Traditional building blocks were given a Japanese flair in the new Tsumiki wooden block sets by architect Kengo Kuma, the designer behind Japan’s Olympic Stadium. Made from certified sustainable Japanese cedar wood, the blocks challenge children to build their own toys, structures and sculptures. Kuma even made oversized versions of the V-shaped blocks for kids and adults alike to play in for Tokyo Design Week.
The Tsumiki blocks differ from the standard Lincoln Logs or LEGOs with their unique shape. Each block is shaped like a V with an acute angle. The ends of each have chevron-shaped notches that allow little hands to connect pieces together at various angles — almost like a sturdy house of cards. The interlocking chevron notches also allow for more complicated shapes that will stay put, but are easily removable.
To help get the Japanese market excited about the Tsumiki blocks, Kengo Kuma & Associates created a playful presence at Tokyo Design Week. The miniature Tsumiki blocks were reimagined on a grandiose scale, with a sprawling cedar array called the Tsumiki Pavilion. Guests could run beneath the triangular corridor arranged in a semi circle, which was arranged around a giant pyramid sculpture made from dozens of smaller Tsumiki blocks.
Kengo Kuma’s Tsumiki blocks come in sets of seven, 13 and 22 pieces for architectural building fun.
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