The Copenhagen-based company Monstrum create thematic playgrounds that focus on unique artistic and architectural quality that have proven to be a hit with children and adults. The products are handmade in Nordic wood from sustainable forests by a team a 26 artists, architects, designers and builders that work closely together.
Founded in 2003 by set designers Ole Barslund Nielsen and Christian Jensen, Monstrum’s mission is to create dynamic and interesting play areas that challenge the motor skills and imaginations of children by showing them something unique in an urban space.
The idea to start the business first came to Ole after he helped his son’s kindergarten pick materials for a new playground. “I realised that for the given budget I could make something that resembled theatre scenography that would give better play opportunities than traditional concepts for playgrounds. Christian helped with the work and it turned out to be a really nice playground. This became the foundation for Monstrum,” said Ole Barslund Nielsen.
As well as being given a unanimous seal of approval from young playground users, Monstrum has received a string of accolades in art and design, including an award for Best Playground in Stockholm, a Danish Design Award and a nomination for the German Design Award.
The company works with museums, housing associations, municipalities and landscape architects, tailoring a playground to a specific time frame, budget and list of ideas. A special effort is also made to create play spaces that are evocative but safe.
Monstrum also donates 10% of the company’s profits for social work, committing to helping children in disadvantaged areas.