MoMA Exclusive: Designer Naoki Yoshimoto designed this 3D puzzle in 1971 when he was searching for a way to divide a cube equally. The result, the Yoshimoto Cube No. 1—an object in MoMA’s collection—is an addictively tactile polyhedral dyad composed of eight interconnected cubes that can be configured multiple ways. Divide it into two cubes and then transform the two rhombuses, one silver, one gold, into polyhedrons with 12 faces. With its endless transformations, the cube makes a great toy as well as an intriguing—and calming—desktop puzzle. A MoMA Design Store favorite, the Yoshimoto Cube No. 1 has been recently reissued. It’s made from plastic and polyester and measures 2”cube.
Year of Design1971
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Born in 1940, Naoki Yoshimoto (born 1940) designed the Yoshimoto Cube, a design in MoMA's collection. The idea was born in the process of dividing a cube into equal parts and investigating the laws of shape and space. In 1972, he exhibited the cube at a solo exhibition of his work, and after that it was decided to produce and sell it as the Yoshimoto cube No. 1, 2, and 3. In 1981, an Asahi newspaper reporter gave the Yoshimoto Cube as a souvenir to a MoMA curator when he visited New York. The curator took an interest in it, and it became part of the Museum's collection in 1982.
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