Olivio Ferrari

Once you see this rattle it seems so obvious, so right and so simple.  Both of our kids sure thought so when they were babies.  It had a ring to grasp, a sphere to gnaw on, colorful discs that made noise if you moved it just right...and beautiful for mom and dad to look at.  Function and beauty in the same design.  

Ferrari designed 3 other toys for Naef — Varia, Kyma and Olo. Olo is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and both Olo and Kyma received the coveted German “Spiel Gut” prize in 1982.

Ferrari designed 3 other toys for Naef — Varia, Kyma and Olo. Olo is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and both Olo and Kyma received the coveted German “Spiel Gut” prize in 1982.

 

Olivio Ferrari, the rattle's designer, was one of our favorite architecture professors at Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies during our formative design years; he was the quintessential lover, teacher and student of great design.  For decades (1965 until his untimely death in 1994) he inspired, pushed, challenged and "was able to tap the spirit of students and motivate them to realize levels of accomplishment they never suspected were possible." Here's to you Ferrari for doing, teaching and being.

Olivio Ferrari, a magical teacher and product designer

Olivio Ferrari, a magical teacher and product designer