You’re Never Too Old To Play With Blocks: The Coolest Wooden Designer Blocks Available.

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Seems that many artists and companies are convinced that grown-ups, especially design-loving folk, still want to play with blocks. And from the looks of these, they are right.

Wooden Designer Blocks

Here’s a round up of beautifully designed wooden blocks available on the market:

PhotoLettering Blocks from House Industries:


• 12 Wood Alphabet Blocks
• Blocks 1 3/4″ (4.5 cm) square, Kit 11.625″ x 4.625″ (29.5 cm x 11.5 cm)
• Made in the USA!
• Replenishable Michigan-grown, kiln-dried basswood.
• Printed with non-toxic, lead-free child-safe inks.
buy them here. NO LONGER MADE

Alexander Girard Blocks from House Industries:


• 12 Wood Alphabet Blocks
• Blocks 1 3/4″ (4.5 cm) square, Kit 11.625″ x 4.625″ (29.5 cm x 11.5 cm)
• Made in the USA!
• Replenishable Michigan-grown, kiln-dried basswood.
• Printed with non-toxic, lead-free child-safe inks.
buy them here. NO LONGER MADE

Neutraface Slab Blocks from House Industries:


• 12 Wood Alphabet Blocks
• Blocks 1 3/4″ (4.5 cm) square, Kit 11.625″ x 4.625″ (29.5 cm x 11.5 cm)
• Made in the USA!
• Replenishable Michigan-grown, kiln-dried basswood.
• Printed with non-toxic, lead-free child-safe inks.
buy them here. NO LONGER MADE

NotNeutral Wood Block Set:


• 12 Wood Blocks
• Each six sided block is 1.75″ x 1.75″
• Includes wood tray
• Made in the USA from replenishable Michigan Basswood
• Non-toxic, child-safe inks
• CPSIA Compliant – ASTM-F963 / EN-71 Compliant
buy them here NO LONGER MADE

Make Art Not War Blocks by Bob and Roberta Smith

A Tate Exclusive: Bob and Roberta Smith Blocks
These delightful wooden alphabet blocks have been created exclusively for Tate by London-based artist Bob and Roberta Smith. Each set contains 16 colorful blocks in a wooden box with clear lid. 96 facings are included with letters, numbers and punctuation ‘&?!’.
buy them here.

Naef Blocks
Naef brand block sets are more like art puzzles than building blocks and they have tons of styles, here are a few of my favorites:

Naef Mosaik:

Naef Modulon:

Naef Wooden Collection:

Naef Animal Blocks:

Shop for the Naef products here

You can purchase many of the Naef products in the US on Amazon or  here at Fawn & Forest.

Bok handmade wooden blocks by Petit Flaneur:





The etsy store
Or buy the garden ones here

HABA architectural blocks:
HABA architectural blocks

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HABA blocks

If you’re raising a little architect, HABA wooden blocks come in tons of different architectural styles, representing cities all over the world.

Buy any of the above or choose from several other HABA blocks here

Technically, Tree Blocks are not square, but they are fabulous.

TREE BLOCKS®, Exquisitely hand cut branch blocks.
Freeform pieces come in precision-cut 2-cm. increments (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 cm.) with large 2 cm. disks and bridges to support successful building and early math and metric system learning. Diameter of blocks varies. Typical set includes “Y” or forked pieces. They lovingly finish each unique set with flax oil. Tree Blocks come in a colorful, cotton twill, drawstring sack with attractive logo block. Ages 3 to adult. Safe, lab tested.

The standard measure of maple unit blocks (regular kids wooden blocks) is 3/4″, virtually the same as 2 cm. The sets can be combined flawlessly.
These are no longer available, however a very similar product named Branch Blocks is available here

Okay, not blocks, per se, but these wooden dominoes by Keith Haring demanded inclusion:

VILAC 28 piece Keith Haring Wooden Domino Set:

Keith Haring orange wooden domino set printed with colorful pop art characters. Keith Haring made his name with graffiti style art around New York.
Each set has 28 pieces and is presented in a wooden box. Comes with games rules.
Suitable for ages 2+.
100% wood
buy them here