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The Danish firm JDS Architects created the Skinny Playscape as part of their new boardwalk design for Kalvebod Brugge, a waterfront area of Copenhagen. The playscape is a continuous orange metal strip that provides steps, balance beams, ladders and other challenges for adventuresome youngsters. Ahhh, the Dutch and their love for the colour orange. And did you notice? There are no rubber mats or safety nets. Read this month’s Orange.
“Space Age Design” was all the rage in the late 1960s – early 1970s and the SHARP television is a favourite amongst collectors. The television disconnects from its swivel base and can be carried by its retractable handle. Made in Japan, it was an early example of a battery operated television (10 D batteries). It came in several colours, but the orange model was – out of this world! Read this month’s Orange.
Based on the study of ergonomics, American industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss launched the renowned Dreyfuss Charts in 1974. Over the years these charts have been a valuable reference guide for designers and architects to assist them in better understanding human proportions and mobility. The orange template shown here is #3a for Wheelchair Users. Read this month’s Orange.
Iceland only started building lighthouses in 1878. Now the country has 120 of the ship-guiding structures along their coastline – many of which are painted orange. Several of the lighthouses are now available for travellers to rent. If you’re looking for solitude and a good view of the ocean, perhaps a stay in one of these handsome landmarks is in order. Read this month’s Orange.