[image: Jessica Reid]
Covet Garden co-founder Jessica was recently reintroduced to the iconic British kids building toy PlayPlax when she bought a set for her daughter Sophie. Another friend readily identified the colourful, translucent interlocking squares as a childhood favourite. (She also noted that she thought they were something that only architects' children played with because everyone else had lego when she was growing up).
Immediately we started building connections between the colourful, translucent interlocking squares and a lot of other creations we love, like the Palais du Congrès in Montreal.
[images: Palais de Congrès de Montréal]
[image: National Geographic]
PlayPlax was originally created in 1966 by award-winning toy designer, Patrick Rylands. The original game sold over one million copies by 1970 and was on sale in over 30 countries. The toy is marketed at ages three and up, which we take to mean that grown ups can use it to get creative too. We've already made a cool scuplture and the next project is a windowsill planter for succulents.
In the meantime, can you make out a connection between PlayPlax and The Kaleidescope House — a cult dollhouse designed by the architect Peter Wheelwright and the artist Laurie Simmons? (Side note: one of the dolls created for the Kaleidescope house was modelled after Simmons' daughter Lena Dunham, creator of the TV show Girls.)