Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Boezels.

Toys that jump across ages, needs and lifestyles!
The Boezels are a range of animal friends designed by Twan Verdonck from Neo Human Toys. They are used for sensorial stimulation therapy (Boezels Snoezelen) AND as ueber-trendy artificial pets (Boezels Interior).
Each Boezel friend has unique characteristics and applies in a specific way to the four senses (touching, smelling, hearing, seeing.) There is a monkey with a belly which can be warmed up in the microwave, a snake with a relaxing smell, a skunk which farts awful, a bird which sings songs, a kangaroo where you can lay in, a frog which blows its cheeks when you sit on him, a zHumanoyd-baby and many Boezels more. Each Boezel can be used by itself. But combinations of Boezels can be made to create different environments to fulfil your wishes, making this a very interactive and stimulating way of relaxing.
The Boezels vary in size from 20 cm to 200 cm! Some Boezels can be cuddled on the lap, others will cuddle YOU. Due to the perfectly balanced combination of material, weight and size they provoke a strong feeling of physical contact.
No batteries or voltage are needed for the Boezels! Making this a safe and solid program to play with. Many research has been done on the tactile qualities of the Boezels. That's why they are made of quality (fake)furs and special textiles. However each Boezels-animal can be cleaned easily.
Meanwhile many people have become a Boezels-fan. EVERYONE seems to react instinctively well to these artificial pets! The Boezels have often been used for multisensorial therapy (snoezelen) with mentally challenged people, elderly with Alzheimer’s or small children. And on the other hand we have also heard about trendy Boezels parties where friends meet and relax together with their Boezels.
The Boezels and the Boezels-project are initiated and designed by Twan Verdonck. It started in 2001 as his graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Now Verdonck is working under the name of Neo Human Toys where he also develops other concepts for the industry, community and art world.
The first edition of the Boezels was produced BY mentally challenged people in daycare center, "De Wisselstroom" in Hapert, the Netherlands. "My project is a metaphor and example for how we could deal with social care, industry, design and art" says Verdonck.
The Boezels-project will be exhibited with three pieces in "Safe: Design Takes on Risk" at the highly respected Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York City, from October 2005 until January 2006.
Verdonck is currently negotiating with several U.S. partners for a second edition Boezels, and hopes to launch U.S. distribution in Fall 2005.

The Boezels-project will be exhibited with three pieces in "Safe: Design Takes on Risk" at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, USA.
When: 16 Oct 2005 - 2 Jan 2006
Where: The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York City, USA.



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