History of KAPLA

KAPLA Planks Tom van der Bruggen's castle of dreams

KAPLA was invented in 1987 by Dutchman Tom van der Bruggen who studied the History of Art and always dreamed of building a castle.

Inspired by and having fallen in love with an old ruined farm on the Tarn river in the South of France, Tom van der Bruggen decided to fulfil his dream and set about converting the old farm into his dream castle, complete with carriage entrance, fountains and towers.

To help him visualise the finished construction of his castle, Tom van der Bruggen used wooden blocks, but soon realised that they would not be suitable for certain aspects of the construction, such as the lintels, roofs and floors.

This realisation prompted him to invent a plank based on progressive uneven numbers – 1:3:5, a ratio that has since enabled builders to construct with the strength of stone and the precision of artwork.

Naming his invention ‘Kabouter Plankjes’ (meaning ‘Gnome Planks’ in Dutch) Tom van der Bruggen abbreviated this to KAPLA. Today KAPLA ¬†Planks are used by adults and children to create fantastic architectural constructions, animals, transport and other extraordinary creations.