From Portland creative agency Monogoto and designer Marie Uno comes the 202-piece block set, Kuum. Uno – whose background is in engineering – looked to the natural elements of her native Japan for inspiration.

The blocks are sold in collaboration with Felissimo.

Uno spent a year developing the blocks– her first project in the field of aesthetic design. 36 different shapes are combined along 12 organic themes: soil, fire, flower, tree, mountain, sea, ice, stone, earth, moon, sun and sand. The designer compares the finitude of the blocks to a haiku, working together in ‘pre-established harmony.’

Although Kuum is meant to stimulate a growing mind, adults too can enjoy the intuitive puzzles presented by the shapes: poetry for the playroom.