Yaki Molcho - Playground Designer
I was born in Israel and have worked as a designer
since the early 1970s. I have worked as chief graphic designer
in leading magazines, daily newspapers
and advertising agencies.
In the mid 80's I co-founded Vital - The Tel Aviv Center
for Design Studies. Today I am a Senior Lecturer
and the Head of the Typographic Research Institute at
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in
Ramat Gan, Israel.
Having lectured to students around the world, I appreciate their
open minds, fresh thinking, imagination and free spirit. This website
is dedicated to my design work that is focused on imaginative,
three-dimensional constructions and installations for
children's playgrounds throughout the country.
The connection between my professional work as a designer and my dream to create for children occurred when my
late wife Ruthy and I founded our design shop "Rutyaki" in 1994. We shared the same dream. We wanted
to create objects that were a mixture of design and craft, and our jewelery, stationary, home decor and sculptures were
all original hand made designs. Every piece was unique. Bruce Levin, a landscape architect, saw our sculptures
in the shop and suggested that we collaborate on a bid to re-design the old Herzl Park in Holon which was to be renovated
from the ground up. We got the job.
This started an incredible adventure combining my love for design and childhood dreams. Together with
sculptor Shuki Kafri and his talented crew, we developed the "know how" to enlarge and translate the intricate
designs into full size creatures in the spirit of our original intent:
every creature is a unique, hand made design.
These pages explore the various playground projects and the unique installations
designed for each of them.
Yaki Molcho, March 2010