For whatever reason, Danes tend to think every living creature in Australia is death waiting to happen. I was first made aware of this notion when I moved to Denmark, and since then it has been a weekly occurrence. Enough is enough!
Inspired by contemporary Australian folklore surrounding the drop bear - a predatory, carnivorous cousin of the koala - I have decided to make a range of toys that plays into this commonly held belief amongst Danes. I call this range bities!
Australian danger meets Danish design
The name is Australian slang for animals that bite you. They are just as cute as they are scary. To sum it up, instead of debunking the myth multiple times each week, I have decided to play with the idea. These are some examples of early sketchs and rapid prototypes.
Treesitters Club is a concept play theme for girls aged 7-12. Treehouses can be added to the range to create new play experiences and stories. Pictured is the Treesitters Club HQ and the Animal Rescue Treehouse.
Treesitters Club HQ
The HQ features a music and dance studio.
It has speakers that can be faced outwards so that when the theme song is played the treesitters know it’s time for a dance off or a mission. There is a light on the side of the treehouse that lights-up when the girls are out on a mission. When they accept a mission they slide down the fireman pole and head out into the forest on their bicycles.
Animal Rescue Treehouse Slide
When the treesitters come back from an animal rescue mission they carry the sick animal up the steps into the animal rescue treehouse. The treehouse is fitted with a pet bed for fixing wounds, a rolling bed so animals that are in recovery can be moved around, some recovery crates for small animals and a hang out area that has a big window looking out over the forest. When their days work is done the treesitters can slide down the slide.
From time to time I share my DIY projects and creations on Instructables. Here is an image of a DIY compost bin that was featured. Users are encouraged to decorate it as they wish.