These Mani Zamani Designs Look Like a Group of Penguins

By: Josh Triantafilou - Published: May 13, 2012 • References: manizamani and toydesignserved
Gothenburg, Swedend-based designer Mani Zamani recently constructed a collection of kin-focused characters titled 'The Family.'

Zamani explains on his Behance page that the inspiration for this series came from a previous project. As part of his master's degree studies, the designer was given a project in which he had to convey stories found in the city of Gothenburg. He decided to make a group of toy robots that expressed various aspects of the city.

The toy robots were made from wood, but separated into two different categories. One group, made of oak, represented native Swedish inhabitants of Gothenburg. The other group, made of walnut, represented immigrants.

Zamani has used these same toy robots to convey the dynamics between adults and children in familial relationships. Furthermore, he makes little distinction between walnut and oak, thereby suggesting a melting pot effect.