Play-Less Toys by Marloe Bakx

Play-Less Toys by Marloe Bakx

Carrie McBride
Nov 7, 2011

No one expects that their home won't change when kids arrive in the picture. Some people change their homes drastically to prepare by removing valuable pieces or babyproofing like nobody's business. And, for many parents, the proliferation of toys, toys, toys is one of the biggest changes - not just finding room for them, but for the way they change the aesthetic landscape. Marloe Bakx's graduation project from the academy of arts in Arnhem, Netherlands (ArtEZ) focused on this topic and her goal was to design toys that would bring children joy without "breaking the interior."

Marloe believes that children deserve good design as much as adults and she designed three toy to prove her point: a sleigh-like rocking toy, a suspended saddle and a third that appears to be a flat, leather swing.

Not only are they attractive, I appreciate that all three involve physical exertion and encourage open-ended play.

Marloe also designed a hooded backpack called Stuffy Bag to reflect the nomadic lifestyle of children shuttling between the homes of divorced parents.

The toy collection, called Play-Less (possibly lost in translation as the intent is definitely not for children to play less!) can be viewed on Marloe's website and are being sold by Studio Erik Gutter.

Thanks Marloe, good luck!

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