Wooden toys aren't new, yet it's hard to find good ones that foster creative play, develop dexterity and keep kids engaged.
Using a shape that infinitely tessellates creates limitless geometric possibilities. Initial geometry explorations were done in 2D then in 3D sketch prototypes.
A vital requirement for this project was to create a design using natural and sustainably sourceable materials. Using wood made a lot of sense, but we the challenge was to create a spring-mechanism that would allow each block to reliably interlock with other blocks. To achieve this we developed a simple sub-part that allows the parts to snap together.
For this project it was important that we worked out the manufacturing process that shapes the wood into the final product. We explored different wood types and finishes that would meet cost requirements while also being durable, easy to source, and have high quality aesthetic and tactile qualities.