Category Archives: Russian playgrounds

Naked Heart Foundation’s Fashion Play

Play never goes out of fashion and supermodel Natalia Vodianova is keeping it very much in vogue through her Naked Heart Foundation. Since 2004 she’s been raising funds to build playgrounds throughout Russia – at last count 60.


And what an influential, not to mention well-heeled, list of friends and businesses support the cause. With runway chops like Louis Vuitton, Valentino Garavani, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar you can’t go wrong.

Over the last several years, Natalia has brought together fashion luminaries, friends, artists and entertainers in fundraising celebrations she has dubbed the Love Ball. To date, these spectacular parties for play have rocked Moscow, London and Paris and graced the fashion and society pages of publications around the world.

Love Ball Harper's BazaarLove Ball 2011, Chateau de Wildeville (Paris) – Harper’s Bazaar, September 2011

Earlier this month, the BBC and other media outlets reported on the Naked Heart Foundation’s first foray into the UK, Natalia’s adopted home. An inner city neighbourhood in Liverpool will receive £100,000 from the foundation for its kid designed playground that will be completed in the spring.

Speaking with Harper’s Bazaar, actress Anne Hathaway put a nice twist on Natalia’s playground passion:

Natalia chooses to mask her charity work by masquerading as a supermodel – which is a very bad disguise if you ask me.

Now on the off chance that any of us get invited to a future edition of the Love Ball we can glam out with these playgroundista fashionista accessories.

First up is a lovely swing necklace from Calourette sourced from SwissMiss.

Source: Elle, April 2010.

Next on the block is the must have tattoo for a Love Ball outing, an original line drawing by Marc Johns transformed into a tattly. Thanks again to SwissMiss for this find.

Playground March Johns

And finally the playground chic pièce de résistance – custom designed heels that you can just slide into from designer Kobi Levi.


Ok, now I think I’m ready to be pointed in the direction of the nearest playground catwalk.

From Russia with love, Natalia Vodianova a philanthropic playground angel.

Vodainova and ValentinoValentino and Vodianova in Vogue Daily a sneak peak in advance of the White Fairy Tale Love Ball held at Chateau de Wildeville. Photo credit – Kevin Tachman

Northern Playgrounds – Flickr Gallery

It’s just one week until Christmas, a holiday that over the last couple of centuries has got the imprimatur of the Far North. Can you go any farther than the Pole? The photo below is from Tromsø well within northern Norway’s Arctic Circle real estate. Click through for a fine gallery of Northern Playgrounds from the great photographers at flickr.

Start the holiday countdown and experience the freezing from the warmth of your own home.

Playground – Tromsø, Norway. Photo credit – postdemocracy. Creative Commons – Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Christmas Playgrounds

There isn’t much in the way of snow yet at PlayGroundology’s home on Canada’s Nova Scotia coast. There weren’t two flakes to rub together for jolly St Nick’s arrival. No white blanket wrapping the ground on Christmas Day this year.

For those of us who are missing the snow and for others who just love its presence, PlayGroundology has put together a flickr gallery of Christmas-like playgrounds from the planet’s arctic and sub-arctic regions.

Three Wooden Pigs – by avidday
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Click here or on image above for flickr Northern Playgrounds gallery.

These three wooden pigs from Oulu, Finland made me think of the pigs of Christmas past. Each and every one is a succulent walking roast. Are they forever on their way to see the new born king?

From the cozy warmth of our own homes we can take a circumpolar flight and touch down at playgrounds in Alaska, Nunavut, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Siberia, Russia. We can also let our imaginations loose and think how kids use this equipment in winter weather. Oh, and if you’re tempted to lick the ice on the metal structures, thankfully these are just photos.

Many thanks to the wonderful photographers who share their work on flickr and make these galleries possible.

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