If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve hopefully come away with the insight that good design is fun, be it furniture, aircrafts, fashion, or simply a great Web site. Brastilo is a big proponent of good design that’s fun. We like to think (and hopefully you agree) that our furniture adds a sense of playfulness to a room. I’m particularly thinking of the staggered shelf bookcase and the hidden drawer side table. And, our accessories are really fun too. You all know how much I love our hand-carved monkey head. So, as you can see, furniture design at Brastilo strives to be fun.
But, in all fairness to Brastilo’s fun design, nothing is quite as fun as a playground. I adore playgrounds. I love the running, the jumping, the screaming at the top of your lungs. I love the turny things, and the climby things, and the other whoozawhatsists that have no known names but are oodles of fun to play around in. I remember one playground by my house that was, literally, the best playground ever. It had a tower you climbed up to and 2 slides, one which led to a rope bridge you’d fumble across which ended in some sort of jungle gym type climbing mechanism. At any rate, this thing was amazing.
So you can imagine my utter joy when I came across the following playground. Admittedly, it might be a bit beyond a four year old’s intellect, but it is so cool. It’s a playground designed in the shape of a mobius strip.
via Landscape Structures
And for those of you who can’t remember what that is, myself included, Wikipedia calls it: “a surface with only one side and only one boundary component.” I really just remember it from that Escher sketch with the ants.
image via Physlink
But seriously folks, this thing is amazing. It’s rock climbing. It’s sliding down poles. It’s racing your annoying older sister and finally beating her to the finish line because you are the true goddess of mobius climbing. It’s your parents explaining to you at a young age the complicated math behind this thing (which, in all honesty, I’m still not sure I totally grasp). It’s educational. It’s physical. It’s fantastic!
All these wonderful benefits for children aside, one of the main reasons I love this playground is because it’s actually attractive. Unlike those yellow and blue plastic playsets you see nowadays, this thing has style. It has class. And I wouldn’t hate it if it were sitting in my backyard. And that, dear readers, is the beauty of good design. It’s functional, playful, and attractive.
Hats off to the fellas at Landscape Structures for creating this wonderful toy.