KOKONO™ was born after the Fondazione Giannino Bassetti called De-LAB to design a research project to develop a new object for the “Triennale XXIesima” exhibition, in the “New Craft” section. The design process led to the definition of an initial prototype, illustrated during the opening of the exhibition at the Design Museum of Milan.

In 2018 De-LAB, meanwhile registered as a Benefit Corporation, resumes the project and re-design it entirely in view of testing it on the field in Uganda, in July 2018.

The new process of product design leads to the definition of a complete different object, patented by De-LAB in Italy and abroad in order to secure some features specifically conceived to ensure social impacts in low-income communities.

In December 2018 De-LAB applies for the grant “Innovative Ideas for Development” by the Italian Development Cooperation (AICS) and in August of the same year is selected amongst the winners of the grant for the Start-up cluster.

On October 2019, KOKONO™ won the special prize at the Business Spirit Award in Dublin, organized by the organization Responsible Innovation Ireland and got enrolled in a training course in Business Development.

In May 2021 De-LAB launches a crowdfunding campaign supported by Infinity+, which helped the project by providing some rewards. The objective of the fundraising held on Produzioni dal Basso is to raise resources for the production of 100 cradles to be destined for the most remote areas of Uganda, where De-LAB distribution cannot physically reach. De-LAB rewards include Ugandan lullabies, postcards illustrated by the artist Camilla Falsini, and personalised cradle delivery videos.

The crowdfunding campaign ends successfully on 31 May 2021, almost doubling the initial goal. This allowed us to produce more than the 100 cradles initially planned.

A special mention (and a special hug) goes to the supporters of Kokono, for the “High Five” donation threshold:

Ilaria Brunelli
Eleonora Liguori
Giuseppina Cannatelli
Emanuele Gamba
Chiara Tricerri
Palmira Angelica Rebolini
Letizia Di Blasi
Elda Bianchi
Stefano Poli
Gisella Rebay
Lucia Torelli
Cristina Galletto
Maria Paola Violi
Raffaella Gibellini
Elena Ps
Daisy Dal Torrione
Sabrina De Angelis
Smeralda Brunozzi
Grazia Papi
Marco Rogai
Luciana Vertulli
Chiara Lodi
Maria Pasetto
Alice Villa

The beneficiary associations of the KOKONO cradles produced thanks to the May 2021 crowdfunding are:

  1. MildMay – Hospital
  2. PetrosZoe – NGO
  3. Uganda Project – orfanotrofio di Mbarare
  4. Amref Uganda
  5. Newtopia Children Community