As I was headed out of my local thrift store the other day a bright yellow box caught my eye. It was in the 'Free' pile, next to a few mugs and ball caps. Once I noticed it was a suitcase with a cheap plastic handle I knew there must be something special inside. I grabbed it, threw it in the car, and forgot about it for awhile. I opened it just yesterday and was delighted and mystified by what I found. Plastic blocks with removable pictures, a few toy buses, alphabets, numbers, animals and a classic old game spinner. I have no idea how it all works, but I dig it.
It's the vintage graphics that grab me. That older style of line drawing that seems to ooze innocence. Iconic images done in bright colors and with just enough detail to get the point across. As a game, it is hopeless. Too many missing pieces, including the game boards. What I am interested in is to see if I can somehow use the cubes, or the removable pictures within them, as a design element.
I have a twenty-month old daughter and another baby due in a few weeks. My wife and I are planning and reconfiguring our spaces to get ready for the new arrival and are currently focused on turning our old office into a playroom. It would be the perfect time to work these into the mix, but I am coming up blank on an innovative way to do so.
Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Help a tired daddy out and share them in the comments below. Thanks!
(Images: Richard Popovic)