Holiday Feature! Noferin Jibibuts Giveaway!- 12.10.09
Noferin has launched their latest set of woody toys, this time a blind box set: Jibibuts! And for this Holiday feature, they give us a peek into how they are made, the full set, and even a teaser as to what those 2 super special mystery characters are… ready to take a peek? See the full story on the next page!
Also… they have sent over one full case to give to one of you! For a chance to win, leave a comment on the feature with your favorite childhood toy!
THE MAKING OF JIBIBUTS
feature and images by Noferin
With the release of our previous wooden figures, the Pecanpals, we started receiving lots of interest from parents and children’s boutiques. It is an incredible feeling to have something you have created become part of a child’s life, but we oddly felt upset about this because the Pecanpals were not designed as articles of play, and hence they would become top shelf, look-but-don’t-touch artefacts. Now that we are parents ourselves, we really wanted to create a series that maintained our use of sustainably harvested rubber wood, was completely child friendly, yet maintained a strong design aesthetic that would make them equally at home in a nursery or an office.
This is something we hope we have achieved through the Jibibuts wooden blindbox set. We set out to produce a series of wooden figures that is simple, elegant and affordable at the same time. We like the idea of blindboxes due to the surprise of not knowing what is inside, but we don’t like the idea of opening the same figure again and again. That is why we have made sure that each display case guarantees a complete set of 12. There is also the added excitement of perhaps finding a super special rare gold or silver edition which we have packed randomly.
We chose to use wood because we wanted to expose a traditional material in this new scene of designer toys. Wood has a weight to it, a true sense of solidity. Wood is living. It has grain, pits and pores and is a beautiful medium to work with. We wanted to create a set of figures that would stand the test of time - something that is cherished and passed through the generations.
We made a conscious decision to use sustainably harvested rubber wood for the production of our wooden toys because we are concerned about the footprint we leave behind. Rubber trees are grown for their rubber, but after around 20 years their rubber yields start to diminish and the trees are cut down and often burnt right there on the farm. We save this beautiful wood and use it for all our wooden figures.
In a nutshell:
Made from sustainably harvested rubber wood
2.5 - 3.5 inches.
12 per set plus 2 super special rare gold or silver versions packed randomly
One display case of 12 guarantees a complete set
Jibibuts come in couples: male is coloured; female is brown
Great for customising. 6 different shapes. Very easy to work on. Can be stacked and stuck together to form sculptural shapes.
Non-toxic. ASTM and CE certified for 18 months+ (Ages 4+ on box)
RRP $9 each x 12 per case.
Available now at Noferin.
For a chance to win a whole SET of these fun woody Jibibuts ~ leave a comment with your favorite childhood toy, and i’ll pick a winner on dec 17th 2009!