November 10, 2009

OG Ply At Design Council

You know how, though he made an entire nursery for his own kids in his listed-and-open-to-the-public house, and how he did a bunch of toys for them, too, this is the only picture of Erno Goldfinger's modernist toys that ever gets published anywhere? The plywood puzzle he designed for Abbatt Toys?

goldfinger_alphabet_ntpl.jpg

Well, the Design Council's massive photo archive which just went online has another Goldfinger toy picture. See? It's a lower plywood case alphabet! Completely different!

goldfinger_abc_dcsc1.jpg

They also have a 1943 photo of the original molded ply Eames elephant [which they finally produced as a couple of limited editions before the economy imploded]. Such a nice patina. Where are the pictures of the rest of those animal prototypes?

eames_elephant_dcsc.jpg

The wife and K2 just left on a cross-country, grandparent road trip, and with the kid's bedtime behind me, these old-timey plywood micro-outrages are just the kind of thing I like to grapple with.

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