Mittwoch, 29. Oktober 2014

Toys by Kurt Naef and Wilhelm Kienzle for Naef

Four variations of building blocks by Kurt Naef. The first is the famous Naef Spiel (1958) still in production today. The two bottom images show the Trigon toy by Wilhelm Kienzle who is known here in Switzerland for his product and furniture design, especially his metal boxes for tools and shoe cleaning sets that used to be part of the inventory of many Swiss households (still are in my house).
Images from a relatively early article about Naef in Werk 1/1964. 

Previously, partly from the same issue of Werk: Asta Berling's toys and kindergarten furniture

Freitag, 17. Oktober 2014

Mix: Soothing Sounds for J.

My first child J. was born this spring. To celebrate his 5 months birthday, here's a little mix to soothe the young and old folks.

With some Brazil bliss, Kraut Kitsch, Back-to-the-land romance, a Library Lullaby, greetings from the New Age, falsettos from the beach (J. loves when I sing along) and a healthy dose of sweet Morr Music from around the Millenium.

Listen on Mixcloud or download here.

F.S. Blumm - Schneeglocke
Raymond Scott - Music Box
B. Fleischmann - Drops
The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl
Michael Rother - KM3
João Gilberto - Undiú
Vashti Bunyan - Window Over the Bay
Jim Lawless - Vibes Lullaby
Laurie Spiegel - Appalachian Grove
Laraji - Essence (excerpt)
Isan - Clipper

Mort Garson - Rhapsody in Green

Freitag, 10. Oktober 2014

Asta Berling toys and kindergarten furniture

Toys and kindergarten furniture designed by Asta Berling, German architect (a former student and employee of Hans Poelzig) who emigrated to Switzerland in the 1930s. Toys produced by Profuond, Samedan and Brusio, Switzerland. Images from Werk 1/1964 (toys), 2/1963 (dollhouse), 8/1966 (kindergarten furniture)

Donnerstag, 2. Oktober 2014


It's a bit quiet here. Let's light a candle and listen to some Folk pop from Yugoslavia.