Contorsionista by Javier Bermejo, Pico Pao
Contorsionista by Javier Bermejo, Pico Pao

A different kind of construction game coming from Spanish manufacturer Pico Pao. The workshop stands out through its outstanding craftsmanship and 'no-rules' approach to play, focusing instead on helping the user take enjoyment from the simple act of experimenting.

MODU (2019) by Theo Fischer Ginman and Jonathan Rasmussen
MODU (2019) by Theo Fischer Ginman and Jonathan Rasmussen

Developed in Copenhagen, MODU is a modular, durable system of blocks made from soft foam, designed for children from as young as six months to six years old. This game is all about active play, refining the child’s motor skills and challenging the imagination. MODU blocks are made from a biological material and the pegs are 100% recyclable ABS plastic.

Alma Therapy Dollls  (2019) by Yaara Nusboim
Alma Therapy Dollls (2019) by Yaara Nusboim

Created by Israeli designer Yaara Nusboim, each of these carefully crafted dolls corresponds to a different feeling – love, fear, pain, emptiness, anger and safety. The designer explains: "Toys, not words, are the language of a child. Playing with a toy provides a safe psychological distance from the child's private problems and allows them to experience thoughts and emotions in a way that's suitable for their development."

Balancing Toys - by Kutulu
Balancing Toys - by Kutulu

Pilot series based on geometry and a rocking motion. The hemispherical shape which forms the body of the bird allows movement of the toy. Just one touch and the bird starts swinging and pecking.

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Pupi Swinging Bird by Kutulu
Pupi Swinging Bird by Kutulu

Wooden bird based on geometry and rocking motion by Prague-based design team Kutulu.It is their wish to offer our youngest generation beautiful toys with a story and with culture.

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Noxus & Ortus (2015) by Kutulu
Noxus & Ortus (2015) by Kutulu

Kutulu is a team of designers and friends who are attempting to revive the Czech tradition of artistic toys of high-quality craftsmanship. It is their wish to offer our youngest generation beautiful toys with a story and with culture. Kutulu toys are characterized by their geometric shapes, vivid colours, and beech wood practices.

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Blockitecture (2013) by James Paulius
Blockitecture (2013) by James Paulius

This set of architectural building blocks gives children an opportunity to test the laws of physics through sky-high towers and cantilevers. Made of New Zeeland pine wood, each bundle celebrates different architectural moments and styles including Habitat, Deco, Garden City, Parkland, Desert Garden, Brutalism and Factory.

Cody Block (2020) by QUBS
Cody Block (2020) by QUBS

Cody Block is a Montessori inspired, screen-free wooden toy that helps young children learn the basics of computer programming. Designed by Swiss manufacturer QUBS, the child’s task is to create a route that takes Cody back home, one city block at a time.

Neptune Spar By Papafoxtrot
Neptune Spar By Papafoxtrot

Inspired by all technological marvels of today, the London-based studio designs hand-crafted wooden toys and miniatures that delight children and adults alike. The studio works with a network of designers and manufacturers around the world, allowing them to ‘utilize the best craftsmen and sustainable material suppliers in order to create products of the highest quality.’

Noook (2014) by Torsten Sherwood
Noook (2014) by Torsten Sherwood

With a background in product and architectural design, Sherwood was inspired by the way children play with cardboard boxes. The cardboard discs connect by slotting into each other giving way to a whole new type of building system – instinctive, free and open-eneded.

Trigonos by Josep Maria Figueras
Trigonos by Josep Maria Figueras

An educational building game that challenges children to use wooden blocks, sticks and fabric. The kits vary in size and complexity, essentially ‘growing with the child’ as their concentration, spatial thinking and problem-solving skills are developing. Trigonos is ethically made in Catalunia with FSC sustainable wood.

Das Mauerspiel (2008) by Christian Lessing
Das Mauerspiel (2008) by Christian Lessing

The old technique of building masonry without mortar requires skill and patience. Comprising of up to 70 different ‘bricks’, the game encourages children to perfect their hand-to-eye coordination and strategic thinking. Das Mauerspiel is hand-crafted in Germany by Lessing Prosuktgestaltung and has received a Form Design Award in 2009.

Multi-View Puzzle (1964) by Fredun Shapur
Multi-View Puzzle (1964) by Fredun Shapur

First produced by Galt Toys in 1964, these geometric-styled puzzles are depict four different scenes : London, Farming, Seaside, Zoo. The innovation of these jigsaws lies in the possibility of collaborative play : players can enjoy building the jigsaw together from any side.

Plus and Minus (1970) by Bruno Munari
Plus and Minus (1970) by Bruno Munari

The visual game 'Plus and Minus' consists of 72 cards, each with a different image. A selection of these images have a transparent background and can be layered to make different, more complex superimpositions and stimulate children's creativity.

Birds on a Tree (1964) by Creative Playthings
Birds on a Tree (1964) by Creative Playthings

Creative Playthings was established by Frank and Theresa Caplan in 1945 to provide simple, solid-wood, throughtfully designed toys. Some of their collaborators included: Vitali, Louis Kahn, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Winston and Henry Moore.

Vache Rouge (1983) - Naef
Vache Rouge (1983) - Naef

Designed by photographer Gérard Pétremand for toy manufacturer Naef, this puzzle is fabricated in Switzerland from Central European maple, and is comprised of six wooden blocks.

