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Ferm Living children's kitchen

Ferm Living releases "gender-neutral" Toro play kitchen for small spaces

Danish brand Ferm Living has created a minimalist play kitchen for children, which is designed to fit into small spaces.

Called Toro Play Kitchen, the children's toy cooking station features a "gender-neutral" wooden colour palette with a cooking stove, a sink and space to store utensils.

The neutral-toned kitchen is designed to fit into the colour scheme of an adult home and not take up too much space in small dwellings.

Ferm Living children's kitchen

"We live in increasingly small homes, which poses new challenges and exciting opportunities that we must adapt our design-thinking to. Small spaces simply require new solutions and this goes for children's accessories as well," said Trine Anderson, founding partner and creative director at Ferm Living.

"We have designed a contemporary play kitchen that can be placed anywhere in the home. It takes up little space, allows for the childish imagination to run free, and with its neutral colour-palette it blends in," she explained.

The minimalist kitchen is made from natural plywood and has a sink with a tap, two hot plates for "cooking", three hooks on which to hang kitchen utensils and storage shelves below the "sink" and above the countertop.

Wooden detailing such as the nobs, tap and stove are made using lightly toned solid beech wood, intended to "make them stand out from the rest of the kitchen".

Ferm Living children's kitchen

"The Nordic-inspired Toro Play Kitchen's many utilities and gender-neutral colour palette invite both boys and girls to practice their cooking skills and to make up new, fanciful recipes," said Ferm Living.

"Kids' toys and accessories are notoriously known for taking up a lot of space in the home. They are colourful, they are many, and they don't always fit the overall apartment look," explained the brand.

Many designers are creating products for compact dwellings, whether for children or grown-ups.

Last year, graduate Yu Li designed a portable kitchen aimed at kitchenless millennials, while Yesul Jang built a bed with storage capacity for people with limited space in urban dwellings.