When we saw visitors to a Neoclassical palazzo in Milan playing on swings created by London designer Philippe Malouin, it reminded us of how lovely a swing can be, ESPECIALLY in an unexpected place, with a terrific view. It also revealed a simple way to have a swing indoors if you don’t have beams to securely hang them from: a swing set, in this case painted a chic, minimalist black.
Designer Dominic Wilcox gives a number of strategies for indoor swings. He designed one for an art piece with the swing fixed in place as though stopped in time. But you get the idea. It doesn’t take that big a footprint if you don’t have a huge space. Wilcox made his out of a steel frame, steel chain, and wood.
Wilcox also devised an armchair swing that is pretty compelling, for the swing itself and the process:
I visited a factory and looked around for something to make. I found some rope and a wooden armchair and decided to make a swing as there was a high beam on the ceiling.
This video shows the process, and the JOY of actually swinging (Video link here.)..
…After all, swings are one way to get the feeling of FLYING…
If it’s something you’d really entertain attempting, there are quite a few plans online, like this one out of wood as well as kits and sets.