Build the Town (1941) by Ladislav Sutnar
Build the Town (1941) by Ladislav Sutnar

Prototype designed by Czech avant-garde, graphic artist Ladislav Sutnar. His toy design was “based on modern theories about education and play, as well as utopian ideas about reforming society”.

Kaleidoscope House (2001)  Laurie Simmons, Peter Wheelwright
Kaleidoscope House (2001) Laurie Simmons, Peter Wheelwright

Comissioned and produced by Bozart Toys, the Kaleidoscope House is an interactive creative play environment, designed by Laurie Simmons and New York architect Peter Wheelwright. The layout is defined by luminescent, acrylic separation walls and populated with custom, miniature furniture created by well-known designer such as Jasper Morrison and Michael Graves.

Raduga Grëz is the trademark of a small Russian family business that manufactures handmade toys from
Raduga Grëz is the trademark of a small Russian family business that manufactures handmade toys from

Raduga Grëz is the trademark of a small Russian family business that manufactures handmade toys from a carpentry factory already established for several generations in the making of matryoshka dolls. The designs are inspired by nature and geometry alike, while the softness an earthiness of colors blurs the boundary between toy and decorative object. Each item is carved out of solid wood and colored using water-based paint and non-toxic oils.

Animal Boxes (2010) by Karl Zahn , Areaware
Animal Boxes (2010) by Karl Zahn , Areaware

The designer's description: 'This figural box represents a power animal - a totem for our individual ambitions. Its simple and gestural depiction is intentional, allowing the symbolism of the animal to be maintained. With the addition of hinges, it has the ability to guard important small objects. On the shelf, it is sculpture. On the side table, it's a totem. On the counter, it offers a hiding spot.'

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Mix and Match Animals (2015) by Lisa Mahar
Mix and Match Animals (2015) by Lisa Mahar

This vibrant, beautifully designed set of animals is created out of inter-changeable parts, allowing for children to experiment with different configurations and improve their motor skills.

Bath Duck (1993) by Patrick Rylands
Bath Duck (1993) by Patrick Rylands

Recently released by Galt Toys, the Bath Duck is an iconic toy conceived by pioneering, British designer Patrick Rylands, whode attendtion to detail is outsanding: the slightest movement of the water does not only set the moving beak into motion, but it also acts as an escape route for any water entering the toy.

Frame Blocks (2014), B6 Studio
Frame Blocks (2014), B6 Studio

Japanese studio B6 developed this prototype inspired by the concept of the steel-truss. The beautifully designed, colorful components, encourage children and adults alike to learn about basic structural and load-bearing notions through hands-on testing and creative thinking.

Joupii (1970) by Partick Rylands
Joupii (1970) by Partick Rylands

Designed by acclaimed British toy designer Patrick Reynolds, the construction of this classic, open-ended toy is as straight forward as it gets: six pieces of wood held together by an elastic cord. This design was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize for Elegant Design.

Ichi Ni San (2017) Wooden Birds by Normann Copenhagen
Ichi Ni San (2017) Wooden Birds by Normann Copenhagen

Three eccentric characters created by Belgian design studio Beaverhousen for retailer Normann Copenhagen. Ichi Ni and San - in Japanese ‘one, two and three’ – are the abstracted versions of a penguin, a parrot and a robin. The pieces can either be placed side by side or stacked in a totem-like column.

Bauhaus Optical Mixer of Colors (1924) by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack
Bauhaus Optical Mixer of Colors (1924) by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack

Including seven interchangeable cardboard discs, the wooden spinning top gives users an opportunity to play and compare the color theories of Goethe, Schopenhauer and Hölzel. The toy was originally designed as a didactic object at the Bauhaus and is currently produced by German manufacturer Naef.

Creatures (2003) by Donna Wilson
Creatures (2003) by Donna Wilson

London-based studio Donna Wilson released ‘Creatures’, a collection of child-like doodles turned soft toys. Each hand-made piece has its own name and personality, and has been inspired by the free, non-conventional, creative approach children show in their drawings.

Plane (2009) by Ole Søndergaard
Plane (2009) by Ole Søndergaard

‘Plane’ was created by Danish designer Ole Søndergaard for retailer Norman Copenhagen. The simple, paired back design is meant to speak to children of all ages and celebrate the freedom, joy and innocence of childhood. Each item is made of lacquered wood, non-toxic paint and is supplied with a suspension cable.

Duck and Duckling (1959) by Hans Bølling
Duck and Duckling (1959) by Hans Bølling

The Duck and the Duckling were designed by Danish architect and designer Hans Bølling. Both pieces were inspired by an incident that took place in the neighborhood of Fredriksborg in Copenhagen when a family of ducks attempted to cross a busy road in the middle of rush hour, prompting a policeman to stop all cars and pedestrians to cross safely. The handmade ducks are made out of teak wood with a smooth finish.

Balancing Blocks (2011) by Fort Standard
Balancing Blocks (2011) by Fort Standard

Designed by Brooklyn-based studio Fort Standard, the stone-like shapes invite its users to create their own sculpture. Each set is comprised of ten solid oak blocks beautifully colored in water-based, non-toxic paints.

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