Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

Hravo: Getting back in the game

The Slovakian brand is reviving the country’s long history of toy-making and bringing the joys of hand-crafted games to a new generation. But will 21st-century children embrace analogue play?

Published in Features
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 00:00

Technology Will Save Us

Dismayed by our incomprehension of how consumer electronics work, Daniel Hirschmann and Bethany Koby are determined to re-educate the nation

Published in News
Monday, 03 November 2014 06:00

Hravo toys: Getting back in the game

The Slovakian brand Hravo is reviving the country’s long history of toy-making and bringing the joys of hand-crafted games to a new generation. But will 21st-century children embrace analogue play, asks Debika Ray?

Published in Features
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:24

Barbie’s Dreamhouse

Is a life-sized version of Barbie’s house harmless wish-fulfilment or the stuff of nightmares? Agata Pyzik thinks pink …

Published in Review
Friday, 19 August 2011 13:39

Imagination Playground by David Rockwell

David Rockwell’s Imagination Playground in lower Manhattan aims to get kids designing and building for themselves. So how do you go about creating creativity without telling kids what to do? 

Published in Features
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:27

Floris Hovers' design toys

The simple, reduced forms of Floris Hovers’ miniature boats, cars and other vehicles should be seen less as designs, more as “playful thoughts” the Dutch furniture and toy maker says – it’s up to children to make something of them.

Published in Features
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:19

Toys of the Avant-Garde

It is no coincidence that Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller were all taught in kindergartens, the school system that introduced building blocks into educational play.

Published in Features