Toys with electronic sounds are always made of plastic, and made in China. Salvaging sound boards from broken toys, I decided to build a new case for them using local Icelandic materials: pinewood, aluminium and lava stone. The shapes of those new toys is very ambiguous, until you start playing with them and hear their sounds. Cones from pine tree will become a Christmas tree when stacked on top of each other and a Christmas song starts playing. An aluminium cylinder will become a car when you roll it around and you hear a race car sound. A cube made from lava stone will become an “elf house” when moved around and you hear the elves giggle.
“Christmas tree”: Two cones: 105mm high x 90mm diameter, Icelandic pine.
“Car”: One cylinder: 70 mm diameter and 150 mm long, aluminium.
“House”: One cube: 90 x 90 x 90 mm, Icelandic lava stone.
The first prototypes were exhibited at "Electro Craft" exhibition at Studio Tord Boontje during London Design Festival 2016.