June 12, 2007

Can't Look: Bruno Munari Card Game/Book Things On eBay

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D'oh I can't watch. Never mind that they've been in my browser window for three days.

Someone is selling some incredible, scarce game/book things that Bruno Munari did for Danese back in the early 1970's, on eBay, and they're already a fortune. [That's not the real problem, though, which is that I missed the one I really wanted by just a few hours.]

These card-based visual games were designed to trigger kids' imaginations, to enable open-ended storytelling, or to build memory and cognition skills. Plus And Minus [top], for example, is made of various textures, shapes, backgrounds and colors printed on transparent cards. A kid would stack them into various combinations to create scenes or objects for his own story.

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Say It With Signs is an exercise in graphic design and abstraction, with multiple variations on basic shapes: a hand, a bird, a shoe, a light bulb, a fish.

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My favorite--the one that got away [first]--is Strutture/ Structure, which combines the transparency layers into 3D forms. It went for $222; with a few hours left, the other two games are already in that ballpark, too. I don't know if it's a lot or not, though, because I can't find any comparable examples online anywhere to pricecheck.

Danese Milano Strutture Visual Game~Made in Italy~NIB, sold for $221
Danese Milano Say It By Signs Visual Game ends in 4 hours, and is $240 [update: sold for $304]
Danese Milano Plus and Minus Visual Game ends in 4h15min is $215. [sold for $215, too] [ebay]

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The Enzo Mari fish puzzle for Danese is up for sale right now: ENZO MARI DANESE MILANO Resin Fish Puzzle 1974

[that is so awesome, thanks for the tip -ed]

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