Animal Lamps by LZF

Wood / fiber animal lamps. Pricey but could be an icon for high-end playroom or maker space.

KOI:   $54,000

Elephant:   $29,400

Fish:   $20,000


KOI Cut Sheet


Lamps Price Quote



Lava Centre, Iceland

No major commentary here. This museum in Hvolsvollur, Iceland really looks cool! They appear to have done an amazing job of making this a very immersive experience with the moody atmosphere and really engaging their visitors. A very effective approach of blending tech exhibits, physical models, and environmental design.

Intro to Volcanology: In this room visitors can learn about all the different types of volcanoes and volcanic systems found in Iceland.

Site of Actual Volcanos: An immersive world showing the five different Volcanoes around Lava Centre.

The Fiery Heart of Iceland: An exhibit showing the size of the Mantle plume relative to Iceland. The reconstruction is in accordance with measurements done by scientists who measured the phenomena.

Water Resistant Wood

Keep seeing references to new(ish) wood products that use natural wood and an alternative process to pressure treating and produce a better performing material. This may be an option for outdoor structures or a water table experience where we’d like to clad a stainless or concrete basin with a more natural material or perhaps even build a table out of wood (was that Steve Langsdorf I just heard groaning?).

If the specs are true, this material is substantially better than pressure treated. Here’s two products that are getting a lot of press the last few years:


  • Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
  • Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak
  • Virtually rot proof
  • 70 year minimum service life stated by TRADA



  • swelling and shrinkage reduced by 40-60%
  • outdoor life time warranty for 30 years
  • no additional treatment needed beyond normal cleaning
  • high resistance against fungi, rot and other wood destroying micro-organisms


– Sean

UCreate Digital Game Panel




Came across this software “play panel” in Gressco’s literature. Looks like they are rebranding a NunoErin product (the folks who invented the “sparkle bench”).

The 4 games included are pretty good considering the price: $4300 from Gressco. Perfect for a low-cost add to a children’s area that can’t pay for custom software. Comes in wall or table mount form factor.

Here’s the Gressco page -watch the video to see the games in action.

And the NunoErin link:




Iconic Visitor Created Paper Structures


This company specializes in creating simple geometric forms that visitors can assemble and combine into large integrated structures. Could apply to Maker, Engineering, Art, Physics content, among others, as well as special themed events (i.e. a riff on Cardboard City). They don’t seem to be exploiting the decoration aspect of such structures, which could add richness, originality and personalization to the work. They also produce a variety of small Maker style projects i.e. individual stools or lamps, that would seem to be nearly fool proof yet satisfying activities. Hat tip to Joseph for this one.

Here’s the company:

And a post on a recent installation:

A few pics from various projects below: