Abitacolo (“Cockpit” or “Cabin”) is a 1971 lightweight bed structure designed by Italian artist, designer and writer Bruno Munari, that doubles as an educational toy. Children are free to play with the essential structure and modify it in order to suit their needs and build different two open space floors.
The inhabitable module, winner of 1979 Italian prestigious Compasso d’Oro prize, was a real multifunctional cell recalling – in small scale, (L 194 cm x W 83 cm x H 206 cm) – the huge urban frames Archizoom designed only 8 years before and it shows Munari’s particular interest in the world of childhood and his search for adaptable furniture that could help and develop kids’ imagination and path to autonomy.
The bed/room can be equipped with a number of accessories (retractable shelves, baskets, brackets and many hooks) allowing the structure to host a multiplicity of activities: reading, working, playing, climbing, sheltering and, obviously, sleeping, with a minimal footprint.
“Abitacolo” is a real micro-universe dedicated to the child. The child is a little explorer who has to study the place where he lives, experience its potential and make it his own. A habitable world, a cabin, a place where to read and study, a place to sleep, al ight and transparent den … said Bruno Munari.