This is the third year for Playscapes’ series of blocks inspired by heroes of play, and I’m pleased to announce the 2015 edition honoring the great sculptor Isamu Noguchi! As early as 1933, Noguchi was designing sculpted landforms for children’s play when the rest of the world had only recently come to acknowledge the swing and the slide. His grandest conceptions (like the surrealist playscape for the United Nations building) were never realized, though his smaller play sculptures and equipment were. Nevertheless, Noguchi’s influence can be felt in virtually every site that can truly be termed a playscape. He was the first–and for a long time the only–designer to understand that spaces for play should be fully realized and non-flat landscapes rather than simplistic sets of equipment.
Artist and artisan Jen Bulthuis of Fidoodle has designed the Noguchi blocks that you can arrange endless configurations of the Noguchi play works and children at play. Perfect for kids from 3-99!
I’ll be saying much more about Noguchi and his play designs as the days count down to a new year, but from now until the end of the week (December 5), enter PLAYNOGUCHI during checkout at the Playscapes online store to get 25% off your set! The 2013 (Aldo van Eyck) and 2014 (Theodor Sorenson) editions are available there as well.