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DESIGN
Muju Ocean Guardians
Located in St. Ives in Cornwall, England, Muju World is an artist's studio run by Mr. and Miss Muju that specializes in mixed media and toy creations. Their latest release is a team of "Ocean Guardians", five sculptural pieces representing the...
CULTURE
"At Home I'm A Tourist"
For most of us, collecting toys is a hobby that can consume our youth, holding the excitement of adding to our bounty, finding the next big thing or forging relationships with other collectors. Few carry the pursuit into adulthood, becoming supercollectors...
DESIGN
Little Paper Planes
Having founded the online artist's community Little Paper Planes in 2004, Kelly Lynn Jones decided to share their ideas with readers in her new book of the same name. Little Paper Planes revisits the traditional DIY toy with 20 takes on the classic...
DESIGN
Free Universal Construction Kit
There exist few limits to a child's potential for creativity, and the blocks that accumulate on the playroom floor may seem equally boundless as kids are left to explore. Breaking down the boundaries between various branded construction sets like...
TECH
Playtime Appcessories
With additional reporting by James Thorne Realizing that competing with the popularity of smartphones and tablets is a game they've already lost, toy manufacturers are finding ways to incorporate apps and devices into their product experience. New...
DESIGN
Musical Toys
Developing an interest in music at a young age is tremendously important to a child's development. While toy versions of instruments have always been popular among parents, it can be difficult to parse the cheap imitators from the quality products...
TECH
Olly and Molly
When a creative brief tasked them to "make something connected to the Internet that doesn't live on the screen," Foundry, a small research team at Mint Digital, came up with Olly, a scent-based system rewarding social media activity or, as they describe...
DESIGN
Alpha Beta Gamma
Following the success of his crumpled city maps, which solved the problem of paper by replacing it with durable Tyvek, industrial designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso has now come out with a set of blocks made from Carrara marble, the same material used...
DESIGN
Stormie Mills
Using everything from street walls to hundred-dollar bills and dresser drawers, Australian graffiti artist Stormie Mills has been exploring themes of urban decay since 1984. Characters, rendered predominantly in greyscale, evoke a sense of loneliness...
DESIGN
Icelandic Design for Kids
With the sheer amount of Scandinavian creativity, it's clear kids in the region get an early start thanks to high-design playthings. We recently had a chance to check out some of the latest games, toys and more at the country's annual design showcase...
DESIGN
Tegu Tints
Like the originals, Tegu makes their new line of colorful building blocks using sustainably harvested tropical hardwood, reflecting the Honduras-based toy company's commitment to creating imaginative projects while giving back to the community. Tints...
DESIGN
Brinca Dada
Shrinking Modernism to a micro scale, the sleek and minimal dollhouses by NYC-based Brinca Dada have kids and adults alike excited to play make believe. At the Dwell on Design show I got to hear about the toymaker's recently-completed Bennett House...
DESIGN
We Are Paper Toys: Print-Cut-Fold-Glue-Fun
Seizing on the DIY phenomenon of recent years, "We Are Paper Toys: Print-Cut-Fold-Glue-Fun" takes an investigative look at 32 masters of paper toy design and their intricate creations. Editor Louis Bou details their personal techniques, while the...
DESIGN
Toroflux
Gallery and design store Moss recently reminded us of the exciting and beguiling art toy Toroflux. Created in 2000 by German brothers Jochen and Conrad Valett of Valett Design, the simple tools and construction for the kinetic sculpture consists...
DESIGN
BaliYo Pen
Derived from the natural inclination to flip and play with pens, BaliYo is simultaneously a toy and pen designed to maximize hand-eye coordination with its three-piece twirl-able construction. The center piece, a functioning ballpoint pen connected...
TECH
Barbie Video Girl Doll
Ever the modern woman, Barbie now offers kids a first-person perspective with a built-in video camera. The Barbie Video Girl features a camera lens in the (standard size) doll's front and a color LCD video screen on her back for an all-in-one shooting...
DESIGN
Electronic Toy Design
Yury Gitman is teaching a course at Parson's this semester called Making Toys: The Insides and Outsides of Electronic Toy Design. The students spent the first part of the semester dissecting Poohs, Boohbahs and a Learning Friend Tad among others...