Category Archives: Play Area

Playroom Project

Enter through a magical armoire into a room designed with imagination & fun for a child. This project was over a year in the making for Judson Beaumont and his crew. A multi – component project featuring seating, a miniature of our beloved Sullivan (meet the Mini-Sullivan!),  room dividers, a television cabinet, and craft desk,  all centered around a castle theme – every childs dream!

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Under the Sea – Children’s Waiting Room

Our latest design and installation was for the Vancouver Coastal Health clinic at the Alan Cashmore Center.

The idea for this play/waiting area was to use very fun and playful imagery in a simplistic design  that would make the area enticing for children in the waiting room, but not so much that they are too distracted when it comes time to leave.

The majority of the work was created using a CNC router to mill out the major shapes and design elements. The fish were printed in vinyl sticker, as well as the bubbles and waves. Almost all of the other elements were pressed with laminate to ensure a long lasting life of vigorous play.

The clinic provides treatment and support for children between 1 & 5 years old, as well as their families. It is a welcome addition to the already fantastic  environment of the clinic.

It’s not about the Chair, it’s what you put into it!

This chair was designed to remove the excess bulk and 3-dimensional footprint out of a traditional arm chair.

The chair, by itself, is a perfect accent to nearly any environment you could place it in. Whether it’s filled with water bottles and towels for a health club or spa, or filled with books for a lobby or library reading area, the chair can blend seamlessly into the surrounding decor.

It was constructed from 618 individually cut pieces of Baltic Birch plywood, and upholstered in vinyl. The pieces were designed on a computer to be cut out via CNC so that they would each be identical, to ensure the seamless joints would accommodate the stress-load of everyday use.

The chair is something different and surprising that represents the simplicity, functionality and fun of Judson Beaumont’s designs.


Who Says Airports can’t be Family Friendly?

Some of the major projects we’ve been working on over the course of the past few years have been the design, construction and installation of children’s play areas for YVR Airport in Vancouver.

I asked Jud about how these projects got started and why…

“I travel a lot and I find, in the airports, there’s nothing for kids. Well, there’s nothing they use their imagination on, you know?
If there’s anything there for them, it’s “standard play equipment”. And even that’s uncommon. YVR contacted me through my work as a furniture designer. They wanted something to do with nature. I wanted to do something inspiring. I like the idea of kids coming in; maybe for the first time, waiting for their flight, and then forty-five minutes later they leave. It’s just a simple thing, you know? But it’s  fun and it’s there for them.” -Judson Beaumont

The first one we put in was the tugboat.

YVR's Tug Boat

YVR's International Terminal has been home to this durable and friendly tug for over 10 years!

The Domestic Terminal sports three separate places for kids to unwind.
With West Jet, there is a garden maze to run around in and a topiary TV for seated entertainment.

YVR Maze

A good run-around in the terminal makes for a much easier flight!

YVR TV

Even TV can be more than just a black box when you introduce a bit of imagination.

Air Canada celebrates one of Vancouver’s primary attractions: winter sports! The Whistler Play Area is one of two that celebrates this theme, the other being a welcoming fireplace that contrasts nicely with the bustle of a busy airport.

Whistler Play Area

The Whistler Village area provides a quiet place for kids to read or play.

YVR Fireplace

YVR Fireplace

Beautiful Craftsmanship and attention to detail always make Straightlines' projects stand out.

Even the public food court in the Domestic Terminal has an area for kids to play and just be kids.

Food Court Lighthouse

YVR Food Court Lighthouse Play Area

Kids need kid spaces.  Fortunately for us, they’re pretty fun to make, too!

North Vancouver Public Library: Reading Tree

A project that we have been working on for quite some time has just seen the last of us, and the North Vancouver Public Library now has a new reading tree! We completed a series of wall murals for this Library about a year ago and are glad to have been able to add this final element, which can be opened up and used for storage as well as decoration. Jud and Kyle install the final bushy bits below.

This tree has been quite the undertaking as far as construction goes. We did the fiber-glassing ourselves but it’s been in and out of our shop multiple times for painting and finishing… both for the bark and the “housey” elements. Just for fun, here are a few shots of this thing in the works.

Everything we do goes through a different process. Check back often to see what else we’ve done!