maternity package box
proposal inspired by the Finnish maternity package bed box äitiyspakkaus vuodelaatikko held since 1938 by the Kansaneläkelaitos (abbr. Kela), the Finnish Social Insurance Institution
MUNA arose from our devotion to the äitiyspakkaus concept, which is already an international icon of Finnish culture
what is MUNA?
it is an enhanced box solution for the äitiyspakkaus vuodelaatikko, in EPP, that allows the following functions: box, interior crib, outdoor crib, bathtub, sauna bath and toy
MUNA technical specifications are compatible with current requirements (hygiene, health, reuse, recycling, etc.), honors the oldest Finnish traditions and places the user (child) in the center of the design project
it is indisputable that the cardboard version has two advantages, a lower production price per unit and the ease of storage when unfolded; however, the present proposal is devoted to the convenience of the child/parents, which is what really matters; while the current design does allow for easy storage and shipment, MUNA's benefits to the parent/child more than make up for it due to its longevity. Used as a bathtub or toy, MUNA can provide up to 5 years of usage.
It is a fact that while the stuffing has annually been improved, the box has not evolved - the only really significant change is that it is no longer a single box and has become two - one cardboard box to protect another cardboard box - of which the first will most likely go to the trash/be recycled on the day of receival, and the other as soon as the baby urinates on it. Initially the trip of the box was not considered a hygienic constraint, but now it is. Likewise, the contact with a child's excretions, food spillage, or other wet substances that impregnate the cardboard, quickly become a hygiene and health problem
MUNA solves these important issues - it is easy to wash and sterilize due to the use of suitable materials to handle. Its robustness allows it to be simply covered with plastic film (used in airports to protect luggage) to ensure hygienic transport
MUNA worth it?
The cost/benefit ratio between MUNA and the actual cardboard box (functionalities/longevity), considering the functions each performs, the life expectancy achievable by them and the price (1 MUNA x 2 cardboard box per äitiyspakkaus), our proposal is incomparably cheaper than the current one - to the benefit of the Finnish children
celebrating 100 years of Finland's independence, and Hyvinvointi syntyy yhdessä KELA 80's (2017/18), would be the right time, in honor of Eero Rydman's futuristic approach, a true evolution of äitiyspakkaus skin
it would be our goal if this project were to happen in Finland, before in any other country, because the idea was born and took the first steps in Helsinki, because it is a Finnish design project
we are looking for partners to develop MUNA
special thanks to Mari Mäkinen
Ei munat mutahan joua,
siepalehet veen sekahan.
Muuttuivat murut hyviksi,
munasen alainen puoli
munasen yläinen puoli
Lönnrot, Elias. “Kalevala - Vanhoja Karjalan Runoja”. Ensimmäinen runo. First edition; volume 1, J. C. Frenckellin ja Poika, 1835.
current box and new proposal
the same 0.77m³
EPP - expandable polypropylene
850x532x367mm | 0,0197m³ (material) | 19,7L | 55g/L | 1083g
easy to clean and sterilise
excellent lower insulation | available to use up to -40º
the softness and lightness represent a 100% safe and user friendly interaction
low water absorption | available to use in sauna up to 120º