Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

It’s Modern Playhouse Time!


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This Lichtenstein house in The High Museum of Art’s front yard got me thinking about modern playhouses the other day:

Doesn’t it look fantastic with the building’s gridded white facade behind it? Depending on where you’re standing, its lines and perspective change.

A lot of my all-time favorite playhouses have been posted over at the fabulous blog created by vintage mavens Alix and Dottie, Modern Kiddo. They brought back many of their readers’ happy memories of The Nut Tree destination rest stop in Vacaville, California in this delightful post. Here’s a peek at just two of the amazing, kid-friendly and colorful designs that were part of The Nut Tree back in the day  (according to their post, it closed in 1996 and some of it was demolished, but re-opened in 2009). How awesome is the graphic design on this funhouse?

I love the modern spirit behind these three modern playhouses. All are made with certified sustainable wood and are pretty easy to assemble. This is the Circle House with Furniture Set from Modern Playhouse:

I love its simple lines and whimsical circle cut-outs. The house is made of plywood and was inspired by Scandinavian fishing shacks. It’s the perfect spot for a tea party.

Next, we have the MD-20 from TrueModern:

This house was designed by Edgar Blazona, is made of eco-friendly sustainable birch plywood and coated in non-toxic finishes. It also has wall-mounted paper tablets that turn it into a little one’s own private art studio.

Finally, we have the Puzzle Playhouse and Furniture Set from Modern Playhouse. It can be stored flat and easily assembled and disassembled on a daily basis, but honestly, it’s so cute, you’ll want to find a special spot to keep it on display all the time.

Do you have happy memories of your playhouse, or have you built one for your kiddos? Please tell us about it in the comments section!

About Becky:
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!



  1. Dottie says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 1:26 pm (#)

    Aww, thanks for including us in your modern playhouse post! That puzzle playhouse looks neato! Might have to invest in one of those myself!

  2. Alix says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 8:15 pm (#)

    BECKY!!!!!!!! How are you??? We haven’t chatted in ages!! Missing you and our celeb chats. xo

  3. franky says:

    April 13th, 2012 at 2:07 pm (#)

    Wow this playground looks super fun! Oh how I miss being a child sometimes! Here are some great inspirations to spruce up a playroom! Hope you like it!

  4. Contempo Space says:

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (#)

    Great post! I just wrote a post about modern playgrounds last week. Check it out:

  5. Alex says:

    April 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am (#)

    These Playhouses look absolutely fantastic! What a wonderful find.

  6. franky says:

    May 7th, 2012 at 8:48 am (#)

    any tips on doing this if you want to D.I.Y. it?

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