Die Werkelküche

Christine Oehme

März / March - 2021

Universität der Künste Berlin

Bachelor of Arts


The „Werkelküche“ is a gender-open activity workstation that enables children to immerse themselves in free play worlds. In contrast to gender-linked and gender-segregated toys, the elements of the „Werkelküche“ offer diverse possibilities to play. The curved worktop can be used as a sink, workshop or ski slope. The side compartments can provide storage and hiding space or bake crispy rolls. With the help of the colorful and interchangeable tools, children can realize their ideas and imitate the world of adults in a playful way. The „Werkelküche“ combines the formal and aesthetic features of children's kitchens and workbenches. This opens up a wide range of play options that lie between, next to or beyond the tension between the kitchen and the workshop.