As part of the annual month-long London Festival of Architecture, local design collective Systems has curated "The Play: Toys, Sets, Rules," a new show highlighting a collection of forgotten Modernist toys. The exhibition, currently on display at London's Walter Knoll showroom, culls pieces from the personal collections of their designers, including Roger Limbrick, Patrick Rylands, and Ken Garland. Like the midcentury modern furniture designs we know and love, these toys also relish in simplicity and efficiency.
"Play offers a unique survey of late Modernist approaches to child development and design and, as such, a variety of ways in which we might think of both play and design as formative and speculative activities," the curators tell Dezeen. This is evident in, for example, Roger Limbrick's Interslot (↑)—which lets kids form 3D structures from flat pieces of plywood—and Peer Clahnsen's Diamant—which also allows structure-building from geometric blocks. The show will be on view till July 3. See more photos at Dezeen.
Diamant, Peer Clahsen (1982)
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