Not long before I designed this play box, we had purchased a new TV which arrived, of course, in a very big box. While we were busy trying to set the TV up, our children, aged 12 and 9, started playing in the box! I was surprised at how easily they forgot that they were big kids now.
When they were much younger, I remember how they loved to play in boxes, often preferring the actual box to the present that was inside it.
A box could be anything they wanted... an aeroplane, a truck, a hut...
This box explores the notion of the cardboard box, it's simplicity, and it's complexity. Basically a cube, the designs cut from the 2 triangular walls, are patterns that I have often doodled. They are deliberately unspecific, to invite the imagination to decide what they are. The shadows create still more versions of the patterns.
The box is a scale model. The full size box would be big enough for children to climb in and out of. Many boxes could be arranged together in different positions, to encourage the children to imagine the different spaces the box could be.
Interestingly enough, some 'big kids' below couldn't wait to play with the box even at this size! The blackboard paint beckoned them to add their own mark.