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OddBlocks by Nicole Ong

Playing blocks that allow for interactions in surprising and imaginative ways.

We are a design studio based in Singapore. We are interested in the role of design to create meaningful interactions for society, and we are writing to share with you about our latest project/product, OddBlocks.

OddBlocks was conceived from our search for a suitable toy for a child. As designers and educators, we were looking for something that was thoughtfully produced, and did not feed into the throwaway culture of age-specific toys. Although there are already some great products out there, we saw an opportunity to do something about it, and have fun in the process.

1. Open-Ended Play:

OddBlocks encourages curiosity and open-ended play, allowing for playful interactions such as 3D puzzles, stacking games, improvised stationery, fidget objects, permutable tabletop sculptures, imaginary creatures, playscapes and more.

2. Imagination & Surprise: OddBlocks creates opportunities for interactions in surprising and imaginative ways. Spontaneous creations become the basis of play with limitless possibilities.

3. Discover Relationships: OddBlocks is designed with an underlying system between the surfaces and proportions, stimulating discovery of these geometrical relationships and how they relate to the environment and objects in our everyday lives.

Who is it for: Anyone can play with OddBlocks. It is designed to grow with a child, facilitating different types of play at different ages. It is simple, yet versatile — allowing playful interactions that feed our curiosity and desire to understand the world. Play develops empathy—an important trait for communication—and allows us to connect to one another.

These peculiar play objects are made from granulated cork, a sustainable raw material that is naturally mould-resistant, soft, and light.

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OddBlocks set contain 24 odd-shaped playing blocks that can be configured into 8 unique cube puzzles.

These peculiar play objects are made from granulated cork, a sustainable raw material that is naturally mould-resistant, soft, and light.

Cork was selected as the material for its unique lightweight qualities, friction that allows for creative stacking possibilities, and most importantly, OddBlocks don't hurt or make loud noises when toppled.

OddBlocks allows for open-ended play, such as imaginative playscapes that children build for creative interactions.

The underlying geometry of OddBlocks facilitates exploration and discovery.

Armchair, bed, or rocking cot. What furniture can you make with the same OddBlocks pieces? What are the possibilities with an OddBlocks set?

Armchair, bed, or rocking cot. What furniture can you make with the same OddBlocks pieces? What are the possibilities with an OddBlocks set?

How many different species of birds can you create with the same OddBlocks pieces? What are the possibilities with an OddBlocks set?

How many different species of birds can you create with the same OddBlocks pieces? What are the possibilities with an OddBlocks set?

OddBlocks can also be used as improvised tabletop accessories. Imagine these peculiar play objects as phone holders, coasters, and more!

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