Lego publishes flower and bonsai kits to create “beautiful scenery”
The Lego toy brand has released building kits that allow adults to create bouquets of flowers and bonsai from bioplastic components.
Danish brand Botanical collection consists of two sets, both featuring snap-on components derived from sugar cane.
The flower bouquet contains elements to build model flower and herb clusters while the pieces of the Bonsai set combine to create a miniature tree with an optional flower.
Kits for building individual roses and tulips are also available.
“As adults search for new ways to shut down and relax, we saw an opportunity to help them shut down after a busy day and unwind as they immerse themselves in creating these. wonderful botanical constructions, ”senior Lego designer Anderson Ward Grubb told Dezeen.
Lego kicked off the collections because many people are spending long periods of time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Completed models are intended for home display.
“Our homes have always been the most important spaces in our lives, and it only becomes so, especially as many of us find ourselves there for longer periods of time than we are used to,” said Grubb. .
“So it was essential for us during the design process to create products that weren’t just fun to build, but were beautiful decorative pieces that you would want to flaunt and give you a little bit of that focus and focus on. joy you felt as you put them together. “
Designed to allow users to create various arrangements, the Flower Bouquet set contains 756 pieces that can be used to create flowers, including roses, poppies, snapdragons, aster and daisies, as well as several types of flowers. grass.
Bonsai Model Building Kit contains 878 pieces to create a tree that is displayed on a rectangular pot on a wood effect slatted stand.
Both sets have been designed to be customizable so that users can create their own individual creations.
Bonsai can be built with green leaves or pink cherry blossoms, while the flower bouquet has adjustable stems and pieces in new colors and shapes.
“We wanted to be sure that people could make their own pieces, so we adjusted the flowers to work in different arrangements, and the Lego Bonsai can be customized to be in a normal green or flowery pink,” Grubb said. .
“There is so much joy in organizing your own bouquet, whether it’s adjusting the position of the petals and leaves, adjusting the length of the stems, or seeing how each combination of flowers match up. to have it exactly the way you want it. you want it. “
All sets contain plant-derived plastic parts from sugar cane, which Lego launched in 2018 in an effort to reduce its plastic waste.
Currently, bioplastic bricks represent only a small part of Lego’s production, but the company’s goal is to produce all of its bricks from bioplastic by 2030.
Grubb hopes the botanical collection will bring families together and introduce Lego to new audiences.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen more families building together to help them get past the lockdown, and many adults have also started building with Lego bricks for the first time,” Grubb explained.
“Building Lego can offer adults new ways to explore their passions as they engage in mindful activity,” he continued. “We want to provide sets that adults with a wide range of different interests want to build before they are proudly displayed in their homes.”
Plastic bonsai are nothing new to the design world. Last year, Japanese design studio Nendo created a 3D printed bonsai tree called Grid-Bonsai that homeowners can prune to their liking.