design for young people

sand is a brand of original furniture and accessories for young people combining an educational approach with a love for contemporary design.


sand forms, finishes and materials are produced using solid American hardwoods and veneers with certified finishes. The shapes and colors are designed to provide a calm, positive environment for children ages 3 and up.

When using sand furniture and accessories children are invited to increase their self-determination. Our furniture is designed to encourage children to do things by themselves and take care of their belongings helping refine their motor skills and endless discovery of their environment which they need to grow independently.

sand collaborates with international designers and artists that bring their special contributions.


how we got there


silvia marlia



Born in Milan, Silvia was raised among Italian designers and in an architectural environment. She is passionate about design and the study of educational systems.

She started sand in 2012 in Hong Kong.

In the Steiner school of Milan and later as an adult she learned the importance of our relationship to nature and harmony – from colors to materials – which children need to grow.  Following the Steiner approach to education, her objective is to assist children to be free to express themselves and to modify their environment with non-intrusive furniture made with natural materials.

Silvia also studied the Montessori method and holds an AMI certificate (Association Montessori Internationale).