June 19, 2006

Piet Mondrian Modulon: Awesome De Stijl-Inspired Blocks By Naef


Wow. I finally started following up on some of the companies I'd seen mentioned in the latest issue of Baby Mammoth, the dad-friendly but advertiser-challenged baby magazine from Japan. One company they featured about ten times: toys by Naef, the Swiss company founded back in the mid-20th century by designer Kurt Naef. Naef is known for abstract, sculptural, and beautifully hand-crafted wood toys which also happen to be made from sustainably harvested forests and non-toxic finishes.

This design by Jo Niemeyer, called Modulon, totally blew me away. It's part of what Naef calls its Bauhaus-inspired collection, but Niemeyer actually (and obviously) credits Piet Mondriaan and Gerrit Rietveld, who, technically, were part of the de Stijl movement.

Still, what it is is undeniable: a gorgeous set of blocks in shapes and sizes in a ratio determined by the Golden Section. What is also is is small--a 4.5-inch cube when all 16 blocks are put together--and expensive--$279.

Modulon is available at a few web retailers and museum shops, but since I get a cut from them, I think you should buy all your $279 blocks at the Museum of Modern Design shop on Amazon. [amazon.com]


Great blocks!
But speaking of people you get a cut from. . .what is up with the advertisers on your site only picturing moms in their ads (on a dad web site!)
And for full disclosure I am a mom.

[yeah, I've mentioned that to quite a few of them... -ed.]

Vintage Naef blocks often come up on eBay, but look to pay even more.

Creative Playthings also produced/distributed several Spiel-Naef block sets.

These are some neat toys.

Google DT

Contact DT

Daddy Types is published by Greg Allen with the help of readers like you.
Got tips, advice, questions, and suggestions? Send them to:
greg [at] daddytypes [dot] com

Join the [eventual] Daddy Types mailing list!



copyright 2018 daddy types, llc.
no unauthorized commercial reuse.
privacy and terms of use
published using movable type