In France, 180,000 children are in specialized facilities or in foster care. Separated from their families, these young people often exhibit difficult or antisocial behavior. By the time they reach adulthood, 40% of them will be homeless, 70% will have no professional qualifications, while others will have regular stays in prison or in psychiatric hospitals.

Chenille helps young people feel secure and reassured. This comforter acts as a night companion: it systematically accompanies the child at bedtime, regardless of where they are. By providing comfort, security and a sense of belonging, Chenille acts as a cocoon to prepare the child to take flight.

Caterpillar acts as a cocoonCaterpillar acts as a cocoon
An evolving "doudou"An evolving "doudou"
Setting the sceneSetting the scene
Evolving cuddly toyEvolving cuddly toy

"Chenille is a project designed for children in the child welfare system. "

« Chenille is a project designed for children in the child welfare system. Most often, these children are placed in foster homes. Through his observations and interviews, Joseph realized that bedtime was a crucial moment for these children. They felt a real lack of affection and reassurance. Joseph has come up with more than a simple sleeping bag: it is a tool to bring comfort and reassurance to the young person over the long term, in a somewhat unstable environment.
Designed with different modules that can be added over time, Chenille is like an evolving "cuddly toy" that adapts with the child’s development, from age 3 to adolescence. Wherever they go, they take this physical and emotional companion with them. The object offers various features: pillow, secret pouch, sleeping bag or carrying bag. For this socially conscious project, the designer is working with a textile production and sewing workshop that helps the unemployed find work. Chenille offers both a concrete and relevant response without neglecting the sensitive and playful aspect of the object. Élise Fauveau - Coordinatrice projets et Designer indépendante

This project was selected as part of Design L'Expo 2021 and was exhibited at La Cale 2 Créateurs from 4 December 2021 to 27 February 2022.

Joseph Chataigner

Designer : Joseph Chataigner

Motto: "The designer, in addition to being an aesthete, must be an inventor and an innovator.”

2019 - 2020 (4 months):
Designer, internship at Octopus Innovation, Shanghai, China

2018 (3 months):
Designer, internship at Gameloft, Montreal region, Canada

2019 - 2021:
MDes in International Design Strategy, China Studio at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, Nantes, France

2016 - 2019:
BDes in Industrial Design - Transport Design at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, France

Published on 21.09.22