Architecture in Hopes of Immortality

Posted by design on Jan 15, 2014 in Articles we like!
"Reversible Destiny" Lofts in Mitaka, Japan. Photo Credit: Masatako Nakano via nytimes.com

“Reversible Destiny” Lofts in Mitaka, Japan. Photo Credit: Masatako Nakano via nytimes.com

I am very confident that design impacts the quality of our lives. Madeline Arakawa Gins believed that design, specifically in architecture, could allow occupants to cheat death. Madeline collaborated with her husband Arakawa on elaborate architectural projects that were constructed based on the belief that “through a literal architecture of instability” “it was possible to stave off the stagnation — and even the inevitable death — that living in rote comfort can bring.”  –(NYTIMES, JAN 15, Margalit Fox). With undulating floors, no right corners, and odd sized doors, these living spaces constantly challenged their occupants.

To some of us, these spaces sound like adventurous sensory playgrounds and hopefully all of us can appreciate the candy colored building block style and a life dedicated to experimenting with art and design. Madeline Arakawa embodied a phrase we like to say here at eeBoo, the possibilities are endless!

Read the NY TIMES obituary here: Madeline Arakawa Gins, Visionary, Is Dead at 72 

Photo Credit; Eric Striffler for the New York Times

Photo Credit; Eric Striffler for the New York Times

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Mac&Toys Finds an Educational Goldmine in eeBoo’s Mosaic Game!

Posted by design on Apr 12, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature

Blogger Mac&Toys has reviewed eeBoo’s Mosaic Game! eeBoo’s Mosaic Game is a fun-yet-educative activity, that is heavy with developmental benefits. Arranging the felt triangles to recreate the picture on a given card elicits spatial reasoning while providing a space to boost hand/eye coordination.

For the youngest children, the beautifully dyed felt triangles are a perfect tool for teaching color and shape identification. As kids begin to age, eeBoo’s Mosaic Game introduces fractions as players mentally negotiate how many triangles are needed to make a given shape.

Children and adult art students alike can improve their sense of design and exercise innate creativity while mastering the process of making images on the cards — and coming up with new designs of their own!

“With a hands on approach, you can use the triangles to teach younger children about colors and a variety of shapes.  You can also work on improving fine motor and grasping skills when picking up and releasing the different shapes.” – Mac&Toys

You can read the full review here.

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TD Monthly Picked eeBoo’s About Face!

Posted by design on Dec 12, 2012 in Press Articles, Product Feature

“In this fun game, kids create an endless cast of characters as leaves, ribbons, coins, seashells, paper clips and a variety of found objects combine to make millions of faces. 160 object images. Made from 90% recycled materials.” – TDMonthly

Not only has About Face become a Best Seller, but it has also won the Oppenheim Best Toy Award (sticker included) and the Oppenheim Snap Award. About Face features four tiles with images of found objects that resemble facial parts, such as hair, eyes, a nose and mouth. As kids flip over and rearrange the tiles, they are presented with an infinite number of educational benefits. While it teaches out of the box visual thinking and inspires a sense of design, it also teaches facial expression recognition. About Face can be used to teach color identification when asking kids to pick only objects that are red. It can be used to help expand a growing vocabulary as parents point out the name of each object. 

About Face is for ages 3+, and retails for $14.99. You can read the full review here.

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