New discovery: ARCHY PLAY
Last week during my visit to Belgrade we took the kids to the newly opened Miksalište ice-skating rink. After some fun in 2-3 sizes bigger skates and what we were told is the best hot-chocolate in town I finally visited the famous Mikser house too. It is apparently an ever changing space, a restaurant/bar, design store, club and home to all sorts of events and thematic design markets. I was happy to see Croatian designers are represented well, and most stuff available in my shop was there too. Although I was hoping to see more Serbian designers represented, to learn of someone/something new, I did not leave disappointed.
You all know how I feel about educational and DIY toys, toys boosting creativity and imagination, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered ARCHYPlay!
Archi PLAY is a Serbian brand of playful educational tools with architectural twist. Designed by architects and educators to develop spatial awareness, creative problem solving and abstract thinking. It consists of several sets made from different materials, wood, plexi, plaster and cardboard.
archiPATTERN shape tracing sets
archiVILLE wood – Set of six wooden play houses, different in shape and roof angle, suitable for both directed and free play, as well as combining with other toys.
archiVILLE plaster – Plaster houses are a nice opportunity for exploring different visual effects and artistic techniques, applied on material children rarely use. Smooth white surface reacts well to all kinds of coloring and drawing.
archiPUZZLE – White blank puzzle comprised of 7 big pieces. Shaped as a house, puzzle inspires little artists to imagine and paint their own piece of architecture.
archiBOX – Simple cardboard box in the shape of a house. Easy to assembl eand disassemble, it can also serve as a witty packing alternative.
archiGRAFITTI – chalkboard wooden house blocks for future graffiti artist
For educational value and ideas check out the brand’s website. I’ve seen the toys live and had them in my hands and I can tell you they look as beautiful as in those photos.