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Toy Fair Nuremberg 2019

For the 57th time, Naef was on exhibition at the Nuremberg Toy Fair from January 31st to February 3rd 2019, this time with the focus on the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus. Two other Bauhaus replicas now complement our assortment: a miniature version of the cradle from Peter Keler, and a white version of the Bauhaus Bauspiel (ship building game) by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher.

2019 is a year of anniversaries: 100 years of Bauhaus, 70 years of the Nuremberg Toy Fair and 65 years Naef Spiele AG. Good ideas, successful institutions and carefully crafted products will survive even in a fast-paced, modern society where many things are short-lived. The key to success? On the one hand, these are well thought-out concepts whose meaning remains relevant through the passing of time; on the other hand, the constant need for change and progression is required in order to keep up with the current zeitgeist, as the history of the International Toy Fair shows.


The Cradle from Peter Keler in Miniature
Simple and scaled down, composed of two blue circles (rings), red rectangles and yellow triangles, the cradle symbolizes the Bauhaus design particularly well, because colour, form and composition were elements of Bauhaus theory.

Peter Keler designed the cradle in 1922 during his apprenticeship at Bauhaus. It was part of the bedroom furniture for the model house “Am Horn”. The small cradle is congruent to the original in color, shape and proportions at a of scale 1: 7, and to a large extent, has been carefully crafted by hand. Material: metal, composite mineral surface material, woven rattan, cavalry twill (milled wool fabric)


Bauhaus Bauspiel from Alma Siedhoff-Buscher in White
Triangular building blocks, thin rods, cubes, a curved body reminiscent of a ship’s hull, and two sails are the elements of the 22-piece Bauhaus Bauspiel (ship building game) designed by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher in 1923 during her apprenticeship at the Bauhaus carpentry shop. The original set is painted in five colours. Our new edition is now available in white. In the absence of colour, the focus is entirely on the shapes of the components; thus the subtle play of light and shadow begins. In every setting, this building toy will produce a different architectural effect.