November 3, 2007

Dear Floris Hovers, I Was Totally Kidding About The Lead Paint And Staples


L1090519.JPG, originally uploaded by mcmo's.

Alright, the painted metal toys at Dutch Design Week just got a LOT more interesting. Hello, sweet toy gas station.

A couple more shots from DDW are great, but let's go to the source.

They turn out to be Arche Toys, launched a couple of weeks ago by Floris Hovers, a maker of rather severely nice-looking furniture and design, which was also shown at DDW.

I couldn't stop staring at Hovers' finely placed welds to hold the ArcheToy pieces together. And so many different rigs coming out of a few basic shapes? Though they're not a choke hazard, the barrels on those tanks might be a poke hazard, ditto the hooks on the end of the crane. But still, there's plenty for the supervised child to play with, as long as they're not in a throwing stage...

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the basic car

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the basic taxi

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the basic pink Coupe deVille awarded to the first Mary Kay saleswoman of the year

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stop, that tent's cuteness is blinding me

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if sharing's a problem, the dish on this tv truck might take a chunk out of a kid's cheek. heads up.

Floris Hovers Ontwerpen is located in Raamsdonksveer, the traditional center of Holland's awesome metal toy industry. I had no idea, so I looked it up; it's south of Rotterdam on the way to Breda, and a Google image search for a map pulled up this insanely cool photo of a Cosmopoliet camper for some reason. Go figure.

Awesomus Maximus: Floris Hovers - ArcheToy Catalogus [florishovers.nl]

3 Comments

It is so hard to be Dutch living abroad. You've got me really wishing I were there right now. Every time I go I literally have the bags packed full of the cool toys from my childhood and cheese.
Thanks for making me drool even more!

That last one is clearly a surveillance van.

Where's the little Mr. Hulot figurine to go with these?

The gas station is great, but I'll need the Plastac factory, too...

[nice catch. -ed.]

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