Bauhaus Blocks: Typography Meets Toy Design

Bauhaus Blocks

I have a new find for you today, and I have to say Xavi Gar­cia has made my week. It’s no secret that I am inter­ested in con­tem­po­rary Euro­pean toy design and that I love dis­cov­er­ing new tal­ent, so when I came across these Wooden Bauhaus Blocks my heart skipped a beat, or two.

Bauhaus Blocks

Inspired by the basic shapes of Josef Albers’ “kom­bi­na­tion­schrift” alpha­bets and Alma Buscher’s sim­ple wooden toys, Xavi Garcia’s beau­ti­ful hand­made blocks can be used to form let­ters, num­bers, small con­struc­tions, indeed any­thing you can imagine.

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Each set is crafted by hand in Xavi’s family’s work­shop in Frades de la Sierra, a small moun­tain vil­lage in Spain. The blocks are sanded to a very smooth fin­ish and left nat­ural, how­ever, as they are made to order, they can be cus­tomized with dif­fer­ent types of wood and coat­ings. There are one hun­dred blocks in all and they come in a hand­made bag for easy storage.

Bauhaus Blocks

This is the first toy that Xavi has designed and made, but I am already look­ing for­ward to more. Like myself, this New-York based mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary designer and illus­tra­tor has a keen inter­est in tra­di­tional toys and games, and the role they play in our dig­i­tal age. The blocks were ini­tially cre­ated as part of a series of com­mis­sioned work for Fort­night Jour­nal in 2011 and have only recently become available.

Bauhaus Blocks

It goes with­out say­ing that this wooden set would make a very spe­cial, time­less gift and keep­sake for any mem­ber of the fam­ily. I know I’m now des­per­ate for a bag of Bauhaus con­struc­tion blocks of my own. Love!

The start­ing price for a set of hand­made Bauhaus-inspired blocks is $180 + ship­ping, avail­able from Xavi Gar­cia.

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  • melissa

    These are amaz­ing! So fancy & such a good tool for chil­dren since they them­selfves have to form the num­bers and letters.

    –Melissa
    http://shakeshakee.blogspot.com

  • Melissa Kojima

    Love it! Always enjoy posts from Deborah!

  • Wood­storm­ing

    Lovely idea! So sim­ple and warm…