Skip To Content

UNICEF Classroom Furniture

MBB was selected from a diverse group of international designers to develop classroom furniture prototypes for UNICEF. Intended for deployment in Sub-Saharan schools in Africa, the furniture is the result of a wide-ranging investigation into the design, fabrication and use of school furniture around the world. The collaborative design process involved engaging educators, fabricators and children in Rwanda and Malawi as well as UNICEF teams in New York and Copenhagen to develop well-informed design solutions. The resulting furniture is locally fabricated, playful, durable and child-friendly, providing the comfort that enables thousands of children in UNICEF-sponsored schools to focus on learning.


  • 2016 Architect Magazine’s R+D AwardsHonorable Mention
  • 2016 Architizer A+ Awards Finalist for the Plus Category of ConceptsArchitecture +Humanitarianism

Select Publications & Interviews