Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It looks nice, but what can it do?
We seem to be entering a ridiculous new stage in LEGO building where people are no longer content to building something beautiful -- now they want it to be completely functional as well. This week alone, there's the tale of a full-scale LEGO house (which sadly might be demolished) and a working LEGO cello from artist Nathan Sawaya.
The form is beautiful, the function is the surprise. Whether it's a door that swings open to reveal a building interior or a convertible top that rolls out over the front seats of a car, LEGO sets and MOCs are incredible feats of product design. Perhaps this is a unconscious reflection of the changing corporate culture at LEGO -- where innovation has become more targeted and focused. It's not enough to play, you have to play well.
Photo by kooscannon.