This wooden Spinning Top or "Optischer Farbmischer", designed by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack at Bauhaus in the 1920s, was part of a series of toys to reflect a growing interest in the educational impact of good design on children. It consists of a wooden top with seven different 10 cm discs made from cardboard. Each disc is printed with different colours and patterns, and has a small hole in the centre to insert the rod onto the spinning top. When the top is spun, each disc creates an interesting effect of mixed colours.
Dimensions: Diameter 10 cm
Material: Wood & cardboard
Year of design: 1923
Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack studied at the Bauhaus in the 1920s where he was taught pictorial form and colour theory by Johannes Itten, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky asked Hirschfeld-Mack to co-organise the colour seminars and together they developed a series of exercises to investigate the nature of colour, light and dark, black and white and the relationship between colour and form. Hirschfeld-Mack also investigated the connections between colour, light and music. The Spinning Top can be seen as a summation of his work and a symbolic of his achievements.