Today I saw an example of another use for the toy cube created by Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik. This time it was a chest of drawers, one of the more clever variations, as you can see by some of the other Rubik-inspired creations out there.
You can read all about his project here (including how he designed the drawers to drive his poor kid batty).
I like that it’s practical Most things modeled after Rubik’s cube are not, especially furniture. Call it a cabinet, call it an end table, call it a coffee table… it still looks like a giant ugly cube that ended up in your living room because maybe you were drunk when you ordered it. It’s going in the basement until you can figure out how to get rid of it.
How about a coffee mug, then? My lips involuntarily curl with the muscle memory of drinking from other ugly, impractical novelty mugs like this one:
Maybe a purse? It’s classy. If you’re in pre-school.
No, none of that for me. I would, however, be willing to try eating a Rubik’s cube like this:
To find out more about Erno Rubik, go read the Who2 biography of Erno Rubik. He also makes an appearance in our Common Bonds feature, Who’s What.