Tegu’s Future Set: Magnetron Solar Station

Whimsical magnet and hardwood building blocks in the brand's first themed set

Truly meant for children of all ages, Tegu’s range of hardwood toys equally encourage imagination and architectural exploration in adults who aren’t afraid to sit down and build something fun. Their newly released, first-ever themed line of magnetized building blocks, Future Set: Magnetron Solar System, includes an assortment of interstellar blocks, solar panels, multipurpose wheels and even a “charging plug.” As with their other products, …

Studio Visit: Jólan van der Wiel

The experimental Amsterdam designer shows the strengths of using gravity as a medium

With its large weighted wooden frame, pulleys and ropes aplenty, Jólan van der Wiel‘s experiments into gravity as a natural design force is a perfect example of The Netherlands’ process-driven design ethos. An extension of the work by those rogues at Droog and the provocative Marcel Wanders, his work is driven by a transparent creative streak, and progressive use of materials and production methods. The …

Moss Robot Construction Kit

Design, build and control robots at home

A far cry from Stretch Armstrong, Moss is a new dynamic robot construction kit that allows kids to build their own controllable toys. After over two years of prototyping, Colorado’s Modular Robotics developed the module-based system to be as approachable as possible, requiring zero wire manipulation, soldering or programming. In short, each module contains one or more color coded connector points; each serving a specific …