Sedici Animali Puzzle


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Designer Enzo Mari
Manufacturer Danese
Date 1957
This original creation by ENZO MARI underlines a double function: it is a puzzle and also a "construction game" that allows a free composition of elements. MARI applied his theories of problem-solving to create a group of simply carved animal shapes – including a hippo, snake, giraffe and camel – that join together to form a rectangle. Made of oak and contained in a sophisticated box, the animals can also stand upright and be played with as figurines. A Limited edition of 300 is produced each year.

First produced for Danese in 1957, the Sedici Animali puzzle marked the start of a long collaboration between MARI and Danese, which continued into the 1960s with the development of containers and vases. MARI was determined to develop these products for mass production without compromising his belief that the outcome of each design project should be beautiful to look at and feel, while performing its function efficiently.

Artist and designer, ENZO MARI is perceived as ‘the critical conscience of design.’ Born in Novara, Italy, in 1932, he has dedicated his attention to research into the methodology of design since the early ‘50s. MARI started his career with studies on visual perception, later incorporating his research into games for children, graphics, design and architecture.