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Furlable Fabric Toy Boxes

Polimata Provides a Soft Surface for Play and a Place to Stash Trinkets

— April 1, 2013 — Art & Design
If you've ever wished that you could simply wrap up the rug along with the mess of your kids' toys on the floor, then the Polimata multifunctional mat is your dream come true. This clever product is a geoform blanket that folds up completely to conceal playroom chaos.

Designer Wiktoria Szawiel came up with a generous standard version and a Polimata Small that cater to different sizes of interior spaces and plaything collections. The first unfurls from the shape of a banana to expose its entertaining contents and serve as a comfortable carpet. The corners of the latter come together and seal shut to form a soft pyramid shape. The two Polimata products were inspired by the folding paper art of origami, by the curiosity of kids and by the complaints of parents.
Trend Themes
1. Multifunctional Play Mats - The Polimata toy box and play mat hybrid showcases the opportunity for innovative products that cater to both entertainment and organization needs.
2. Foldable Storage Solutions - The unique folding mechanism of the Polimata could inspire new products in the storage industry that prioritize space-saving designs.
3. Origami-inspired Products - The origami-inspired design of the Polimata presents opportunities for similarly designed products in various industries, such as home decor or fashion.
Industry Implications
1. Children's Toys and Accessories - The Polimata targets the children's toy market, presenting opportunities for other companies to incorporate multifunctional designs into new products.
2. Home Decor and Organization - The Polimata's unique features make it applicable to the home decor and organization markets, driving innovation in foldable and adaptable designs.
3. Textile and Fabric Manufacturing - The Polimata's use of fabric and advanced folding techniques could inspire new developments in fabric manufacturing and textile design for a wide range of applications.
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