Received as gift, have seen it before in MoMA design store and MET. No wonder, design is just perfect. Colors are not overwhelming, painted in two sides ( how many sides you see when you look at the building? ). Child can make buildings in daylights or night - windows are dark or light. You can fit them in slots or have them freestanding, child can manage to build them as high as possible. Helps to train coordination and patience ( big time😀) . For Montessori eduction just perfect.
I love the idea of this blocks cityscape, and the nice neutral colors. However, the design is flawed. Each block is painted only on two sides (meaning it's bare on 2-3 sides), limiting the way they can be placed together, and leaving the block "skyline" looking bare-- this design is less functional, less aesthetically pleasing, and also just inaccurate.
Along the same lines, all the blocks have longer door-style windows drawn at presumably the bottom of each block-- again limiting the orientation of the block, and then also for stacked blocks, makes the design a little ridiculous as you necessarily have doors in the middle and top of the block skyscrapers. These doors aren't even visible on the blocks placed at the bottom, where they would make sense, because they nest into the board so you can't see them.
Yes, these are children's blocks, but when you pay a premium for a modern designed toy, you want the design to make sense. Seems like the manufacturer wanted to save money on printing the blocks, and compromised on functionality and quality.
Disappointed with this product.