Speaking of tinkering, while we were culling photos from Artists’ Handmade Houses for our recent giveaway, we came across a photo of Constantino Nivola’s living room in his house on Long Island (see photo below). In the back corner, partially blocked by a chair, is an intriguing light made of Tinkertoys and shiny rolled paper. OMG, Tinkertoys! Unbelievably brilliant…so we went searching the internet for more pictures of his wonderful idea. We found only this photo, in which you can barely make out a fab ceiling light made of Tinkertoys:
We realized we’ve been taking Tinkertoys for granted all these years, and hadn’t even considered the possibilities for making cool, usable modernist housewares with them. Our minds began to race with ideas.
We’ve always thought Tinkertoys came only in primary colors: red, yellow, blue, green.
But have discovered vintage sets on Ebay of plain, unpainted wood…
It looks like Nivola made one of his lamps out of black Tinkertoys. We’re wondering how they’d be sprayed white..or black…chrome yellow…or stained dark….
We like this kid’s creation in neutrals: white centers with wood dowels…
You can buy Ebay...
What would you make?
Related posts: constantino nivola’s yellow tractor paint floor
more from ‘artists handmade houses’ (our great book giveaway)
task lights suspended from the ceiling
are you a secret lighting designer?
great clip-on lamp shade (+ the search for glass fiber paper)