto," the designers told Dezeen.


"The playhouse not only entices the children but also provides them with entertainment; taking them out of the digital world back to analogue as they engage with the space by pushing the chalkboard door and playing in the house," they said.


The blackboard doubles up as the sliding door for a cupboard, while the rest of the wall integrates a desk space and a line of wooden cabinets, allowing the client to stow away his camera equipment.


The rear wall accommodates several colourful backdrops for shoots, while an orange sofa provides a seating area for parents.


Photography is by Efi Panagoula of Studio Eight Photos.

Here is some more information from the designer:

Studio Eight Photo by Input Creative Studio

Studio Eight Photos' design is composed of modular and graphic elements in a clean and neutral palette.


Bold black lines outline the space's vast storage units that have been designed to accommodate a plethora of photography equipment. A modular lounge can be configured in a variety of ways, providing easy staging for different shoots. The studio's layout is a blank canvas that can be easily transformed, providing an ideal and diverse backdrop.

Scale model

Since Studio Eight focuses on artist children's portraits, a custom playhouse has been integrated into the design providing both an ideal backdrop for shoots and entertainment for the kids. Flexible, elegant and fun; the overall design is sophisticated yet playful.