Numen Netscape, Belgium, 2011

Austrian/Croatian design collective Numen, whose cocoon-like constructions of sticky tape have been featured on the blog before, expanded their exploration of flexible space into nets for a contemporary art space in Belgium earlier this year.  I love the way these provide for both bouncy activity and calm contemplation.

Nets aren’t new on the playground.  But like Toshiko Horiuchi’s creations, Numen’s work creates a fully three-dimensional space to be in, not just a piece of equipment to stand or climb on.  That’s why they feel so special, for children and adults alike.

[thanks to reader Mark for the tip!]

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