With the 2016 Auckland Brick Show – NZ’s Largest LEGO® Display, coming up at the Trusts Arena in Henderson, and with the Kiwi invented Flexo being all the rage in the world of building blocks, Verve decided to take a look at a similar and equally novel product that kids will just love.
Called OLLA, this amazing product builds into kids’ furniture and was created to grow with your children, allowing them to design their bedrooms the way they want. And amazingly, Ole, age 8 and Ella, age 5, invented this innovative collection themselves while playing with LEGO Technic! Ole explains, “I was looking for a new chair and desk to do my daily homework in my room and asked my dad to show me some ideas. I could not find what I was looking for and I told my dad. Ella and I came up with this idea to design modular furniture out of hole bars — our first prototype was out of LEGO. We showed my dad and he sketched together with us the first layout — built the 1:1 prototype in a shop and a couple days later showed it to us. I was very happy and Ella and I loved it right away. First we built the desk only — next step was the chair, which was a bit tricky but we did it!”
The components are easy enough for kids to reconfigure themselves, giving them the satisfaction of being the creator of their own pieces. The lightweight building blocks snap into place easily, putting the power of design into a child’s hands. The modular system allows the pieces to be constantly reinvented. A chair can be easily disassembled and transformed into a desk, which can be given a new life as a loft bed. All of the furniture kits can be joined together cumulatively, just like a LEGO set, making for myriad possibilities.
Kits range from Olla chairs to larger kits that can create beds or forts. One of the best attributes of this furniture is that it can grow with your kid, who simply love the novelty of decorating their own spaces with furniture they have created all by themselves.