Ricky Kloosterman

Prizes: Rene Smeets Award Nominee, Keep an Eye Grant Nominee

Department: Man and Mobility


Caring for premature babies can be stressful. The babies are tiny and vulnerable, new parents are often overwhelmed, and neonatal units offer little privacy with several incubators in a room. Placing babies to rest calmly on the parent’s chest, skin-to-skin, is best. But how to remain calm amidst the commotion? Ricky Kloosterman’s ‘EMBRACE’ offers relief for many of the problems in the wards. The sofa’s tall back and sides offer seclusion and a sense of security. The imitation leather cushions provide stability and warmth, and tubes can be tucked away for a cosy, relaxing snuggle.

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Photographs: Femke Rijerman