Mid-Century Modern


#TBT Futuristic Garden Show Playground, 1974, Vienna Austria

For #TBT, a couple of images from a trippy, futuristic playground installed at a garden show in Vienna Austria in 1974 that seems to combine a playhouse/slide with a boatable lake! Note also the playscape of rounded white hills in the background. I could find very little information on this playscape (do get in touch if you know more), but I came across it while doing some research into Germany’s spectacular tradition of garden shows. I’m coming to the conclusion that one of the factors in the advanced development of the playground art in Germany and nearby countries is the importance of these shows, and the inclusion of large playgrounds in them. Innovative designs are displayed every year and visited by tens of thousands of professionals and parents alike, thus disseminating new ideas and high standards for design throughout the country. There is no equivalent tradition here in the United – Read the rest…


Parkour's First Appearance on Telev...

Today’s post is a mashup of ThrowbackThursday and PlaySculptureSaturday, but that’s too long for a hashtag! Thanks to reader Mark - Read the rest...

Vintage Playground Elephant Slide, ...

And adding to our collection of playful pachyderms is this German example; providing unexpected whimsy in front of a severe - Read the rest...

#TBT Jimi Hendrix Playground, c. 19...

Even though it’s properly a sculpture, the Alice in Wonderland statue in NYC’s Central Park is essentially used as a - Read the rest...

-#TBT Timberform Playgrounds, Pruit...

The infamous Pruitt-Igoe public housing development in St. Louis installed a forward-thinking playscape of timber forms by Paul Friedberg in - Read the rest...

#TBT Mylar Playground, "Slipcover" ...

Or what about a mylar happening at your playground? “Shades of Jonah! I’ve just been inside one whale of a - Read the rest...

#TBT Vintage Modernist Playground, ...

From the Germanpostwarmodern tumblr…Eduard Ludwig was a Bauhaus architect best known for his monument to the Berlin Airlift. I couldn’t - Read the rest...

#TBT Vintage Russian Playground Cha...

Also from the former USSR, this 1960 photo entitled “The Orange Sun” by Anatoly Khrupov, of children making chalk drawings - Read the rest...

#TBT Russian Swing, Michael Golosov...

I love the variation of swings between cultures, and I’ve never seen one quite like this wooden-armed version, photographed by - Read the rest...

That Seventies Playground, London

Another lovely from English Heritage…this is a 1970s construct in the courtyard of London flats designed by the architects Andrews Sherlock - Read the rest...

#TBT Modernist Playground, 1960, Br...

Many of the post-war modernist housing developments in the UK installed concrete playgrounds to match their similarly sparse exteriors. They - Read the rest...

#TBT "Imagine Playground", Fred Sch...

For belated #TBT (since I am once again traveling) thanks to reader Mike for sending in his gorgeous family photo - Read the rest...

#PlaySculptureSaturday: Midcentury ...

Unattributed, mysterious sculpture at the University of the Phillipines in Diliman. Beautiful photography by Dan Matutina, via flickr in the first - Read the rest...

#TBT Vintage Aztec Playground, Linc...

“These photos were taken on the last days before this playground was unnecessarily destroyed. My kids enjoyed this more than - Read the rest...

Case Study House Climbing Wall, Bel...

For #TBT, the climbing wall of a 1952-53 house at 1811 Bel Air Road in California. The Case Study houses - Read the rest...

The Nuts and Bolts of Playground Co...

“If children want a playground, let them build it themselves.” I’m really pleased to announce another addition to the Playscapes Press - Read the rest...

Model for a Slide Mantra, Isamu Nog...

I never fail to be inspired by a visit to the Noguchi Museum, and by discussions with its committed, creative - Read the rest...

Space Age Playgrounds by Fred Schum...

Fred Schumm of Colorado Springs is one of those artists I love to rediscover…largely unknown characters, generally sculptors, who constructed - Read the rest...

Vintage Playgrounds of Seattle, Was...

Many thanks to Justin for alerting me to the great flickr set from the City of Seattle’s Municipal Archives, “Seattle - Read the rest...

Sooner Play Tower, Bruce Goff, Bart...

In news from my home state, I’m pleased that the Sooner Play Tower, designed by Bruce Goff in 1963, has been restored - Read the rest...

Cypress Hills Playground, Charles F...

The very last playspace I talked about at Sheffield was the Cypress Hills Playground, by architect Charles Forberg. It’s notable - Read the rest...

Vintage Double Slide, Ayacucho Peru

Vintage playground equipment survives most often in out of the way places…this beauty of a globe climber with attached double - Read the rest...