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# 2017

My Tova

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A multi-functional backpack that opens into a padded stool and board for writing

My Tova is a children's backpack that provides an instant educational environment. Unfolding to produce a padded stool and writing board. My Tova responds to a common situation in developing countries, where schools and homes lack basic facilities such as desks and chairs. The backpack is simple to transport, allows space for the child’s everyday materials, and is easy to assemble and dismantle, requiring no extra tools. Providing the child with a sense of ownership and stability over their workspace, My Tova is a flexible solution to a prevalent problem.

Nicky van den Aardweg

  • Nicky van den Aardweg
    Cape Peninsula University of Technology

    Nicky’s love for design began with her artistic parents, who always had a craft project for her to complete at the ready. Mom had every creative tool possible, dad was inventive – always trying to find new ways to improve people’s wellbeing. They challenged her to think outside of the box – to not just accept things as they are, but to be open to the world of possibility…what if? Since her early design beginnings, Nicky has studied a BCom in Tourism Management and BTech in Interior Design, and now currently works at the International Trend Institute in Durban, South Africa as a Spatial Concept and Environmental Designer. She has exhibited her project My Tova, at numerous design indabas and has placed in national and international competitions. After hours she enjoys reading up more about designers creating things that go beyond simply aesthetics, to solving real-life problems and adding value to everyday life.more

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