New classics in wood
The swing is ‘the classic’ playground icon. It conjures up an instant image, but one that is today open to modern interpretation. The swing is no longer just a piece of wood attached to a horizontal bar by two bits of rope. Swings today are not a solo exploit, Bird Nest Swing and the Cocowave Rope Swing open up to communal fun by being on the same seat or rope which allow a virtually any number of swings. KOMPAN’s Five-way Swing takes another fresh look at the classic with a pentagon-shaped frame that means the children can opt to move in and out of centre and towards each other – or conversely.
Introducing Robinia to the swing story, ‘softens’ the look, marries play to nature. The process of swinging is part of a child’s nature and growth. It trains balance, coordination and spatial awareness. These motor skills are crucial in being able to judge distances accurately, navigate traffic safely and sit still in school. The spinning motion helps balance neurological activity in the brain, and this is connected to the belief that children sleep better after playing on a swing.