Friday, November 12, 2010

snug tv

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

snug in the usa

Hattie and Tim are just back from the USA where they've been launching
with Playcore. This photo is of Lyndsay Richardson and Brendan Shanley of Playcore at the NAEYC and NRPA shows in Minneapolis and Los Angeles. The response to Snug in the USA was fantastic - lots of interest as the above article shows, taken from a US architectural magazine.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

coffee table snug

We have just received our copy of Playground Design (Links Books, distributed by RIBA Books)
SNUG has an 8 page full colour spread and our experimental playground at Daubeney School is well featured.
This is an excellent and substantial publication of successful playgrounds from around the world  - well worth getting a copy

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Many thanks to Ned Crowe from Arup for passing on this fantastic way of pumping water using minimal technology and maximum fun.

Monday, July 5, 2010

the gathering

play beyond the playground

A wonderful gathering of artists and playful thinkers took place at Snug & Outdoor HQ last week.

Tim Gill - ( Writer, researcher, adviser on children's play and childhood, Stuart Lester - Senior Lecturer in play at Gloucester University, Chris Meade - Director of If:book ( and long time co-conspirator, Chris O'shea - ( digital artist making playful public installations, Reem Charif architect/designer with Febrik, ( creating playful spaces with children in Lebanese refugee camps, Bruno Taylor ( and Vincenzo Vi Maria ( designers who subvert public space with play, and Hattie and Tim from Snug & Outdoor….

All day we discussed flexible space, disruptive space, play as the creation of uncertainty and of balance. We looked at playful wonders in refugee camps, school playgrounds, a Japanese plaza, Gillett Square, London bus stops… We ate delicious food, drank coffee and wine and agreed that this is fun and inspiring…

Who knows what next….?? 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

chicago loving snug

We just had a lovely email from Sheila Scullin at the Chicago Children's Museum saying,
"The Snug Kit is a HUGE success. I’ve seen the most wonderful things take place in our gallery. My favorite so far has been children with severe physical disabilities getting a chance to get our of their wheelchairs and enjoy the kit. It’s been amazing.
More feedback soon!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

from Chicago Now blog

"Last week, I swung by the Chicago Children's Musuem with my three kids to pass the time on a gray and chilly afternoon. Although this is one of our favorite spots in Chicago, we hadn't visited in a few months. We were all excited to see the new updates and exhibits in place.

I was particularly impressed with the Ready, Set . . . Move! exhibit. This unassuming space contained a wide variety of large and unusual play items. I found the simplicity and design of this exhibit to be quite remarkable.

The materials themselves are not like anything that I have seen before. Options include everything from simple couch cushions to concave semi-circles that could be used as rocking seats or turned upside down to create raised stepping stones. The CCM staff unobtrusively encouraged my kids to move all of the components around and try the same piece in many different ways.

While I was watching my kids play, I noticed that the components seemed to spark a different sort of creativity and physical energy. According to the CCM website, "The components in Move are from the Snug Kit, developed by London-based artists Tim and Hattie Coppard. The award-winning Snug Kit makes its United States debut at Chicago Children's Museum."

I loved the fact that all three of my kids (ages 5 1/2, 3 1/2 and 14 months) had a great time in this space -- each of them using the materials in a different way.

Ready, Set . . . Move! will be at the CCM through May 16th. Check out the slideshow to get a better idea of what awaits you at this exhibit.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

playful anarchy

Here's a link to a good article on the inspirational anarchist Colin Ward, recommended by Ken Warpole.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Thanks to Birds of Lidingo for sending us this fancy footwork from Amsterdam. The foot piano is designed by Alfons Van Leggelo.

snow & outdoor

How fantastic to see snowsculptures and snowball fights all over town. Tell us if you see any unusual snow play happenings please. This bespectacled snowdrunk seen in Alexandra Palace.