Novel Hospital Toys by Hikaru Imamura
For children, hospitals are uncomfortable and unfamiliar places. At the same time, these are important facilities for diagnosing and treating illness. Examinations and operations are a cause of anxiety and fear in the little patients, and these feelings can be relieved by informing them of what to expect during their visit.
‘Novel Hospital Toys’ is a toy set consisting of toy models of machines, such as CT, X-ray, ECHO(echocardiograph), ECG (electrocardiograph), as well as picture books of explaining machines. Every toy is made so as to give light or sounds so that children can easily imagine how these ‘strange’ machines work while they are playing with them in the waiting room. Their understanding will greatly help the hospital staff in performing medical examinations smoothly in children.
More about it: Ikaru Imamura
Cowboy and T-Rex figures! Finally finished :D
Really happy how much feedback I got on these guys at my grad show. Figured it was time for them to meet the internet!
Musicon - musical toy by Kamil Laszuk
The design challenge was to create a new way of use music as part of a child’s development process. Musicon is the culmination of research and analysis of how children learn in a creative and self-directed manner.
Musicon works like a “Barrel organ”. The main part is a rorating drum with hundreds of moveable buttons which activate the various instruments held in place on a magnetic frame.
More about it: Behance
Mechanical toy scene, Air terminal, 1960s. Made in Japan.
It was not until the fifties that the Japanese firms begun to make their own original designs. They were mainly concerned with the American market meaning that their toys reflect American culture in some way. The idea of a plane circling an airport has been taken up by many manufacturers. V&A
Sankei, Mechanical toy, Exploration train,1955. Made in Japan.
Tin toys are some of the most sought after toys today. They cover a huge range of movement mechanisms from friction, clockwork and battery operated. They also cover a variety of subject matters. One of the most prominent subjects is space and space travel. As many of these toys were produced in the era of the Space age 1957 to 1972, the makers we inspired by the optimism of the time and the public demand for all things space. It also allowed them to create toys that are highly imaginative. Most of these brightly coloured tin toy were manufactured in Japan. V&A
Munny | 'The Miraculous Inceptual Fear Machine' by Carson Catlin & Josh Mayhem.
Steiff Teddy Bear, 1903. Mohair, wood wool. It was designed by the nephew of Margarete Steiff, who founded the company Steiff 1878 in Giengen, Germany. Teddy was presented 1903 at the Leipzig Fair and became a huge success worldwide. © Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany; Photo Zwietasch.
PERU: TOY DESIGN: SEBASTIAN BURGA
Lima-based designer Sebastián Burga created this group of minimal, modular animals, known as Minimals. The series is characterized by its use of primary colors and basic, geometric shapes. Bruga explains, "They’re set out to expose the essence of toyness through eliminating all non-essential forms, features and concepts. Together, they create a pantone of colors, animals, clothes, styles and archetypes, encouraging people to find themselves between them.”