Kleinerdrei is a concept that offers everything children under the age of three need: a shop, midwifery practice and workshops and courses for parents and their children.

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Kleinerdrei includes children’s zone on the bottom and adults’ higher up


Kleinerdrei concept was turned into a design by Thomas Huth, a German interior designer and architect.

“The challenge was to visualise the idea of <3 (smaller than three) with the shop design,” he says.

The Kleinerdrei shop opened its doors in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2014. Thomas Huth’s studio, Parat, received a request from the owners of Kleinerdrei to design a space reflecting their concept.

“We wanted to design a space that would support the idea behind the concept and which would convey the Kleinerdrei story and explain why the shop looks the way it does. This really made the shop concept one of a kind,” says Huth.

According to the concept, the shop was designed with a horizontal division into an upper and lower zone. The lower zone is 90 cm high – the average height of a three-year-old – thus giving children their own space at their own height. The yellow cabinetry, made from KoskiDecor eco transparent birch plywood, is fitted with activities for children, such as peepholes, a doll house and a tunnel.

KoskiDecor eco transparent’s greatest properties are its shock-resistance, high-quality surface, eco-friendliness, and easy workability, not to mention its natural appearance.

Thomas Huth

The upper zone is designed for the parents. The stackable plywood boxes offer a wide array of possibilities for product presentation. They contain shelving, hanging rails and perforated walls.

All of the children’s units are made from yellow KoskiDecor Eco Transparent birch plywood, and the upper zone is untreated, natural plywood. The room dividers are also used as coat racks and seating areas.

Huth decided to use Koskisen birch plywood after having positive experiences with it in a previous project in which he used plywood as the table top material for office desks.

“KoskiDecor Eco Transparent’s greatest properties are its shock-resistance, high-quality surface, eco-friendliness, and easy workability, not to mention its natural appearance, which beautifully accentuates the wood grain. The plywood can also be left untreated thereby reducing the amount of work involved,” Huth points out.

He recommends the KoskiDecor range of plywood for furniture making and for building interiors due to their good characteristics.

Read more about Thomas Huth’s studio Parat.

Read more about Kleinerdrei concept.

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