Even those with the biggest fear of insects can't deny just how adorable Polish product design student Julia Wilman's magnetic bug toys are. Created out of wooden balls and magnets, Wilman's Bugs collection consists of five different toys--a fly, a butterfly, a spider, an ant, and a caterpillar. Each of these little critters can be easily taken apart and put back together to form new creatures to help kids and adults explore their imagination.
Wilman’s fun, roly poly-like toys were showcased at Wanted Design 2014 as part of NASZ, a curated collection of products designed and manufactured in Poland. NASZ selected designers based on their resourcefulness and ability to create durable and functional products using minimal materials, mostly made from wood. Plucked from the shelves of Poland’s leading manufacturers, these successful works of art exude a timeless aesthetic.
Wilman created the Bugs collection out of wooden balls that connect with one another using magnets glued into each ball. By making every part of the toy detachable, each bug can be animated, recreated, or even transformed into more functional everyday objects such as a paperweight or device to hold office notes together. Wilman designed Bugs at a workshop in the Design Department of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw for the enjoyment of both kids and adults.
Images © Oliwia Rogalska, via Julia Wilman