Modern play structures are things to behold where I live. Only 8kms from Sydney’s CBD, there isn’t a whole lot of running room for our kids. Lucky for us, park culture thrives and our local council recognises the importance of play areas for children.
In places where outdoor play is difficult, a new kind of play space is emerging. We told you about Purple Dragon in London and Moomah in New York – both cities where temperatures can be extreme but kids still need their play. In the Purple Dragon article you may have noticed some amazing play structures in the photos. They hail from an innovative company called Feelgood Designs.
Go to Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and a Feelgood space is there for travelling little ones. Bognor Regis Primary School in Sussex also has Feelgood equipment integrated into its educational spaces. The notion that children need play as a function of learning is rapidly becoming built-in to everyday environments and these wonderfully organic, multi-purpose objects facilitate this natural urge in children.
Feelgood Designs can be found in domestic, commercial and educational arenas. They don’t only make play structures – included in the ‘Atelier’ range are a change table, cots, highchair table and other furniture designed for the nursery, classroom or playground. The products were designed collaboratively with designers, architects and schools of Reggio-Emilia, a highly-regarded child-centered educational approach .
As Feelgood Designs happily ships abroad, we can only hope that its play and educational furniture makes it to Australia. I would love to see these imaginative ranges in both domestic and public spaces here! Feelgood also offers a full design service if needed.